B. J. and I sleepily unwrapped ourselves from the covers of our warm, soft bed and rolled onto the carpet early. It took a few minutes to shake our drowsiness. We shed our nighties and slipped into the shower. Saturday was a special day.
After drooping through the shower for a little while, we donned our travel attire and warmed up Little Red. Big Red has been fussy lately. He thinks we are paying too much attention to Little Red (B. J.’s Mustang). However, I’m saving Big Red for some exciting things later on. I haven’t told him yet, but we are planning a jaunt down Florida A1A with his toupee off.
Don’t be deceived by the handle “Little Red.” Little Red can go from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds; it takes Big Red only 3.5 seconds.
I spurred Little Red across the causeway to the mainland and she sprinted the fifteen miles from our house to Parkers at Sterling in nothing flat. She was in a feisty mood and galloping playfully.
When B. J. and I are traveling west on highway 341, we always stop at Parkers at Sterling for an “on-the-go” breakfast. They make whopping buttermilk biscuits and cook up big links of the best fresh sausage that we have ever eaten, with the possible exception of the Sausage Kitchen sausage on Lake Blackshear.
We mixed up a huge cup of “cappuccino” using all the flavors offered on the coffee/cappuccino bar. We haven’t given this concoction a name yet but until we do, we’ll just call it “cappuccino.”
We wrapped that big biscuit around that sausage (it always sticks out a little on each side) and headed west. Eating while riding is one of our favorite ways to dine as we travel; it helps make the time go faster especially on long-distance traveling.
We stopped in Baxley for our usual Wal Mart “fix” and then on to Lyons, Ga. for an enjoyable visit with my sister Flo.
We joined a fun group of friends from St. Simons Island for lunch at the popular Chatters Restaurant in Lyons, Ga. The group had come up to see the 2013 production of Tales from the Altamaha.
After lunching and funning with our friends from St. Simons, we drove over to the Blue Marquee. We arrived early so we could have time to chat with old friends and meet new ones.
We picked up our reserve seat tickets and were escorted by our banker, Selena Lockley, to our choice seats. There was excitement in the air. Tales of the Altamaha is a hit production that brings charter busloads of people from around the state; it gets bigger every year.
Almost as soon as we were seated, our long-time dear friend, the lovely and talented Laurie Jo Upchurch, singer/actress and popular playwright for the production appeared on the stage. She spotted us outright and said to us “I’ll be there in a minute!”
Shortly, Laurie appeared at our seats for some happy chitchat. She is always a bundle of jubilant conversation and makes you feel good to be in her presence.
Then we were joined by our long-time fun friends Gene and Sue Sammons from Lumber City who sat with us. There is never a dull moment with Gene and Sue.
It was around 1:30 when the River Rat Review Band began livening up the place with some spirited Picking and grinning (we’ve been to Branson and to Nashville and been in the audience with the superstars and the River Rat Review Band can hold their own with the best of them). Laurie joined the band as vocalist and brought the crowd to a vigorous applause. Her dancing feet were in good form as she came down off stage and danced spryly to the happy delight of the audience. One of my highlights was when she came and pulled me out of my seat and took me for a dancing whirl along the aisle of the packed Blue Marquee. I learned two things from that dance--my feet would never keep up with Laurie’s fast feet and that tennis shoes aren’t for dancing on carpet. I told B. J. that I could have done better if I had had on slick-bottom shoes.
“Yes and you might have wound up flat of your back in the floor, too,” she replied laughingly.
Laurie and the superb 45-member cast were at their best. According to many comments, the 2013 production was the best yet. There was almost continual applause.
After the show, B. J., I, Gene, and Sue found a nice restaurant for some great camaraderie and fundelicious food.
B. J. and I will join Gene and Sue and the great people of the Lumber City Methodist Church on Saturday May 4 for a great fun event--their annual Eggstravaganza.