Dispatches from June 23, 2013
9 AM: Got up early to make banana buckwheat pancakes. Combine 1 cup buckwheat flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, a pinch of salt, and a tablespoon of baking powder in a bowl. In another, mix 1 cup milk, a container of vanilla yogurt, and an egg. Stir together and drop by the 1/4-cupfuls into a hot pan; press banana slices into each cake before flipping.
Noon: Touring the Guthrie Theater for its 50th year Anniversary celebration! They put together quite a shindig, complete with tours of the scene shop, prop room, costume shop, and wig room. They employ 33 artisans full time, and hire extras as needed. Whether it’s painting wood to look like glass, or researching and recreating historically accurate fabrics, they seem limitlessly creative.
Even the tiniest details, which you wouldn’t think visible from the audience, are exquisite.
Deliciously gory heads used in a production of Pericles.
They also had theater games, wandering costumed actors, and plenty of red and white gift swag courtesy of Target. We even got to take our pictures with some hats from the wardrobe storage!
Looking good, eh?
3 PM: After being dropped off at Arthur’s grandfather’s house, we visit with him and his wife.
6 PM: The evening weather is perfect – sunny and clear but not too hot – so we stroll through downtown Wayzata (pronounced Why-zetta). In the late 1880s, Wayzata played a big role in of steamboat, hotel, and railroad industries, due to its location right on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.
Lake Minnetonka – named in 1852 after the Sioux words for “Big Water”
Thanks to the Minnesota Garden Railway Society, there was a town and railroad sized for Churchill!
9 PM: Watching the 2012 film adaptation of one of my favorite books, Cloud Atlas. I find it rather pales in comparison to the novel. But those who hadn’t read it said it was quite enjoyable. And the costume and makeup folks sure did a heck of a job transforming each principal actor into four, five, or more distinct characters.