Kate and I have lived in Kirkland for over a dozen years now. I grew up just 3 miles to the south (I know, I know, don't hold it against me) and until relatively recently, the Kirkland Performance Center had not really been on our radar. All of that changed in a dramatic way when KPC brought on Jeff Lockhart as Executive Director.
Since Jeff arrived at KPC, we find ourselves getting more involved in the organization, and attending performances we know little about, all because we have had such great experiences at KPC. We go to a wide range of shows now because we connect with KPC as never before. This jewel of a performance center we have in our own backyard has captured our attention and our hearts. We now always keep our eye on what's happening at the KPC.
BTW, next on our radar is Jeff Daniels and The Ben Daniels Band performing Thursday, November 12th (kpcenter.org)
On Saturday night, as Kate and I said good bye to Molly the dog and headed downtown, it dawned on us how lucky we are to live here in Kirkland. We don't need to go to Seattle when we have so much right here. Our concert evening started at Trellis, of course. We parked under the library and walked across the street to enjoy a glass of wine and some tasty nibbles at the bar. As is often the case, we bumped into some friends along the way.
Next, we walked a block to the Kirkland Performance Center where the crowds were gathering in anticipation of the sold out show. Before the show, we were fortunate enough to be invited to a pre-show party backstage at The Kirk -- an intimate retro lounge situated under the stage at the Kirkland Performance Center. There we enjoyed a drink and mingled with several more friends who, like us, were excited to see Macy Gray. Live. On stage. In Kirkland.
Following an impressive performance by Macy and her band of talented musicians, the thought of continuing the evening at one of Kirkland's many night spots crossed our minds but on this rainy night, we opted to head home instead to be greeted by our welcoming committee with four legs. Five minutes later, we were back home with Molly the dog and her wagging tail. No traffic. No crowds. No lines. No buses. No tolls. No hassle.
Yes, we are very fortunate to live here in Kirkland. We have so much, so close, and all of it is so easy. For us, quality of life begins with these little things we enjoy here in our own town.
As Kate likes to say, we are indeed, lucky dogs.
Learn more about KPC at www.kpcenter.org