Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Farewell to Ashland

Yesterday, sadly, was our last day in Ashland, and the last for a couple of years, as next summer we will be in Europe.

We closed out with another Cold Reading, this of The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansbury, her last play. These readings, initiated by the new Artistic Director, Bill Rausch, were a real revelation and a highlight of the trip.

In the past we have made sidetrips while visiting Ashland. Partly because of our schedule and partly because of some allergic reactions that Sharon had to some insect bites, we did not this year.

Yesterday we got out for the first and last time, a quick stroll through Jacksonville, one of those charming historic village/tourist traps. Found some good gelato, however. Just what we need.

At any rate, below are some random shots of the town that, I think, speak for themselves.

Our last play, last night, was The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, by Jeff Whitty, who also was responsible for the book for Avenue Q. I’m not sure how I felt about it.

Still, and all, this has been a wonderful trip, despite having to deal throughout with school and PCA stuff.

Next stop, Chicago, for a visit to the Sachs/Fultz collection. I leave on Wednesday and will report from there.

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