Dinner last night and breakfast this morning in dueling family-owned restaurants. Tablecloths and cloth napkins in both places. Dinner was a combination of plated entree and family-style side dishes. It was essentially our third Thanksgiving dinner of the trip, with fried chicken substituting for turkey to go with mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, green beans, cole slaw, sauerkraut (a Bavarian restaurant), as  well as salad and dessert.

Breakfast was buffet style with eggs, sausages, French toast, oatmeal, yogurt, fruits, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and coffee.

Ed told us not to miss the breadsticks at a convenience store about 35 miles into the ride, so I didn’t.

It drizzzled and misted all night, turning into rain as we were packing up. Everything was even wetter than usual. The forecast was for rain starting at noon at our destination, turning to thunderstorms by 2.

Luckily, it was wrong. While it stayed dark through the morning (I used lights), there was no rain after breakfast. At 20 miles I shed the shoe covers and at 25 miles I shed the rain jacket and turned off my lights.

Roads were mixed, but better than yesterday until we entered Memphis. Either they have no road budget, or they want to make sure through traffic doesn’t blast through town.

Classical music education: The all-student Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra (MAYCO) performs music by Mozart and Aaron Copland this coming Saturday night and Sunday afternoon

The Well-Tempered Ear

By Jacob Stockinger

This coming weekend, the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra (MAYCO, below in a photo by Steve Rankin) performs “Interplay,” featuring music by Mozart, Copland and Grieg.

There will be two performances.

The first is on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church (below), 203 Wisconsin Avenue, off the Capitol Square.

Then on Sunday, Aug. 5, MAYCO will perform at 12:30 p.m. in Brittingham Gallery 3 at the UW-Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art as part of the monthly “Sunday Afternoon Live at the Chazen” series, which can be STREAMED LIVE by going to:

Admission for the Saturday performance is $10 at the door; students by donation. The Sunday performance is FREE, and reservations can be made by going to the above link.

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