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PK's celebrates 60 years in business in Carbondale

Gwen Hunt, owner of PK’s in Carbondale, photographed in the bar on Aug. 25, 2015, as PK’s prepared to celebrate 60 years in business.

Downtown watering hole PK's is hosting a special weekend to celebrate two things: the life of its late owner, Gwen Hunt, who died this past June at 84 years old, and the bar's 63rd year in business.

On Friday, Aug. 10, Kent Burnside and the Flood Brothers will play from 6 to 9 p.m. Devin Miller and Friends Blues Experience take the stage from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

On Saturday, which is Gwen Hunt Day in the city, breakfast will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — they're calling it a Kegs and Eggs party — and Hugh Deneal provides musical entertainment. From 6 to 9 p.m., The Magnatones perform, followed by Slappin Henry Blue and Tawl Paul from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

From noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, the bar will hold a Women's Center benefit with a bloody Mary bar and potluck. Proceeds from the bloody Mary bar will be donated to the Women's Center. The McDaniels with Stick Gilbert perform from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The bar will also be unveiling its recent face-lift — local artists were invited to spruce the place up, with unique paint jobs inside and out. PK's will also have a beer garden for this weekend only in the alley on the south side of the building.

PK's is located at 308 S. Illinois Ave. on the Strip.

— Alee Quick

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