August 29th, 2010


Poem for Sunday, Blackberries, Olney Shakespeare

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It's late, so I'll make this quick. Daniel went for most of the day to work on his summer research project, and the rest of us went berry picking at Butler's Orchard, which is in the last weeks of blackberry and raspberry harvesting before it's time for apples and then pumpkins. There were still plenty of ripe berries and plenty more that weren't quite ripe yet, plus lots of butterflies and bees -- the raspberry patch in particular sounded entirely abuzz, and one had to look for bees as well as thorns on the plants. We picked lots of berries and ate some of them with dinner, while the rest are going to be used for assorted salads and baked goods, yay!

In the evening, we went to Olney Theatre Center for the 21st annual Summer Shakespeare Festival, which is free and held outdoors under the stars and the huge oak trees. This year they did A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which the young lovers are prep school students, the fairies can only be seen in blacklight, and characters talk on cell phones and dance to electronic music. Having seen many productions of this play, I've come to the conclusion that it really needs an excellent Bottom and an excellent Helena to succeed -- they have the hardest roles, with Bottom having to convey a sense of wonder while at the same time being a total idiot in the wedding play and Helena having to be believably emotional without seeming too much like Demetrius's spaniel. This production had both, so it was a lot of fun.

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