My friends here chide me constantly because I head south to Mexico at the first hint of snow in the fall. Stay for the tree lighting. Stay for Christmas. Well……I did experience Christmas here in Leavenworth. The setting was the Upper Valley Museum on Wednesday night. I even have some photos to prove it!
The tree lighting? I prefer to watch that online where I don’t have to brave the frigid temperatures or contend with the traffic jams caused by all the tourists who invade this quaint Bavarian village.
Last night I enjoyed a spectacular performance of My Fair Lady out at The Fish Hatchery. I am amazed by the local talent found in Leavenworth Summer Theater. And what a setting in the background! The occasional drone of a helicopter as well as the smokey haze are constant reminders of the wildfires at this time of year.
This afternoon we went to Wenatchee to see Momma Mia Here We Go Again. Excellent music and a great cast. Cher hasn’t changed a bit over the years and we should all be like her at that age.
I did find time to visit my tree in Cashmere the other day. Even though it’s still completely green it is still absolutely gorgeous.
This will be my last post for a while as I’m off to the San Juan islands for a few days. Come August I will have more photos and anecdotes to share.
There is always a flurry of activity on the weekends in Leavenworth. Last weekend was the International Accordion Festival. Lively music filled the air both indoors and outdoors. The Festhalle and a number of restaurants and bars featured accordionists.
Saturday morning I attended a seminar and demonstration of various types of accordions. The Upper Valley Museum was a perfect venue for this event. The program itself was in the lovely sunroom overlooking the river. The man who spoke had brought in several items from his personal collection.
Here are a few of the different accordions that were on display.
When the program was over, I headed downtown to the gazebo to watch the accordion parade.
A special treat was when they all gathered up on the gazebo and played Edelweiss and The Happy Wanderer. The participants were of all ages. The youngest was the little girl in front playing her toy accordion.
In the evening I was invited to a dinner party where one of the accordionists entertained us with a variety of tunes. His grandson also performed for us.
Sunday morning at church………you guessed it…………one of the pastors was up there with his accordion playing with the band.
My plans for the upcoming weekend include volunteering at a mini-golf and pizza event for the youth group from church as well as attending a performance of The Little Mermaid over at the high school. Can’t wait!