Sunday, May 31, 2009
We went to the production HIGH HOPES AND RIVER BOATS the other day and it was so fun. This is one of the musicals the young performing missionaries put on, and they are SO TALENTED! I took this picture afterwards of just a few of the cast members. They have 3 different cast, because they put it on twice a day every day except Sunday...plus they are in other productions also. The girl in the yellow is the same one that played the fiddle so amazingly in the SUNRISE ON THE MISSISSIPPI that we saw the other night.
A fun thing happened on Saturday at the Temple. I was on the main floor and saw all these same young people come upstairs from being baptised. It was so fun to see them again and this time in regular clothes and without make-up. They were so friendly and recognized me from the night I took their picture!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Last night we went to the first production of the summer here in Nauvoo. It was called "Sunset on the Mississippi". They have several productions throughout the year in addition to the Pageant in July. I think they put this one on every night during the summer. It is a musical put on by the Site missionaries plus some of the young performance missionaries that come in for just the summer. A lot of these young people are from BYU, but anyone can try out for it, and BOY ARE THEY TALENTED! It was so fun. We went about 45 minutes early so we were on the 3rd row. The weather was perfect, even though it had rained earlier in the afternoon. And the sunset was beautiful. Before the musical started, they had the Ahuna family from Hawaii do a pre program that lasted about an hour!! It was wonderful too. This is a family that has traveled all over the country doing this program about different Polynesian cultures. They are members...four sons and two daughters and their spouses and about 9 grandchildren. They were good! They are only here for 3 days! I was going to take lots of pictures but I could tell my battery was getting low so I only took a few, and then it went completely dead about the time "Sunset" started, so I only got two of it. I even had extra batteries in my camera bag and they didn't work!!
At the beginning of the show, they did a fun thing. They called up all the children in the audience to make a hat and get a musical instrument and then along with the young missionaries they had a parade down through the audience and up on the stage, to the music of the Nauvoo Band. This is another group of young people who are called here during the summer just to play in this band. They perform at the productions, but also go up and down the street playing several times a day....even up in the regular town of Nauvoo! I often wonder how these locals feel about these hundreds of Mormons who desend upon their sleepy little town in the summer! They certainly can't deny that WE HAVE RETURNED!.... in spite of being so cruelly driven out by these people of Illinois!
I think you can see some of the young missionaries mixed in here... and the beginning of the sunset...and then my camera died!! Boo Hoo
This was the youngest son, (age 16) doing a Navajo hoop dance. The first video is when he started with just a few hoops...but then he kept adding and the last video shows how many he had at the end.
This was just a short part of the fire dance done by his son who is an attorney. I only got a few seconds before the camera failed, but he eventually did it with two flaming torches! Quite impressive!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I was quite pleased with how our flower box turned out....however, they tell us we can't water it! They just depend on rain around here....hope it works!
Notice the ceilings of this place! The plaster is coming off and the boards are even hanging down in some places. BUT WE HAVE FOUND SOME GREAT BARGINS HERE.....an end table, a bookcase both for $20, and a beautiful big mirror for $10.00.
The beautiful horses that pulled our wagon and one of the trailmasters. Can you see the bags on their behinds to catch the poo so the streets don't get messy. :) Pretty smart! It must work, because you NEVER see any manure around Nauvoo.
The Smith family cemetary where Joseph and Hyrum are buried.
The DeMordaunts from Rexburg. Wonderful people. He was Mission president in Africa, and also in the Temple presidency in Idaho Falls. She was at BYU when I was. She was a member of another Social Unit...but I remember her a little. We dated some of the same boys! :)
By the way, the wind was blowing really hard...she doesn't wear her hair this way :)
Bentonsport, Iowa... a quaint little restored village..kind of like Nauvoo. Below is a quote I googled about this town. Interesting that many of these homes were build by the Mormons on their way west.
A small Iowa village on the Des Moines River was once an important port-of-call for Des Moines River steamboats. Tree-covered hills hem in the little valley in which Bentonsport lies.
A booming town of over 500 in the late 1800's, Bentonsport, now much smaller, is a popular retreat with the history, park and artist atmoshpere.
Several Mormon families stayed in Bentonsport anywhere from a few months to several years in order to build up supplies to continue west. The Mason House Inn is one testament to the craftmanship of those early pioneers.
We saw this sign by a bridge and had to take a picture. Don't you love it that they call them a "band of Mormons"!! They were real desperados weren't they ?![