Run For the Roses

May 2

My early life parental advice was to go outside and blow the stink off. Outside, however, is always hot, muggy, dirty, and buggy. Theater, fortunately, is generally an inside activity . . .

This event offered we locals a wonderful opportunity to escape from the mind-numbing boredom of the NFL draft . . .

This is an annual event (though pandemicked out last year) where those so inclined meet up to watch the Kentucky Derby while simultaneously raising funds for Theatre L’Homme Dieu. It is also an event for announcing the upcoming season. The season this year will be a continuously moving target under ongoing pandemic protocols. Please keep an eye on the theatre’s website and Facebook page for schedule updates.

This year we stumbled into an unlikely 83-degree May 1 date so we could celebrate outdoors at Lure Lakebar, separated by County Road 42, a state designated scenic highway, from beautiful Lake Le Homme Dieu . . .

[Joe, Nicole, Deb, and the Super arrive early for set up . . . ]

The only sport I’m not interested in is horse racing. That’s because I don’t know the horses personally. ~ Nat King Cole

[Joe’s selfie . . . ]

[Mr. and Mrs. Cub Reporter . . . ]

I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical. ~ Arthur C. Clarke

The best thing about the Kentucky Derby is that it is only two minutes long. It is the quickest event in sports, except for Sumo-wrestling & Mike Tyson fights. Maybe Drag-racing is quicker, but I have never been attracted to it. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

[Joe and Janet . . . ]

[Without whom events such as this could not happen . . . ]

[Entertainment was provided by the Salty Dogs . . . ]

[Fans began pouring in by pontoon . . . ]

Get off your horse and drink your milk. ~ John Wayne

[Erik and Tom, rumored to be professional musicians . . . ]

[The president and first lady of the Theatre L’Homme Dieu board . . . ]

[A/k/a, Jim and Jan . . . ]

[Nicole, executive director, and Lisa, board committee chair, overseers of the current and future theatre campus . . . ]

[Arriving with great flair, the professional fiddler . . . ]

[Greg was modeling the winning bonnet from two years ago . . . ]

[Dave and Karin, on his 74th birthday. We were unable to have an audience sing-along because the band forgot the words to “Happy Birthday” . . . ]

[The board’s finance guy and his personal auditor . . . ]

[We have been musically wining and dining with them for years. Fortunately, they show no ill effects . . . ]

There are those who dance the notes, and those who dance the music. ~ Eva Ibbotson

Alimony is like buying hay for a dead horse. ~ Groucho Marx

The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster. ~ Oscar Wilde

The difference between a theatre with and without an audience is enormous. There is a palpable, critical energy created by the presence of the audience. ~ Andy Goldsworthy

Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice. ~ Ethel Merman

[Board member Lisa, with Adam . . . ]

[I asked if they could produce an identical second shot . . . ]

[Steve and Diane struggle to produce appropriate identification for our check-in table of Joe, Janet & Al . . . ]

[Our table of three board members claimed front row seats . . . ]

It will never be perfect, but perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring. ~ Tina Fey

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ~ George Bernard Shaw

[Annie, Greg, Erik & Tom, a/k/a, The Salty Dogs (or John, Paul, George & Ringo) . . . ]

Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward. ~ Carol Channing

[Jack Reuler in the center, a long-time contributor to TLHD . . . ]

[Jack retires this year as founder of and artistic director for Mixed Blood Theatre in Mpls . . . ]

A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries. ~ Will Rogers

What is that unforgettable line? ~ Samuel Beckett

The arts make a bridge across this world in ways that nothing else can. ~ Julie Andrews

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. ~ Bill Watterson

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop. ~ Gertrude Stein

Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny. ~ Stephen Hawking

[Because I report to him . . . ]

[The Salty Dogs . . . ]

[Annie, Greg, Erik & Tom . . . ]

Slipping in a video for your dining and dancing pleasure . . .

[They occasionally come unsalted, depending on your diet . . . ]

The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so. ~ Gore Vidal

[Board member Judy with friends and accomplices . . . ]

[With John, and her “R4R” bonnet . . . ]

I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

[Marlene and friends . . . ]

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~ Thomas A. Edison

[The first family, extended . . . ]

If you’re too open-minded; your brains will fall out. ~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Who knew doctors were fans of the theatre?

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience. ~ George Bernard Shaw

[As I recall, the first Alexandria board that ever accepted me as a member also included LuAnn . . . ]

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it. ~ E. B. White

[Judy is also a regular attendee of the Carlos Creek Winery music scene . . . ]

Our fearless leader, the keeper of the flame, the slayer of dragons . . . also does plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, and talent scouting . . .

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. ~ Albert Camus

[Keeps the place in the black by feeding the gerbil that runs in the exercise wheel . . . ]

[Awards ceremony . . . ]

All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal, or fattening. ~ Alexander Woollcott

That’s going to cost us how much?

(It was hard enough just trying to get the background folks in focus . . . )

[More awards . . . ]

[Board members Deb and Dave lead the applause . . . ]

[The twin doctors receive awards for – being twin doctors . . . ]

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. ~ Lily Tomlin

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. ~ Albert Einstein

[And now everybody stampedes to a TV for the race . . . ]

[Here’s the Super. She drew first in the lottery – and drew the favorite, Paul Lynde to Block, or whatever his name was. I think he came in 4th . . .

[The biggest screen was in the pool room . . . ]

[Looking back out from whence we came . . . ]

[The big screen watchers . . . ]

[Ruthie with Dave and Karin . . . ]

And they’re off!!

Go horsies!

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~ W. C. Fields

[Who let the AGC greenskeeper in?]

[Though he seemed right at home with the theatre crowd . . . ]

[Theatre brain trust in high level deliberations . . . ]

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day. ~ A.A.Milne

[It’s a PAR-TAY!]

[Nicole wraps up with some closing notes . . . ]

[Erik & Tom are wondering if they can go home now?]

[Nicole, with a close personal relation . . . ]

[Board member Terri with Nicole . . . ]

[And that’s a wrap! I hope I got everyone who was there. If not, I’ll try to do better next time!]

And from all of us – to Fred!

Up Next: I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer. ~ Douglas Adams

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