We’d seen the signs all week long. Music in the Park on Sunday evening. It was an alluring invitation – right in the development, a warm summery evening, and only a bike ride away. With Dad feeling tired and interested in going to bed early, we decided to treat ourselves to a night out.
Approaching the park, we were amazed to see the line-up of cars. And even more surprised by the golf cart that passed us, with a glass of wine in the hand of the passenger! Realizing that the event was in a private venue, it suddenly dawned on us that anything was fair game. Indeed, all around us were gourmet picnic spreads, bottles of wine, and even tables with balloons. We arrived with two cans of pop and the remnants of a bag of pretzels in hand.
Without lawn chairs, we settled ourselves on an open patch of grass and flipped open our pop. Clearly we were a pitiable site, as we soon had offers of a blanket, food and wine from the friendly people around us. Being good Minnesotans, we politely declined several times. But we could hold out only so long, and ultimately succumbed to glasses of very nice red wine.
The music turned out to be lively and fun. While enjoying the doo wop rock, blues and classic country music of the 50s and early 60s, the concert was suddenly interrupted by sirens. The Blues Brothers arrived via an old police car with a classic Bellaire sheriff’s vehicle in pursuit! They joined the musicians and doubled the entertainment. Between the music and the warm evening, it was a great time.
We decided it was best to leave before dark, which just happened to be when the Blues Brothers made their exit. Naturally, they clamored for a picture with me, so I graciously obliged!
In the words of the musicians, “Oh what a night…”