I’m actually writing this post on Thursday, a rare thing for me. But yesterday and today will be 12+ hour days. Last night I didn’t leave the theater until after midnight, didn’t get to sleep until after 1 am and had to get up today, write a book review and all my notes for the actors.
It was too much and my brain felt like mush.
So…I’m going to write this post ahead of time in order to give myself some time to write up notes tomorrow morning.
I’m tired. Tonight (Thursday) is an Invited Dress Rehearsal and Friday night is our first and only preview.
On my walk, I discovered this:
There are many little shacks called music shacks, which are soundproofed and are essentially individual practice rooms. This one is named in honor of George Gershwin who worked on Rhapsody in Blue during his stay here. George Gershwin! My favorite. He actually walked these streets and wrote perhaps my favorite piece of music here.
It blows my mind.
That’s Tom Brokaw on the right, with a packed house – including the dangerous scooter-ites.
I’ve found some more darling cottages during the last week. I know I could find even more if I had some more free time, but I am here to work!
Feast your eyes:
Hello! Look at all that gingerbready detail! I gasped when I saw this cottage. The porch furniture, including a wicker swing, is painted yellow and that’s a vase of yellow gladiolas on the right.
Another view. I want to do a little dollhouse in this style. Yes, I do.
A leafy lane:
A sweet little green cottage.
And this, my favorite so far:
Eeek! Could you die? This little Carpenter Gothic gem is tiny, but it so reminds me of the cottages I see at other Chautauqua-like communities. The owner has done this to perfection. Feast your eyes on the deep pink hanging plants, the white rocker, the wicker funeral basket filled with gorgeous flowers, the hooked rug, the adorable screen door, the rocker with cushions covered in a faded flowery print.
Upstairs? Those are little decorative bats on the wood siding. Chautauqua has a bat population that is harmless but evident. They keep mosquitoes at bay, so most of the residents feel affection for them. How about a close-up of the porch?
That side yard has a table with an umbrella and wicker chairs. Here’s another view:
Simply charming. Sigh.
This has been quite an experience. Lots to see and do but less time to sightsee this week as we near Opening Night, which is Saturday. I fly home late on Sunday.