Behind My Red Door

Sunday, June 1, 2008

A Colorful Weekend

Happy Monday friends! I cannot believe it is June already. Another weekend has come and gone. It was the perfect mix of quiet time at home, doing outside chores in the wonderful spring air amidst nature's glory, some inside chores, a certain someone watched his golf tournament, and even a trip to the big city! I am not a city girl at all - even though I have almost always lived in the burbs, I am a country girl at heart. But this weekend we took a trip to Boston, our state's capital and a bustling, busy and confusing city - well confusing to me at least.

Saturday evening David and I met Jay and Angela and her folks Lori and Jim at The Texas Roadhouse, which is fairly new to this area. After a yummy meal and too many peanuts, we all ventured into Boston to see the show Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

From their website: "Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." Blue Man Group is a creative organization dedicated to creating exciting and innovative work in a wide variety of media and is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The blissful party atmosphere created at their live events has become the trademark of a Blue Man Group experience. These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else. "

I was surprised at how easily we found a parking garage within walking distance of the theater and on the short walk, we went by some very old brick town houses - I would have loved to taken a peak inside the windows! The Charles Playhouse is a teeny old theater in Boston's famous Theater District. A little Charles Playhouse history - it was built in 1839 as a Universalist Church in 1864 became the first Synagogue in Boston. It was a speakeasy during Prohibition, a jazz club in World War II and eventually, an Actor's company started a playhouse on the site in 1958.

The Marquee:

As we made our way to our seats, we found we were in the second row and within feet of the stage. Then we saw the disposable rain ponchos on our seats and we knew we were in for an "interesting" evening. Imagine someone pouring a jar of child's brightly colored tempera paint on a drum and then pounding on that drum rhythmically within feet of your seat. That's one trademark of Blue Man Group.

After the show, the kids decided to pose with one of the Blue Men - something anyone could do for a small donation to charity. The newlyweds and one Blue Man:

We had a great time and it is something we probably would not have done on our own (kind of like Vegas!) so we are glad the kids suggested it. We'll have to go in to the big city with them more often. Who knows, I may get to like it!

Back in the burbs, there seemed to be an explosion of color once again. Our two huge rhododendrons are in full bloom - and just a sight to behold. These pictures don't begin to capture the color. The one at the front corner of the house is a gorgeous shade of lilac and the even bigger one at the back corner by the deck is a brilliant shade of magenta. It is two stores high, reaching up behind my rocking chair on the deck. Beneath it a white azalea is in full bloom and it shows the sharp contrast of the colors. Just stunning:

The pots by the corner of the garage are filling in nicely:

My new Archillea is so pretty:

I have several mounds of pink Armeria and I just love the pop of color they provide most of the summer:

One of the many types of daisies I have planted. I LOVE daisies - in fact they played a prominent part in my wedding. I think these make a nice contrast to the red geraniums and purple verbena in my old wash tub, don't you?

Thanks for taking this colorful tour of our weekend! I hope yours was just as wonderful.

Until next time - hugs, Linda