Sarasota may not have a world-class orchestra to call its own, but we do have a world-class venue.

The Van Wezel (pronounced wayzel) Performing Arts Hall is a gigantic purple structure right on the waterfront.  The view is breathtaking. It is situated in Centennial Park which isn’t much in and of itself, but it does mean that there is plenty of lawn for outdoor events.  And, on the third Friday of every month, the Van Wezel hosts Friday Fest, a free, outdoor concert series that attracts a whole lot of people to that lawn. This month’s show was by Yesterdayze which, as I’ve said before, is my favorite local band.  About 10 or 12 of us met up there and had a blast.  There was barbecue from J&J (excellent!), beer, ice cream, chicken sandwiches from Michael’s on East and lots of singing and dancing. When we went last year, there was a massive thunderstorm which literally put a damper on the evening, but last night was lovely (at least in our part of the area — further inland it poured) and the concert went on uninterrupted.

A fine time was had by all.

Tomorrow is the finals of the Women’s World Cup, and the USA is playing against Japan.  During the semis on Wednesday, one of the partners arranged for pizza and lunchtime was spent watching the American women beat France, 3-1.  I’m hoping to check out La Princesse de Montpensier at the Lakewood Ranch Cinema tomorrow, but I do expect to be home in time to watch the game.

And, speaking of movies, DH2 is here.  I leave in just over an hour to meet N at the theater.  We’ll go out for lunch afterwards for a rehashing session. I can  hardly wait!

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