It's That Time Again... And We Kept Busy
- December 14
- December 15 – A private airplane carrying bandleader Glenn Miller disappears in heavy fog over the English Channel while flying to Paris.
- December 16 – WWII:
- December 17 – WWII: Malmedy massacre : German SS troops under Joachim Peiper machine gun American prisoners of war captured during the Battle of the Bulge near Malmedy and elsewhere in Belgium.
A new dining experience for the kids... Korean
Did You Know? - Korean cuisine originated from prehistoric traditions in the Korean peninsula evolving through a complex interaction of environmental, political, and cultural trends.
Korean cuisine is largely based upon rice, vegetables, and meats. Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes (banchan) that accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice. Kimchi is served often, sometimes at every meal. Commonly used ingredients include sesame oil, doenjang (fermented bean paste), soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes and gochujang (fermented red chili paste).
Great meal for a cold winter day
Off To The Nutcracker In Long Beach... Complete With Backstage Passes
Scene 1: The Silberhaus Home
It is Christmas Eve. Family and friends have gathered in the parlor to decorate the beautiful Christmas tree in preparation for the night's festivities. Once the tree is finished, the younger children are sent for. The children stand in awe of the tree sparkling with candles and decorations.
The festivities begin. A march is played. Presents are given out to the children. Suddenly, as the owl-topped clock strikes eight, a mysterious figure enters the room. It is Herr Drosselmeyer, a local councilman, magician, and Clara and Fritz's godfather. He is also a talented toymaker who has brought with him gifts for the children, including four lifelike dolls who dance to the delight of all. Drosselmeyer then has the precious dolls put away for safekeeping.
Clara and Fritz are sad to see the dolls taken away, but Drosselmeyer has yet another toy for them: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man, used for cracking hazelnuts. The other children ignore it, but Clara immediately takes a liking to it. Fritz, however, purposely breaks the toy. Clara is heartbroken.
During the night, after everyone else has gone to bed, Clara returns to the parlor to check on her beloved nutcracker. As she reaches the little bed, the clock strikes midnight and she looks up to see Drosselmeyer perched atop the clock in place of the owl. Suddenly, mice begin to fill the room and the Christmas tree begins to grow to dizzying heights. The Nutcracker also grows to life-size. Clara finds herself in the midst of a battle between an army of Gingerbread man soldiers and the mice, led by the Mouse King. The mice begin to eat the gingerbread soldiers.
The Nutcracker appears to lead the gingerbread soldiers, who are joined by tin soldiers and dolls who serve as doctors to carry away the wounded. As the Mouse King advances on the still-wounded Nutcracker, Clara throws her slipper at him, distracting him long enough for the Nutcracker to stab him.
Scene 2: A Pine Forest
The mice retreat and the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome Prince. He leads Clara through the moonlit night to a pine forest in which the snowflakes dance around them.
Scene 1: The Land of Sweets
Clara and the Prince travel in a nutshell boat pulled by dolphins to the beautiful Land of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Prince's place until his return. The Prince recounts for the Sugar Plum Fairy how he had been saved by Clara from the Mouse King and had been transformed back into a Prince.
In honor of the young heroine, a celebration of sweets from around the world is produced: chocolate from Spain, coffee from Arabia, and tea from China all dance for their amusement; candy canes from Russia; Danish shepherdesses perform on their flutes; Mother Gigogne has her children emerge from under her enormous skirt to dance; a string of beautiful flowers perform a waltz. To conclude the night, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier perform a dance.
A final waltz is performed by all the sweets, after which Clara and the Prince are crowned rulers of The Land of Sweets. Soon, however, the people of the land of the sweets begin to disappear one by one, until the Nutcracker Prince himself disappears, and Clara is found sleeping in the parlor. The Nutcracker Doll is under the Christmas tree. Clara awakes, thinking it was all a dream, but then finds her crown sitting beside her, leading to question, was it a dream? She walks to the Christmas tree and takes her Nutcracker, going back to sleep, the implication being that if it was all a dream, that she would want to keep dreaming.
The backstage was full
Amazingly small area to store everything
The Weasel went here seventeen years ago.....
The stage was full
Fascinating to see the inner workings
We were 7th row center.... Perfect seats
The Spanish ladies
The cannon really made a boom
Gives new meaning to "Sitting on the throne"
Sue loved the digitals.... equipment everywhere
Paul learned about this in Stage Crew in Junior High School
Did You Know? - A proscenium is the area of a theatre surrounding the stage opening. A proscenium arch is the arch over this area.
In ancient Rome, the stage area in front of the scaenae frons was known as the "proscenium", meaning "in front of the scenery". In the Roman theater, no proscenium arch existed, in the modern sense. However, Roman theaters were similar to modern proscenium theaters in the sense that the entire audience had a restricted range of views on the stage--all of which were from the front, rather than the sides or back.
Pull a cord and see what happens....
Next Stop... Preveza (A Great Place To Dine)
Saganaki for all
Did You Know? - Saganaki (Greek σαγανάκι) refers to various Greek dishes prepared in a small frying pan, itself called a saganaki, the best-known being an appetizer of fried cheese.
In many United States and Canadian restaurants, after being fried, the saganaki cheese is flambéed at the table (sometimes with a shout of "opa!"), and the flames then extinguished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
This is called "flaming saganaki" and apparently originated in 1968 at The Parthenon restaurant in Chicago's Greektown, based on the suggestion of a customer to owner Chris Liakouras.
Pour on the cognac young man... It's warming up the room
Jon figured out what he wants
Saganaki is served....
Greg is preparing for his speech
Love the tiny Santa hat
Greg is hiding
Zack confers with Robin
Having a great time
' Yes... I am behaving"
Nick gets the elbow if he misbehaves
We had the long long table
The lady knows her wine
"Robin and Bob are up to something!"
"I am puzzled.... What could it be"
"What could it be???"
It's a battle and the package is winning
Super.... My saying
"Yes it is!!!"
So the other end of the table can see it....
For the short people
It's a Pete card.... That means a monkey!!!
Everyone gets a giggle out of this one
Sue was howling it was so funny
The cards makes the rounds
Son Pete.... He knows how to pick 'em
Robin says open a card....
M-m-m-m-m-m What is it?
Paul needs longer arms
It's a good one
Fun for all
Oh oh... The fickle finger of fate
Jon, Pete, and Paul.... Three generations
Greg provides the entertainment
Getting his notes ready to go....
A story of olden times.... We remember them well
The Poet Laureate of Preveza
Sue and grandson Nick teasing each other
What is he thinking???
Mitch and Luisa
James and Linda
Pete and Lisa
Three sons... Three grandsons ... Wish Joe and the boys were here...
Crazy face time
We needed James to join the fun... Rent a son
Mitch and Sue catch up on recent events
"Mr. B's??? Sure!"
The Kids Go To Mr. B's... The Adults Go To Old Ranch Country Club
"B" was waiting for us....
Teri had Shaun under control
"B" dressed up Paul's wine bottle
Ice cream also.....
James had to comment on my loss of diet
Wine and ice cream...
Linda and Sue
Paul attempts to levitate the wine glasses using his newly acquired powers
Success... with a little help from the hands
Shaun is about to be bad... You can see it in his eyes
That's what Shaun gets for saying he is trying to loose 117 pounds!