Put Johnny Kelley where it makes sense...

Instead of Johnny Kelley being hidden...why not pop that statue where people will have fun?

Dear Groton Patch and Residents of Mystic/Groton, Re: Statue of Johnny Kelley and that big oversized green fountain/planter that holds no water nor plants...

Why don't we simply put Johnny's statue down there by Bank Square Books, as he was a avid reader, writer and teacher along with being a runner and coach, etc., and pop that planter/fountain...thing in the middle of the little park they're trying to create?

Picture the planter in the middle with seating all around it, so people can come and relax in the shade. It kind of reminds me of a mini nano central park; rocks, trees, fountain, seating, etc.

Then picture lithe Johnny standing right there in downtown...making it fun for tourist to get their pictures taken next to him, etc. We can even dress him up for the holidays. This makes sense visually and aesthetically all the way around.

Would love feedback. 

Peace & :)

Marie Tyler Wiley


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Patsy Crothers November 12, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I agree with you, Marie, it's WAY to big for that spot.Who's going to maintain it throughout the year,it's plain horrible.
Bobbie November 12, 2012 at 08:11 PM
An hour ago the fountain, in front of the book store, was a playground for five kids. They were climbing in and out of it while adults stood by laughing and taking pictures. Johnny was my neighbor for over 50 years and a dear friend. Before that he was my teacher at Fitch Jr. He would be in a full rant if he were around to hear this bickering about where "he should go". He'd be washing dishes, I would be laughing at him and Jess would be telling him to calm down. That said, Johnny's statue should be either on Pequot Ave. or at Fitch High.
mystmom November 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I agree with you where the statue should be placed. The ugly planter should go; maybe Stonington would like it, to match their ugly benches? The whale should go in it's place. It's been in front of Bank Square Books for years and offers a lot of whimsy, now it just looks like it's been stuck in a corner and forgotten about.
Marie Tyler Wiley November 13, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Touche'! And so true about the whale...it is whimsical...maybe just put the planter in the new park...and let the whale take center stage...:)
Patsy Crothers November 13, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Yes, I agree. The whale has taken the background and it should be in front. I always loved to walk by it and admire the beautiful whale looking so happy!


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