It all began with this little snippet in the Vineyard Gazette in early September of 1990. My daughter Deb likes Harry Connick Jr and I’m a huge fan of Carly Simon, I have been even before I knew of her Vineyard connection. This seemed like a perfect weekend getaway for us but how could I manage to get tickets when I live in NJ and they were only on sale on the Vineyard !
I did it. I was determined and when it involves the Vineyard my determination is un-stoppable. So off we went. There were a few glitches along the way concerning MV accommodations and ferry reservations so we decided to stay in Falmouth on the mainland and just go to the Vineyard for the day of the concert.
It was a spectacular September Sunday afternoon on the Vineyard, the Campground was filled with happy concertgoers bustling around.
At 3pm Harry stepped on stage and the concert began. His band was fantastic and Harry’s voice velvety smooth. After about an hour or so of great music the lights were turned off. The only illumination was the sun shining through the stained glass windows around the perimeter of the Tabernacle !! And out stepped…..
CARLY. I was beside myself. In actuality though the person beside me was Carly’s mother!! I have seen Carly in concert several times since then but seeing her on the Vineyard and at the Tabernacle was something really special for me. Harry and Carly sang a few songs together, their voices meshed beautifully.
Carly did a few songs alone and then way too soon it was over. What a fantastic day, one we’ll never forget.
The reviews of the concert were glowing, much like the talents of Carly Simon and Harry Connick Jr. as they stood side by side on the stage of the Tabernacle.
Edited to Add: Deb just reminded me of an interesting part of the day that I left out.
Sitting next to us was this woman who was going on and on about how excited she was to be seeing Carly Simon. She had chattered about it to her seat mate on the small plane that afternoon when she had flown over to MV. She told him she had no idea who this Harry Connick, Jr person was, but it was an excuse to see Carly etc etc.
When Harry stepped on stage she gasped and said “Oh my god, that’s the young man I was talking to on the plane.” Just a wee bit embarrassing 🙂
We also had “drinks” with the band at the Oyster Bar… us and about a hundred other people.