Wednesday, May 21, 2008


My college friend Anita called us yesterday with an exciting plan; to ride the light rail to Downtown Minneapolis and see the Minnesota Orchestra in an open-air concert.
It was really fun.
We got up this morning and sped to the park and ride, then took a 20 minute ride on the train and then walked down Nicollet Mall, which is a pedestrian-friendly length of street in the downtown.
I hadn't been downtown Minneapolis since 2004.
The elder hug-a-bug was tiny and spent the entire time in a stroller.
When we got to Peavey Plaza we had just missed the Taiko demonstration, I was a little bummed, but we were right next to these guys

a trio of percussionists who let their sons and grandsons get in on the musical fun in the sun, note the two-year-old on the marimba!

The Younger Hug-a-Bug was overcome with the music, and he rushed in to be a part of it as well.

The mom of the fellow in the striped shirt said that it was o.k. and Little Hug-a-Bug played the marimba for a short while too.

The band was terrific!

Then we all sat down and listened to the Minnesota Orchestra with a huge crowd.

The Elder Hug-a-Bug was very excited, and maybe a little disturbed, that there were so many adults sitting on this wall.

The kids did really well.

They lasted all the way through the overture to the Barber of Seville, and a Suite from Carmen.

Eventually we did have to get back on the train and come home, but I will certainly keep this on our itinerary for the future.

On a baking note, I went to a little deli near our house the other day and had the most tasty cookies.

They were peanut butter with Reese's Pieces in them.

I had to try my own.

They were also quite tasty.

Recipe to follow, I have to get to work.

Have a musical Wednesday,


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