We went to the Alaska State Fair today to watch what may well be the last show, of the last tour of Garrison Keillor the beloved host of A Prairie Home Companion. What a thrill to be in an audience full of fans, there so much love for this show in the air, you could feel it in the applause and laughter.
Our boys were asking when does it start? When does it start? and then suddenly 3 minutes BEFORE the scheduled time to start out strolled Garrison Keillor right into the crowd. Up in to the lawn seating where he meandered shaking hands, patting backs and telling a story about training in Kotzebue for the Navy WALRUS program. And on it went for almost 3 hours.
The show had it all, the sound effects story where Garrison tries to outwit Fred Newman, Guy Noir Private Eye chasing down the jerk who shot the lion, lots of live music and singing, The Lives of the Cowboys, and of course the News from Lake Wobegon.
There was a brief intermission where everyone was invited to stand and stretch. Instead of taking a break himself Garrison wandered back into the lawn seating area about 15 feet from our chairs and started singing, inviting everyone to sing with him. He went through America the Beautiful, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Home on the Range and My Country Tis of Thee. I've always loved the parts of his shows where everyone is invited to sing and I've longed to be part of that. Wish fulfilled and dream come true!
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