Wine, Women, and Song

Other people get a mani-pedi when they need self-care (which actually does not sound like a half-bad idea....)

Me? I headed to Alexis Bailly Vineyard to see Nan and Sam and to enjoy an incredible performance of Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County by Mixed Precipitation, and I'm very glad for both.

Mixed Precipitation performances are fun shows, but even more than that, they are events. This particular one is a mash-up of Nicolai's opera The Merry Wives of Windsor, plus Springsteen, and delicious farm-to-table food tidbits. It's an incredibly enjoyable afternoon, with fantastic performances — the whole cast was great, but particular standouts to me were Naomi Karstad and Anna Hashizume as the wives, and Joni Griffith as a particularly operatic ranger/barmaid (with a turn on the violin as well). The band also was exceptionally strong this year, with some pre-show tributes to the Queen of Soul.

I'm still thinking, though, about the well-researched political aspects of the show, examining the conflict between mining and environment as addressed in the United States vs. Reserve Mining case of 1976. This may seem like a long time, but Senator Tina Smith and the number of "Support the Mines" signs I saw when surveying Ely last year demonstrate that this is still a very complicated and relevant topic that inspired a lot of conversation in our family on the drive home.

Dr. Falstaff plays again today (Sunday, September 2) at 2pm at Alexis Bailly, and I highly recommend heading out to see it and grabbing a bottle of wine. If that's not in your Labor Day weekend planning, there are a few performances left in September and October, and I would say that this is not one to miss!

(You can get tickets in advance via Brown Paper Tickets, and everything is by donation! If you give what you think it's worth you might want to bring a couple of Benjamins, but they'll gladly accept anything!)


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