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The Dog Days of Summer

Ruby and Georgia, July 2015, in 90+ degree heat.

Ruby and Georgia, July 2015, in 90+ degree heat.

We try very hard not to be offended by the term “Dog Days of Summer.” After all, we ARE dogs. But sometimes you just have to give in and let things happen. Right?

So, what exactly are the Dog Days of Summer? Well, supposedly Dog Days refers to that short – but HOT – period of time between July 3 to August 11. Named by those witty Mediterraneans, this period of time was thought of as extending from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (the dog star, get it?) and the sun. (BTW – “conjunction” is a fancy astrological word for the alignment of two celestial bodies as seen from the earth, got it?) In any case, we find it deeply offensive – most of the time.

Ruby and Georgia paying strict attention at a recent MMSC rehearsal.

Ruby and Georgia paying strict attention at a recent MMSC rehearsal.

But the last week of July 2015 brought out the beast in us. Normally we are very refined young ladies (and one of us is very young – dare we say it, a mere puppy.) We can usually be found passively enjoying MMSC rehearsals; we are great listeners. We enjoy greeting each actor as he/she arrives at the MMSC rehearsal studio (frankly, sometimes Ruby can be a little overly enthusiastic), making sure that everyone knows where the rehearsal refreshments are located (just in case some little tidbit should fall on the ground), and then settling in for a really good “listen.”

We had a really great time this summer because the good folks of MMSC were rehearsing for three separate performances during our debut in a special 3-day Readers Theatre Weekend over in Wappingers Falls at the County Players at the Falls Theatre. Actually, we were rehearsing 13 different plays because the Sunday afternoon performance – SUMMER SHORTS – consisted of 10 different short 10 minute plays. So, lots of our very favorite people were coming and going for rehearsals all summer long. We loved it and had a blast until we were sent upstairs for that aforementioned overly enthusiastic behavior.

The cast of MMSC's Readers Theatre Weekend shows - July 2015

The cast of MMSC’s Readers Theatre Weekend shows – July 2015

 

Here’s some of the crew from the Readers Theatre Weekend shows. Recognize some familiar faces? A couple might be missing from the photo because they might have been MIA on the day this was taken. We asked if we could stand in for them, but Bob said “no.”

 

Anyway, now it’s on to the next big thing for this summer, Liz’s wedding. Our beautiful girl, Liz, is getting¬† married this summer and even though we are deeply offended (again) that we were not asked to be in the Bridal Party (because we love a good party!) as Bride’s Dogs, we wish her well. She lives out on the West Coast now in Santa Monica¬† but we still periodically patrol her old bedroom here just in case she decides to come home unexpectedly.And we are very happy to welcome Evan Silver to our pack; he is a great guy who doesn’t seem to mind dog hair on his black sweaters!

Liz and one of her guests (and an MMSC reader from our old days at The Painted Word), Barbara Schade.

Liz and one of her guests (and an MMSC reader from our old days at The Painted Word), Barbara Schade.

Here is Liz – laughing it up at her Bridal Shower (to which we were also NOT invited – can you imagine???). We guess they must have some pretty valuable furniture over there at the Inn at Kettleboro and they don’t seem to appreciate dogs on their couches. After all, what are couches for if not to make life more comfortable for dogs. At least that’s what we think.

So, we are waiting for these Dog Days of Summer 2015 to turn into cooler temperatures which will mean that the Fall of 2015 can’t be far behind.

And that means that our MMSC Fall Season can’t be far behind! We have already booked four weekends over with our good friends at Woodland Pond at New Paltz and who knows what else we will be up to? We are looking for new performance opportunities for our fabulous MMSC actors and actresses; so, if you know of a great place for us, let Bob and Christine know, OK? That will mean more rehearsals which also means more great actors coming to visit us AND more great rehearsal snacks!

Gotta go. We’ve got lots to do to prepare for the Big Wedding and then the MMSC Fall Season. Keep checking back on the beautiful (and brand new!) MMSC web site for all the most recent news and announcements. Thanks to Bob and Christine for letting us make this Bark Entry. Oh wait, we mean Blog Entry.

And thanks for being part of the MMSC “pack.”

Happy Summer!

Ruby and Georgia
The Official MMSC Mascots

Christine, Bob, Ruby and Miss Georgia at the Finish Line of the recent Walkin The Dog event, a fundraiser for Elting Memorial Library.

Christine, Bob, Ruby and Miss Georgia at the Finish Line of the recent Walkin The Dog event, a fundraiser for Elting Memorial Library.

 

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