Friday, July 10, 2009

road trip!

'Tis the season for outdoor events, the time of year when the folding chairs don't leave the back of my car because we're putting them to use at least four times a week. Between the live concerts and the Shakespeare shows and our usual evening activities, and the friends to meet at all, the calendar is plump with options.

Yesterday, kids and I decided at the last minute to do a road trip for our first Shakespeare show of the summer. It was Midsummer Night's Dream, one of our favorites. We had a few minutes before the show, so my favorite yo-yo guy started practicing some of his tricks and, as always, drew an audience for an impromptu performance
while I enjoyed the view from the park's edge. I guess they don't call these shows Shakespeare On The Sound for nothing.
No pics were allowed during the show, but this one from their site shows a portion of the four-armed curved runway/boardwalk stage. More pics of the stage at the website.

We've seen so many Shakespeare shows over the years, Midsummer Night's Dream the most often of them all, but every one has a twist that keeps them fresh and exciting. This one, besides having the very cool runway stage, had recorded instrumental music to go with the live songs. The musical score was beautiful, magical, haunting, perfect.

I did a bit of knitting during the show, before it got too dark (and cold!) to continue. My project looks exactly like the green leafy one in this blog post, only there's more of it and now there's an opening where a pocket will go. There was a traffic jam getting out of the park area, a nap at a rest stop so I could get us home safely, and a nighttime construction back-up, so we got home at nearly the time the baker was getting up to start his day. With three farmers' markets, three stores, two farm stands, and another account in the works, the beadmakerbaker is in full-on bake mode and we're all psyched. And finally, a forecast for three solid days of sunshine! Happy weekend, everybody!
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Blogger Turtle said...

what a fun trip. We found out the summer after we left westerly ri they started doing the summer plays in the park..bummer! That is my fav shakespeare play! glad you had fun!

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Vickie said...

you were in town and didnt call - im upset - it would have been great to see you all. PJ was actually at the Arch St. bldg working on a play - thoroughly modern millie

4:03 PM  
Blogger LaurieM said...

I hope the weather co-operates for you! Just got to work around it, eh?

9:38 AM  

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