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Memories of Perkins
Lately, the development taking place in our neighborhood
brings about the retirement or demise of iconic businesses
that have functioned as landmarks in our collective
mental landscape. Spring Harbor Auto, Brennan, now
Perkins. I cannot recount all the times that I have giving
directions to my house by way of Perkins or Brennan! It was
easy and rarely people could not find my house. Pretty
soon, those spaces are going to change in look, height and
our eyes are slowly going to adjust to new impressions
and perceptions of space and light. Most changes are inevitable, but they also predict improvements, services and
convenience, so I wish to look forward with a positive disposition. But I feel their loss and absence, especially when these places connect to strong memories of my family’s first
arrival to Madison. In May 1979, we moved to Madison
from New York City Upper Westside and bought our first
house on Camus Lane. It was more than what we really
could afford at the time, but we made the leap because of
the neighborhood, the nearby lake, the bus line on University
ave, the proximity of a store like Brennan where could find
milk, cheese and fruit (I don’t remember if they carried also
bread at that time). When we looked where we could eat breakfast the morning after we arrived–the house filled with unopened boxes, a toddler and a 9-month baby, no food–we saw Perkins with its big flag almost saluting us. Entering in the spacious restaurant we felt warm and welcomed, seeing many family eating tasty pancakes at nearby tables gave us a feeling
of mingling with neighbors we were going to meet and
know soon. We would treat ourselves to Perkins’ breakfast
on week-ends and special occasions and take our family visitors there. We seldom went for lunch or dinner and
as our daughters grew up and became adolescents, they and
their friends kept frequenting Perkins at odd hours. Eventually,
we didn’t go for breakfast any longer, other venues had
sprouted offering stronger coffees and more appealing
choices. Years went by, until last Christmas season, when my daughters decided to have breakfast at Perkins with their little
families and all of us. We filled a long table with enthusiastic,
hungry children and adults and spent a marvelous time enjoying our breakfast, the ‘perky.’ gracious service of the waiters, recollecting memories and promising ourselves to return to Perkins. About a week ago, they learned from us of the demise of both Brennan and Perkins: their reactions were
surprise and slowly sadness. I mailed the two of them who
live in other states “the last cheese from Brennan,” but
could not the last pancakes from Perkins.
Submitted by Giovanna Jeffries
Friends of Merrill Spring
To learn about the Friends of Merrill Spring's efforts to promote the protection and preservation of this historic place in our neighborhood, visit the Friends of Merrill Spring Facebook page.
The Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association (SHNA) boundaries encompass Old Middleton Road and the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad on the south, Lake Mendota on the north, Whitney Way (City of Madison boundary on the east), and Camelot Drive on the west. The Hickory Hollow Condominiums and the University Crossing Apartments are within these boundaries. [The green area on map above represents the general area.]
SHNA Board Meetings
Typically held on the second Tuesday of each month 7:00PM (ends by 9:00PM). All SHNA residents are welcome to attend. Dates/times are subject to change, so please confirm with a Board member if you plan to attend.
Next SHNA Board meeting: Tuesday, November 14 , 2017, 7PM, Dale Heights Church, 5501 University Avenue
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GET INVOLVED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION!
Attending the Fall and Spring neighborhood meetings is a great way to get involved in the Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association (SHNA). Anyone may attend the neighborhood meeting and you are encouraged to join SHNA. The annual dues are $10.00, which go to support the many activities of the neighborhood association, such as the 4th of July picnic and parade, the Halloween Party, Merrill Spring restoration, Spring Harbor Park invasive plant removal, publication of the neighborhood newsletter, and many other things that make this area a great place to live. See the last page of the newsletter for more information.
This meeting is a great time to find out what’s happening in the neighborhood and meet your neighbors!
Residential Development Document