San Diego outdoors: Aida, animal tracks, rugby, SUP with dogs, 1800s Old Town, waterski and wakeboard
Indoors: WWI San Diego, complete history of theater, Christopher Plummer, pickles, Van Gogh-Gaughin, Martina McBride
11:50 a.m., June 28
A developer wants to buy Stoney Lonesome, the Nation's 100 acre-plus farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. Susan Cooper and Hume Cronyn's autumnal piece gives reasons why Annie Nations should, and should not, sell by tracing the family's hardscrabble, pioneering lives. Foxfire has lulls, due in part to a soft-sell approach, but the Moonlight Stage production, directed by Kathy Brombacher, is a gentle pleaser. It helps to have the Needle in a Haystack Band performing before, and during, the show, and Ted Lieb playing young Dillard Nations (and singing so country-pure you'd swear he's a ringer) - and to have quality supporting efforts from Howard Bickle, Jr., Sharon Wezelman, and Fred Harlow. And, most of all, Charlie Riendeau as Hector Nations, a gruff, larger-than-life ghost, and Jill Drexler playing 79-year-old Annie Nations with wonderful, unfussy accuracy and stark emotional truth.