Monday, August 10, 2015

Better when we're together


Emma invited me to go to Ravinia in Highland Park with her to see Harry Connick Jr.
It was a beautiful night. Harry sounded wonderful.  He is an incredibly talented musician and entertainer.    Emma and I had so much fun and I said a few things that we will laugh about for as long as we both shall live!!!




selfie with Nikon


Nice man sitting next to us took this.


The fancy people sitting in front of us. Their food was gourmet and they had candles.  
We had crackers and summer sausage.
Ours was better.




Thank you Emma for a beautiful night!
I will treasure it in my heart.
Love Mom




Have you been to Ravinia?
Who did you see?

Encourage one another,
Donna





22 comments:

  1. Many wonderful memories at Ravinia for our family too. Have seen the Chieftans, K D Land, , Barry Mannilow, James Taylor, Abba revival, Broadway night, many more. Always lovely at Ravinia. Great venue. Glad it was magical for the BOOs!

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  2. Love these photos, you look so great and the joy and love are shining all around :-)

    I went once to Ravinia in 2005 and I remember being so impressed, captivated even, with the fancy little tables, special baskets, gourmet food. The thing I can't remember? Who the heck we saw! If my brain kicks in I'll let you know.

    What I do remember is that the weather was perfect. :-) and the laughs!

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  3. Anonymous12:20 PM

    Looks like a great time for you both! I have not ever been to Chicago, so no I have not been to the venue you named. I would like to see Harry Connick Jr. on stage. I remember him as a very young and talented singer and pianist. So happy for you and Emma to have these fun times and memories. love and prayers, jep

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  4. I took my mom to a JAZZ concert in a giant CROWD.... and she is being very graceful and loving about it ;) thanks for coming mom. Love you. Wish I had some cake.

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    1. Oh that I could have gotten you a piece of that cake!

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    2. Mmmm cake <3

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  5. Anonymous12:58 PM

    Oh, I am so glad you got to do this! Good music on a summer evening...absolutely perfect. I have a couple old Harry Connick, Jr. CDs from when he first started singing and I still love them. His voice is so smooth.

    Debbie Z.

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  6. LOVE Ravinia! So glad you girls had a great evening together! Have seen so many good shows there, but Chicago Symphony Orchestra, BoDeans, Maynard Ferguson, Steely Dan are some of my favorites. It's a treat to see a movie there (last year was West Side Story) with the CSO playing the soundtrack.

    Since I was out of town and am catching up on the last few posts, have to confess that I'm not a Tolkein fan either. It really troubles Jamey that I couldn't get into the books since he loves them. Guess I need the "good parts version", too. And your most recent post with the most interesting man in the world and other funnies really cracked me up. :)

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  7. Seeing Emma's comment made me smile. What a beautiful relationship you have with your beautiful daughter.

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  8. Love these photos, you look so great and the joy and love are shining all around :-)

    I went once to Ravinia in 2005 and I remember being so impressed, captivated even, with the fancy little tables, special baskets, gourmet food. The thing I can't remember? Who the heck we saw! If my brain kicks in I'll let you know.

    What I do remember is that the weather was perfect. :-) and the laughs!

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    1. Checking back here, seems my post hiccupped, not sure why? :-)

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  9. Amy J in WI4:52 PM

    This looks like a wonderful night. Why have I never heard of Ravinia? Now I am dying to know what you said :).

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  10. I went to Ravinia August 4, 2006 to hear the cellist Yo Yo Ma. My sister and brother-in-law gave me the ticket (and came with me) to entice me to visit Chicago. A nephew and his family joined us for a picnic in the cheap seats. As soon as I heard Yo Yo Ma playing, however, I went to the railing and tried to catch a glimpse behind a ring five people deep. Eventually I was given tickets inside the pavilion and reveled in a chance to watch my hero play.

    Your photos capture the memories I have of twinkling lights, a warm ambiance. Here's one sentence I wrote about it at the time: "Thousands of people were perfectly still and listening with an unalloyed intensity."

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  11. It looks wonderful, Donna! So glad you and Emma were able to do that together. Can't beat memory making! Maybe someday I'll get to go? (I'll have to put a bug in the Chicagoan family member's ear.......)

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

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  12. Anonymous9:04 PM

    Beautiful Post Donna. You and Emma are so lucky to have each other. Karen F.

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  13. This evening looks amazing, what a treat to spend it with Emma! Love Harry, too!

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  14. Y'all are so cute. How do you get your images so clear and everything else so bokeh?

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    1. In order to get the bokeh you must set your aperture to a low number. 1.4 to 2.3 You need a lens that can go to those numbers. Then you focus on the people, hold still and shoot.

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  15. We love Ravinia:). I think it is kind of magical. Have seen Earth, Wind & Fire as well as Moody Blues there. Best part for this Texas girl is being there with my Chicago sister:)

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  16. Oh Earth Wind and Fire. Yes. Please!!!

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  17. Lived near Ravinia for years and went to a LOT of concerts there ... sitting both on the grass and sometimes scoring tickets to sit in the Pavillion. Peter, Paul & Mary; Billy Joel; James Taylor; Moody Blues; Garrison Keillor; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; YoYo Ma to name just a few ... used to buy a "subscription" series of tickets. Now living in Northern Michigan we go to Interlochen and recently saw back-to-back nights with Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall ... WOW!! Interlochen is the Ravinia of the "North" ... GREAT place!! Linda

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  18. I was at Harry Connick Jr. as well! What a beautiful night for a concert and a beautiful venue in general! A few months ago we did a mom's night to see Sheryl Crow. The weather wasn't ideal but again, you really cannot beat Ravinia for the atmosphere.

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