Friday, August 16, 2019

Coming Up

Columbia/HoCo seems to have been divided on the coming of Woodstock, the 50th Anniversary music festival, but everyone can feel pretty jazzed up by tonight’s showing of Woodstock the film at Merriweather Post Pavilion. It’s a ten dollar “sit on the lawn” experience and it probably won’t be so loud that it disturbs the neighbors. Even if you’re disappointed that we’re not hosting a live show, it’s still going to be a fun and nostalgic community event.

Sunday evening brings another one of Merriweather Park in Symphony Woods free Community Concerts at the Chrysalis. This time it’s award-winning Cultura Plenera, who specialize in the music of Puerto Rico. You can learn more here. The concert begins at five pm and I believe there are a few tickets still available. They’re free but you need to register so they can make sure they have adequate parking available for everyone. Bring a picnic or buy food and drinks onsite from the friendly Chrysalis team and/or the folks from Corner Bakery.

Last night I had dinner at a place that I often hear locals rave about: LeeLynn’s. It may be the third time I’ve been there in twenty years. It’s just not in my neck of the woods, as they say. I’d love to know more about the history of the building and the location. It’s an quaint little structure on an awkward piece of land. Despite this, LeeLynn’s clearly has devoted fans who keep coming back.

Three things about last night:

1. Service was excellent. Friendly, knowledgeable, not too fussy. Spot on.
2. Gin and Tonic was flawless.
3. I enjoyed a creative and delicious Mediterranean Salmon dish that combined some out-of-the-ordinary flavors quite successfully.

Also last night:

I managed to get sriracha on my eyeball.

I didn’t get some on my finger and accidentally rub my eye. I accidentally lost my grip on my fork, dropped it into the spicy red sauce, which splattered upward. Into my eye. And that is how I ended up entertaining my dining companion by bathing my eyeball in club soda with lime, because that’s what I had available. For those of you who are familiar with the writing of Mickey Gomez, you will know what I mean when I say it was truly a Mickey moment.

On the blog this weekend: my write up of that MOU signing at the Innovation Center that I’ve been promising. Also, a strange revelation about that new statue in town. Stay tuned.

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