We had another nice CALL trip Saturday. ( CALL stands for Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning.) A bus load of us went from the parking lot at the Columbus State University Elizabeth Bradley-Turner Center for Continuing Education to Montgomery, Alabama to soak up museum and theater culture.
First, we went to the Montgomery Museum of Art. It is a beautiful facility with lots of interesting classical and contemporary art, plus impressive displays of glass sculpture. As I commented to some fellow travelers – I couldn’t have called them that in the 1950s because Sen. Joe McCarthy would have investigated us – the Montgomery and Columbus art museum buildings are more artistic and beautiful than the big High Museum in Atlanta. I realize that such judgements are subjective – but then isn’t all of art?
After that, we had lunch at Montgomery’s Olive Garden. It took so long for our big crowd to get served, I was afraid we would miss the play at the Shakespeare Festival, but, alas, we didn’t. The food was worth the wait. I had Venetian Apricot Chicken. It’s grilled chicken, asparagus, and brocoli, covered with an apricot sauce. It’s was maybe a little too sweet for me, but as I got use to the abundance of sugar, it started tasting good. I don’t know why restaurants think they have to over-sugar and over-salt everything. As everyone knows, it’s easy to add salt and sugar, but impossible to take it out of food.
The weird play at the Shakespeare Festival was not by Shakespeare. They mix them up. They are doing some Shakespeare later in the season. The play we saw was a spoof of the famous Alfred Hitchcock 1935 movie cloak-and-dagger thriller The 39 Steps. Four actors – really good ones – played all of the parts a la Springer Tuna style, but with four people instead of just two. Once one gets into the hang of the thing, it’s fun. It is broad, slapstick farce, sort of like the early TV Show of Shows with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca skits, only this skit was a full-length play, or maybe another way of putting it is that it was the Four Stooges with British accents. The actors got a lot of laughs and a thundering standing ovation when it was over.
All in all, it was another enjoyable CALL excursion. If you are retired and want to enjoy lifelong learning with a bunch of freindly fun-loving folks, when the CALL classes crank back up in the Fall, come join us. There is a fee, but it’s reasonable.