|Mac, Abby & Annie - Randall's Island, NYC|
|Abby at GovBall NYC '14|
The Governor's Ball is one fat cat festival. It showcases the talents of many NYC acts, but was largely compiled of the hippest musicians in today's alternative, rap & rock genres, such as Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, The Strokes & about 60 others. My daughter, Abby (17,) along with my dearest Annie (19) & Mac (18), and Mac's friend, Clint (20) were escorted to NYC to see musicians that they've been drooling over for months. We loaded our vehicle down with snacks & supplies and in a very nonchalant, mid-western manner, trucked down the highway from Wonderland to Crazyland.
As we plodded onto the interstate at 3 a.m., the kiddos snuggled in for a long nap while I turned on a random, unmarked CD from my collection & was immediately comforted by the words of George Harrison ("Any Road" from CD/Brainwashed) ~ "I've been traveling on a boat and a plane; in a car on a bike; with a bus and a train; traveling there, traveling here; everywhere in every gear."
|View from RFK Bridge - pic by Clint|
In order to add another memory to the trip, we drove into Manhattan on Friday morning to enjoy a NYC walking tour, hosted by Susan Ryan, a New Yorker who conducts the historical tours. Not only does the walking tour take you past NYC historical sites, but also highlights the landmarks associated with The Beatles (Ed Sullivan Theatre, etc.) Even though my nerves were nearly completely severed, after enduring morning rush hour traffic from Queens (Astoria) to Manhattan (97th & Columbus,) we were delighted to greet Susan, along with Al Sussman, Executive Editor of Beatlefan Magazine & author of latest hit "Changin' Times: 101 Days That Shaped a Generation," and also Jackie Spencer, who conducts walking tours in Liverpool (Guided Tours of The Beatles Liverpool - www.beatleguide.com)
|Imagine..... at Strawberry Fields, Central Park, NYC|
|Abby & Lanea in front of The Dakota, R.I.P. John|
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After the tour, the kids took 3 buses to get to their venue & they survived the day of "amazing music." I made plans to trek into Manhattan on Saturday to enjoy more sites with Susan & Al and went about my way.
Upon waking on Saturday morning, I found that my cell phone, which had limped all the way to NYC, finally passed on. So I had another adventure of walking nearly 3 miles to a phone store in the "Little Egypt" section of Astoria, Queens. Matters became even more tricky when I found that I lost ALL phone numbers & trust me, I can't remember any phone numbers, so I was pretty shook. After this snag, I managed to get in touch with Susan & told her that I was completely spent and cancelled my trip into Manhattan. Lo and behold, Susan called back & announced that she & her husband, Jim, along with Al were going to drive to Queens and take me out for the day! Not only did I enjoy my first New York kosher deli meal, we had a private tour at Ft. Totten & I was officially introduced to the Lemon Ice King of Corona stand (which is shown in the credits of tv show "King of Queens." )
|Al Sussman, Lanea, Jim & Susan Ryan in Corona, Queens|
|(L to R: Mac, Clint, Annie, Abby & Lanea - having Lemon Ice King of Corona in Astoria (gasp)|
Random observations from Gov Ball by Annie & Abby:
"Whole island stank of marijuana ~ Impressive bands..others were terrible ~ Fast Pace ~ Lots of drunk people ~ Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese & Grilled turkey Panini ~ a lot of walking & porta potties ~ Yayo ~ Nature pee ~ silent disco ~ Mom yelling at a port authority officer with Charles Manson eyes"
Fave shows: Foster the People, Fitz & the Tantrums, Phoenix, Tyler the Creator, Broken Bells, Wild Belle
|Tyler the Creator, pic by Jac Mones (aka Mac Jones)|
|OutKast on Friday Night @ Gov Ball '14|
(photo by Mac)
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July 10 - McCullough Library, Evansville - 6:00 pm
As part of the summer reading program, I will be giving a program for their summer book series pick: "The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can Eat" by Edward Kelsey Moore - the book is delightful & the program will be de-licious.
www.evpl.org - check their event schedule & registration requirements
August 15-18 - The Fest for Beatles Fans - Chicago, IL
I will be giving some talks & food samples ...
September 19-20 - Beatles At The Ridge - Walnut Ridge, AR
Pleased to be participating in this fabulous fest!
Check out my latest article in News 4 U - July Issue ~ about Country Music Artist Eric Paslay who will be in Evansville July 12 and he's playing at the Indiana State Fair! www.news4u.me