Tonight our Walters Theater 2017 Season comes to a close.
I’m writing this blog post while our current show “4 x 4” from Las Vegas is performing On Stage. We’ve had an amazing sold-out theatre season thanks to all of you. Next years advance sales are the best ever – 70% sold out!
The weather over the last couple of days has been bizarre. A few days ago we experienced record heat but before yesterdays matinee started a hail storm blew through. The winds were quite violent. I’m not a weather expert but I think many of you will agree that Mother Nature is currently very confused and maybe a little angry….
Tonight our entire family enjoyed an outdoor dinner picnic as there was no place available for us to eat inside the theatre. It was great fun. We reminisced about all the entertainers that performed on our stage this summer.
Earlier today I packed for the upcoming Kenya Safari Tour and UniWorld Rhine Cruise. I just have one day at home between these two tours and I hope to spend that time with my family.
Last month Kenya brought in the World’s toughest plastic bag ban – 4 years in jail or a $40,000 fine for those using plastic bags. This ban took ten years to pass and allows Kenyan police to go after anyone carrying a plastic bag. Any visitor to Kenya will be required to leave their duty-free shopping bags at the airport. Not everyone is in favour of the ban which may cost 60,000 jobs and force 176 Kenyan manufacturers to close. Those in support claim it will give rise to new businesses. Canvas bags, baskets and tote bags are now for sale.
It is predicted that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Shoppers in Kenya were using 100 million plastic bags a year.
I was therefore very cautious when I was packing for the Kenya trip. I often fold my dress shirts and place them in oversize plastic bags before they go into my luggage. I find this trick prevents my shirts from getting wrinkled. Instead I used nylon luggage cubes. I always pack a couple plastic bags for my laundry but avoided that this time. I’m not taking any chances and I’ve warned my passengers not to take any chances either. We’ve been told that before we arrive in Nairobi, Kenya we also need to get rid of the little zip lock plastic bags used for airport security that we supply in every ones ticket jackets for liquids/pills. Surprisingly the evenings in Kenya can get quite cool so I packed a sweater along with my summer shorts.
At the Travel Clinic they sold me insecticide that I sprayed on all my clothes that I am taking to Kenya – it lasts for 6 weeks.
Packing for the UniWorld River Cruise is a different ballgame. My favourite Switzerland guide, Heidi emailed me pictures of freshly fallen snow in the mountains of Switzerland so I packed another sweater for our pre-cruise stay in Switzerland. I’m bringing dressy clothes for the evening dinners on the Riverboat and smart casual wear for the shore excursions.
My Kenya luggage currently weighs 12 pounds less than my River Cruise luggage. I guess I’ll be able to do more shopping in Kenya!
This week will be a busy one. Tonight we will work until late inside the theatre and tomorrow we will arrive early to work mainly outside. We’ll be lucky if we get everything done by the end of the week but we are going to try. It looks like the weather is going to be on our side.
I’m deeply indebted to my family who all work so hard to make our Theatre a success.
What a great 2017 Season – we now look forward to 2018.