Just one of the reasons we live in Nevada City ... Sunday, July 27th

Going to Pioneer Park in Nevada City for a band concert is such a neat thing to do on a Sunday afternoon; it's just a couple of miles down the hill for us.  We load the chairs in the back of Smartie (yes, they fit), pack a nice picnic dinner with water and tea, and away we go!  The theme for this Picnic and Pops concert was, "How Sweet It is!" And it is mucho fun -- the all-volunteer band members not only play well, they sing, and they entertain with wacky skits!  The audience laughs, taps their feet and really gets into the music! 

Pioneer Park Band Shell.  Cheryl Woldseth is the Conductor.  Today's concert had 116 musicians, many of whom were guest musicians for this concert only. 

 Crowd photo; the concerts have quite a loyal following.  All ages, too!

All righty, then!  Concert begins at 5 pm.  Here's our program.

With "The Candy Man," youngsters circled the audience with baskets and handed out snack-sized candy!
Oh boy!

The Jazz Ensemble with their lively rendition of Glenn Miller's, "It Must Be Jelly (Cause Jam Don't Shake Like That)" had us all giggling at the lyrics and seriously toe-tapping.

Here's the Stamp Mill Stompers with a way different take on "O Sole Mio!"  Terrific, too.

Okay.  We chow down our dinner during the first half of the program.  Jimmy historically  bestirs himself during the last selection in the first half  and walks over to Lazy Dog Ice Cream, where he buys us a delicious and homemade ice cream bar, which we eat during intermission.  Us and a whole lot of others!  Mine was caramel-pecan swirl (covered in pecans) and his was a dark chocolate cappuccino (covered in cappuccino bits).  They're served in cardboard trays so nothing is lost!
Hoy, we've been off sugar for a while, so this was a REAL treat!

 Yo Jimmy (after our ice cream)!

 This was cute -- band members in small groups popped up in the audience when "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" began.  And the singing began (in perfect harmony?).  

 Beautiful voice:  Diane Miessler was the vocal soloist for "But Not for Me."  Really good. 

And then, in the following three pictures, this bit of zaniness below.  Celebrating the tune, "Variations on a Kitchen Sink," a small group, dressed appropriately (!!), performed front and center on all manner of kitchen implements.  Dressed in proper kitchen attire, as you can see: 

This kid was great on two skillets!

It was kwazy, mixed-up and nonsensical ... and highly entertaining!

Finally, you want to talk about some rip-snortin' music?  These people EXCEL at John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."  The brass section rose to the occasion.  Conductor Cheryl and the Concert Band got a well-deserved standing O at end of the two-hour show?  Fun, fun, fun!

Next up?  Road Trip!

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