The clear roads ceased to exist as the traffic ensued and Freedom tower appeared on the horizon; we had finally arrived at our penultimate stop of New York City. Clubbers were quick to engage in picture taking of the majestic New York skyline as it came into focus. With so much to offer the city soon overwhelmed the club with endless opportunities. Upon arrival to the hotel, many were quick to leave to begin their journey in the city. Frisbee games started in central park while others were quick to rush to times square to get tickets for STOMP! which was to be performed later that day.
The next day many of the clubbers went to sites such as the 9/11 memorial and the Met. A half a day of sightseeing was followed by preparation for the prestigious concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. For many this was going to be a highlight of tour and a memory for a lifetime. At the concert we were joined by the world-renowned George Shirley, Professor Emeritus of Voice at the University of Michigan and The Riddlers from Avon Old Farms, Bryan Zaros conductor. New York was an amazing experience for all involved and a great final full concert for the Glee Club.
Public Relations Manager
Yesterday we were fortunate enough to meet Congressman John Dingle from Michigan, and to sing “The Yellow and Blue” for him. We were also lucky enough to receive a tour of Arlington National Cemetery from former clubber, Joe Gradisher. After having such a great time in Washington D.C, we’re off to Philadelphia, PA for our concert tonight at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.
We said goodbye to Richmond, VA yesterday as we headed for Washington D.C. We ventured to the Air and Space Museum before meeting our hosts in Virginia, D.C, and Maryland.
After a day of sight-seeing, a tour of the Capitol, and a rehearsal, we performed our concert at the Church of the Epiphany. We were joined by the men from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts as a part of our Brothers in Song program, and were also pleased to see a large number of Club alumni join us to sing “The Yellow and Blue.” It has been a great couple of days in Washington so far, and we’re looking forward to another day of adventures tomorrow. Go blue!
After a long, hot bus ride, Glee Club arrived at the wonderfully preserved Berry Hill Plantation in South Boston, Virginia, childhood home of our very own Dr. Rogers. Clubbers were quick to take up the many amenities Berry Hill had to offer, from basketball and a pool to billiards in the main mansion. Following an evening of exploring the grounds, Club went into South Boston proper, starting with a sing at Halifax High School students in a mini concert. This was quickly followed by a classic southern-style lunch buffet at Ernie’s and then rehearsal at our concert venue, the Prizery. A former tobacco processing plant, the Prizery is now a museum/concert hall commemorating much of the areas local history, including the crossing of the Dan River by the American troops in the Revolutionary War.
Returning to the Prizery in the evening for the concert, we were greeted by a packed house in a small, intimate setting. Club was in top form as we sang for many of Dr. Rogers’ friends, family, and former teachers. Our pianos were minute, our crescendos grand, from the first chord of Laudes to the very end of the Yellow and Blue. A touching moment was when we dedicated the Hymn to Andrew Goulston, a current Clubber who was unable to join us on tour. We deeply miss him, and our thoughts are with him and his family. After the concert, we returned to Berry Hill for the final night of our stay, and as we board the bus this morning for Richmond, I know South Boston and Berry Hill will be one of the highlights of my tour.
New guy class of 2016
We have arrived in South Boston and are having a fantastic time at Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center! Tomorrow we’ll be singing at Dr. Rogers’ old high school and at the Prizery at 7:30pm. We hope to see all our friends in the area tomorrow evening!