This past Saturday night, Larry and I, along with our friends Greg and Heidi, headed to Art in the Barn (in Fitchburg) to catch a concert by Willy Porter (also a fundraiser for Haiti Allies). Willy is one of my longtime favorite live performers. I’ve seen him play at least a dozen times—in Ann Arbor, Green Lake, and Milwaukee. He’s a very talented guitarist and passionate songwriter. More than anything, I enjoy the stories he tells in between songs—about his time on the road, his daughter, complaints from neighbors about his unkempt lawn—all of the many experiences that inspire him to pick up his guitar and write a song.
It was a perfect summer night for a concert. Our original plan was to bike to the barn (about a 30-mile round trip), but threats of thunderstorms altered the plan. Instead, we drove there and staked out a spot for a picnic in a nearby field alongside many other concertgoers. We drank lemonade and Wollersheim Rose, and snacked on Larry’s impressive spread of radishes with honey goat cheese, strawberries dipped in lemon curd, Bleu Mont Bandaged Cheddar with Potters Crackers, sugar snap peas, and RP’s pasta with garlic scape pesto. The atmosphere and music in the barn were equally impressive. Just a wonderful setting for a summer picnic and concert.
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