I allowed myself plenty of extra time in case Chicago traffic was, well, Chicagoesque, and made it through without any significant delays, so I got to Casa Middleton way early, a little after 5. So I nipped out to dinner at a little Mexican place they recommended, El Ranchito or something like that, and it was great. Thanks for the recommendation! I'd like to go there again to try some of the other dishes.
I got back to Casa Middleton a little after 6, to find the place already fairly full of people, despite the fact that many people I knew were coming weren't there yet (conspicuously, no one from Milwaukee). By the time the music started, I think there were close to 50 people there. They didn't even come close to all fitting in the living room; I hope the people in the dining room and the kitchen could hear, though they couldn't see.
The show was great, of course. But I can't really remember very many specifics, like just which songs I was especially transported by. Every time chirosinger mentioned something about the CD, she prodded me to act out the enthusiasm that I express by commenting "*bouncebouncebounce*" in her journal when she talks about how the project is progressing. It was amusing, but how can anyone *not* be excited that Riverfolk is getting a CD?
After the concert was officially over we had a song circle which looked a whole lot like a Milwaukee house sing. It was a fairly good circle for a while, but I had to leave earlier than I wanted because the friend I was staying with in Milwaukee (driving from Waukegan to Milwaukee after a filk is possible, but driving back to Fithian is not) was getting tired. By the time I actually left, it looked like things were breaking up, although I wouldn't be shocked to learn that chirosinger and chasophonic ended up singing all night after all. And by the time I got to Art's place, I was very ready for bed, even though I had been fine when I'd left.
Much thanks and praise to greenmansgrove and alymid for opening their home and inviting us all.