Which gets me to the good news: I happened to stop by for a retail visit three days before the doors would close forever. While that meant I'd missed most of the goodies (probably better for my post-Christmas wallet), I scooped up a few treasures at the crazy price of $25 each. This stretch-velvet dress by Sandwich was one such bargain -- regularly priced at something around $200.
Enlarge the top photo if you'd like a better view of my beloved WendyB fleur-de-lis necklace -- I was surprised how well such a small piece stood out against the velvet, so much so that I received several compliments on it during the evening.
As well, we enjoyed visiting during the intermission with friends we've made who have subscriptions for the same night as we do. In fact, we even got photographed as we chatted with another couple, our photo added (with our permission) to the VOA's Facebook page, Fashion at the Opera
There are several more performances -- notably a matinee next weekend which makes the opera more manageable for families (I see they're offering a fabulously-priced Family Pack, what a deal!), as well as for seniors like my mother who find evening performances more difficult to get to.
I assure you that I get no recompense at all for recommending this production to any Vancouver readers -- but if you can manage it, you won't regret it!
I'm going to try to link up to Visible Monday once again, even if it is Tuesday now -- life is so busy these days, isn't it?! Still, if you can find the time, take a peek at Patti's collection of Visible Bloggers -- always fun.