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The Beehive Asks: Next ‘new experience’?


I’ve been to the Fresno Philharmonic dozens of times, but recently I got to experience it in a different way. As part of a recent column I wrote about the importance of new experiences, I picked four Bee readers who had never experienced Fresno’s local orchestra to accompany me to the ensemble’s “Russian Romantics” concert.

I loved it. I offered a detailed account in my Sunday Spotlight column, from my visit with my four new friends (Barbara Nurmi and Walt Lingo of Reedley, and Roseann and Jim Van Nest of Hanford) to Maestro Theodore Kuchar’s home for an impromptu music appreciation course to the concert itself. I was so tickled to be able to experience the event through these newcomers’ eyes — and was excited to be able to introduce them to Venezuelan concert pianist Gabriela Martinez after the performance.

Now that I have this “New Experience” behind me, I’m anxious to consider another. I think some of my Beehive colleagues are, too. So, any great ideas out there? As I envision it, these kinds of stories could work a couple of ways: I or one of my colleagues could be persuaded to try something new with the help of a reader expert. (Kind of like how I went to my first heavy-metal concert, the subject of the first column mentioned above.) Or one of us could do something similar to my Fresno Philharmonic installment, with us acting the role of tour guide. Think about it. Could be fun!

Responses to "The Beehive Asks: Next ‘new experience’?"

Heather P says:

I think doing a series like that could be a great way to go beyond informing people about the options out there, but actually FAMILIARIZING them with it. Part of the issue of people not trying new things is that the “newness”- the not knowing what to expect or what is expected, the little etiquette issues or fear of doing something “wrong”- can be a little weird, even stressful for some. But if they have an idea of what the whole experience might be like, maybe they’ll take a leap!

Jeffresno says:

First time at Cart Hop. First time to see a movie at The Tower Theatre. First time at a Bulldog football game. First time to the Underground Gardens. First time to tour a dairy. First time on an urban bike ride.

SVFA75 says:

Heading to The Bunker in Fresno. Etiquette. Best time to go. What to expect, etc.

Donald Munro says:

OK, I have to confess my ignorance, but what is The Bunker?

Heather P says:

I was trying to think of a tactful way to explain, but I think you’re just going to have to google it.

Donald Munro says:

Ah, I see. Lesson learned: always Google before asking.

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