This group is eight, talented people who have been together for over 20 years. They sing, strum and use humor with the ukulele. All music genres are open to reinterpretation, played flawlessly and leave you with a smile on your face. Whether you are a music enthusiast or not (notice I didn't even mention ukulele enthusiast) you will enjoy this group. If they are close to your area they are worth the tickets to go see.
This was one of my favorite pieces they performed. George, the one in the middle, had decided they would play a Handel piece and the rest of them rebelled a bit. :) (This video is from several years ago and only has six of the eight members in it.)
Since we were close to Lincoln I had the opportunity to go to the University of Nebraska to see the International Quilt Study and Museum. This was a fun side trip. The quilts were beautiful and you can get up close to them which is always nice. Of course there are many quilts that I could have taken pictures of but these are the ones that I took to remember for my own self....ones I might like to replicate.
The Seven Sisters is a favorite of mine that is on my "someday" list. The red and white of this one is so striking....
Check out that hand quilting....I doubt mine will be like that! Wow! and without the aid of our electric lights and good eye glasses.....probably done by oil lamp or candle.
One of the exhibits featured quilts in photography. In this photo you can see a Turkey Tracks quilt in the background. The Turkey Tracks quilt they had exhibited was also one of my favorites.....
It's not exactly the same quilt as in the photo but very close in design and time period.
Beautifully executed in yellows, red and greens and wonderfully preserved for us to enjoy.
The humble nine patch. I just keep coming back to it.
This one would be so easy to replicate in todays reproduction fabrics. Love it.
If you are going with a group it would be more fun to plan ahead and get the tour guide and try to do a behind the scenes tour, if possible. If you drive a long way to look at just the quilts, well, you might be a bit let down as there aren't that many on display at one time.
After leaving Omaha we headed back to South Dakota to visit some friends before heading home. But on our way we stopped at Vermillion, SD to tour the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota. This was a little gem that I didn't know anything about. They have over 15,000 instruments in their collection and about 1500 on display. Very rare and the most inclusive collection in the world. Lots of wonderful history wrapped up in that building. Worth the trip and go on a Friday when they have their "brown bag lunch concerts" .
That's it. A great weekend in Nebraska and South Dakota. :)