7.13.2010

when there's no baseball, there's shakespeare

Today we are off to Stratford, Ontario for two Shakespeare productions and two nights in a bed-and-breakfast. We did this last year during the baseball All Star break, and I liked it so much, I thought it should be an annual tradition.

We're staying at Across The Bridge B&B, owned by two great US ex-pats. Last year they contacted me through this blog and we stayed there as their guests, amazingly enough. Now we are regular customers - and friends.

I have met the best people through wmtc. In fact, before I got back into activism and met people through the War Resisters Support Campaign and the peace movement, everyone I knew in Canada, I had met through this blog. So while I might write more about wmtc's persistent trolls, the real payoff from wmtc has been an amazing network of friends.

We've met great friends through Allan's blog, too, and there's a small subset of folks who read both, or at least read Joy of Sox and are not strangers to wmtc. One of those is a Canadian Red Sox fan living in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, and we're meeting him and his partner tonight for dinner in Stratford.

These are the kinds of things that make me really appreciate my life.

Tomorrow we may drive over to St. Jacobs, the Mennonite community outside K-W, known for its glassworks, quilting and a great farmer's market. (Also known for outlet shopping, but we will avoid that.) I've actually been planning on going to St. Jacobs on one of my mother's visits, as she's mad for handcrafts of all kinds, especially glass and textiles. This might be a preview, then I'll do more in-depth exploring with my mom later in the summer.

Tonight we're seeing As You Like It, and tomorrow night, Christopher Plummer in The Tempest. This is my theatre fix for the year! Plus a break from political and social concerns, which I could really use right now.

15 comments:

M@ said...

Hope to see a full review of the Tempest! We're thinking of trying to catch that one this season.

Amy said...

LOL! I read your reply to my FB comment right after sending that last comment!

Amy said...

OK, I see you answered all my questions from my FB post! Got to learn to read wmtc first....

HAVE A GREAT TIME!

Amy said...

Glad that you are getting to see The Tempest. As I commented on FB, Plummer got a glowing review in the NYTimes. At least I can enjoy it vicariously!

L-girl said...

LOL! I read your reply to my FB comment right after sending that last comment!

Amy: Have a great time! Are you seeing Tim? What plays are you seeing?

Laura: Thanks, Amy! You know where to look for details... :)

:>)

L-girl said...

I've seen Christopher Plummer as Iago to James Earl Jones' Othello. Plummer was amazing. I'm looking forward to this performance.

johngoldfine said...

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jf1vxAZt4J-YaausleYNMIpPoatgD9GSB6H80

I hope this is not too drastically OT, but I know the doings at the border between reality and fantasy are always of interest to wmtc. Too bad you don't get to see Midsummer's Night Dream because Shakespeare always enjoyed mixed-up identities and all the resulting confusion.

L-girl said...

There is identity confusion in As You Like It, so we'll fit it in topic that way, too. Thanks, John.

Jennifer Smith said...

Have fun! OUr family is going to see The Tempest the weekend after this - can't wait!

John F said...

This link is obligatory:

http://www.uoguelph.ca/shakespeare/multimedia/video/wayneandshuster.asx

John F said...

Hmmm. The link I posted isn't showing up in its entirety. Just go to Youtube and search "shakespeare baseball"...

L-girl said...

John F, that bit has been on wmtc several times. Another time can't hurt! Thanks. :)

John F said...

Dang! And here I thought I was introducing you to another precious piece of Canadian culture... ;-)

Kim_in_TO said...

Gee, this trip is a great idea. Wish I could do it! I will have to be content to read your reviews - looking forward to that.

Also - make a note to ask me what I think about Christopher Plummer next time we meet.
=)

L-girl said...

Dang! And here I thought I was introducing you to another precious piece of Canadian culture... ;-)

Sorry, I've been blogging too long for that. :)

Also - make a note to ask me what I think about Christopher Plummer next time we meet.

Hmm, sounds interesting. I will do that.