There are many entertainment traditions for the Christmas holidays from movies to ballet. From the movies we have “Miracle on 34th Street,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Christmas Vacation,” “The Bishop’s Wife,” and others. For a taste of the classical there are “The Nutcracker” and Handel’s “Messiah.”
A Tuna Christmas
I love all of the traditional classics, but one of my favorites is “Tuna Christmas.” You haven’t heard of it? Well, it may be more of a Texas classic. It is a play set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas. Jaston Williams and Joe Sears play all of the unforgettable characters by amazing quick costume changes that transform them from a variety of male to female characters and back again over and over. The two have been performing their plays together for over thirty years. “Tuna Christmas” is one of a series of hilariously funny plays set in this small Texas town. The other plays are “Greater Tuna,” “Red, White and Tuna,” and “Tuna Does Las Vegas.”
Wikipedia describes them this way. “The plays are at once an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes but also a withering satire of same.”
You don’t have to be from a small Texas town to enjoy it, but it helps! If you need a break from the serious insanity of the holidays, consider seeing this one. You will never forget Aunt Pearl and Vera! Here is a sample interview with Joe Sears and Jaston Williams.
“A Tuna Christmas” will be performed at the Paramount Theatre in Austin November 23, 25, 26 and 27. Then it will be at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston from December 13 through December 23. Enjoy your old favorites or find a new one this year. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR
Family, friends and good neighbors
Good health and having lived this long
Love, books, shoes, basil, coffee, cats, wine, my laptop, make-up, music, no debt
Second chances and forgiveness
Sleep and rest
Simple beauty around me in the everyday flow of life and nature…the mystery in the night sky
Freedom, choices and peace in the United States of America
Hope for the future and the next generation
I have more than I need, but sometimes…less than I want. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
In May of 2011 the Queen Mary celebrated the 75th anniversary of her maiden voyage. If you can’t afford to sail on the Queen Mary 2, try the Queen Mary at Long Beach, California and relive the glamour days of steamship travel without ever leaving the dock.
The Queen Mary made her maiden voyage in 1936 from England to France and then on to New York. She was owned by the Cunard Steamship Company. It was the way the rich and royal crossed the Atlantic in style in both directions. During World War II the ship was fitted out to carry troops and one time carried even carried German prisoners of war. Then in the 1950s she again returned to hosting regular travelers. In 1954 a young Queen Elizabeth, with the Queen Mother on board, returned to England after a visit to the United States via the Queen Mary.
As times changed the aging Queen Mary was eventually put up for sale. In 1967 the city of Long Beach purchased her and docked her as a tourist attraction. You can take a self-guided tour with or without audio. You can even have your picture taken as you board. For an overnight stay suites or small cabins are available and you can dine at one of several restaurants and enjoy drinks at one of the bars or lounges. They are decorated in the 1930’s-style art and decor. Strolling about the decks one can only imagine what it must have been like to travel across the Atlantic in luxury in a bygone era when movie stars, millionaires and royalty mingled along the ship’s rails.
Some of the interior scenes from the 1972 movie “The Poseidon Adventure” were filmed on the Queen Mary. In 1997 the exhibit “Titanic: The Expedition” made its West Coast debut aboard the ship. The Queen Mary also has her share of ghost sightings and paranormal activity.
In February of 2006 the modern luxury liner, Queen Mary 2, stopped in Long Beach. The younger ship sounded her horns for a grand old lady of the sea. Queen Mary 2, part of the Cunard ships, is the only ship offering a transatlantic cruise schedule each year. She entered service in 2004.
I may never be able to take the Queen Mary 2 to England, but at least I have toured the Queen Mary and sensed the spirit of her past. Long live the Queen!
“The hourglass can measure only one hour at a time.”
What if we could wisely measure and test each as
Accurately as this simple old device?
The painful moments would
Only last a short few
Like stones for the
Happy times of joy and
Love. We could savor peace and
Moments of triumph when we are sure.
“Life would be measured out in colored sand.”