Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Small Town Fun

I think one of the best things me and Greg did was select a "small town" in which to base our log cabin. It's nice to escape from the concrete jungle. And doesn't it seem like the small towns always have the nicest events and friendliest people?

One evening we headed downtown.....





I packed up my wine backpack with "spirits" and cheese. (Special thanks to one of my friends for getting us this gift for our wedding - best gift ever!)






And we headed to the town pavilion to listen to the local orchestra play a summer concert.







They played a tribute to Frank Sinatra as well as many other favorites. My in-laws loved it. (On the other hand, my pre-teen nephew and stepson were begging for ice cream money but I think they managed to listen to a few tunes...)



Now I must admit, I wasn't sure if I should have brought my wine backpack. (Greg's mom was glad I did! Ha!) And during the concert, I noticed this elderly lady staring at me and my backpack. At the end of the concert she approached me and I thought "uh oh, I offended someone." Instead she smiled and said "now that's the way to enjoy a summer concert!" I knew I loved this town......

24 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

That's exactly the way I would enjoy it! We have one of those backbacks (ours is only for two, wish it was for four) that we bought when we visited the wine country in Ca a few years ago. We go to a local concert every so often on Saturday night called Shindig on the Green. Technically pets, drinking and smoking are prohibited, but every one is very tolerant of pets and a bottle of wine....not so much the smoking.

Hugs,
Penny

Mildred said...

I love seeing some of the sights around your cabin. Daisy in OH attended a similar event in her town - her son plays in the orchestra. Looks like gorgeous weather and a great crowd. Funny about tastes in music - cute about the boys wanting ice cream instead of listening to the older tunes!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I love it, Shelley.... What could be better than a small town concert ---and some wine and cheese??? WOW---sounds like paradise to me!!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

grammy said...

How great (o:
we have a small town main street but there really are los of people living here. Took the 3 year old down town to listen to a band play while people danced...she danced too (o:

itsJUSTme said...

Wow, your town is so pretty!
And... I love Frank Sinatra!!!
I would have taken the wine too! ;-)

Carol said...

It looks a wonderful picture of Americana! The flower baskets hanging from the lamp posts are awesome!

Smiles,
Carol

Daisy said...

As one who lives in a small town year round, I can really appreciate this post, Shelley. Sounds like you had a lovely time. :)

George said...

I don't think there is any place better than a small town. I'm glad you enjoyed the concert (and the wine and cheese).

Catherine Holman said...

Sounds like fun to me! I'll have to look for one of those back packs.
Hugs,
Cathie

Calming Scents said...

you know how to enjoy it! that looks like such a pretty place.

Darla said...

I often miss how much smaller our city was when I was young. What a great day you all must have had!

Busy Bee Suz said...

How fun Shelley....I would love to attend this with you, and of course bring your MIL and the backpack!

Rural Rambler said...

Shelley that is just the kinda evening CH and I love! What a wonderful night in town :)

Charli and me said...

I love all of these small town events. To me they are better then a vacation. Sigh... A beautiful evening, wonderful entertainment, and a delicious red wine! It doesn't get better than that....

April said...

Looks like a perfect evening to me! :)

The Retired One said...

How wonderful! Love the picnic kit, I saw one at a shop like it recently too...we have "music at the park" down the street from us on the lake every Wed. night for two months every summer here too...I love it...they serve desserts for a donation and they are all homemade by ladies in town...gotta love a small town and the music is anything from the blues, to polkas to country to rock 'n roll....I look forward to it every year!

Jen said...

Cute story! love the happy ending.

Lisa said...

We live in a small rural town also and it is true... the people are definitely friendlier than in a larger city area. So glad you enjoyed your local concert!! Sounds like a nice outing! I would have really enjoyed all those tunes!!
Lisa in Kentucky

Lisa said...

We live in a small rural town also and it is true... the people are definitely friendlier than in a larger city area. So glad you enjoyed your local concert!! Sounds like a nice outing! I would have really enjoyed all those tunes!!
Lisa in Kentucky

John Poole said...

Hey Shelley! Great that you have such a wonderful town and community nearby. All the photos are lovely. And I especially like your wine & cheese backpack! Hope you have a great weekend. ~John

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

That sounds like so much fun. I would love to do that. What a pretty little town too. I sooo want to visit :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Karen said...

Girlfriend, I would've been sitting right there clinking glasses with you! YAY! Love this!
Hugs! Karen

tinab158 said...

Hello! This is my first visit to your blog...actually I was searching the net for pictures of chipmunks to show my daughters. I grew up in Michigan where chipmunks abound, but my Florida-born daughters have never had a real-life sighting. Not only did I find a picture of "your" chipmunk, but I spotted one of the prettiest small town pictures. It looked familiar to me, not so much the buildings themselves, but the style. A quick search of your blog...VOILA...it's Gaylord, MI! I lived in Gaylord during my middle school years (1976) and have always wanted to move back. I loved living in Gaylord and miss all that it offered...snow, winter sports, family trips to Fred Bear Museum in Grayling, the fall color change, trees other than palm trees... :-) I hope you don't mind, but I'll be popping by from time to time to get my Gaylord-Fix. Keep the pictures coming!

isfake55 said...

I found these type of sets at Hautelook today and the first thing I thought of was your post, here is the link
http://www.hautelook.com/event/3993

They always have good deals :)