The first day of taping is always full of twists and turns as we all settle into the routine. The energy on the set is very exciting. Pranks and antics abound - it's relentless. How do we possibly get anything done?
The schools in La Veta are all on the same street. The Kindergarten, Elementary and the High School are right across the street from each other. Ricky tells me that school week is just 4 long days. Also, the La Veta schools are ranked in the top 10 in the State of Colorado. The schools were not in session when I took the pictures, so I will see if Ricky or Justin can get us an idea of the student population.
In front of the Elementary School, right on Main Street, is a statue memorializing a local leader--Charlie Masinton. The grocery store still carries his name--"Charlie's".
No! The spelling (and the dates) were not edited by The Quilt Show.com!
The High School has the traditional sign saying "Drug Free Zone". Personally I've never been sure if that says something good about the High School or bad about the rest of the town?
Tomorrow we will look at some of the businesses.
For those who have been with us for awhile, you know that when I get home first, I have to send Alex an update. So here we go:
Sparrow is still not eating the real food, but she will drink milk
Your view from the Sewing room has been well cared for.
The mail came.
There will be a few calls to return (40 so far, even with the message that you're out.)
We are watching for your return. Tell Ricky, Justin, Lilo, Greg and the crew "Hi" from California.
Well - Guess what? Everyone might think that the place to be is at the studio - OH no! It is at the warehouse! Here is what a typical "sad" scene looks like after hours (of taping)and behind the scenes. Can you tell this is an internet adventure? We wonder how many laptops it takes to break the system...............as we hang out and share stories after hours - todays question was, favorite artist:
1. Bruce (far right)- Beatles
2. Gregory (next to Bruce) - Beatles and the Band
3. John (next to Gregory) - Stevie Ray Vaughan
4. Lilo (next to John) - not here to defend herself (we suspect it was Black Sabbath?)
5. Alex (front in jammies) - Beach Boys
We're two days late posting the first Production File due to "technical difficulties." It was not, however, a "wardrobe malfunction!" It is good the have the TQS production family together again. We wish you could all be here, but we know you can't. Even so, these videos give you a peek into places even our audiences don't see.
I guess the new TQS fad is to own an Elvis thimble. We've got ours - do you have yours?
As we continue down Main Street we see several churches right next to each other. The First Baptist Church has a steeple and a bell.
The United Methodist Church was next. Check out the great parsonage just below.
What a great house.
Next is the Catholic Church with an Adobe motif.
Then, behind the diner (more about that later) is another Baptist Church.
Just off Main Street in a residential area is a long, thin, very cute Episcopal Church.
Tomorrow I will show you the schools. Based on the number of churches, I'm guessing there is probably not a large discipline problem.
Capt'n John.--Stick with me for a walking tour of La Veta, CO. This is Ricky's Home and the town where the show is taped.
Next door to the Quilt Gallery is the La Veta School of the Arts. One of the Arts taught is welding. This sculpture is a mass of different kinds of welds. They use iron & aluminum and after each class the object d' art grows.
As you start down Main Street you see the museum which has some of the old buildings preserved.
There are a number of churches very close to each other. Some are old and some have interesting architecture. Join me tomorrow as we continue down Main Street.
On your mark, get set, go! The taping has started. "Those are beautiful, but are they quilts?" "Can I do something like that?" (Yes!) What is that new feature called? When is Western day? Lots of questions and lots of fun. Production videos to be coming soon.
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Alex is back in her office. Please, do not touch her wooden box of tools! I guarantee that even Simon Cowell would be embarrassed by her critique.
So where am I working? In the sorting room, where we organize all the items the artists need to have for the show.
Lots of great ideas, tools and books. We'll keep you posted. I hope to give you a short tour of the town in the next couple of days. Back to sorting.
Capt'n John---I love to see new places early in the morning. Alex needs to rest, so I wandered off to welcome the day.
The crew is all here and ready to go. Keep your eyes on the blog for pictures and videos as we move forward with the taping.
Also, remember to click the "Slideshows" on the purple bar to see Gregory Case's views of La Veta from past tapings. He even has a camera that you don't throw away after 24 shots!