The delivery of the Nothing Is Impossible Lions! Epic morning…
Here we see the Nothing Is Impossible Lions as they stand mightily outside our doors, gazing out into the Kingdom of Enchantment! They weigh over 900 pounds each!
“Great men I had known in my youth, with whom I’d adventured and gone to jail and known in raggedy dawns, the boys beat on curbstones seeing symbols in the saturated gutter…” -Jack Kerouac
Here we find John Cassady and David J hanging out for a relaxing afternoon on the Midway front doors during one of our summer Kerouacfests.
John is the son of the famed Neal Cassady and Carolyn Cassady -characters Dean Moriarty and Camille- from Jack Kerouac’s classic American Beat Generation novel On The Road. Also, see the new movie On The Road (1212) starring Sam Riley, Garret Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, and Kirsten Dunst.
David was the bassist from the gothic rock band Bauhaus and Love and Rockets. See the opening of the movie The Hunger (1983) starring David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve.
So, we’ve had living legends of the American Beat sub-culture and the Gothic sub-culture hanging out on our doorstep. These were legendary great fun times here.
Above, Mark the Magician Swindler is creating the hobbit path for you to walk up.
Note the front doors lighthouse plaque: Carrying on the Grand Midway Hotel’s tradition as a celebration stronghold for artists and magic makers, when we took over the place in the early 2000s we placed a small engraved plaque on the front doors for those who might notice. It is interesting to hear from those who actually spot it, a reference to a lighthouse in the dark. The words are a translation from the the inscription found on the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt. It reads, “Sostratus of Cnidus dedicates this Lighthouse to the Saviour Gods on behalf of navigators.”
The following is a photo that was NOT an actual ghost. It was staged. But this particular photo got so much attention on Facebook and caused such stir that some local people told us they’d decided not top visit the hotel because of it.
As one continues down this first floor hall we reach an area we call ‘the Artist Hall’. It is coated from floor to ceiling with misc artwork created here within the building or donated to the hotel by visiting guests.