If anyone still wonders if the legendary gazebo of Gazeebow Unit fame does, in fact, exist — it does.
But it’s less remarkable than the legend makes it out to be.
The gazebo sits just off Airport Heights Drive on the Virginia River trail. It’s a pressure-treated wood structure and it shelters a picnic table. Its decorative archway and peaked spire give it away as one of the many ‘beautification’ projects undertaken by local non-profit St. John’s Clean and Beautiful, the group largely responsible for the much disputed Mandatory Covering of Garbage Bylaw.
According to the clerks at Philly’s Mini Mart across the street (‘goes down to Philly’s gets gravy on me chips’), the gazebo is mostly a meeting point for teenagers before their nights begin, and in daylight hours serves as a backdrop for highschool grad photos and as an attraction for Gazeebow Unit fans. The women at Philly’s say Gazeebow Unit members often drop into Philly’s.
“They’re starting to get girlfriends now,” one adds. “And they’re old enough to buy beer. Sure one of them was in here this afternoon buying beer.”
It’s not often that “ski-doos, trikes and bikes” gather at the gazebo. And, despite lyrics parodying punchups (“at da gazeebow we likes to fight”), local residents say that scraps generally take places at the tunnel nearby (“In da winter we hangs at the tunnel, When we get loaded we drink through the funnel.”)
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