Our bus left Hermiston early Thursday morning and headed southeast to Caldwell, Idaho, where apparently the gusty winds decided to make the trip too.
Once we crossed into Idaho, we returned to Rocky Mountain time, a fact that got a substantial cheer from the National Tour Choir members.
We’re here for two days to close out the tour, and Thursday started with a workshop with the choir from Washington Elementary School, which consists of third, fourth, and fifth graders. They joined Tour Choir on stage for the final two songs of the school concert later in the day, and will also join them on stage at our community concert Friday night.
In the course of the hour-long workshop, we also experienced what might be a first on tour: a fire drill! We were at the school’s campus most of the day, so we had to stand in the parking lot for a few minutes while the fire drill took place. Never a dull moment on tour!
After the school show, the kids were paired off for their home stays, which makes for fun storytelling the next day. As always, when the kids return in the morning, they need to know three fun facts about Idaho, Caldwell, and/or their host families.
Friday is another workshop and another school show, followed by a community concert at Jewett Auditorium. All that’s left after that is heading home! We can almost see those Rocky Mountains now…