Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Day at Maryhill Museum

Bill loves the Columbia River Gorge, the Maryhill Museum and Shakespeare in the Park.  So when I saw that the Portland Actors Ensemble was going to be performing "Twelfth Night" at Maryhill Museum, we decided that we had to go.  Because of Beverly's stroke last year, we weren't able to make it to any of the Shakespeare in the Park performances so he really wanted to start going again.  The last one that we went to was two years ago at Maryhill. 

It had been quite awhile since I had been inside the Maryhill Museum so it was fun to see the exhibits again.  Their permanent exhibits include furniture, gowns and other memorabilia from the collection of Queen Marie of Romania; a post-WWII French fashion exhibit, American Indian art; Rodin sculptures; and a collection of chess sets from around the world.  The museum has a new wing that they just opened that has a few collections in it and a new education center and cafe.  And the view from the balcony of the cafe is wonderful.  Bill and I could have sat there all day admiring the scenery.  They also have a sculpture garden which is where they put on the play.  It is fun to wander and look at the sculptures as well.

I enjoyed the play very much.  I prefer the Shakespeare comedies so "Twelfth Night" was a fun one for me to see.  The actors were quite animated and made it very enjoyable.

On the way home we stopped in Stevenson to have dinner at the Walking Man Brewery and picked up a couple of growlers of beer.  

It was a very full day but a lot of fun.

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