Several weeks ago Mom had emailed me to see if I was interested in taking in any concerts or performances while I was home. Who can say no that that?!? She had a list of several options and my reply was "they all sound great, you pick". The end result was matinee tickets for Atlanta Ballet's "The Nutcracker". I've seen the performance once before several years ago and remember the dancing and music was incredible, so I was most certainly excited.
Prior to the show, we decided on lunch at R. Thomas, one of our relatively recent discoveries that serves up some pretty tasty vegetarian and vegan cuisine. The restaurant itself is quite eclectic from the moment you arrive. It wouldn't surprise me if the outside decor and dozens of birds caged along the entryway have been enough to deter guests. Fortunately, we knew that what awaited inside was worth passing the obnoxiously loud birds.
|I started with the Sleepy Hollow juice - a deliciously tart combination of fresh squeezed apples and cranberries|
As we drove into Midtown in search of parking near the Fox, we were greeted with dark skies with threats of rain. No sooner did we get parked and the threat turned into a reality. We're talking about summer-like, raining like cats and dogs, type of rainstorms. We made a run to the theater with umbrellas in toe, but dry we were not. Any chance I had of being somewhat less than saturated was ruined by the very nice lady who chose to dry her umbrella by quickly opening and closing it directly into my face. Thank you very much lady - Merry Christmas to you too! And speaking of etiquette, to the 3 women in the bathroom who were using all 3 of the "hand dryers" to dry their umbrellas and boots, shame on you for telling me to wait a few minutes with dripping wet hands while you addressed your personal needs. Obviously you never learned the lesson of sharing in the sandbox.
|Mom and I before the show. Do we look like sisters? We hear that a lot, and Mom loves it!|
|Let the show begin!|
|Our seats were perfectly located just 16 rows back and left of center stage.|
|The Fox Theater is so amazing! |
The architecture is ornate and detailed and the roof is even designed to look like an evening sky.
|The ballerinas were all fantastic. Mom enjoyed reminding me of my ballet days in preschool. Unfortunately, I was never gifted with the grace necessary to succeed as a ballerina and I quickly transitioned to soccer instead.|
|The snow that began falling just prior to intermission was greeted with squeals of delight from the children in the audience.|
All together, it was a great Mother-Daughter afternoon! Great food + good company + a spectacular performance. It's been hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that it's nearly the end of December and Christmas is fast approaching, but The Nutcracker certainly reinforced the reality and excitement of the holiday season!