We returned home to resupply and then headed to the Macalester College campus for a taping of A Prairie Home Companion. It was the 1,433rd show. We arrived just after the gates had opened so we could find a good seat on the lawn.
Good seats obtained, program and ticket were photographed.
Then it was time to eat. We had more than just plates. There were sandwiches and salads and olives. It was a feast.
I spotted this NPR shirt, probably a pledge gift.
In the middle of our feast/waiting, a band of pipers came by. Just you wait, they will return.
Sara and I went to wander/find more beverage (it was very hot in the sun)/perhaps locate bubble tea. We did not find bubble tea, but we did find lemonade.
I took pictures of the lineups for this show.
This smartly dressed ice cream seller was hanging out on the outside of the fence. I liked his style.
And his display board.
Waiting around feet shot. You can see we’ve been eating cherries.
As the show began, we broke out the dessert: angel food cake with strawberries.
Because we were so early, we got to hear Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele rehearse, and see them perform.
Joe Newberry told us a story and sang us some songs.
I really liked this woman’s skirt.
Fred Newman, Tim Russell and Sue Scott perform the Lives of the Cowboys.
JD McPherson was once a middle school art teacher. But he was laid off. So he became a singer songwriter and brought along a band. The saxophone looks like he’s not far out of middle school.
I like to take pictures of the camera guy. And I enjoyed the “On Air” sign.
Mr Keillor reads from his script. I didn’t grab a picture of him telling us about the “Quiet week in Lake Wobegone” but he does that extemporaneously. This picture makes him look like a scary old man, but I like it. He can be quite curmudgeonly.
This guy found a good tree. My hips didn’t like sitting on the ground for so long.
Look who came back! It’s the Macalester College Pipe Band! I didn’t realize that when they were wandering through before it was their rehearsal.
Self-Portraits are everywhere!
Fred Newman is my favorite part of the show.
I was quite happy to (finally) see a live taping, especially since Garrison Keillor’s retirement from PHC is immanent. I figured they taped the show and then cut it down, but our performance came in right at 2 hours, so they must not do as much cutting as I think.