Thursday, July 31, 2008
After an obligatory stop at WalMart, we ate lunch and then drove to Las Vegas. We dropped Jo and Duane off at the airport for their flight back to Dallas and then we checked into Sunset Station. We ate Mexican food for supper and will be making it an early evening. Tomorrow we catch a plane and head home. It's been another wonderful time with Jo and Duane as well as seeing 6 great plays.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
For lunch we had apples, peanut butter, pretzels and a Snickers. After the 1:00p.m. orientation, we saw Fiddler on the Roof. This play is one of the most popular musicals of the last 50 years. It is a story of Jewish life and persecution in Russia in the early 1900's. It is the story of a Jewish community and highlights a family with 5 girls. Three of them are marrying age and the father, Tevye, wants them to marry according to tradition. The tradition is that they will be matched with Jewish boys that are acceptable to their father. Unfortunately for the father, love gets in the way and the girls end up picking a husband they love. The father would not have approved of any of them, but in the end gives his blessing on all three of the marriages. Near the end of the play the Jews are forced to leave their community and find homes outside Russia. They accept this persecution as part of their lives and move on to new lives in new locations.For supper, we went to Cafe Orleans where Mike and I had a hamburger and Jo and Duane shared a seafood appetizer. It was OK, not great. In fact, we stopped at Mickey D's on the way back to the hotel for ice cream sundaes and milk shakes!
Othello, the night performance is one of Shakespeare's best known tragedies. It takes place mainly on the Island of Cyprus. As the play opens, Iago, an ensign in the Venetian Navy is passed over for promotion. Iago has dedicated himself to the destruction on the officer that failed to promote him. Othello a celebrated general is that officer. Othello is a celebrated Venetian general and is sent to Cyprus to protect the Island from an invasion from the Turks. He takes his new wife, the daughter of a senator in Venice. Once on Cyprus, the Turks are defeated and Iago begins his campaign of the destruction of Othello. He does this by convincing Othello that his wife is unfaithful. He becomes obsessively jealous and kills her. Iago is soon found out as the villain and is sentenced to death by torture. Othello, in his last action kills himself and the play ends.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The twist in this production is that it is set in occupied Italy immediately after the end of WW2. The man tough enough to take on Kate is an American Officer that is part of the Occupiers. Her Dad agrees to the marriage and it takes place. Just to get the marriage off on the right foot, the husband to be arrives late for the wedding and does not dress appropriately. After the wedding ceremony, he takes her to a military camp to help her learn discipline. Along the way Bianca elopes with the young man she loves, and a second suitor, realizing he cannot win Bianca, marries a wealthy widow. Eventually the three couples return to the Father's house and Kate demonstrates much more love and subjecting herself to her husband than the other two recent brides do. It is a real fun 2 1/2 hours. Setting the play in 1946 really worked.
The evening's orientation we led by Fred Adams, the founder of the festival. He always has such interesting stories to tell.
About 35 minutes before the play was to be over, the thunder and lightning began and soon after, the rains came. The actors left the stage, tarps were brought out and the play was suspended. We waited 45 minutes and the play resumed, only to have the rains return after only a couple of minutes! This time, the play was moved into an indoor theater where our tickets showed rain out seats in there. We saw the last portion of the play and finally got back to the hotel about 11:45p.m. A really late night by the time this blog got finished!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
We saw several familiar faces...Moses and Alice, the Hinsons, the Gissings, Yaconos, Woody Woodall, and a couple of other faces that didn't have names!
After a short nap, we headed to the Strip. We went to the Planet Hollywood Resort and the shopping complex that is there. There seemed to have been a plethora of shoe stores with outlandish shoes, sunglasses stores, and jewelry. To say the least, we walked through the area fairly quickly.
After he was taken to his plans, Mike and I went to another concourse for our flight to Las Vegas. We had a smooth flight in and got a rental car so we could get our In 'N Out burger! We then met up with our friends Jo and Duane with whom we will spend the next 6 days.
We took a short nap to revive us and then we went to Budd and Carolyn's for supper. There are good friends that we have kept up with since we moved from Las Vegas in 1996. It was a wonderful visit and delicious food.
We came back to the hotel and got ready for bed. It has been a long day!
There was rain here before we landed and we learned that it was the remnants from Dolly.
Friday, July 25, 2008
It was been so much fun having Jackson with us for this past week, but all good things must come to an end and ours will end at 4:30 a.m. when we have to get up in the morning to catch the plane in Chattanooga!
Now that things have settled down, they are able to access the situation. Jon said that they had constant 40mph winds and rain for about 12 hours. The damage to their cotton crop will be a loss of 10-15% of their crop. When the sun comes out tomorrow, it will help to bleach out the bolls and maybe they can begin picking the latter part of next week.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Assorted photos from the aquarium...
Our final stop for the evening was the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball game. They were playing (and eventially lost to) the West Tennessee Diamond Jacks.
It was like watching grass grow...so boring, but Rheagan did retrieve a foul ball and got it signed by the mascots.
It was back home and to bed for the young ones.
Along the way, Tripp had an equipment malfunction.
We made a stop at the church library where all three got books, CSs, and prizes.
We stopped at Deer Park before we had lunch and then home for a rest before the afternoon and evening plans. More on that tonight.
Love those baby swings!
These are SFC (Straight from the camera) shots with no cropping or altering in any manner.