East St Louis Toodle-oo
An initiative started in 1997 by Bruce Goodrich of Biddeford, Maine.
This Maine chef had an
interest in Black history and was inspired by W.E.B.
DuBois' account of the 1917 East St. Louis
Race Riots. Bruce made the
1,300 mile trip annually and cooked up a free Toodle-oo stew
for anyone that
attended. Since that first year, many volunteers came forth to
tend to the
Fountain of Youth Park and help beautify the area. Larry
Wallace, an East St. Louis Hospital
employee, spent numerous hours planting
trees, flowers and developing the park area.
The Bobbie Williams Band also
provided the musical entertainment for this annual event held
on the 4th weekend
If you wanted to help out, meet some fine people, and have a fun day,
probably attended one of these annual events.
Sadly to say, with Bruce's death in December of 2005, The East St Louis
is no more. It is my understanding that it was Bruce Goodrich's
intent that his ashes would
be scattered at the Park in East St Louis.
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