A good thing

It’s not EVERYDAY that one gets invited to sit in Martha Stewart’s studio audience, but last week a bunch of tickets to the Gardening Show were offered to Blithewold staff. And, honestly now, who wouldn’t want to get out of bed at 2:30 AM in the middle of a vacation to trundle off to NYC with a gaggle of coworkers and compatriots to see Martha her very self in action? Not me, that’s who. (I mean to say that I DID want to go. Mostly. Pretty much. Hey, I went – and went smiling: see for yourself at the 7 minute mark of the final q&a segment of the show – clips are here and Blithewold staff make up most of the second to last row, starting with Gail on the end up to me, wearing signature green.)

I’ve had a lot of time in the last few days to think about the trip (and recover from something kind of like jet lag) and I can tell you that what was most amazing (aside from the bucket of swag we all took home) was the spectacle of Martha’s army in action. There were a dozen or so assistants whose job it was to herd the audience from our line down the block, to the coatroom/waiting room to the studio and then to make sure we were color coordinated in some mysterious way (everyone in the audience was encouraged to wear gardening clothes and there were some wonderful hats and boots!) and bouncers to make sure we didn’t leave our seats. There were dozens more milling around the set moving props, watering plants (the fake greenhouse is full to the gills with live plants), sweeping invisible dust, cooking food, operating scads of cameras, shuffling cues, and giving orders. There was even a court jester whose job it was to make the audience laugh, smile more and clap louder, – LOUDER – then faaaade oouuttt…

I was feeling a little envious – after all, Blithewold doesn’t employ anywhere near the number of staff that Martha Stewart does. But now that I’ve thought about it, our behind the scenes staff, although fewer in number, is just as amazing for being able to put on a live show that never goes off the air or takes station breaks (well, maybe we get a bit of a break starting in January. But we’ll be back soon! Stay tuned. — APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE!… and fade out…)

Do you have an army working behind the scenes on your show?

4 thoughts on “A good thing

  1. An army of one! Well, right now I have some Portuguese guys tearing out sod for a patio, but I like to think of them more as mercenaries.

    Forget Martha’s show. I want to go cruise around one of her what, four houses? Each with their own gardeners and housekeepers. You’ve got to give her credit, she’s living the life of the American nobility and doing it with style. I shall hold back my bitter, bitter envy.

    Susan, it was the court jester that had me thinking Martha’s truly the queen of all she surveys… You’re right to hire mercenaries for sod removal. I stage a coup whenever I make myself dig sod at home. -kris

  2. What a hoot! All you ladies look like great, ( Gail, your hair is getting so long). I’m interested to know what ou took home for souveniers.

    Kathy, here’s a picture of our swag – imagine us traipsing through NYC with this tubtrug full! -kris Martha Stewart show swag

  3. Well what fun! Not the 2:30 part but the rest of it. It’s always so different behind the scenes and I enjoy hearing about it.

    I really came by to say I saw a segment on Blithewold on my netflix rental People, Places and Plants. I so enjoyed it! I kept looking for Kris but did not see you.

    Tina, it was fun! I haven’t seen the PPP show and don’t ever remember hearing about being on it. (I do have a terrible memory… and I must have been off that day?…) But I’ll be adding it to my netflix list. Thanks for the heads up! -kris

  4. Wait a minute, you have the Deadheads and the….who are the others? I just have Tucker and Cooper and they tend to be no help at all. LOL Glad you had fun even if you did have to get up really early.

    Layanee, we have the Deadheads, the Rockettes and the Florabundas – Martha should be so lucky! And what – you’re not counting the Equipment Manager as part of your behind the scenes crew??? And what about Hailey? -kris

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