Monday, June 20, 2011
MEDINA LADIES NIGHT OUT, DUCKS AND CHICAGO!
Thyme the Restaurant, located just beyond the main square on North Court Street. This isn't really walkable from the square, but it's well worth the drive north to find this little gem.
Although it had threatened rain all evening, we'd spent the entire time walking the square under sunny skies. It only begin raining during our dinner and we moved to a table away from the edge of the patio, but it really was a lovely setting and a terrific meal. A perfect summer evening.
Saturday morning was Canal Day at the Cascade Locks Park, "Akron's Urban Park". Set over at the new Schumacher Cascade Mills site, which is located on North Street across from the Mustill Store, there were a few dozen craft vendors set up and several tents with things for the kids to do. Today was the Park's annual springtime fund raiser and their 4th Duck Derby.
CLPA has a unique partnership with Metro Parks, Serving Summit County and the City of Akron allowing them to promote the historical value of the park while also encouraging residents of Summit County and beyond to get out and about and enjoy nature. Their stated mission is to preserve, protect and promote Cascade Locks Park along locks 10-16 of the Ohio & Erie Canal.
Saturday night I went to Chicago! No, not the town, the stage play. Saturday was the first of our ladies summer season at Porthouse Theater and the show was Chicago! We had a lovely evening for our regular picnic and performance. This year there are 11 in our group (we seem to add one or two each summer). We all brought along some food to share and some wine. We have tables reserved in the pavilion (in case of rain) and we set up in there.
This week we had shrimp, meatball sandwiches, sushi, waldorf salad, ginger cookies, rice krispie treats, melon in proscuitto, pasta salad, little meatballs, orange fluffy salad and 4 or 5 bottles of wine. Yee goodness, we ate well! Conversation flowed nicely as did the wine - and I'm not intimating one had anything to do with the other.
What I like about this group is our diversity. Although we're all about the same age (40's - 60's), we come from many backgrounds and everyone has something to contribute to the conversations.
I think this is a fantastic way to stretch a simple theater experience into a full evening of enjoyment. That being said, our next performance in July will find us over at Sarah's Vineyard prior to the show. As much fun as it is to prepare our own picnic, it's just as much fun to let someone else do the pampering!
This week the show was phenomanal! Directed by Terri Kent with choreography by Mary Ann Black, the production was lively and well done in the space allowed. The music was wonderful under the direction of Jonathan Swoboda. There is a terrific full review by blogger and local critic Roy Berko here. My personal opinion is that Dylan Ratell who played Mary Sunshine stole each scene he was in - yes, WOW! Also, although I thought Ms. Black's portrayal of Roxie was spot on, she felt miscast in the part that seemed to require a younger actor.
I'm looking forward to our next performance which will be The Sunshine Boys. Anyone out there who hasn't had a Porthouse experience yet needs to get out and get there!