The Inspiration for The Town Turkey
The real town turkey appeared the beginning of May on the busiest street corner in Lake Bluff, at Green Bay Road and Route 176.
Within days of his appearance in May, he became the talk of the town. Shops started selling turkey shirts and buttons. Turkeys began appearing in store windows. And everyone became an expert on wild turkeys. The Town Turkey captures the mania that swept Lake Bluff–a little village located about 30 miles north of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan. The story depicts the surprise and adoration that villagers felt as we slowly adopted the turkey as one of our own. Many local scenes are depicted: the turkey crossing, the annual parade, and the Gazebo in the center of town.
Lake Bluff's town turkey was captured and taken away on Friday, August 6, 2010 to the dismay of some, and the relief of others. But all can agree that the town turkey left a lasting impression on the Village of Lake Bluff.
Below are some photos of the real town turkey who captured our hearts.