My husband and I celebrated our 16th anniversary on Friday. We had a wonderful evening at First Friday ArtWalk downtown.
|At David's Restaurant.|
Later we had Thai food at Boda (Longfellow Square). Try the skewers, they're great.
|Outdoor seating at Boda!|
|ALL ABOARD FOR MUMFORD & SONS!|
We took the bus from the Arts District.
(Easy-peasy... I REALLY ought to
take the Metro Bus more often.)
|A spectacular vista.|
|People were so fabulous and friendly.|
A fellow named Brian McGregor was quoted in the PPH as saying the whole event had "class & sophistication." WELL SAID, Brian. Yeah, there were lines for food, but the people we waited in line with were great. Chelsea from Long Island, NY, you are a FIERCE line guardian!
|Quote of the Day: "There's water in beer."|
I've seen lots of big concerts, including U2, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant. At those concerts, I knew every single song by heart. But at this concert, it wasn't all about the music for me. It was about the whole event. Relaxing and having a great time... with my husband, who is a Mumford & Sons fan for life now ;-)
I just love the small-town feel of Portland. The nice people behind us (our parents' age) were on their boat Friday night and gave "these nice young men with instruments" a lift from their yacht to the dock at East End. Turns out the nice young men were Mumford & Sons, who gave them four tickets to the show. And lo & behold, these folks, the Wallaces, have known my husband's family for more than 30 years. See, that's what's so great.
I will never forget this event. Everyone just having a great time.
|You just don't get much more relaxed than this.|
I've listened to Sigh No More about five times today. By the way, turns out there IS a literature connection here: "Sigh No More" is both a quote and a reference to Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. And I'll be pre-ordering Babel as soon as I post this blog ;-).
|The finale: all the bands returned to the primary stage, and the whole place, |
fans, musicians & all, sang "The Weight" at the top of our lungs.
|And finished off with FIREWORKS!|
Thank you, Gentlemen of the Road, for visiting us.
Stop by Portland anytime. We love you.