Should we pick berries anyway? How important is it to the girls? I checked the weather. Friday's forecast calls for a high of 86 (relatively mild this time of year) with a chance of thunderstorms. We could go to Cheekwood instead to see the Chihuly installation... that's been high on my priority list, but the weather and our availability haven't worked together. But again I asked myself what the girls would prefer. I was an art history major in college - I can't wait to see this exhibit - but is it how they would choose to spend Friday?
Apparently it is. I checked with Anna and Bekah about berry picking versus Chihuly and they chose Chihuly. I'm both relieved and sad. I do want fresh berries, even if I have no idea what I'll do with them once I have them... Instead, we'll spend Friday doing something equally fun - seeing fabulous glass art by the man who is the most talented glass artist alive. Here are the details:
What: Chihuly at Cheekwood
When: 10 - mid afternoon (we'll bring a picnic lunch)
Where: Park in the first lot on your left or in the top lot by the Frist Learning Center, where you can grab a Backpack Adventure kid that up to three kids can use. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for my cell number if you don't have it because it will probably be easiest to find each other if you call when you arrive.
Cost: $15 adults, $8/child ages 6 - 17; memberships are $75 and the CitiPass book has a coupon ($10 off? $20 off? I can't remember) that can be used for new members
If you aren't familiar with Cheekwood, I can tell you that it's a place I love because it's not a "stay on the path" kind of botanical gardens. My girls get to really explore while they're there and I don't feel like I have to constantly tell them to stop touching. We all tend to leave tired but in a "we had a great time" kind of way, not a "wow - that was no fun for anyone" kind of way.
Cheekwood link or go to this site that has some great images of the art you'll see. I also recommend the artist's site, which has great images of his art.
And if you're more interested in picking berries than seeing glass art (no hard feelings), here's a berry farm that looks great. If you go on a day other than Friday, let us know. Maybe I'll just wash berries in the bathroom sink or something...