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Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Preachers Kid Takes On Moonshine

The Preacher's Kid Takes On Moonshine...

Ok OOOOOOOOOOOOOK...Now just hold your horses....It was Moonshine, ILLINOIS that I tackled yesterday...Population 1.  The population WAS 2 until poor old Roy Lee Tuttle bit the dust sometime earlier this year.  Old Roy Lee disappeared in the early morning hours of about 2:30am on January 20th of this year..from the 2nd floor of this warm and fuzzy country estate where he and Helen had lived and worked since 1982. 
Old Henry Lee had developed Alzheimer's in recent years, but he had been known and loved by everybody and their dog for hundreds of miles around since he and Helen opened this unique mom and pop diner right smack dab in the middle of nowhere...so they came out in droves on that bitter cold morning to go look for old Henry and his old Ford Pickup Truck...and by the end of the day they had found him...in Peru, Indiana...over 200 miles away. 
I didn't have time to research and find out just when he passed...but I had read that earlier when Billy and I were talking bout taking a ride up that direction and I was so saddened that I had missed the REAL Moonshine Café.

Now Moonshine didn't get it's name because of alkie hall...no sireeeeeeeeeeeeee.  Moonshine got it's name because when it rains...there's a big old dip out in front of that old store building and when that dip fills with water...it just so happens that the moon reflects just perfect in that one little pool of water...soooooooooo they decided to call the old store...Moonshine!  WALLA!!!!!   In fact..alkie hall isn't even allowed on the grounds of the Moonshine Estate...no sir, it's NOT.  If you go up there yourselves...you'll see signs everywhere stating..."NO ALKIE HALL ALLOWED ON THESE PREMISES"  I love old Helen and would have loved old Henry Lee....they sound like my kinda people with my kinda moral standards...

When we pulled up yesterday...OH my GOODNESS....I'd bet there was 500-600 people in and around that old corner.  It sits at an intersection..or crossroads and you can see for a country mile in all 4 directions.  But there were cars and trucks and motorcycles and Amish Buggies lined up going all 4 directions and there were 2 lines to get in to order your hamburgers and there was 30 or 40 people in each line.  But the lines moved fast because since Helen had to have help after Roy Lee passed on...help came out of the woodwork and there were about 4 people around each grill...turning out hamburgers on a bun...THEN you go to a tent on the right hand side of the old store and you put your condiments on. And you find you a seat among the 12 to 15 picnic tables that sit along the right hand side of the old store. 

It was a dining experience I'm here to tell you and one I am so SO SOOO glad I got to experience.  The potty was an old wooden outhouse....but they also had Kitmo's lined up...for those who couldn't wait for the classic country potty :-)

They sold their record number of hamburgers on April 9th, 2011 and that was 2068 hamburgers...I'm wondering..just how many they sold YESTERDAY because there was hundreds of people there when we were there and we got there about 10:30am.  The grill opens at 6am and closes at 12:30 sharp...now you can stand around until Helen and her crew get things cleaned up about 1pm..and have cokes and chips or whatever...but she's stern in her closing time.  You know when she opens...and you know what time she's gonna close....so you have 6 1/2 hours to get there and get your burger...and she isn't about to stand around and wait on you if you run late...You'll just have to come back another day or wrack it up as one thing you missed.

Now those BURGERS?  They were nothing special.  They were GOOD!  But most of us can make just as good a burger at home....But it was the dining experience that was so special.....

Moon Shine Store has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and the Travel Channel and Food Network and many local TV stations and several magazines. 

Thanks so SO much to Cabbage and Dixie for inviting us on this super duper..grand and groovy day ride to Moonshine Illinois.  We visited many other places...and I'll tell you about those later...My favorite was Richard's Farm....and OH my GOODNESS...Dixie got me a Presidential tour of even the hayloft.....I felt like I had died and gone to heaven.

I was telling Billy when we stopped for a break coming back.  That old Moonshine Store looked SO SO much like my Round Knob Country store just a mile down the road from us.  AND that old Round Knob Store is owned by Weaver Creek Baptist Church.  Now I don't think Baptists believe in fundraisers....but if we ever NEED a fundraiser....my mind is spinning for a country picnic at the Round Knob Store...maybe with a weiner roast and barbecue....OH my goodness......

I took TONS of pics yesterday....but I was too tired to try to figure out how to post them and Kim is swamped this weekend...but I'll have a folder on my facebook page from the day trip and Kim will put a link in one of my blogs this week so you all can see them too......WHAT a day we had....!!!

Gotta get....busy busy week this week....2 birthday picnics in the canyon and will be helping Kev in any way I can to clean and put his homeplace back together......

Peace and love from the canyou.....I love you all gobs and gobs....This has been a bird's eye view of the katydid and until next time...you are loved....
When we pulled up....there were so many vehicles you couldn't hardly see the store....I'll have MY pics on here next week....