Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Lodge at Flying Horse

Thanks to a rewards program the club was running when we first arrived on the scene, Nana and Papa had a little getaway to the Lodge at Flying Horse. At about 1 mile's distance, this was the shortest trip we've ever made for a getaway. We were surprised to discover they have 62 rooms and villas (it doesn't seem that big). And we were extremely pleased with our room - wow. It was a great 24 hours!

From our balcony.

A new common area over by the restaurant.

Some filet and a cauliflower "T-Bone."

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Final Pics from Chitty

It's a wrap for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang produced by Elevate Productions. The closing show tonight was particularly fun. Everything went well, energy was high, and the audience was very much engaged and having a blast. Here's a bunch of miscellaneous final pics...

Not far from the theatre is an Amy's Donuts. You gotta check 'em out!

Chitty moved via three ropes that the
stage crew pulled from the wings. Tracy
was one of the Chitty movers. It's harder
than it looks.

Chitty was supported by 16 casters, a set of four near each
wheel. The actual tires do not touch the ground (though
they do turn for effect). A set of three ropes is used to
manipulate the car about stage, one attached center on the
front axle and one attached near each rear wheel. Chitty
(and the hair cutting machine) were rented from the
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown, CO. The
car empty weighs about 600 pounds.

Tracy and Fina with old Chitty.
Fina's in her English Crowd and Fun Fair costume.
If you can't see Tracy, it's because she's in black.

Susan (Fina), Jemima (Grace), and Jeremy (Kaleb).

Fina and Grace. Among the many wonderful new theatre friends we made
doing Chitty, the Davis family was even more involved as a family than
we were. Mom and son trained and "crewed" for Edison, Dad played
Caractacus, and daughter played Jemima. That's five family members!

Fina as a Hidden Child (in the sewer beneath the Vulgarian castle).

The "imperial beard" is about to disappear.

Cast photo by A Better Image Photography.

The Davis family gave each cast member a little opening night gift. Papa's was
a mason jar with candy and some dog biscuits from Edison (Scubby Do
graham crackers). The jar now sits on one of our theatre shelves with: Music
Man (Fina played Amaryllis and Jamie played Mayor Shinn), Nightmare Before
Christmas (Fina played the Clown with the Tear-Away Face, and Tracy and
Jamie crewed), The Arsonists (Jamie and Lynn were Chorus), and Olaf
is there because Jamie once sang "In Summer" for an audition.

Lynn and Tracy built the ticket booth (left) and circus tent (right).

Grandpa Potts and Edison (real name, Pickles).

Potts family with Chitty (photo by A Better Image Photography).

Grow the Roses of Success (photo by Kayla Coburn).

And away it goes...

Friday, June 8, 2018

Which Grandpa is Which ?

So, be careful when you check the box "willing to change your appearance." Which Grandpa Potts is me and which one's from the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie? The "other guy" is Lionel Jeffries. Do you think it's just coincidence that Lionel shares his name with a model train manufacturer?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

AJ's Gotta Go

Only Matt could go to AJ’s game tonight but he did keep us up to speed with these pictures.
1. Up to bat - "I have to pee."
2. Dad says "No, you're batting."
3. On first.
4. Scored a run and kept right on going straight to the bathrooms.
It is never a dull game with AJ.

Out of the Pool!

Part of Colorado summers is clearing the pool for the afternoon lightning warning. Entertaining ourselves why we wait for it to pass! #reguscisummer2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Agony of Defeat

Matteo's Diamondbacks suffered their first loss tonight. They're 1-1 now.  They were down 9 runs at one point, but came back to within 3.

Lexi wasn't impressed.

AJ (orange shirt) provided Bat Boy services.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Cheesecakes, Circus Tents, and Decor

While Papa whips up four cheesecakes, Lynn and Tracy continue work on the sets for Chitty and Tracy decorates for the 4th of July. Tracy and Matt are hosting an adoption group for dinner tomorrow night, so might as well go all out!

The circled mark is actually 1/2 of the 48 ounces. Our cheesecake recipe.

Meanwhile, work continues on Chitty sets.
This is the circus tent at the Fun Fair.