The Adventure Continues

TT in the Blue Mountains and Sheldy in New York.

Culture Shock.

Monday, September 1, 2014



November 18th, 8pm
DO40 - An Evening with Johnny Mercer 2014
DO40 20th Anniversary
DO40 member Karin Baker has assembled a bevvy of DO40 beauties for our first-in-a-long-time fundraiser at the Triad Theater on Monday, November 10th, 8pm.  Bambi Jones, Juliet Ewing, Joyce Nolen and Patti Mariano perform, with David Hancock Turner on the ivories. 
The evening will be hosted by DO40 member Tony Sheldon, with more guests to be announced as news breaks!  Tickets on sale in October.  $25.00 for members; $50.00 for non-members; One drink minimum

I've Grown Accustomed To This Place

What an absolute joy this entire experience has been. I will never forget Minneapolis, the Guthrie and the wonderful people I worked with on MY FAIR LADY.
with Helen Anker
Closing night goodbyes.

with Aimee K. Bryant
with Molly Sue McDonald
Until next time!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Our State Fair is a Great State Fair

Don't miss it, don't even be late!

It's dollars to donuts that our State Fair....
Is the best State Fair in our State!!
(with thanks to Oscar Hammerstein II)
with Donald Corren and Helen Anker from MY FAIR LADY
There are concerts here every night with the likes of Aretha Franklin, followed by fireworks

The fair runs for ten days and you can see by the caravans that people live on site for the duration.
It was our first American State Fair and of course there are similarities to the Aussie Royal Show in that it is mostly based around farming and animals

but my favorite was definitely the Crop Art
housed in the Fine Arts Pavillion


Is this a new gay art form??
The midway had traditional attractions such as the Haunted House
and prizes to be won
I could have sworn at first glance this prize was a picture of Jesus holding a rifle.
Strangely, the most popular prize looked like a donut. But then, food seemed to be the most popular thing hands down, especially food on sticks which is a State Fair tradition, although some peddlers chose to eschew or satirise the "stick" idea.

But most interesting were the foods unique to the fair
We were only tempted to try the chocolate covered bacon
which unexpectedly was cold but....interesting. A couple of bites was enough.
History was represented by an old "Show Train" carriage
and the shops sold fun novelty items like these kitchen aprons
The Marilyn was my fave. The aprons came with full ballerina petticoats.
The Aussies were represented
but if that wasn't butch enough....
There were products to terrify the bravest of kiddies.
And that's where are Minneapolis adventure ends. Three wonderful months in a wonderful city with wonderful people. TT feels in his bones that we'll be back someday and I certainly hope so.
Next stop...Houston!