Friday, 21 November 2014
Even though we woke to much rain and wind, I did not feel like we were on staycation as we still have one more job to do.
north window view
east window view
south window view
From the south window, I can see the wind warning flags just past the port office. Today, they said gale warning.
This was backed up by the head of Pacific County Emergency Management:
water plants below south window
For the cats, staycation is just an ordinary day, other than the fact that they seem to be extra happy when I am home all day.
I had a good selection of books checked out of the library. They had been waiting so long for me to have rainy reading days that I had had to renew most of them.
mostly cozy mysteries except for the Damien Echols autobiography
I sort of accidentally ended up with a preponderance of cozy mysteries. When making my first set of winter reading orders from the library, I realized I had fallen behind on the China Bayles series by Susan Wittig Albert. The Friday Night Knitting Club and The Wednesday Sisters had been recommended in a book I recently read about friendship. Damien Echols got in there because we recently watched the third Paradise Lost documentary, and I have The Perks of Being a Wallflower, having recently enjoyed the movie. I don’t knit, and yet I am reading a mystery series called The Seaside Knitters, mainly because it is well written and takes place in a small seaside town. So even though I long to read And the Dark Sacred Night next, I had to read Patterns in the Sand, book two of Seaside Knitters today as it was actually overdue and accruing a 15 cents a day fine.
Allan made a delicious breakfast with an omelette containing olive tapenade. I broke out the kahlua for staycation mornings coffee. Just a splash, not enough to interfere with reading.
with one of my favourite condiments, Patak lime pickle, on the side
I felt restless because of having one more job to do before the official start of staycation and found it hard to settle down to read my book. When I finally did so, the wind was still roaring outside.
I now had only four hours to read the book before we had to go out for the evening. Fortunately, it was a short and satisfying read.
Patterns in the Sand by Sally Goldenbaum
I like its descriptions of seaside town life that remind me of our lives here at the SW Washington coast.
Reminds me of Ilwaco Saturday Market:
Some lovely descriptions of beachy landscapes:
The sweetness of the knitters gathering to make chemo caps:
One of those pencil corrector type of reader had gotten to the book before me. I do have to admit she is correct, in that the fiber is spun rather than woven. I do find such corrections jarring even when they are right.
My only caveat about the small town setting is that there are so very many restaurants that I begin to wonder if it is actually a town more the size of Newport, Oregon. There’s Annabelle’s…
and Harry Garazzo’s deli:
And a teashop or two:
So many successful restaurants and bars.
I made note of them: The Artist’s Palate (clever name!), The Ocean’s Edge, Sweet Petunia (the real name of Annabelle’s), Coffee (the coffee shop’s eponymous name), The Gull Tavern, Harry’s Deli, and more…and then a character enters a scene bearing a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee! That does imply a city like Newport more than a small town like Long Beach or Ilwaco.
The fictional town of Sea Harbor is supposed to be on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, near Gloucester, which may explain why so many restaurants can thrive in its setting. It’s closer to some big cities than we are here.
I’m looking forward to the third and more books in the series.
Meanwhile, Allan sorted and flattened the paper bags that had been used for sorting bulbs and got them all into a box for storage till next year.
good bags and discarded torn paper bags and mesh plastic bulbs bags
While sorting, he commented: “You’re getting better. I’m not spotting any more mistakes [typos] in the blog or any more bulbs left behind in your bulb bags.” During his last bag sorting session, he’d found five small, stray, tiny bulbs (each from a different bag) that ended up at the Ilwaco Post Office. I am sorry for whoever missed out on them and should have gotten them.
Bulb time is OVER as Allan takes the box out to the shed for storage!
I just managed to finish my book by 5:30, when it was time to go to Chinook for an evening event:
Shakespeare Revolution in Chinook
Join actors Laura Montes and Joe Wegner for a public performance at the Chinook Events Center!
Part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s School Visit Program, the actors will present their touring Shakespeare and literature programs in an event entitled “Shakespeare Revolutions.”
Chinook Event Center
The Chinook Event Center (in the town of Chinook just a few miles east of us, upriver) was all kitted out for the event.
The Depot Restaurant served up “Bard Bones” and potatoes.
Chef Michael of the Depot
Nancy Gorshe of the Depot serving wine and cider. No mead!
