Friday, October 22, 2010
We are so blessed to have many museums and theaters (big and small) in Wisconsin. Yesterday we took in the musical "Hairspray" at a quaint establishment called the "Fireside" in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. It is about an hour drive (give or take a couple of road construction detours) from out house. The sun was shining and our trees are finally turning into a fall wonderland of reds, oranges and yellows. We arrive with enough time to walk through the shops they have with a great variety of items (including Christmas) to purchase.
Than it was off to lunch. The dining area (split up into a few smaller areas with etched glass walls and greenery, a fountain and yes a grand fireplace. Hence the name "Fireside" The dining area also has a couple of bigger rooms to accommodate bus loads of people who come from all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois etc. Lunch started with a Garden Salad of mixed greens, sweet corn, hard boiled eggs , toasted pine nuts with a sweet sour dressing. Alon side fresh baked breads (cheddar and dill...this time) baked right in their own bakery. It was delicious! The entre was a breaded chicken breast, placed on a lemon cream sauce with caper buds and parsley. Along with that was a grilled Asiago polenta topped with Marinara sauce,snap peas and carrots. Sounds like a lot of food, but perfect portion control....about 4 oz. of chicken, a 1 1/2" sq. of polenta and a half a plate of veggies. All cooked to perfection. Of course they served dessert (which we took home for later).......a Southern Pecan Pie. here too portion control (I loved it) 1/16 of a pie per person.........Just the right size for a taste without gorging one self. Next the show. Most of the performers are from off Broadway productions. I must say very talented.
The theater is built in the round, holds about 400+ people. We had second row end seats (the performers actually come and go down the aisle to get to and from the stage. It also has a circular movable section(which goes up and down) in the middle of the stage. This brings props and people up and down in between scenes.
The singing and acting along with a lot of dancing was fantastic. The whole crowd really got into the performance singing along (when we knew the words), clapping to the beat of the music. We all walked away (sad it was over), but very glad we came to the show. What a wonderful experience.....we will be going back another day for another show. The "Fireside" puts on about 5 or 6 show a season. One of the most popular being the Christmas show. We usually go in "fair" weather (do to the drive), but next ears Christmas show starts in October (do to the demand) so maybe just maybe we will go.
I'm still excited from yesterday and today going out with friends while DH goes fishing with his friends......Have a sparkling day.......HUGS to all who stop by this blog.......
PS didn't track yesterdays food yet but when I weighed myself this morning..... didn't gain (or lose) on ounce...............I'm HAPPY!