Walking Play at the Arboretum

The performance at the MN Landscape Arboretum on Sunday, October 9th, was entitled, “Nature:  A Walking Play.”

The sunshine, 70-degree temperature, and autumnal colors were welcomed by the professional ensemble of a dozen actors and musicians, especially since they experienced rains and muddy theater on Friday and Saturday of that weekend.

There were about 100 of us in the audience and we were beckoned to follow the wandering choir.

Many in the audience brought chairs.  We didn’t.

In addition to the choir of voices, musicians played a bagpipe, a washboard, a violin, and drums.

The hills were alive with the sound of music.

Thank you, Jim and Nan Emmer, for joining us.

The play was about the life and times of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.  The men were contemporaries, friends in the 1800’s at Concord, Massachusetts.  They loved nature and wrote about it.

Thoreau built himself a cabin on Emerson’s property, near Walden Pond, and lived there for a couple years.  They could probably be called the country’s first environmentalists.

Nan found a wonderful corner of the arboretum for our picnic supper.