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On the last weekend of August, friends, family and fans of singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg gathered for a series of events to honor the Peoria native.Admirers came to Peoria from all over the country to pay tribute to the life and music of a man who touched so many hearts.When he was finished, up went the windows, on went the air conditioners, and off went the caravan to the next location: Woodruff High School, Fogelberg Parkway...I laughed when I heard that, and it’s still one of my favorite images from the weekend.The Welcome Party The mood was one of excitement: after months of anticipation and planning, it was all actually happening.We dressed in our finery, and the women all looked beautiful and the men all handsome. ”People who cried when they’d heard the news of Dan’s passing and tried to explain their tears to friends and family were now among 450 others who had felt that same sense of loss. I wondered how many people in that room had stood together in a theatre, arena or amphitheater in the '70s, '80s or '90s without meeting? We mingled, talked, ate, reminisced and ended up on the dance floor, swaying with our arms intertwined, singing at the top of our lungs. On stage was a revolving group of talented musicians who weren’t there to sell their latest CD or further their careers.
The next day, a memorial was unveiled at a dedication ceremony on the Peoria Riverfront, followed by a tribute concert and after-party at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. It felt more like a family reunion than a memorial.
The trolley tours that took guests to a series of Dan-related sites were sold out, so people carpooled and followed the trolleys from location to location.
Eric Mills, the tour guide, said that each time the trolley stopped, three or four cars pulled up alongside and rolled their windows down to hear his descriptions.
How he managed to get all of that approved by the various city entities while also organizing a tribute concert is still a mystery to me.
Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis gave a speech, and introduced Peoria Park District Trustee Roger Allen, who added to the opening comments.
They were there to play the songs that had shaped them as musicians and as people, and to pay homage to the man who had given them those songs.