Thursday, March 06, 2014

It Sounded Like We Were Young Again

Valle del Oro is a CalAm RV park and each winter CalAm arranges a number of concerts. We have never been to one before, but the combination of a 4 pm concert time and The Kingston Trio was something we couldn't pass up. And it was so much fun. If you are in your 20s or 30s or (probably) 40s, you probably don't know who the Kingston Trio are. But look at this crowd of about 1,300 falks and you will see that they are very popular with people of our age.

Until I read the concert program, I had no idea the names of the members of the trio. The original group performed from 1957 to 1967 and ruled the pop charts till the Beatles came on the scene in 1964. Apparently, folk singers and pop singers rotate through various singing groups. The current members of the trio have also sung with groups like the Limelighters.

Photos of the musical group were allowed last night, though not recordings. It is very hard to get a decent picture of a group drenched in spotlights when you are half-way back in an audience of 1,300. There were 2 jumbotrons (or screens) to help those of us on the sides to see what was going on.

All of us enjoyed singing along with songs like "Hang down your head, Tom Dooley," "The M.T.A.," "A Little Girl in Kingston Town" and "Scotch and Soda." I didn't know I knew the words, but I sure could sing along.

Both John and I are glad we are not volunteering here, and even more glad we're not on the chairs and table crew at VDO. The room where we watched the concert yesterday, was changed overnight to look like this, this morning. It was the day for the Country Store, a swap meet-like event held each week during the season here at VDO.

We have had other blasts from the past, recently. Sunday, as we drove down US 60 here in Mesa, this is what passed us.

When did you last see the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile?

And today, John's high school friend, Dave, and his wife Ali, stopped by for a little while. It is so good to see old friends while we spend our winters in Arizona.


  1. No, we wouldn't want to work in Activities at your park! The park we worked at in TX only had 250 sites and a small clubhouse, so we only had to put out about 100 chairs for our concerts.

  2. Oh yes, the Kingston trio...we remember...wonderful songs!!!