Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Enjoying Summer


Yes, it's another Summer in Colorado post, guys. I can't help it. I'm enjoying myself too much. Maybe it's because I was on the road the entire month of June, except for short 4 day stints to do laundry and pack again. Anyway----I've been revelling in Summer ALL July. Simple things, too. Nothing special, really. I'll bet I'm doing some of the same things you guys are wherever you live.

You've heard my lists of doc appointments and meetings in previous postings, well---I grabbed every spare moment in between whenever I was home and ran outside with a good book. I'd settle under my big maple tree beside the secluded little corner of my front yard where no one ever saw my or I'd relax on my backyard patio in an ancient and oh-so-comfy chaise lounge. I'd be so engrossed in my reading that I'd stay outside too long in the evening sometimes and found bunches of mosquito bites the next morning. Darn. Hate those things.

Last Saturday morning, I was up at 6am and on a hiking trail by 6:30am with a friend. Early morning is a great time to hike in the summer---no hot sun beating down and all the morning birds are singing and calling to each other. Fort Collins has miles of hiking trails that wind around our city and beside our scenic Cache La Poudre river and along Spring Creek and up into the foothills on the western edge of town up to the ridge that overlook the lovely, long Horsetooth Resevoir. Winding through wooded areas beside the rushing river and through prairie areas filled with scurrying wildlife and eager, hungry hawks circling, ready to swoop down for their next meal. Our trails take us everywhere---hiking, biking, walking.



Also, this past week, I went with another friend to see a wonderful Colorado State University summer theatre performance of Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona." I'd never seen this play. Apparently, it's one of Shakespeare's earliest works and is filled with buffoonery, clownish humor, and fun. Of course, there are two young couples separated from each other. One gentleman stays faithful to his love, while the other doesn't. And---is caught at it. By his own lover, who is disguised as a young boy. All standard Shakespeare fun. But there was a lightness and innocence that was refreshing. There were even two scene-stealing dogs---Jewel and Crab. Of the two, Crab was the better actor. Seriously. His servant-master would be having hysterics while Crab calmly stared at the scenery, at the audience, at the other characters, ignoring his silly owner. Of course, the audience loved him. Can't you picture Shakespeare auditioning dogs? I can.


Next week, I'm going to Colorado University in Boulder with a friend to the Colorado Shakespeare Festival they hold each summer. Shakespeare under the Stars in their beautiful outdoor amphitheatre. The performances are top notch. Excellent. Next week, we see King Lear, almost 180 degrees different from the Verona piece. Lear is a work of The Bard's later years, and is filled with insights that continue to have relevance in all our lives.

What about you folks? Have any of you gone to some theatre this summer? Any other outdoor productions?

11 comments:

Lover of Books said...

No theatre preformances. I miss going to the theatre. I used to go quite often. I would love to take my oldest to a production of a Nutcracker or something Christmasy this year.
Krista

Rural View said...

Your summer sounds heavenly. The closest summer theater to us is a long haul so we haven't gone. I do miss it.

Dru said...

This is the first year where I haven't been to the theatre. I may have to change that.

Your Colorado summer sounds good.

Maggie Sefton said...

Krista---Oh the kids would definitely enjoy that, Krista. You know, when something like that comes to mind I write it in my daytimer far ahead so I won't forget. Otherwise, it might not re-surfact until who knows when.

Maggie Sefton said...

Rural View & Dru---you guys should treat yourselves. There's gotta be a city nearby or close that has some theatre. I just LOVE live theatre. We writers need to re-fill the well, you know.

Tonya Kappes said...

We have a wonderful little orchestra in the park's amphitheatre for free on Thursday nights. It's a great place to gather.

Margy said...

I haven't been to any theater, but I am taking a storytelling class this summer. My teacher, who is a professional storyteller had a performance in the area. I went to see her and it was fun to see her in that way.

Vickie said...

No theater except at the Promenade 24 to see 'Ramona and Beezus' and 'Despicable Me' with Lady K....

We did go to South Dakota on our way back from Minnesota and Wisconsin in early July and saw Mt Rushmore. That was hellah awesome.

Maggie Sefton said...

Tonya---I love summer music concerts, sitting outside, with breezes blowing--or not.

Margy---Wow, that professional storyteller sounds interesting. That's what we're all doing, actually. Telling stories.

Vickie---I've never been to South Dakota. It would be fun to see Mt. Rushmore.

Heather said...

Though there are many theater productions near me, I really can't afford it right now (and I would LOVE to see Wicked coming here this fall, sniff), but I have been to a few Concerts on the Square, a 6-week series free to the public and held on the grounds of the Capitol here in Madison. So far my favorite was two weeks ago, with a trio of guest artists called Poperazzi. The concert was an Italian-themed mix of opera and pop standards. This week's theme is "Summer Nights in Vienna" - lots of Strauss on the program for this one!

I've also attended Art Fair on the Square, an "Artzoobilee" exhibit at the local zoo, and have been on numerous walks in the Arboretum, both guided and solo.

Maggie Sefton said...

Heather---your Concerts Wed night. Tonight I was with a friend at the Lagoon next to Colo State Univ for a perfomance of jazz musicians. Every week it's a differnet mix of musicians. And the Art Fair sounds greart too. I love Art Walks.