Sunday, January 30, 2011

Marriotts and Mormons

On a Saturday in September, we took a long drive out to Hume, VA to the Marriott Ranch. The Mormon Orchestra of Washington, D.C. had been invited to play for an annual Western Gala held for the diplomats and their families. I play violin with the orchestra, so we did our best to get all gussied up and headed out to the country. We had a spectacular time playing "cowboy" with the complimentary hats and bandanas provided by the Church PR folk. What is it about wearing a cowboy hat that makes everything more fun? After playing some fast fiddle tunes, I joined my cute family, and we meandered about enjoying the activities: pinewood derby races, archery, mini-pony carriage rides, jump rope, and crafts.


Melinda said...

Isn't there some peach blossom railroad song that you older kids always used to play together?

Marie W said...

Orange Blossom, and you better believe that was the best part of the performance. A friend of mine played a version that had narration. She would break from the piece to explain that our heroine had been tied to train tracks by a villain (enter sneaky music from her violin) and the train was a-comin' (Orange Blossom), but here comes our hero! (Dah-duh-duh-duh!) It was fantastic - and hilarious.