Friday, July 5, 2013

Thursday July 4, 2013-Heartland Resort

We celebrated the Fourth of July by going to a festival in Carmel where Mack and Mattigene live. A little history of Carmel might interest you. When the city was founded, it was called Bethlehem but the name was changed in 1874. The location of the original settlement is marked by a clock tower that was erected in 2002. The city has experienced rapid growth  and was recently named as the #1 place to live by Money magazine. 

Here are Stella Mack and Mattigene walking toward the Center for the Performing Arts building. 

Mack in the left foreground looking around inside the immense Performing Arts Center. 

The control area for the performers. This building is new with a seating capacity of 1600. 

 Wow, what a huge room to perform in!

 Box seats are located along both sides. We didn't go into the box seats since it is unlikely that we will return for any performances. It is a beautiful building at any rate.

A new Jaguar is displayed on the grounds also. Jags have always been a beautiful automobiles but since there is nowhere to attach a fifth wheel hitch, I'm not interested.

We walked around the festival after touring the center and briefly listened to a band that was playing. Of course, there was plenty of expensive junk food available at the festival but we decided to go find some real food. We caught a ride on one of the "limo" golf carts back to the parking garage, taking a back way out through some woods. It wasn't a path that we would have taken otherwise.

We ate at a place called Muldoons, an Irish pub. The food was good and the place was very quiet, probably because everyone else had gone to the festival, so we enjoyed a nice meal. 

We returned to Mack and Matti's home where we sat outside on their deck and played a game of Rack-O, a game that we haven't played in years. We played until about 8:30, just before dark, and were able to watch some fireworks along the way without having to deal with large crowds. 

It was a nice day with our friends.

So long.

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