The Garden’s HELLO, DOLLY! Reminds Us There’s a World Out There

The Winter Garden production is Central Florida’s first following months of COVID-related closures.

BWW Review: Put on Your Sunday Masks: The Garden's HELLO, DOLLY! Reminds Us There's a World Out There

“I like it,” my friend told me during intermission at last night’s production of HELLO, DOLLY! at the Garden Theatre, “but I’m not entirely sure I follow it.”

“Well, she’s a matchmaker,” I told him, bearing in mind that he’s brand-new to Dolly Levi and the musical that’s made her a household name since 1963, “but also a….”

“Machiavelli,” chimed another.

…That’s fair.

DOLLY! is all about one woman’s quest to hoodwink a rich man into marrying her while also matchmaking all of early-1900s New York. But it’s about bigger things, too: moving on, moving up, and making the most of life.

Fate couldn’t have found a more fitting show for the Garden Theatre’s 2020 return than one with a whole song about getting out of the house and hitting the town. Indeed, with lines like “gonna get some life back into my life” and “the rest of us are in great danger of contamination,” DOLLY wouldn’t let us forget the pandemic even if its cast weren’t wearing masks.

…But they are, by the way. That’s probably why my friend had a hard time following the plot. The Garden does all it can to make the masks manageable, creatively integrating them as wardrobe. But perhaps unavoidably, some lines get muffled.

I’d love to see Shonda L. Thurman as a socially undistanced Dolly someday, but even under the circumstances, she earns the exclamation point in her eponymous HELLO! She’s a confident Dolly. A funny Dolly. A Dolly whose jollity is tempered by a tinge of widowed world-weariness, which the role calls for but doesn’t always have. I still can’t get over her one-of-a-kind take on the Miss Molloy’s hat shop scene, during which my own mask could not muffle my literal LOLs.

Later, when Thurman very briefly removes her mask to let the opening lines of “Before the Parade Passes By” make full impact, I realized both how much masks do detract from the overall experience and also just how good she really is.

BWW Review: Put on Your Sunday Masks: The Garden's HELLO, DOLLY! Reminds Us There's a World Out There

Speaking of Miss Molloy and things I still can’t get over: Lillie Eliza Thomas and her performance of “Ribbons Down My Back.” I’ve always liked the tune, but this is the first time in my DOLLY-lovin’ life that it’s felt like that song matters. Thomas, under Joseph Walsh’s thoughtful direction, performs it with a poignancy and sense of dramatic urgency that made me reconsider that song’s role in the show.

Russell Stephens, who returns to the Garden after wowing me in Violet last season, tackles many of the most iconic songs as Cornelius Hackl. You love to hear him sing. He shows off strong comedic chops too, and a gameness for jumping across the stage with gusto. His Hackl and Anthony Morehead’s Barnaby make for quite the likeable pair. Broadway veteran Brian Minyard, meanwhile, is equal parts gentlemanly and gruff as Horace Vandergelder, the object (er- target) of Dolly’s affection.

Not everything works.

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UK house prices jump as buyers seek gardens after lockdown: RICS

LONDON (Reuters) – The post-lockdown surge in Britain’s housing market intensified in August, and prices hit a four-year high, as buyers sought properties with gardens, according to a survey that also sent a warning signal that the recovery could run out of steam.

FILE PHOTO: The Knightsbridge house which has been purchased by Polish billionaire Dominika Kulczyk for 57.5 million British pounds, stands in London, Britain February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

The monthly gauge of house prices from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) shot up to +44 in August from +13 in July, hitting its level since February 2016. A Reuters poll of economists had pointed to a reading of +25.

Prices rose across the country except for London where they have remained more or less flat over the past two months.

The survey chimed with other signs that a mini-boom is underway in the housing market – one of the few parts of the economy to have bounced back from the pandemic – helped in part by an emergency tax cut for buyers.

Demand accelerated sharply, helped by a shift towards properties with gardens after the COVID-19 lockdown, RICS said.

Some 83% said they expected to see higher demand for properties with gardens and most predicted reduced demand for homes in highly urban areas or tower blocks.

“The latest RICS survey provides firm evidence of a strong uplift in activity in the housing market which should help support the wider economy gain traction over the coming months,” RICS chief economist Simon Rubinsohn said.

Still, there were some ominous signs.

The survey’s gauge of sales for the next 12 months deteriorated further in August, dented by worries about the economy.

Last week Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said it was too soon to say if the rebound in the housing market was anything more than a release of pent-up demand following lockdown, helped by the temporary cut to property taxes.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by William Schomberg

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Around Town: Newport Beach Garden Tour raises more than $40K for Sherman Library & Gardens

The Sherman Library & Gardens held a summer garden party, named “The Soiree of Summer,” on Aug. 29 as part of the 24th annual Newport Beach Garden Tour, raising more than $40,000 for the nonprofit.

Attendance was capped at 200 people with only 50 people allowed into the gardens each hour. A silent auction and raffle featured prizes donated by area businesses.

Organization members, volunteers and community members helped Sherman Library & Gardens have the organization’s most successful garden tour.

“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of our members, volunteers and the community who continue to support Sherman Library & Gardens, especially during this challenging time,” said Scott LaFleur, executive director of the facility.

Proceeds from the Newport Beach Garden Tour and the summer garden party will support children’s education programs.

Mesa Water District launches video contest for students

Mesa Water District, mesawater.org, is calling on high school and college students in its service area — including most of Costa Mesa, parts of Newport Beach and unincorporated Orange County — to create video entries for the district’s “2020 Mesa Water Matters Video Contest.”

