Menopause: The Musical
I was staying in a hotel new to me and thought I might get lost on my way to the DeVos center. There wasn’t a chance of that, really, because I just followed the groups of women.
The theater was mostly women of all ages. There were a few men here and there, too.
Menopause: The Musical celebrates everything about menopause. It’s campy, it’s cute, and it’s just plain fun. It’s not high class drama, but it is very hilarious night out – highly recommended.
The show was at 2pm so by 4pm I was back out on the street and looking for something to eat. I wandered into the pint-sized Ato Sushi just across the street from the opulent Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
Ato Sushi and La Macaron
Ato Sushi is a tiny sushi joint. There are maybe 10 tables at the most, plus a handful of seats at the sushi bar.
I had a rainbow roll and no tea because I wanted to actually sleep that night.
After Sushi I walked around a bit and found Le Macaron. Of course I got a box of six and ate them all.
The clouds that night were formidable.
The Blue Bridge
The next day was Sunday and I needed things to do to fill the day. I took an early morning stroll through the almost empty city streets and crossed the blue bridge, a famous downtown landmark.
It is a bridge, painted blue, and it’s pedestrian only. I had the whole bridge to myself.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum
Next stop was the Grand Rapids Public Museum that celebrates history, science, and culture. I wandered through the Streets of Old Grand Rapids.
I admired the detail in the old grocery store.
And clothes! What?
Yep, there were clothes at a history sciency place.
The Fashion + Nature exhibit explores the intersection of the fashion industry and the natural world using scientific specimens from the museum’s collection in clever ways.
Some mannequins held objects from nature.
Others showed how the natural world has been used/abused by the fashion industry.
I really liked the mirrored room that showed the waste of fast fashion. The room had 640 pounds of clothing – the average amount thrown away by eight Americans in a year.
Eventually I made my way to the café and had a salad and soda. Eventually I left, crossed the bridge back to downtown, shopped a little, and went to the hotel to relax. After all that walking, I needed a bit of an afternoon respite to be ready for a late(r) night.
Later that day I made my way over to DeVos Hall again for another show – this time, it was for Loreena McKennitt. McKennitt rose to fame in the 90s performing world music with Celtic and Mid-Eastern influences.
I’d seen her some (gulp) 30 years ago in Atlanta with friends and was blown away. There are some artists that you just can’t believe they can possibly sound like that in real life and McKennitt is one of them. She was just as fabulous in 2023 as she was all those years ago.
The Long Road Home
The next morning I drove to the nearby town of Rockford to hit up a couple of local consignment shops (LBD Exchange and Gild The Lily.) I was early, though, so had some tea and a scone at Pour-d – a tea bar, art gallery, and studio.
Then I went to meet my friend and life coach Daina at her spectacular passive solar home nestled on a private lake somewhere between Cedar Springs and Greenville.
We talked for hours about life and about what it’s like to be an older, single women in our society.
In the summer months she rents out a spiffy camper on her 20 acre site via AirBNB. I stayed there a few years ago. Daina has updated and upgrade the camper since then, and the whole location (that she has named Enchanted Lake) is utterly magical.
Just look at the driveway, alive with late October color.
When’s your next adventure?