My bookclub takes a bit of a hiatus in the summer. Instead of the usual read-a-book-meet-and-discuss, we take a month off and spend an evening at an outdoor concert.
There are two local venues that we split time between, Ravinia and Millennium Park. Ravinia is an absolutely gorgeous venue that has been around for years. It’s in Highland Park, a posh north shore suburb. There’s an express train we take that lets us off right at gate. Blankets are spread, wine is poured and a good time is had by all.
Millennium Park is right in downtown Chicago. Its biggest claim to fame is The Bean.
It also is home to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The pavilion was designed by Frank Gehry and has the most amazing sound system ever for an outdoor venue. It really does sound like you’re in an indoor concert hall.
This year we decided to go to Millennium Park for our Summer Outing. The concert was part of a series called “Home Cooked Jazz”. Jazz is a little better for us than symphony because it isn’t quite a critical that we be quiet. We aren’t so good at quiet. Especially after a bit of wine is poured.
Everything looked like it was going to be great fun….then I checked the weather report. We were looking at 90 degree temps and 90 percent humidity. Yikes! I don’t know about you, but I believe extremely hot/humid weather should qualify as a rainout. Being the clever girl that I am, I contacted everyone in the group and suggested we go with Plan B, which would be to go somewhere with air conditioning.
So we went with Plan B. Which in this case meant my place. I hated the idea that we weren’t going to get to picnic. So, I moved all the furniture out of the living room, spread out blankets, lit candles and pretended we were outside. We had a marvelous time.
Sometimes, something as simple as moving a little furniture and the suspension of disbelief makes all the difference.