We local Macys and one Williams had an adventure last night. It was a month-early celebration for Mauri’s 70th birthday. Sometimes you need to name a celebration to rationalize spending more than you would normally spend to do something you really, really want to do. I’ve retired from throwing parties, so I jumped at an opportunity to let someone else do the planning and cooking and cleaning and entertainment (not that Mauri ever even hints at wanting or expecting a party in his honor).
So learning the Punch Brothers, not-your-average bluegrass band, would be playing a benefit performance at a local winery was just too good an opportunity to pass up. That it benefited children’s cancer research only sweetened the pot. But who are the Punch Brothers? You’ve heard of Nickel Creek? You’ve heard of Garrison Keillor? Well, Chris Thile and Nickel Creek being regulars on Prairie Home Companion has led Garrison to name Chris as his successor on the show.
A full twenty-four hours after dropping bottles of frozen water in the cooler (it was hot!) and putting our low-back chairs in the car, we are still way up on a cloud over the evening.
Sharing the highlights . . .
That’s our beautiful valley right there.
While we waited in line for our gourmet picnic dinner, we looked down into the winery to see Chris and some of the band members getting ready.
Of course Penner-Ash Wine Cellars served Penner-Ash wine; these bottles were sold to individuals as part of the fundraiser, each signed by all five band members.
We each got two tickets as part of our entrance.
We spent our tickets on this delicious blood orange juice. We’re not much into alcohol, as you know.
This is me enjoying someone else’s cooking! You’re probably wondering what that mess is on my plate.
Finishing our food and waiting for the main event.
John Macy’s panorama shot gets all seven of us in the pic but skews the perspective. We’re actually looking at the performers.
I can’t overstate our joy over the music these guys produced. I didn’t shoot any video because I knew I could include this:
A whole concert at Kennedy Center a couple months ago.
The backdrop is so perfect it almost looks artificial.
Another John Macy shot.
Mauri smiled through the whole thing and came right home and bought their latest album. A new fan.