It's not just any old blanket being tossed at any old place. This would be a regularly scheduled event each Wednesday afternoon in July on the lawn of the State Capitol. The tossing is supposed to begin at
By all means, there is victory to be won: a perfect seat for Concerts on the Square, the free
The music is crowd pleasing, with a range of selections from Gershwin to U2. All with an audience parked on blankets with picnic baskets and bottles of Prairie FumÉ.
According to signs posted throughout the lawn, blankets spread out before
At their worst, the blankets symbolize that human urge to just go and get what you want, ignoring any rules and directives along the way. At their best, they stand for faith in humanity -- that you can put down your blanket, return three or four hours later and magically it is still there.
Most of all, they represent the chance to hear beautiful music on a splendid summer night.
And that's a blanket statement that's safe to make.
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