MPW.68 / 2016 A Gathering of Friends by Tim Carroll
Tim Carroll Barrington, Ill.
Team Lee

Story Summary

There's many a welcome gathering place in the small town of Cuba, Mo. – spaces for finding your own.

The cozy warmth of Shelly's Route 66 Cafe draws in early morning coffee drinkers while the sun drenched, smoking bench outside the Huddle House diner helps all feel at home.

The front room of the Senior Center sports a pool table for sharks and its back room creates a cheery space of laughter and pinochle.

Even the young have their space; the back parking lot of McDonald's fills with trucks and teens from early evening until late at night.