Along Came a Spider…

The meal on Jill's deck
The meal on Jill’s deck


The week with our daughter Dee was bookended by two outdoor meals with friends. The first was with Jill on her deck in the trees. (The back of her house sits high on a slope, and on the deck it really does feel as though you are in the trees. ) We had an absolutely fabulous appetizer meal. As we ate and talked, I watched the tree tops sway in the wind. I also watched the birds that came to the many feeders Jill has in her yard. All in all, a magical meal.

Then, this past Sunday, after Dee left, we had another absolutely fabulous meal—salads and salmon and grilled bread—with our friends Cheryl and Denny. (Alas, I did not think to bring my camera. The hot and humid day must have clouded my mind.) Their deck is low and overlooks a sweep of lawn with flowers and a bird bath. Another magical place.

In between, we went to two movies—Star Trek and Captain Fantastic—and two plays—The Illusion and Henry V.  In central Maine, which has a low population, we are extremely lucky to have the Theater at Monmouth, which calls itself the Shakespearean theatre of Maine. Each summer, equity and nonequity actors perform four or five plays in repertory, and two of them are usually Shakespeare’s plays. While I love all the arts, theater is at the top of my list, right up there with books. In short, I can never go to too many plays, especially if the actors are good.

This year, the troupe at the Theater at Monmouth is very good indeed. So good, in fact, that when, in The Illusion, a huge spider decided to descend from the heights and join the fun, the actors—bless them—never skipped a beat, never once indicated that a giant arachnid was hovering nearby. Up the spider went, and then down again it came, nearly running into one of the actresses as she was in mid-speech. An audible ripple of dismay  spread through the audience, and I covered my eyes with my hands.

But the actress never flinched, and on went the show. That darned spider finally dropped to the stage, and we didn’t see it again. Thank goodness!

This unpredictability is one of the reasons I love theater so much. Who knows what will happen in any given performance? As the house lights go down, I always get a little shiver of anticipation, and sometimes, just sometimes, there is even alchemy in the theater.

Our week with our daughter is over, and back to our normal routines we must go. However, thanks to Dee, who for Christmas bought us season passes to the Theater at Monmouth, we have two more plays to see next weekend.

I wonder if there will be any more unexpected visitors.

12 thoughts on “Along Came a Spider…”

  1. That definitely added some excitement!! Do you remember when there was a bat dive bombing the audience?

    1. Gathering around the table with family and friends is one of our best things 😉 And, yes, that spider could move right along.

  2. This post is perfectly named! One of the best things to do with friends and family is to gather around a nice meal. Sounds like you have some special people in your very full life! Cheers, Melissa

    1. I feel exactly the way you do—one of the best things to do with family and friends is to gather around a nice meal. We are very fortunate to have such a lovely circle of friends.

  3. Sounds like an exciting addition to the performance! I don’t know if I’d have been able to keep my composure.
    Glad you had a good week with Dee.
    I’m really feeling the shift as the late summer flowers come on and the days grow shorter. Down the slippery slope we go! 😉

    1. Kudos to those actors for never once acknowledging that huge spider. Yes, to borrow from Game of Thrones, winter is coming. After the hot, humid summer, I am ready 😉

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