I have not written since May13, when we still had three more concerts to perform. I think my long awaited “nap” has done the trick and I am back at in full swing. Well actually, I really only took a short nap! Our concerts ended on My 17 and on May 23 I drove out to Hudson, Ohio to hear our Laurel Lake Encore Chorale perform in concert. I was so pleased to be with them for their exciting concert. It was a great evening with wonderful singing and so much love for what they do. I couldn’t stop smiling. Encore is really working. My dream is to have Encore Chorales of high excellence all over the country.
Donna Anderson and her Laurel Lake Encore Chorale really made me feel proud of our work. And to see our Encore logo on a concert program in Hudson, Ohio was sheer joy. I travelled the next morning up to Chautauqua for meetings with their staff. I can tell you that Chautauqua is one beautiful place! Just incredible. And at this time last year, we had 5 registrants. This year we have 49 so far - perhaps headed for over 100. Wow!!! Our Choral, Dance and Theatre Institute at Chautauqua Institution will be grand.
So join us!!!!!
I arrived home on Wednesday to a lot of emails and office work and of course, doing work on Cantabile. Larry and I were planning on sailing four glorious days over the Memorial Day Weekend. So the boat had to look perfect. Doing varnish is not one of my favorite things in the world, but………
Larry did most of it, but the stinker left the hardest spots for me. Nothing like being down on your hands and knees trying to get to the unreachable spots. UGH! But she is gorgeous and our four days were so much fun. We sailed “door to door” from our house to the Corsica River off the Chester River. Incredibly beautiful scenery over in that neck of the woods. Then we left for Chestertown, MD for the reenactment of the Chestertown Tea Party. We were ready to go in with our dinghy but our dinghy engine refused to start. So we rowed. Talk about hard. And when I say “we,” I mean Larry. So we missed the reenactment but could see some of the fun from our boat anchored in the Chester. But it was so good to be on Cantabile and relax. Because………in three weeks we have our Choral Institute at St. Mary’s College of Maryland with 57 singers! That is the largest choral group we have ever had at a summer camp. I am ready! Music has been shipped to the singers, tee shirts, hats, mugs and bags are ordered, catering all figured out and we're working on the housing assignments. These programs are a lot of work but so much fun.
And right after St. Mary’s comes the Singing at Sea Journey on the QM2. Did somebody say I was going to get a vacation?????