High-kicking dancers, waterfalls, broken arms, “Fif15teen” by Nik Davies, water-skiing, street beaches, new websites and ice-cream trucks — What do these all have in common? They were all a part of my very busy week.

The week started with a much-needed night away from the kids with the Grinch at my parents lake house Monday night. We picnicked with friends, chatted around a bonfire, slept in, had coffee on the porch overlooking the spectacular view, kayaked, and water-skied before heading home at 10 a.m. It gave us a little glimpse into what our retirement might hold one day, and it didn’t look or feel too bad.

Then on Thursday evening, I packed a week’s worth of fun into one evening with my friend Lori. But the evening almost didn’t happen, as a very reluctant Cindy Lou Who (that’s me) had trouble pulling herself away from the lake that day, and the second book in the “50 Shades of Grey” series. Hey it’s summertime, and I was basking in it. I did, however, manage to get my reluctant butt home, power shower, find something that actually fit around my summer cocktail belly that didn’t look half bad, and make it out the door by 6:05, which allotted me plenty of time to make it to my first stop of the evening — The Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield for the launch of first-time author Nik Davies’ young adult novel “Fif15teen.”

I made my way in a very cramped elevator to the theater’s third floor with a very giddy and excited family — which I realized later was Davies and her entourage of friends and family. Damn, that was the kind of opportunity bloggers love (very similar to my bathroom encounter with Dr. Ruth’s grandchildren a couple weeks ago), and I didn’t even know it was there. Anyway, because I entered the party with the guest of honor, I didn’t miss a thing and was able to capture her reaction to seeing her book in print for the very first time. And it was PRICELESS! (There is a complete gallery of photos at berkshirefamilyfocus.com, but here are a few of my favorites).

I spent the rest of the time wandering around taking photos, connecting with other writers and colleagues that I hadn’t seen since my days at The Advocate, then I took my newly purchased $10 book to the book signing line where Nik wrote a beautiful message “Thanks for believing! Keep writing baby!” and mugged for a photo with me.

Nik Davies and I at the ‘Fif15teen’ book launch.

It was a fantastic time and I can’t wait to dive into my new book, but first I have to complete the third and last book with the newly-married Greys. Look for a review at berkshirefamilyfocus.com in the next month or so. Here’s a little teaser from the book jacket:

“Fifteen is a world where boys and girls are mortal enemies and archaic laws are upheld with cold-blooded determination — a place where every inhabitant is fifteen years old and deadly.

When Akeem and his best friend Quinn arrive in Fifteen, they find themselves on opposite sides of an endless war. Though separated, they have the same goal, to find each other and find a way home. However, the laws of Fifteen forbid their friendship and they will face a death sentence if their true feelings for one another are ever revealed. Will Akeem risk his life to find Quinn or will he save it by hunting her down?

Welcome to Fifteen. Stay forever … or die trying.” For more about the book visit BigHeadBooks.com.

I left the book launch elated about all the new and old contacts I met and saw, with hopes of working with them all in the future, and then I caught up with my friend Lori in the alleyway outside of The Beacon (a strange place to meet, but that’s how it all worked out). We walked the quick block to Patrick’s Pub, grabbed a quick glass of wine, and a plate of nachos before heading to our main event for the evening, “A Chorus Line” at The Colonial Theatre. We made it just in time Marketing Director Becky Brighenti informed us as she handed us our tickets, exchanged a quick hug (lunch soon Becky), and sent us on our way.

We were ecstatic to find our seats so close to the stage (it wouldn’t have mattered, there’s not a bad seat in the house), but we couldn’t sit down because someone was standing in our way and chatting with the couple beside us. So, we patiently waited, and chatted in the aisle. Turns out, our patience paid off because Craig Smith (the chatter) worked at the theater and thanked us for waiting, rewarding us with a couple of drink tickets that a patron behind us was so curious about she came up to us at the end of the show to find out what we were given. It was peculiar, but Lori and I laughed it off and enjoyed our free drinks. Thank you Craig!

The show was fantastic by the way, so old-school musical theater, wonderful dancing, and some of my favorite musical theater numbers of all time: “One,” “Nothing ” and “What I did for Love.” Lori and I even got the chance to mug for a photo with one of the show’s stars Noah Racey (Zach). He was very gracious, and Lori and I high-fived after for getting some great material for the blog.

Lori and I were having such a good time that we didn’t want our evening to end, so we headed down the road to Mission Bar and Tapas for some wine, music, and my favorite new treat, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese and topped with chopped almonds. Yum! (You can find an earlier review of Mission and its food here).

My week of fun didn’t end there. The next day our family of five, plus one mother-in-law, headed to Zoar Outdoor in Charlemont to check one item off my 70-year-old’s bucket list — a zipline canopy tour. And that’s where the broken arm and waterfalls come in, but I’ll save that for my next post! I love my life!



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  1.    Mom/Mima on July 17, 2012 7:45 pm      Reply

    Sounds like you had a great time! This week will be a GREAT time in a very different way – but you niece, new nephew and sister will love having you there (me too as I recuperate.

    See you as we pass on Rte. 2!

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