Locals look for laughs on Division Street
By Taylor J. Hale
STEVENS POINT – As unprecedented shutdowns and regulations extend throughout the nation, city residents are finding a way to bring smiles to the community.
UW-Stevens Point graduate Katie Boatman and her boyfriend, Austen Doherty, decided to take to the streets with a grim, yet goofy sign based on the hit Netflix series, “Tiger King.”
“Honk if Carole Baskin killed her husband,” read a pink sign, emblazoned with a tiger sticker.
“I definitely think we brightened a lot of people’s day,” Boatman said in an interview with the Gazette. “Since there isn’t a lot going on with COVID-19, people are looking for things to do, and on Saturday, some people drove by just because they knew we were there. We also had some people drive by multiple times to honk.”
The duo stood on Division Street in Doherty’s front yard on April 4 from 2-7 p.m.
“I hardly had the sign out, and we started getting honks left and right,” Boatman said. “We did have a few friends over to join us, but we didn’t want to get too overcrowded due to COVID-19.” Boatman sees the fun gesture as a way to lift peoples’ spirits in a way that respects social distancing.
“I think finding ways to have fun in the community, whether it be going to a local concert, doing trivia, or holding up a silly sign to get honks is all really important in creating an overall welcoming and friendly atmosphere in Stevens Point,” Boatman said.
Boatman noted that she might hit the streets again for more honks; watch when you drive down Division Street this spring, and you may get a goofy, yet friendly greeting from Boatman.
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