Sunday, March 4, 2018

Elsie's 6th Birthday Adventure

For Elsie's 6th Birthday, we decided on a trip to Boston to see "Disney on Ice".   Since Elsie is a Princess, it seemed appropriate!    Noah wore his Star Wars shirt, hoping that he'd see some of those characters.  He's a smart kid who knows that Star Wars is put out by Disney.  To his dismay, there were only Princesses at Disney on Ice.   But his consolation was that he got to ride the train!

Memere said Elsie could just wear a light jacket, since we'd be warm enough on the train, so Grampy gave his coat for her to wear while we waited on the chilly platform.



Headin' Out!


And on our way!



The train ride was about an hour long.  Elsie spent the time looking out the window, while Noah spent the time talking Grampy's ear off!

It worked out rather well, because they train brought us directly to North Station, and we went up three escalators to get into the Garden.


Waiting patiently for the show to start.  Again, I didn't really think about the arena being cold  (duh!  It's an ice rink!!) but we managed okay.


Nice photo of a stranger and my double chin.




The skating and production were amazing.  It was hard to take photos because everyone was moving so fast!!


My favorite....Beauty and the Beast


Including my favorite song, "Be Our Guest"!


Lumiere dancing around


 The Beast


Belle and Gaston




Then out came Cinderella and her carriage and horses



I tried to convince Elsie this was a real horse, but she didn't agree!


I forget which characters these were, but pretty cool that they were flying up in the air!




Time for Elsa (Elsie's favorite!) and Olaf!






And the last Princess to appear was Mulan.  I've never seen this movie (gasp!!!) so I don't know the characters or the story....but it was still entertaining to watch.







 This giant crab has only one skater inside the costume








The Grand Finale was all the character coming back out and saying farewell.....which answered the question of whether all the Princesses were played by one person!



It was a very successful day.  The kids were so well-behaved.  I had told them no treats  (so expensive!) but since it was Elsie's birthday I took her to one of the vendor's and bought her an Elsa doll.   And Noah was veyr happy with a huge slice of pizza before we got on the train coming home.

Such a great memory.....Our first time at Disney on Ice!   


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Palace Theater with Dad

Our Christmas present for my Dad was a show at the Palace Theater.  I saw tickets to see Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti, and I knew this would be the perfect show for him.   Sal was a contestant on America's Got Talent, and the judges and America just loved him.   Although he doesn't look it, he's only in his early twenties.  And yet he loves the music of the Frank Sinatra era.   Since the show, he's put together his own show with a brass band, "The Black Tie Band" behind him.   

We had good intentions of bringing Dad out for a nice meal, but realized as I called several restaurants that we would never find one near the theater that didn't have a long wait.  So we decided to stop at the next place we drove by, and it was a Wendy's!   No matter....Dad is very easygoing, and he was quite content with a hamburger and a hot cup of coffee.  Cheap date! 

Our tickets included a "Meet and Greet" before the show.   Dad didn't want to stand in line, so he sat in a chair while Hubby and I waited, then we called him forward when it was our turn.   Sal turned out to be a very friendly and personable young man.  He's extremely Italian!  When I told him this was my Dad, he says, "Forgedaboutit!  He's too young!  And who's this guy? Your Husband?  No way"!   And he turns them both toward the crowd and says, "Hey! Who do youz think is older?"  After our picture, he shakes my Dad's hand and says,  "Hey, keep it cookin', good lookin'!"




The Black Tie Band warmed up the stage.


And then Sal came out and sang many of the old standards by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitgerald, etc. In between songs he had a hilarious patter that kept us all laughing.



When we left the theater, we saw his buddy "Big Tommy" who had accompanied him to America's Got Talent and now was helping him with his tour.


It was a great night and so nice to spend some quality time with my Dad!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Recycled Percussion

Recycled Percussion has become one of my favorite groups, as much for their compassion and love for their fellow man, as for their musical ability and showmanship.

I first saw this group on "America's Got Talent" and really loved them.  They hale from NH, right up the road in Goffstown, which made them the 'act to watch' for me.  They came in third place and made a name for themselves nationally.  It wasn't long before they were putting on shows in Vegas.

A couple of years ago, one of my children gave me tickets to see their show at the Palace Theater in Manchester and I was blown away!   Their show is amazing and hilariously funny.   From there I started following them on FB.   

This year, they decided to dedicate themselves to thanking the State of NH for helping them in their beginning.   They created a  show called "Chaos and Kindness" where the band members go around the state, creating chaos in their own unique way and doing many, many acts of kindnesss.  It has endeared them to many New Hampshire folks, including myself.  

Most recently, they broke the Guiness Book of World Records by doing a concert in all 50 states in 12 days!  The reason they did it was to raise money for their foundation.  They were trying to raise 50K and raised 70K instead!  The money was used to purchase Christmas gifts for needy families.  The really cool thing about this group is they do everything themselves....from purchasing the toys to distributing them.  And they call out to their fans to come and donate their time as well, thus spreading the kindness.

Anyway.....Hubby and I got tickets to see this year's show at the Palace, and it did not disappoint.


We started our night at the restaurant right next door to the Palace Theater.  It's actually two restaurants side-by-side, and you can order off either restaurant's menu no matter which restaurant you are sitting in!




I got the same seats as last time.  In the balcony along the side of the theater.  The balcony there is only two seats wide, and we are almost on top of the stage which is wonderful because you can see everything!  I do always feel like I am one of the old guys in the balcony at the Muppet Show!  LOL




They set up the stage for the Christmas season with more Christmas lights than have ever been on a stage before!!   They started out doing some of their amazing drumming.



Interspersed with the drumming were some very funny comedy skits.  Here Justin and Ryan were having a drum-off.  Ryan had to copy every move Justin made.   When Justin blew a bubble with is gum, Ryan couldn't follow because he had no gum.  So Justin gave him his.   And after blowing his bubble, Ryan offered it back if Justin would take it directly out of his mouth!  And Justin did!!



Ryan amazed us all by playing percussion on his body.  This lends credence to Hubby's "belly slapping" that he is actually using as percussion on our CD!


Ryan on the drums.  He is amazing.  I love his "drum set"....with plastic barrels and pots and pans.


Justin goes crazy on the drums!


Then they did the part of the show I liked the best.  They took nostalgic toys and created musical rhythm with them using the sounds the toys made.  Balls, bicycle bells, Hungry Hungry Hippoes, Operation...etc.  The creativity and precision to pull this off is amazing!


And Ryan was awesome on the Romper Stompers!


Then they did their iconic routine on the ladders!



Ryan was so high, he was at level with us in the balcony!


And then he jumped from the top of the ladders!


They closed out the show by playing to the top ten Rock and Roll songs of the 80's.


A little dancing




And a salute goodbye.



After the show you could meet the band and get some of their swag autographed.  I tried to take a selfie with them, but like a dummy I had the phone flipped the wrong way, and by the time I figured it out they were telling me no selfies because it held up the line!   Damn it!  

It was a fun-filled night and just a thrill to see them perform in person.  I will definitely get tickets again next time they come around!