We headed west out of
Elissa sports a Joe’s Diner hat
After lunch, we drove up to Mt. Greylock State Park and picked out a short hiking route (0.8 miles, moderate difficulty) as our full stomachs collectively argued against anything more difficult or longer. The hike ended at a nice waterfall:
It was a short drive from
We brought way too much food -- guacamole, ramen noodle salad, two quiches (made by Dave), bread, cheese, banana bread (made by Megan and Kurt), worse-than-water wine, juice boxes -- and couldn’t finish it all. Since we had a bit of time before the concert started, we snuck in a short game of Settlers of Catan right there on the Tanglewood lawn. (Settlers seems to be a trend in our blog-posts!)
After dinner, the sun set on Tanglewood and temperatures dropped quickly. We scurried to put on pants and jackets before the concert began. From our place on the lawn we could not see the stage inside the main shed but still could hear the music fabulously and see some of the action on stage through a pair of video monitors.
The concert started with John Williams conducting the Pops Orchestra through some of his material from the War of the Worlds and Close Encounters scores. Then Yo-Yo Ma was introduced and soloed his way through the suite from Memoirs of a Geisha. Following a short intermission, John Williams pointed out his good friend Steven Spielberg was in the crowd (which yielded cheers from the audience), and introduced James Earl Jones (aka Darth Vader), who proceeded to narrate as the orchestra played bits from all the Star Wars films. Jones’ narration introducing the crowd to the various characters in the Star Wars universe was remarkably serious (or, maybe, comically serious). He actually fumbled about 10% of his lines, which contributed significantly to the (perhaps unintentional) comic element of the narration. Nonetheless, the orchestra hit all the big pieces from the films and the crowd loved it. Throughout the concert, we could see plenty of stars overhead, including many shooting stars from the Perseid meteor shower (very Star Wars appropriate!). After the Star Wars suite, John Williams and the Pops came back out for a brief encore of music from E.T. A very fun evening…