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Well HELLO there! It's good 'ol HUMP day. And here on Travelin' Cousins it is W2GW (Where to Go Wednesday) - the day of the week that we share our hand picked local and upcoming fun weekend events!! See below...
Guess what I've gotta do today??? I've gotta Pack! Yup, I pack and unpack, and pack and unpack.
I'm not the type to ever pack the same items from trip to trip. Each trip has it's own flavor and uniqueness and therefore changing up my wardrobe is essential in my packing. So this afternoon I'll be packing my luggage and tonight I'll be assisting Dave with packing his.
Here's some Dave Trivia: Packing is one of his WORST chores!
As far as yesterday went, I took Cosette to her Horseback riding lesson. She rode a new horse and since he is only trained in Western, she had to work on her Western Riding skills (which she hardly ever uses). His name is Moe and he was a super sweetie!!
Another fun thing was that I finally received my new cycling shoes!! They are so fun and I luv them!
I also spent some time adding lots of new pictures to my PHOTO GALLERY and to a couple of our slide shows, such as THROWBACK THURSDAY. Check them out and let me know what you think!
And on the travelin' side of things: I was shopping around at the airfare for my trip to Puerto Rico and to Dallas, and for Dave's return airfare from Cincinnati. I like what I saw and think I'll be booking soon!
Ok, now for what you've all been waiting for, W2GW...
And I've got to say that this is a tough one. There are so many fun things to do that I would have a difficult time deciding! Decisions decisions!
For the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend:
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
The 57th annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival will be Honoring Our Returning Veterans this Memorial Day weekend May 22nd through 25th at Main and Euclid in Garden Grove. Friday evening free strawberry shortcake is served to all who attend. Saturday starts with a 5K Run, VIP Breakfast then the parade with 15 TV and film celebrities plus 25 veterans and their families. The four-day event benefits local charities. Delicious food, over 200 booths, 35 exciting rides, live music and dance, plus four contests guarantee great family fun. For more info click HERE
The Scottish Fest features: Scottish games, dancing, music, food, drinks and of course, kilts. Enjoy whisky tasting, Highland dancing, bands, piping & drumming and traditional Scottish feats of strength like the hammer throw and caber toss. There will also be plenty of activities for kids. Sure to be a good time! For more info click HERE
Santa Ana Memorial Day Carnival
This old fashion four-day carnival extravaganza runs May 22nd through 25th. There will be rides, games, food and live music by local bands. Expected attendance of 30,000 people. It's a great way to have lots of fun without spending a ton of money. Tickets are only $1 each. For more info click HERE
Visit the Nixon Library free on Memorial Day
REMEMBERING THOSE WHO PROTECTED OUR FREEDOM ★ 11 AM Wreath Laying ★ 1 PM East Room Ceremony ★ 3:30 PM Concert by the Placentia Symphonic Band Remarks by Marine Corps Brigadier General Daniel Yoo, Rep. Ed Royce (Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs) and Marine Corps Major General (Ret.) Melvin Spiese Patriotic musical performances by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band Formal 21-Gun Salute and Presentation of the Colors by U.S. Marines For more info and to register click HERE
The Annual Topanga Days Country Fair
The Annual Topanga Memorial Parade is one of the most enjoyed, bohemian-style parades in Los Angeles. It is said to be the inspiration for Hollywood’s Doo Dah Parade. Along with plenty of food and crafts at the fair, there will be two live music stages, a complete kids’ zone with such games as: spill the milk, face painting, goldfish bowl toss (animal friendly), lucky duck and more. For the older kids, check out: sack races, egg toss, watermelon spit, bucket fill and pie eating contest. Head on over there and join the good old fashion fun! For more info click HERE
If I were gonna be in town (I'll be coming at ya from Mendocino), I think I'd spend one day at the Scottish Festival and another at the Topanga Fair!
Please be sure and catch up with Elisa in her column, she has some great info about the musical WEST SIDE STORY - definitely a favorite. And she's got a quote over there that is SO VERY TRUE and does not just pertain to dancers! READ IT!
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I look forward to meeting you back here tomorrow for some TBT FUN!!! -T
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W2GW: NYC Ballet's West Side Story Suites
Happy Wednesday! Yes, we are mid-week already.
I have to tell you - I feel like this week has been soooo long! The kids have had two major things going on (in addition to their usual homework) - The Annual Social Studies Fair (which takes place this evening) and Book Reviews for the third trimester.
Unfortunately, both girls have fallen behind in their book reviews, so now it's crunch time for both of them.
Kelsey reading her part at the 3rd Grade Prayer Service yesterday
Yesterday, Kelsey's grade had a prayer service. The third graders were so adorable. I snagged a few pictures from the event!
W2GW... Ok - so back to the business at hand - W2GW (Where to Go Wednesday).
Today, I'm going to talk about somewhere to go which I CANNOT go to. Yup! Keep reading...
Back in January, I had gotten tickets to the New York City Ballet's production of the West Side Story Suites, choreographed by Jerome Robbins.
^ l l West Side Story Suites Adapted for the Ballet by Jerome Robbins in 1995 l l v
While I am usually so efficient with the calendar, I failed to write in the Girls' School Social Studies Fair on "May 20th", which happened to be the same night that I purchased tickets for this amazing ballet!!
I didn't realize it until last week, and to say I was bummed would be an understatement.
However, there is still one performance left this season for West Side Story Suites, next Tuesday, May 26th. If you are able to attend, I strongly suggest it!!!
West Side Story (1961) Winner of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director(s) (Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise)
Here's a bit of history to the play, West Side Story and its adaptation to the ballet: In 1957, West Side Story took Broadway by storm as it heralded a new era in musical theatre.
Jerome Robbins, the brainchild behind this highly acclaimed theatrical masterpiece, had the idea to update Romeo and Juliet, setting it in modern-day New York. He put together a talented team that included composer Leonard Bernstein, playwright Arthur Laurents, and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and their collaboration was pure genius.
West Side Story played for two years on Broadway, then toured the U.S. The musical ran for nearly three years in London, and has since been staged in cities around the world. The movie followed in 1961, winning 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (for co-directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins). A special award was also presented to Robbins for his choreography.
In 1989, "Jerome Robbins’ Broadway" opened at the Imperial Theater in New York. Included in the retrospective of Robbins’ musical theater work was a suite of dances from West Side Story, which the choreographer re-staged at New York City Ballet in 1995.
Tanya's W2GW...I strongly you suggest you jump over to Tanya's side to read about these captivating places to go in SoCal: > Garden Grove Strawberry Festival > Scottish Fest > Santa Ana Memorial Day Carnival > Nixon Library > The Annual Topanga Days Country Fair
I'll be heading over to get a facial later this morning. I won't lie- it's going to feel good to relax for an hour and just veg out!!
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