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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Introduction to CPCT: A Night of Improv with Makeshift Up

Crown Point Community Theater
1125 Merrillville Road | Crown Point, IN

Yesterday I made my way to Crown Point for a night of improv. It was a fun night out, and I'd definitely go again.

After a satisfying dinner on the balcony patio of Station 21, we headed out to the Crown Point Community Theater. I wasn't sure what to expect. We pulled up the the stripmall and went into the theater.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Regaling Renaissance Faire

Another year, another visit to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. This year I only had one weekend I could squeeze in a visit. Under threat of rain, we ventured to the grounds. It seems everyone in the greater Chicago area had the same idea. The crowd was bigger than I'd ever seen it. The paid parking area was so densely packed that the cars were nearly parked in the free parking area.

Mr. K pulled up to a super close spot abandoned by an earlier festgoer. We walked through the thick, rain-watered grass to the path to the front gates. It was a perfect day to be out. It was cool and cloudy, but we didn't get rain. Despite the line of cars to get in the lot, there was no line at the entrance. We walked right in. We walked past the Mud Show, over Lake Elizabeth, and around to the Trader's Cove Stage.

We followed the music VaNa MaZi. A lively band playing gypsy music from the old country. Which country? I'm not sure. Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia? The upbeat melody of accordion, drum, upright bass, guitar, and violin made it hard not to get up and dance. Some people couldn't restrain themselves. Some tried unsuccessfully to drag their shy partners up to dance. I stayed to the end of the set and moved on.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Wild Summer Nights

As the days get longer, zoos around the country open up their doors for an evening crowd. This past weekend, I was invited to visit Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo. Over the summer, every Friday and Saturday night they extend their hours, set up the bandstand, bust out the special menu, and tap the kegs at the biergarten.