Sadly, must come to an end.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
On our last day here in Carlsbad, we walked the beach to enjoy our last taste of warmth before heading back home. Although relatively cool here, with high temperature of about 70°, it’s in the mid-twenties back home.
We first visited the Cardiff Kook, who has new attire, and was celebrating yet another birthday.
The San Elijah Lagoon empties into the ocean in Encinitas, and it’s interesting to observe the wave action in the estuary.
We say goodbye to the sand and warmth of Southern California.
Our generous hosts took us to a delightful show this evening, “An American Christmas,” by the Lamb’s Players Theatre. The theme was “A 1917 Feast & Celebration.” The cast entertained us with stories, songs and dance from that era. They also assisted with serving and bussing the tables during our meal.
Lamb’s Players started in 1971 at Bethel College in St Paul, Minnesota as street theater. However, the season is pretty short in Minnesota so the founders moved it to San Diego the following year. They moved indoors a few years later, and are now located on Coronado Island. Lamb’s Players have been doing “An American Christmas” for 26 years, with a different theme each year.
The entertainment started even before the dinner began, with performers dancing or circulating among the guests to welcome us and help us get into the feel of 1917. The show centered around a “family” and their friends who had invited us to dinner and were determined to make our experience memorable.
In one skit, several members “read” from the headlines of 1917. Among the tidbits of news were stories about the Panama-California Exposition which ran from January 1, 1915 to January 1, 1917. There was discussion about the election of 1915 and immigration – some things never change.
The performance was hosted by the US Grant Hotel, built by Ulysses S Grant, Jr, and named for his father. It opened in 1910, and the cast marveled over the fact that many of the rooms had their own bathrooms!
The cast are all very talented, some playing musical instruments, all singing, and many dancing. It was a delightful way to bring a memorable trip to an end.