Monday, April 23, 2007

Ramona Pagent

Saturday about 20 plus people from Desert Paradise went to the Ramona Bowl Pagent in Hemet California. It is an outdoor play based on a novel "Ramona" written in 1884 by Helen Hunt Jackson. It has been going on ffor 84 years. It is quite an undertaking with a cast of "lots" 20 main speaking parts and then rancho children, elder's blessing, village children, rock indians, Spanish Dancers, Los Cancioneros. Each group has from 25 to 70 members. The Rock Indians are all over the rocks and hills that make up the back ground. When the Elder's Blessing takes place you look up and see what looks to be 100's of them standing scattered on the hill side with their arms raised. Also how many times have you seen a group of 3 to 6 horse men come riding in and so their part and it seem natural. Needless to say I think if you are in the area the end of April first of May you should go.
It made a long day for our group catching the bus at 7:45am and getting home about 12:30am.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Snowbirds Leaving

Our park is emptying out by bunches. There are only about 15 rigs left that do not stay down here all year. It is wonderful shopping and driving wise but not near the people to visit.
Last night we had 3 couples and 2 single women over to discuss square dancing this summer. All the callers that are here during the winter stop their programs May 1 and leave the area. This leaves no dancing for the people who live here full time. We have permission from the manager of the park to use the activity room one night a week to dance. We are trying to find out if there is enough interest. Don will call and workshop, we do not plan on doing rounds but will see what the future brings. I really can't do much with only one record.
Tonight we are going out to dinner with 2 couples one is from Michigan and leaveing for home tommarrow. The other is wife from Michigan husband from Oregon (or at least part time he worked at OSP with Don) They are not leaving till end of May. We have gotten together quite a few times this winter.