Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Jazz Time

Last week was filled with long-delayed appointments---doctors, dentists---and other everyday stuff that I wasn't able to attend to during most of May and all of June. And this week will be more of the same. So----this past weekend I relaxed again---big time.



No, I didn't spend the days reading . . .well. . .I did read a little, Couldn't help myself. But most of Saturday and Sunday afternoons, I chose to join many others in Fort Collins and gather at our picturesque Old Town Square. Last weekend was Fort Collins' Jazz Experience. Jazz musicians from all over Colorado and the rest of the U.S. came to perform in Old Town. The Square was the location of the main jazz stage, but there was also another stage in Oak Stree Plaza, which is only three blocks from the Square. And, it's also very close to my fave cafe---Jay's Bistro. My sleuth Kelly Flynn and her friends enjoy going to the "Jazz Bistro" in the mystery series, which is based on the Fort Collins' original. Great food, yummy martinis, and cool jazz.


Old Town Square marks the junction where the earliest two streets in Fort Collins, Willow and Linden. crossed back in the 1870's. I had just started strolling through the Square on Saturday and noticed a vacant chair available in the midst of the many people gathered to watch the musicians on the stage situated right beside the beautiful fountain. I claimed the chair and had a perfect spot under the trees and beside the flowers and watched one talented jazz band after another perform. What a treat. And a Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop nestled amongst the other shops surrounding the Square made it easy to stay all afternoon and into the evening. What a treat.

Did you treat yourself to something special this weekend?

15 comments:

Tonya Kappes said...

Your town square sounds very cozy. I'm working on edits to send to agent.

Dru said...

I love the setting of your town square and sitting there listening to jazz sounds just awesome!

Andrea C. said...

Sounds wonderful. I grew up in a "village" that had a cute town square like that - I miss it! :)

Babs said...

The Square does sound wonderful we should all have one it would be nice.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Your weekend sounds great. Cool jazz and ice cream - what better ways to deal with summer.

Mine was more of a working weekend. Attended a writer's workshop on Saturday and finished a long running home improvement project on Sunday. Oh, and babysat grandkids Saturday night. Not as relaxed but very satisfying.

signlady217 said...

Just hung out here at the house (hubby was golfing Saturday with a friend) and then church Sunday. Just a quiet time by myself. Lovely!

Lover of Books said...

Nothing special this last weekend. Hope to relax this weekend, may have friends over for supper on Sunday.
Krista

Beth Groundwater said...

Monday was my "Jazz Day." I headed into Manitou Springs, CO to Black Cat Books where author friend Cicily Janus was having a book release party, complete with a jazz quartet playing outside, for her nonfiction book, The New Face of Jazz, a series of mini-biographies of the jazz greats and soon-to-be-greats of today. An important volume for any jazz follower!

Maggie Sefton said...

Tonya----I hear you. I'm expecting my editor's input in the new couple of weeks on the Kelly mystery I just turned in.

Dru---It was a perfect summer Saturday. And I really needed it.

Andrea---Our Old Town Square has become the focal point of Old Town. Whe it was made back in 1987, they wisely closed off all traffice on Linden Street and made it brick-paved. But they allowed the cross street of Willow to have traffic.

Maggie Sefton said...

Babs---It truly is. The pedestrians area in middle with fountant and stage also has flower beds and trees. And shops and cafes line both sides.

Linda L---Now I'm curious. What was your home project?

Signlady--Quiet time to yourself----that's the best.

Maggie Sefton said...

Krista---Sounds perfect for summer. I hope you can be outside.

What fun, Beth! Her book sounds really interesting, and I know the jazz made it a special treat.

Katie said...

I took my kids for dinner (ok, McD's...) and a movie. not something we do often, but they had a blast :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Have you seen Toy Store 3, yet? I did with my daughter and family and laughed my head off. It was even funnier than the first.

Heather said...

Sounds like a fun event! This past weekend was Art Fair on the Square (450 artists) and Art Fair Off the Square (130 artists), which I attended on Saturday. Hot and crowded, and I can never afford anything, but always fun to walk around and look at all the booths. On Sunday I got together with one of my best friends from college, who I had not seen in years. A fun weekend, though not exactly "relaxing"!

Maggie Sefton said...

Hey, Heather, time with old friends is the best.