Valentine’s Dinner 2010

In the Bontrager house, the men of the family make dinner for the women on Valetine’s Day. This year, as always, it was deeeelicious.

shrimp coctail
Martinelli’s sparkling apple juice

fresh greens salad with dried cranberries & walnuts
fondue: marinated steak & chicken in oil
linguine with pesto
green beans
garlic bread

chocolate covered strawberries
poundcake, ice cream, whipped cream

(although we still haven’t eaten the dessert)


Children of Eden

I love me some live theater.
Several people I am close to are involved in a very worthy live musical theater production this weekend.

Maize High School vocal music students will perform the musical
“Children of Eden”
January 15-16, 7:30pm
January 17, 3:00pm
Maize High School
11600 W. 45th Street North, Maize, KS

“Children of Eden” is a production by Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked).  Approximately 50 students and 16 children from the community are involved in the production. Three Maize alumni who have worked professionally in music theatre are also helping with the show:  Matt Udland (director, ‘Father’); Amy Baker (choreographer) and Jesse Warkentin (conductor).

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, and may be purchased at the door.

While your impression of high school musicals may not lead you to jump at this opportunity, let me just say that this school’s vocal music program is phenomenal, and they rarely perform entire musicals like this.  The story of this show is weighty, and the student performances are stunning.

If you come, be sure to look for a bobcat, an alligator, and a turtle that are doing an especially fine job.
The guy doing video backgrounds isn’t bad either.

photos by Justin Cary Photography