Allan’s photo, as I acquire some cider
a “bard bone”
I opted for just lots of potatoes with scrumptious horseradish sauce.
Ilwaco High School Jazz Band performed for an hour before the show.
guarded by knights in armour
I suffered from some disappointment before the show when I learned that our friends who were to join us had to cancel because one of them is still under the weather. It was much more of a disappointment to her, as she is the one who had encouraged us to attend the event. I felt bad for her. It was a comfort to find Seaview Patti and another gardener, Debbie of Ocean Park, to schmooze with at the back of the room. I was thrilled to learn that Patti has decided not to sell her glorious home and garden and move to Portland after all. Madeline and Jacob of Pink Poppy Bakery, Jared and Jessika, our Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm neighbours, and many other familiar faces filled the room.
Jared and Jessika of Starvation Alley Organic Cranberry Farm!
(As I write this blog entry, I am drinking some delicious Starvation Alley Cranberry juice and tonic water.)
From the upstairs balcony, Allan caught me texting event updates to my dear friend who was convalescing at home.
The theatre performance was so delightful that I hesitate to say so, as I know my absent friend will read this and be more sorry she could not attend.
Shakespeare Program: “They Say It’s Your Birthday”
In celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, the actors will perform selections from some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, including but not limited to:
Much Ado About Nothing | selections from various scenes: Beatrice, Benedick
As You Like It | Act III, scene v: Phoebe, Silvius
The Winter’s Tale | Act II, scene iii: Paulina, Leontes
Twelfth Night | Act II, scene iv: Viola, Orsino
Macbeth | Act V, scene viii: Macbeth, Macduff
The selections were performed in a modern style, couched in the idea that two young people were throwing a birthday party for Will’s 450th birthday. They had invited characters from the plays without considering that many of them would have squabbles with each other.
very modern with cell phones and texts from the party guests
I would love to have gotten a photo of the well choreographed sword fight. I thought I probably was not supposed to be taking photos and that, no matter how discreetly I did so, it might be bothersome to other audience members.
a publicity photo from the promotional material
As part of the event, on Thursday and Friday, the actors coached Ilwaco and Naselle high school students in scenes from various plays, including “Much Ado About Nothing,” “As You Like It” and “Macbeth.”
The Shakespeare performance was followed by a timely play about immigration.
“American Night High! The Ballad of an Immigrant Student Dreaming in the USA” is the story of a young Mexican immigrant dreaming, the night before her citizenship exam, of becoming a United States citizen. Throughout the dream we meet famous figures from United States history such as Meriwether Lewis, Teddy Roosevelt, Betsy Ross, Sacagawea, Jackie Robinson and Woody Guthrie.
This 35-minute play is inspired by “American Night, the Ballad of Juan Jose” by Richard Montoya and Culture Clash. The play premiered at the Festival in 2010 and was commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of American Revolutions: United States History Cycle, a 10-year program commissioning up to 37 new plays sprung from moments of change in United States history. The Los Angeles based theatre troupe, Culture Clash, is known for irreverent portrayals of historical and political figures and social satire through sketch comedy.
“American Night High!” is fast-paced and funny. Charged with the history of this great country, it doesn’t shy away from a discussion of immigration issues and the various views held by Democrats, Republicans and the Tea Party Movement. As it navigates these political waters, it never loses sight of the potential of America and the beauty of its complicated history. As one character says, “America ain’t nothing if not a nation built by hard working sons and daughters from far off yonder shores. Every single one of us in this room now is a descendant of immigrants or slaves… Unless’n you’re like my good friend, Sacagawea.”
I was pleased at the subject matter and, of course, the liberal viewpoint of the play, and even though parts of it were hilarious, the more tender parts brought a tear to me jaded old eye. I also enjoyed the hissing from the audience against the right wing tea partier. It’s good to be reminded that we live in a liberal (“blue”) county even though we are at the edge of world.
Allan’s photo of the actors receiving flowers after the play.
When I am at home of an evening, it can be difficult to pry me out, and I miss many an event because I’m too firmly ensconced with cats and books and computer. So I am grateful for the encouragement of a friend that got us out the door to attend this excellent show. I only wish my friend Carol from Seattle could have joined us; she stayed with me in the Shakespeare Room at Sylvia Beach Hotel in September, and every year she takes a trip to Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival.
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