Mike and Michael attended the Introductory Blacksmithing course at Tillers International. Mike became interested in blacksmithing last summer at the Pioneer Scout Reservation during Troop 109's summer camp. We were fortunate to attend this class taught by Tim Carr, an experienced blacksmith from Muskegon, Michigan.
We went to Cleveland on April 3 - 5. We visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center. Sadly, the Hall of Fame doesn't allow photography, so we have no pictures there. However, the trip was great fun. We ate at Lola, Iron Chef Michael Symon's restaurant. It was one of the best meals we have ever had! We also ate a another Cleveland restaurant, Mallorica. It was an unexpected delight, ad a very close second to Lola! Click here to see some photos.
We attended the March 1 performance of "Spring Awakening" at the Wharton Center in East Lansing. This is a very intense musical, based on an 1891 German play by Frank Wedekind. Rock music and lyrics were incorporated into the play by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. The play deals with the sexual awakening of a group of teenagers during a time of great repression. The play reminded us of "Rent" which we saw last year. I recommend the show. It's rough, dealing with issues of suicide, abortion and child abuse, but overall a highly enjoyable experience.
On March 20, Mike and I went to the Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo to see the Video Games Live concert. Unique! Video game music composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall joined with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra to perform music from video games synchronized with video clips from the games. The show opened with a video of the Leet Street Boys performing "Yuri The Only One For Me".
What can you say about a song which has lyrics such as "Like a Pokemon, I Pikachu". It was a lot of fun, and Mike hopes to see the show the next time we are near a performance.
We attended the February 8 performance of "The Color Purple" at the Wharton Center in East Lansing. It was very good! Wonderful music and an unusual story.
We completed an epic holiday trip! First, we went to Columbia, SC to visit Claudia, Joe, Claudee and Mack, who recently relocated there. We were very impressed with the area - lots to do and very good restaurants! Next, we drove to Arkansas to visit Rebekah's family. Another wonderful stay! Finally, we drove back to Michigan.
We attended the January 18 performance of "Legally Blond" at the Wharton Center in East Lansing.