Saturday, February 4, 2012

Let's Have a Party!

I often talk about the activities at the resort where we stay for the winter in Arizona. One of the things we enjoy is "Music in the Courtyard". Who wouldn't enjoy sitting outside enjoying the beautiful sunshine, listening to great music, swigging pitchers of beer or margaritas, (hey - it's 5:00 SOMEWHERE). Heck, you don't even HAVE to drink alcohol to have a great time! Just "sitting with my peeps and chilling" as they say, is a great time!

The other day the band, "North Star" was going to perform.

Two out of the three members are residents of our park. They are a very popular band and we knew we had to get to the courtyard early in order to get a table. Although the music didn't start until 3:00, all my friends arrived at 12:30. We ordered lunch from the Cactus Grill located right in the courtyard. It can't get better than that, folks!

After lunch we played a few games of LCR.

Did you ever play it? It's very simple, and even little kids can play. There are three dice. Each die is marked with "L", "C", "R", and black dots. Each person starts out with three disks (which come with the game. We were playing with pennies - could play with higher denominations). Roll the dice - say it comes up with 2 L's and 1 r that means you pay 2 disks or pennies to the person to your left, 1 to your right. If it came up 1 c and two dots, you pay to the center and get to keep two. Anyway, I won't get into all the rules, but that's the basic concept. Easy peasy, right?

Between playing the game and just yapping, the time flew by fast. The courtyard was filled with wall-to-wall people.

Steve is the lead singer and is a very personable guy. He gets along well with the crowd and is very well liked.

People like to get up and line dance,

Dance as couples,

Or in a group.

A little birdie told me that there was going to be two "special" performances that day. My presence was requested to take pictures.

The first "special" was that North Star was going to perform Toby Keith's song, "Red Solo Cup".

Our park provided the red solo cups! Here's our Activities Director passing out the cups.

A volunteer helping to pass out the cups.

And here is the crowd raising their red solo cups.

Let's have a party! Red solo cup! You fill me up!

The second "surprise" of the day was that Lou's Kazoos was doing a "flash mob" - with kazoos. You heard me. When the band took a break, the lead kazoo player walked into the crowd and started playing the opening chords to "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash. Then another player joined him, and another, and so on. Watch the video that I filmed. It was planned that if they received any request - they would play the only other song they knew - Jingle Bells!

My husband, Jim, (white arrow pointing)

Towards the end of the show, someone requested Red Solo Cup again. This time the kazoo players ran up and joined the band.

And that is just ONE of my days here in sunny Arizona.


Rae said...

What fun! You are such a party girl. That has to be a great place to live.

Brian Miller said...

i did not know it was called LCR but i have played a variation of that....and what fun...i love live music!

Eva Gallant said...

You guys sure know how to have a good time! I loved "Red Solo Cup!"

Lynda said...

You all do have a great fun time and transmit that atmosphere well to the rest of us. It's wonderful that you enjoy being with these people so much and have entertaining activities to anticipate and share with those of us experiencing a bit of winter rain and brown landscape!!!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

My park is not that fun!

Country Gal said...

Totaly a fun day for sure . Awesome photos . I have never heard of that game sounds like fun ! Thanks for taking us along to PARDO with ya ! Have a great day !


HOW fun!!! All I'm doing is watching the Naked Cowboy in NYC with Larry the cable guy. He is also in his tidy whities.
Your park sounds like the most fun place. Esp for this dreary winter weather here in OH.
Kick up your heels for all of us stuck behind.
Give my bsst to all your peeps!
Blessings, Barb

SUGAR MOON said...

It sounds like a great time with great music. Keep having fun!!!

Valerie said...

As the snow falls, I feel quite envious reading about your day at the park. It sounds like a fun place to be especially with live music. Hey!

Gail said...

What a crazy, fun life you lead...I could never keep up with you!

Donna B. said...

What a fun place! I've been listening to more music myself and it really does lift one's spirits. I take my iPod to the gym and listen to my music...I have to keep changing to make sure the music I listen to is mellow music works when I paint, but does not work when I am working out...

labbie1 said...

How fun is that???? LOL That game looks interesting too. I never have heard of that before.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

looks like a great time! one of these days, i'm going to retire and spend the winter someplace warm and have a great time. your pictures bring so much to life!

hope you're feeling better.

DesertHen said...

That song cracks me up! Love all those red cups! Fun post!