Yesterday was the ‘official’ grand opening of the new stage at Columbus Commons, the park in Columbus on the former site of City Center Mall. The park is an amazing addition to downtown and the new stage makes it just that much better. To open up the new venue a free concert of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and Michael McDonald. After some mild convincing my fiancee agreed to go see the yacht rock show on what was a perfect weather night in Columbus. One of the great features of these shows is the ability to pack a picnic, sit on your blanket on the lawn – meaning if its a show you didn’t really feel like seeing, its still a good time.
I was trying to figure out what to pack in the cooler when I stumbled on this post from a few years back by Mark Bittman on 101 Picnic Dishes to Make in 20 Minutes, the roast beef sandwich sounded appealing, so after a quick stop to Weiland’s made up some sandwiches with blue cheese, horseradish, some tennesse tomatoes that looked really nice and some lettuce from our garden. Grabbed some pasta salad and a bean salad that was already prepared, grabbed a blank and some drinks and we were off to downtown. We got lucky snagging a meter right by the state house and in no time we were spread out on the lawn enjoying the Jazz Orchestra and our dinner. The lawn was packed but not painfully so and it was quite the cross section of Columbus who came out for the show. All in all a very good time, can’t wait to pack up another picnic and get back to another show.