Virginia is For Lovers... Of A Prairie Home Companion
PHC staffer Ella Schovanec is on the Radio Romance Tour with Garrison, Fred Newman, Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and will update us periodically from the road.
Wednesday morning our motor coaches parked on the sloping streets of Richmond, Virginia, a pretty Southern city full of columns and cast iron. It seems like most of downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places.
We did our show from Maymont Park, this drop dead gorgeous 100 acre estate that was gifted to the people of Richmond by a wealthy lawyer and his wife. Exotic gardens, waterfalls, a petting zoo — this place has everything. It must have put people in a good mood, because the Richmond audience gets the prize for having the most fun so far — hooting and whistling like mad after every song. Fittingly, Garrison and the audience got into singing show tunes during the intermission. I was surprised to find out how many people know the words to "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," including "The corn is as high as an elephant's eye." And then, a woman got up and sang an impromptu duet with him as Garrison led the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There." So, a rocking good time on the lawn of Maymont Park and we're flying down the highway to Danbury, Connecticut.