Last week, Steve and I met my parents and siblings in Palm Desert California for a vacation. We made plans to meet the VanLaanen family members in Palm Springs – hopefully at Trio.
As it turned out, we did not eat at Trio. However, it was Fashion Week at El Paseo and Trio was the caterer for Wednesday’s show. My sister Julie and I snuck into the catering tent to met Lisa, Lynn and Mark; we also saw Laurie and Paul. Once in, we were golden!
Mark talked a mile a minute – go figure! It was so nice to see him. The tents were full of beautiful everything – people, clothes, food, drink – you name it! We had some kind of vodka, cranberry, club soda drink from the very cool bar set up between the two ginormous tents – very Palm Springs.
The fashion show was supposed to start at 8:00, but it took quite a while for everyone to get seated. Wednesday’s theme was Project Runway designers and featured about a dozen designers from the show. Three huge screens were set up at the back of the runway; each designer had a music video to accompany the models. We stood at the end of the runway, next to the photographers platform, so we had a great view of the models coming and going.
Lisa owns Blacksmith Clothing so Julie and I asked lots of questions about the designs we saw and the possibility of actually buying the clothes. Lisa said the design elements on the runway trickle down to clothes you would actually be able to buy in stores – which is good!
The show lasted about 90 minutes – and was so much fun! It was something I’ve never seen before – and it was fun to spend an evening with Mark when he wasn’t working. Julie and I definitely enjoyed our night out!
It’s not snowing yet, so I feel safe divulging the current temperature in Palm Desert, California.
95 degrees the past two days. According to my phone, it is only 62 right now at 7:00 am, but I think that is understated!
It has been wonderful to walk in the morning! No ice or snow to navigate and we wear shorts! And sunscreen! Feels pretty great.
I hope it doesn’t snow much today – really!
Every once in a while, something happens that just seems surreal. That was true for me last night.
Main Street Market is a big supporter of the Door Community Auditorium; we’ve sponsored shows every year for the past 20 years. (Disclaimer: I am a member of the board of directors of the DCA.)
One of the perks of show sponsorship is that you get to meet the artists backstage after the show. Over the years, we’ve met lots of great artists – some well-known, some not so much! Kathy Mattea, the BoDeans, Mary Wilson, The Bellamy Brothers, The Neville Brothers, Bob Hope – it’s a pretty good list! (I really should find a place to display all the pictures from our photo ops!)
Our kids aren’t usually too keen about going backstage to meet the artists. That was not true of The Lumineers! Especially Sam – he was so excited to both hear them and meet them!
I did not know anything about The Lumineers. In early May, Sam sent me an email with a link to their Ho Hey video. He said they were coming to the DCA in June – could we sponsor them?
I knew the DCA Mainstage season lineup and didn’t recall seeing them on the schedule. I followed the link Sam sent and saw that The Lumineers were opening for Brandi Carlile.
Brandi Carlile performed at DCA the summer of 2010; Main Street Market sponsored her show. She was amazing – it was one of the best shows I’ve seen at DCA. When Cari Lewis booked Brandi for June 2012, we jumped on that show sponsorship. Therefore, we were already sponsoring The Lumineers! Needless to say, Sam thought that was pretty cool.
The entire evening was awesome. The Lumineers were fantastic – received a standing O from the sold-out crowd! Brandi Carlile was even better than the first time – more polished and man, what a voice!
Sam, Missy and I were so excited to go backstage after the show. They were all jazzed – and so nice. The Lumineers are young – early-mid 20′s! Crazy. They were just happy to be playing their music on the road and happy for the opportunity to open for Brandi. That was only 7 months ago! And last night, they performed at The Grammy’s. And I watched, along with millions of other people.
However, unlike the vast majority of those people, I’ve seen them perform live, met them and have this photo to prove it! Today, I am going to display our signed poster of the concert somewhere in the store. I might even look for a place to hang a picture or two.
One other cool thing from The Grammy’s last night. Preservation Hall Jazz Band backed up the Black Keys on one of the night’s performances. The Preservation Hall guys were also at the DCA last summer – and brought down the house! That should tell you something about our venue and the quality of the shows we present. (Plug for DCA!) The 2013 Mainstage schedule will be released in late April.
Maryna graduated from boot camp in Fort Leonardwood, Missouri yesterday at 9:00 am. Congratulations!
Andrew flew to Missouri Wednesday to attend the graduation ceremony. Maryna has 4 days off – she can leave the base at 9:00 am but must return by 8:00 pm. Andrew sent me this picture of Maryna in her dress uniform yesterday afternoon. They had been woken up at 4:00 am Thursday before the ceremony; she was taking a nap!
Andrew is taking lots of pictures of Fort Leonardwood to show us when he returns. I imagine he’ll have more stories to tell of Maryna’s experiences at boot camp since she returned after Christmas break. Crazy – it is so hard!
Maryna will move into nicer digs next week and have a few amenities – internet! It will be easier to communicate – writing letters is so sloooooow.
We are all so proud of Maryna. Graduating from boot camp in the Unites States Army is no small feat and definitely not for the faint of heart!
The last snow day we had, I got out my trusty Edgewood Orchard Gallery cookbook and found this great recipe. It was delicious! I shared with my parents andJjeri – everyone loved it.
It was easy to assemble, smelled delicious and really does need the sour cream and cilantro. I made cornbread to go with it – any crusty bread would be just fine.
Some foods are made for snow days! Enjoy!