|This is my only picture of the three of us that afternoon. IT IS HARD TO TAKE A GOOD SELFIE...and that selfie-stick makes perfect sense.|
And you might be thinking that because I'm writing about my trip to Aurora to visit Mary, I'm finished with the Singer Featherweight reporting...but, alas, (and you know how much I love to use that word) -- you would be wrong...
|Because MARY HAS A FEATHERWEIGHT. I cannot believe I didn't take a picture of her beautiful scroll-face beauty (we did a complete spa treatment) -- but I did snag this one pic of it sitting on the floor, in the box...|
Some of the best singers and musicians in the world have traveled for thousands of miles to perform ...and, even though I know nothing about Opera -- I could not be more excited.
|Dressed up -- ready to go to the Opera.|
|Finding the best seats in the house.|
|And it is a VERY IMPRESSIVE house!!|
|This magnificent theater was built in the 20's...with money from the mining companies...|
|This high school auditorium has wonderful acoustics (the building also has a SWIMMING POOL)|
|Even the staircases are grand.|
|Mary and her handsome husband Doug, during the intermission.|
|The geisha girls served up some Madame Butterfly treats.|
|My best picture of the three of us. THE OPERA WAS AMAZING...|
As per usual, when something wonderful comes together you can thank a woman. In this case -- Veda Zuponic. Veda grew up in Aurora, became a world class pianist and professor...and -- well, as they say -- the rest is history.
The people in the region enjoy concerts for three weeks. At various locations -- in churches, civic centers, high school auditoriums. For 12 years, the event has grown, and the population has been exposed to classical music, Broadway performances, violin and/or piano concertos, and OPERA.
If you live on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota -- FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD -- no matter who you are, or what your job is, you get to say to each other... "See You At the Opera..."