On Saturday, we met family in Minneapolis and took three of the grandchildren to see Amahl and the Night Visitors at Orchestra Hall. (Every time I try to text message that title, it changes it to 'a mall.' They must think we're all obsessive shoppers!) Anyway, Amahl was performed by the Minnesota Ballet, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Minnesota Chorale.
Don't worry, this photo was taken long before the performance,
and without flash.
Everyone enjoyed it, and I've always loved the story, so each Christmas I go online to see if I can find a performance anywhere nearby. A couple years ago it was slated to be performed in Minneapolis, but a musicians' strike got in the way.
The Minneapolis Holiday Market
Next to Orchestra Hall
Next to Orchestra Hall
Shoppers pay a $6 admission fee for the 'privilege'
of shopping there! How clever is that!
On Nicollet Avenue
When I uploaded this photo, although it was taken at the intersection of 11th and Nicollet in Minneaopolis, it doesn't look like Minneapolis. It looks like some town in western North Dakota, low buildings and lots of sky. It looks different in person, somehow. It must be something about the camera.
After the performance, we all went to Brit's Pub, across the street from Orchestra Hall, for dinner.
Brit's Pub Interior
Two of our beautiful granddaughters, sitting next to their grandma who couldn't seem to keep her eyes open during the split second it takes to get a photo.
Grandpa and the Youngest of the Brothers
(who said he misses his cousin 'Hemry')
Mr. Cranberry and his wife
Unfortunately, other family photos were totally blurry. BUT, the rest of the family isn't off the hook. They'll be visiting over New Years and I'll catch them then.
I LOVE the big city...to visit. Then I like to come home to fields and woods and bright, starry skies.
SO, Family, Brits, and Orchestra Hall are a few of my favorite things. What are yours? Can you name three of your favorites?
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