Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Birthday Surprise

Way back in March, I saw an ad for a play called, "The Million Dollar Quartet".   When I saw that it was a play about Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, I knew it was the perfect play for Hubby.   And when I saw that the play was going to be on his birthday, I bought tickets!


The show was playing at the Ogunquit Playhouse, a venue Hubby had never been to before.


I was successful in keeping it a surprise for seven months!   (Mostly by avoiding the dreaded "Twenty Questions" - a game at which I am never successful in keeping a secret!)

My plan had been to go up early and walk the Marginal Way because, let's face it, you cannot go to Ogunquit and not walk the Marginal Way!   However, it was pouring out, and continued to rain all day, so that part of the adventure was nixed.

I kept Hubby in the dark right up until we pulled into the parking lot of the theater.   He was thrilled to see what the show was about!  And also so happy to be visiting the theater finally, after passing by it many times on our forays up to Maine.

The show was phenomenal!  It was set  in December 4, 1956, and tells the story of the four young musicians and their struggle to make it in the world of music at Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, TN.   


It was amazing, funny and heart-wrenching.  And the music was just out-of-this-world!

The four actors who played the parts of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins not only had a good resemblance to the real singers, they sounded just like them!  



We could not have been happier with the show.   And then, because we were in Maine after all, we went to a wonderful little hole-in-the-wall seafood restaurant and ate a heaping plate of fried seafood.

Happy Birthday, Hubby!




Sunday, October 2, 2016

Apple Picking with Audrey

Our little Grand-daughter Audrey is 3 this year, and finally old enough to take out on an apple picking excursion.  Unfortunately, our usual Apple Farm decided to take a year off so we had to find someplace new to go.  The place we picked was "just okay" - but it did have almost all the necessary options to make our apple picking day complete.

Some nice pumpkins.....Audrey picked one just the right size to bring home.


There was a ginormous scarecrow we had to climb for our photo op.


Audrey really loved her little purple sunglasses.  She wore them all day.


Finding apples was pretty difficult - and they were tiny - but just her size!


She picked just about the whole bag herself.


With a little help from Memere!




We always shine up one apple to eat while we pick.  Audrey ate hers in a straight line around the apple.....then she was done.



There was a wagon ride....with, disappointingly, no hay!


Pepere and Audrey waited patiently for the wagon to come.




And they were nice and comfy cozy on the ride


After the wagon right, we went into the store for my favorite - some apple cider donuts.   And they were all out!!!!!  WHAT???    That should be against the law!

But they did have a little ice cream stand.  Again, when we went over asked for Audrey's requested chocolate, they were all out!  But she settled for "purple" ice cream.  And enjoyed it very much!



It was a perfect sunny fall day and a wonderful time spent with our sweet little Audrey!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mendon Drive-In

Hubby has been following along on Ron Howard's tweets about the new movie he was producing about the Beatles.   When the movie was finally being put out, he found out it was only playing in "select theaters" and then later on Hulu.  

I mentioned it to my friend Sylvie, whose husband Jim is also a great Beatles fan.   And she said it would be playing at the Mendon Drive-In.  So I went online and found out that not only was the movie playing there, but they were doing a whole "Beatles Night".   Sylvie and I bought tickets, and we met them down there.

They said they have been open for 62 years, and this was the biggest crowd ever in their history!


The evening started off with a concert by "Studio Two" - a Beatles band that, ironically, we had seen with Sylvie and Jim before.  We brought our lawn chairs, and the place had a "Beer Garden" so we could order drinks!



Kind of hard to see the band with the sun shining behind them.


They put "Ringo" up on the roof!



After the concert, it was dark enough for the movie.   When Hubby and I got in the car, we found that our radio wouldn't play the sound very well!  So we sat outside for most of the movie - we could hear the sound from other cars and from the speakers coming out of the snack bar.


Trying to get a good selfie of the four of us!
#1.  Sylvie's eyes closed!


#2.   Cut Hubby's head off!


#3.  As good as it got!  Almost lost Jim but he's still there!


After the movie, they were playing the Beatles original Shea Stadium concert, so Hubby and I got into the backseat of Sylvie's car, because it was getting cold out!   Not as comfy as I remember it!

Noah's Birthday Party

Our Grandson Noah turned 8 with a celebration at Great Wolf Lodge, where his mom works.   Everyone get some wolf ears to wear.




And Noah added the "Transformers" theme to his party


Uncle Kenny got into the theme too!


We all had some pizza..including Noah's sister who had a "Wolf  mask" painted on her face!


Grampy gets a selfie with Elsie.



We had a little birthday cake


Noah got to eat his own name


And opened presents


After the party, the kids all got to go in the water park!


(the old folks left after the present opening....so we weren't there to take more pictures of the kids at the water park!)



Thursday, September 15, 2016

Retro Stew Yard Concert

Our very good friend Gayle is the front person for our very favorite band - Retro Stew.   Retro Stew used to be Trilogy...but when a fourth member was added, the name needed to be changed.

At one of their gigs, they invited the audience to put name suggestions in a box, and if the band picked the name you created, they'd give you a house concert.

  Well.....Hubby inundated them with names.....probably 100 different ones!  Unfortunately, none of the names seemed right to them, and they picked a name one of their own band mates came up with. Since no one won the contest, they gave Hubby the house concert as a prize for his outstanding effort!  (and because we are their number one fans.....we try to go to almost every gig they have)

Since our yard is bigger than our house....we chose to have a Yard Concert. The band set up right behind the house.   They brought a canopy just in case......and it did rain for 5 minutes right after they got all the equipment underneath!   But then the skies became blue and it turned into a gorgeous afternoon.



The band.....Dave Gaudet


Gayle Picard


Donna Russo


Kris Lucander


And Hubby jumped in on keyboard on a few songs!
There were also guest appearances by Jon Swensen and Peter Pothoff.  
I regret there are no photos of them.


At the beginning of the concert, Gayle announced they would be singing a song in tribute to good friend Mary Nestor, who had been very ill.   They did a great rendition of one of his original songs.

During the intermission between sets, we learned that Marty had passed away.  As a farewell, the band played his tune again at the beginning of the second set.

Marty and his sister Cathy, who loved his music.


Our friends seemed to enjoy the concert immensely!

Kate and Trude



Trude and her hubby George, who likes to sketch while he listens.  Good friend Marilyn is right behind them.


Peter and Scott discuss a few things


Scott and his wife Betsy and the famous duo of "John and Jon".    Jon is the one who sang the harmony on one of Gayle's songs.



Andy and duo "Folkapotamous"  aka Tony and Penny


Cousin Donna and hubby Mike.....Jess is sitting in front of them.


Laurie and granddaughter Hailey love our swing!


Cousins Ricky and Mike


As the afternoon waned, we lit a campfire


And the band played on


After the concert, the band and several friends stayed to enjoy the campfire, sing some songs, eat some hotdogs and have a few drinks.

What a day...what a night....what a fabulous concert!

PS - the next day our neighbor to the left congratulated us on a great concert.....and a couple days later a neighbor from two doors down came into my office and said, "great show Saturday night!  But couldn't you hear me yelling 'one more song!" ?