Now through Oct. 31, students are encouraged to create a fun and informative 60-second video highlighting the theme “Mesa Water Matters.” Topics could address areas such as water education in local schools, participation in community events, conservation programs such as drought-tolerant gardens or Mesa Water’s role as provider of safe and healthy drinking water.

Videos must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, with the video and entry application uploaded as two separate files via Dropbox at ow.ly/hYaa50B5S1f. Videos should not exceed 250 MB.

Entries will be evaluated for their accuracy and effectiveness, creativity and originality, production quality and entertainment value.

The first-place prize is $500, followed by $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Winners will be notified on or before Nov. 6 and will be recognized on Mesa Water’s website and social media channels.

Students must live in Mesa Water District’s service area (for a map, visit mesawater.org/customer-service/service-area). For official contest rules and entry requirements, visit mesawater.org/videocontest.

Decorative Arts Society grants $25K to support Blind Children’s Learning Center

The Santa Ana-based nonprofit Blind Children’s Learning Center, which helps prepare children with visual impairments and disabilities for a life of independence, recently received a $25,000 grant from the Decorative Arts Society to support its Global Infant Development program.

The program provides critical home-based early intervention services for newly diagnosed and medically fragile infants and toddlers up to 3 years of age. The goal is to maximize the development of visually impaired babies and toddlers, while minimizing developmental delays.

DARTS, which aims to improve the lives of women and children in Orange County, recognizes the importance of these early services and how life-changing such resources can be for new moms and parents.

BCLC recently expanded its Global Infant Development program, due to a growing demand for services. The grant will help serve 125 infants and toddlers in Orange County during the 2020-21

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Stunning gardens owned by finalists of our National Garden Competition: but who will win?

Over the 25 years it’s been running, the Daily Mail’s National Garden Competition has shown how many wonderful gardens there are in Britain. 

For many of us, it’s our gardens that have kept us going this year, so it’s not surprising that the standard for 2020 was so high that the judges, led by renowned garden designer Tim Sharples, had a hard job whittling the 2,000 or so entries down to just four finalists.

‘It amazes us that we still flush out such fantastic gardens after all these years,’ says judge Hamish Webb. ‘The final four are all so different, yet perfectly reflect their creators. One thing we heard again and again was that gardens had saved these folk during the lockdown.’

Our winner will receive £2,000 and the legendary winner’s blue plaque. Read about the four finalists here, and decide which would be your choice. 

The judges’ verdict will be announced at the end of September in Weekend.

A TASTE OF JAPAN IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE 

Terry Wallace, 84, and his wife Rita, 80, both worked in supermarkets before retiring. They live in Sheffield.

‘We’ve lived here for 52 years. The house was a year or two old when we bought it, and the garden was just lawn front and back,’ says Terry. 

‘We started working on the garden within a week of moving in, even though we were also working on the house and didn’t have much money to spend. 

Terry Wallace, 84, and his wife Rita, 80, both worked in supermarkets before retiring. They live in Sheffield

Terry Wallace, 84, and his wife Rita, 80, both worked in supermarkets before retiring. They live in Sheffield

‘We were so impatient to get started. The front garden and the back garden are quite different. We call the front garden, which is about 21ft by 30ft, our Spanish Garden. 

‘It has a 16ft tall palm, and colourful plants like fuchsias, lobelias, agapanthus and pelargoniums. 

‘There’s a small trough with a pool and some of my collection of bonsai. It’s popular with the neighbours – we get lots of nice comments as people walk by. 

Japanese statues nestle among Lobelia cardinalis in the back garden - and Terry says they get lots of nice comments as people walk by

Japanese statues nestle among Lobelia cardinalis in the back garden – and Terry says they get lots of nice comments as people walk by

‘The back garden is slightly bigger and has a different feel. It’s largely inspired by my love of Japanese art and my admiration for Japanese gardens.

‘I’ve never been to Japan, although I feel a connection with it. 

‘There are a lot of Japanese-style ornaments and figures, little pagodas and statues, which I made myself from concrete, and rocks and stone which I’ve brought into the garden, carrying them all myself. 

What the judges said

 ‘A truly individual and life-long project, marrying an eclectic range of gardening influences to create a very personal and beautiful oasis.’ 

‘My grandchildren – Rita and I have a total of 18 grandchildren and great-grandchildren – can’t believe I used to carry all that weight myself.

‘One of my passions is for bonsai. My oldest is 45 years old and I have about 16 of them. 

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Resin, Metal, Or Concrete Gardens Statues – The Pros and Cons of Each

Garden sculptures can be made from nearly any durable material. The most popular are concrete, resin, and metal. Here are some things you should know about each.

Concrete garden statues: Because these are made from molds, you can get nearly any size, shape, or style of this type of statue that you would like. Concrete statues are sold in both finished and unfinished styles. It is very affordable and if you buy unfinished and paint it yourself then it is even more so.

One thing you should know about concrete garden statuary is that it can get very heavy, very quickly. If you live in a high wind area this is great, but be sure that you have help moving big pieces. The only real downside is that concrete is not as detailed as resin.

Resin garden statues: Resin is a hard plastic material that can be molded into just about any shape imaginable. Because it takes detail very well, it is a great material for statues for your garden. You will often find statues of children playing, Disney characters, and animals made out of resin.

Resin is an extremely durable substance. It is much lighter than concrete, but often more more expensive. Resin statues look great in cottage gardens.

Metal garden statues: These are perfect for formal gardens & are generally absolutely beautiful. However, metal statues for the garden can be quite pricey. Also you need to be aware that many metal statues will develop a patina over time. For instance, copper will turn a lovely shade of green (think the Statue of Liberty). In general metal garden statues are well worth it.

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