Spring is in the air and this week was the baseball season opener. So Snoopy in his Paul Molitor #4 Twin's Uniform is the perfect throwback Thursday photo for this week.
My family joined with thousands of other Minnesotans back in 2000 search for Snoopy. But the fun didn't end there. A parade of Peanuts Characters followed for five straight years. After we searched for Snoopy throughout the city of St. Paul, in the spring in 2001, we all tried finding Charlie Brown around town. During subsequent summers, we looked for Lucy and then Linus in Ramsey County parks, on street corners and even at the Minnesota State Fair. The Peanuts parade ended in 2004 whenTwin Citians asked, “Where’s Woodstock?”. That summer we searched for Snoopy and his little yellow friend on decorated doghouses. The statues were auctioned off and the funds used to commission permanent bronze statues that have been installed in downtown St. Paul.
While the searches have ended over a decade ago, these treasures can still be found throughout the city. Every time I stop at the Shoreview community center, I am greeted by Linus with a brightly colored beach ball. And when I have to visit St. John's hospital in Maplewood, there's Lucy to greet me at the entrance. While some are in private collections, many are still on display. Check out more sightings of the Peanuts gang on a Facebook page dedicated to these iconic treasures.
Now I spend much more time searching for a perfect homes for buyers than Snoopy's but I do enjoy seeing a Peanuts statute pop up during my travels. It brings back great family memories.
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