Brigadoon at the Symphony

Hi everyone,

Last night Sandy and I loved the performance of Brigadoon at Springfield Symphony’s Pops Concert. BFA students in Music and Dance at Missouri State University gave stirring performances, all accompanied by our great orchestra. There were few empty seats in the house at Juanita K. Hammons Theater for the Performing Arts. What a beautiful venue.

For no particular reason I wound up wearing black for the evening. It wasn’t really Johnny Cash sort of music, but Sandy didn’t urge me to change clothes so I got out of the house like this. After the concert we went to Houlihan’s for a late meal. We got there at 11:01. The kitchen closed at 11:00. We had drinks, went home, and snacked on cheese and crackers before calling it a night.

Kansas City, up and back

Hi everyone,

On Saturday we left from the Faculty Hall of Fame awards banquet to drive to Kansas City. Our bags were packed and in the car. We had tickets for the Andrea Bocelli concert at 8:00 so there wasn’t much time to spare. We went by Elaine Fry‘s home to pick her up and headed downtown to the T-Mobile Center. The area was jammed with people driving around looking for a parking spot. By the time we were finally in our seats it was after 8:00 but people were still streaming in so start time was delayed until nearly 8:30. The arena has a seating capacity of 18,972 and there were few empty seats. Among all those people, two old friends from middle school days, Mary Fry and Mary Irwin, were seated a few rows from our seats.

Bocelli was incredible. He’s the most popular tenor of all time and earned one standing ovation after another, ending with three encores. Another tenor, two sopranos, a pop singer, and a ballerina added to the evening’s program. It was a mess getting out of the building, and we didn’t get back to Elaine’s until midnight, but the day will go down as one of the best ever.

And the Chiefs won on Sunday. Was that a good weekend or what??

Sandy has barely made a dent in expressing her gratitude for all the sweet and wonderful comments about her special recognition Saturday morning. We just haven’t slowed down long enough yet.

There and back.

Hi everyone,

Home again to Goose Lake. Last week Sandy and I, with Larry and Maryann Wakefield, took a river cruise up the Mississippi from New Orleans to Memphis, mostly in the rain.

A few pretty hours though, including a nice sunset. Lots of day trips at ports along the way, including Natchez and Vicksburg. We had a fine time. Now it’s back in the wheel with some serious catching up to to.