Weekend I’d Forget
I'm totally okay with this.
Not really, but I'll get over it.
This weekend was absolutely the best. Before I get to my positively favorite part, I'll tell you what came in as second runner up: Pie tasting at Johnson's Farm.
Hubby and I went to their first annual pie tasting last year and we were not disappointed. The $3 admission goes directly to Urban Promise of Camden to help provide meals to 600 individuals. With that admission fee visitors get to taste every single pie that Johnson's Farm bakes on their premises--and trust me, it is more than just a few.
This year, we also had the treat of tasting meatballs and ziti from Roselli's Italian Market which is located just down the street from Johnson's. Their sauce was divine, in fact, it was so delicious I literally could have slurped a cupful sans ziti or meat.
My favorite pie is still Johnson's sweet potato pie, though the apple lattice and cherry were tempting me to place them in first place. Johnson's sweet potato pie has a lighter and more refreshing taste than the typical pumpkin pie--though I still wouldn't pass up a slice of their pumpkin if it was at my Thanksgiving dessert table.
Although the pie tasting was great fun, nothing could beat my Saturday afternoon spent in Hershey, PA listening to the rocking sensational tunes of Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO). For a few years now I have been wanting to go to one of their concerts and finally Hubby made it happen, in spite of his personal preferences.
If you love Christmas and have never heard of TSO, please, do yourself a favor and immediately buy all their Christmas CDs. You will not be disappointed.
That is, unless you like frilly Christmas music that sounds like it belongs in the seventeenth century. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about traditional Christmas music here and there, but sometimes an electric guitar screaming out Joy to the World is just the right touch to make Christmas come alive.
I was, of course, immediately inspired by their violinist who dramatically ran all over the stage playing his electric violin. Although, I think for dramatic emphasis he allows his bow to become ridiculously broken of some of its hairs. There is no way that the style or amount of notes he played would ever make so many hairs come loose from a bow.*
*Note: If you have no idea what I'm talking about--ignore my rant.
It was clear that the members of TSO are not merely musicians, but they are also entertainers. They knew exactly how to involve the audience and get them hyped for each and every song they perform.
While there were five main performers (two electric guitars, one bass, one keyboardist, and the electric violin) there were also vocal soloists, backup singers, a small strings section, drummer, and another pianist. I always wondered how one might become a part of the strings section (because, naturally life on the road at Christmastime is clearly one of the things I aspire towards---not!) and was interested to learn that they hire their strings section from the local symphony orchestra. The group at our performance were part of the Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra.
It was the perfect kick off to the start of the holiday season. Don't hate me, but my Christmas tree has been up for a week now and my heart jumps a little in excitement when I drive by other homes with Christmas trees that sit beside windows shining proudly for all to see.