Last Sunday we attended Symphony Sunday, a day of showcasing local orchestras, ensembles, etc culminating in a performance by the WV Symphony. The University of Charleston opens its beautiful lawn to the crowd of several thousand people to enjoy the performances.
It rained in the morning so we didn’t even think of attending many of the events, but by the early evening, all was clear so we packed up our lawn chairs and headed to Kanawha City (the part of the city where the University is located). We tend to sit towards the back of the group as our kids need room to fully appreciate the event. Many people with kids hang out there and it usually works out pretty well.
The Symphony chose a “Wizard of Oz” theme for their performances and played many numbers that were in or referenced the movie. It was pretty cool aside from the fact that there were quiet parts of several songs which were inaudible from the back. As my father-in-law says in reference to the violins, “they need to do more sawing and less plucking.” If they added one more row of speakers, I bet we could hear the plucking too!
Anyhow, most of the performance was cool except for the pockets of white trash who decided to break out their boxes of wine and drink out of plastic dixie cups. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with box wine, but many of the folks put on airs of culture and high living. As you might guess, they were as tacky and ridiculous as can be. In my mind, I am thinking, “this ain’t high living…you fools are ignoring the music, drinking wine from a box and sitting on the wet grass in heels. By the way, nice big wet spot on your butt…bring a chair next year.” Folks came decked out in their Sunday best and did their very best to go on and on about their lives and generally make it hard to hear the music and even harder to ignore their inanity.
Ok, sorry…that all sounds like I didn’t have fun…I definitely did have fun. We played some and we ate good ice cream and had a great time all together. The WV Symphony is awesome and a great thing for the state. The show always finishes with fireworks and that show was the highlight for most people there (based on the cheers). It was a pretty cool show…a river barge floats into place on the river adjacent to the University’s lawn and we all get to see the show up close…
(Maybe the fireworks were my favorite part too…)