Dolly Parton’s Celebration Dinner Show!
By Rachelle Siegrist
We celebrated our friend Barb’s Birthday at Dolly Parton’s Celebration Dinner Show one evening this past week, and had a wonderful time! It was certainly a high energy show, mesmerizing us from beginning to end, starting with a group of singing acrobatic “chefs”. The next group came out flipping and flying through the air, and before we knew it, they had three tall poles erected and secured in place. Immediately they commenced climbing the poles while hanging and swinging off of them, and a couple of guys even held themselves out perpendicular with only their arms!
I felt like a broken record, as I couldn’t refrain from saying “Wow” over and over again, as I watched the compelling acts. The next amazing feat was a guy who juggled several things, but when he started juggling flaming axes, the crowd went wild!
Next up was yet another strongman, who performed numerous poses while standing on his hands atop two small elevated bars no less, but when he stood on one hand while balancing, all were even more impressed!
While all were still in amazement after the last performance, a guy came out with a large ring into which he climbed, and began rolling around on the stage. While doing all sorts of tricks and poses, he went faster and faster around in circles. I thought to myself that this looked like great fun, as long as you didn’t eat just before trying it!
After that, they brought out two big trampolines with a tall, see-through box placed in between. Four limber guys took turns jumping from one trampoline to the other while doing flips in the air and trading places. I thought this too looked like great fun and told Wes that we needed one of those in our own backyard!
Upon removing the trampolines, a seesaw was brought out, and with a fellow standing on one end, two others would jump off of the stacked barrels, landing on the other end and sending the guy soaring up into the air, where he flipped and rolled before landing on a cushion held by the others.
Two very excited Labrador dogs got in on the action too, with their own amazing feats, as they leapt from the dock, flying through the air, and grabbing a suspended object before crashing into the water below! They couldn’t get enough of it, and one even refused to give up the first prized object in its mouth, leaping and grabbing the other one as well, before crashing into the water.
Two funny guys came out and entertained during set changes each time, and before we knew it, we were in for more action. This time a big red moveable metal pendulum was brought out and a guy jumped in and started walking, making it go around like a hamster in its wheel. Once again I informed Wes that we really needed one of these contraptions in our backyard, as I could SO see myself having a blast on that thing! Round and round he went, even getting on the outside and jumping rope at one point!
Toward the end, a couple dressed in white walked out onto the stage and began climbing suspended ropes, gracefully intertwining in numerous poses whilst swinging round and round. Amazingly he even held her with his feet at one point as they flew across the stage! Dolly’s song “I Will Always Love You” rang out as they “danced” while suspended in mid-air and it was truly magical. As as you can imagine I told Wes, “We need two ropes like that in our backyard so we can do that!“
It was a wonderful evening and the food was yummy too, but I would’ve much rather been down there swinging, flipping and bouncing, as that looked like such great fun!
~ Recently off the Easels ~
It’s been a very busy week once again here in the Siegrist studio, with Wes spending quite a bit of time with his SAA office work, and getting some easel time in as well. I finished my latest painting, featuring B.J. one of my beloved resident Blue Jays, who remains my friend as long as I offer him treats. He has a mouthful of Spanish Moss in the painting, as that was their favorite past time this past spring, collecting my moss to use in their nests.
Wes finished his painting of Barn Swallows nesting in the roof of an old boathouse, this past week. We watched these little beauties while kayaking on Fall Creek Lake this past Spring, and they seemed to love nesting atop the light fixtures, which we’re sure gave off warmth, hence the wonderful title”The Incubator“.
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Until next time . . .