Monday, September 2, 2013

Sept 1st - Day 13 - Iowa Trip - Big Concert

Very busy day today!  We started out perfectly - meeting up at the Colony Restaurant in Amana for breakfast.  They serve family style, all you can eat.  What do they serve?  Well, let me tell you!  Corn pancakes (best thing ever invented!), fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, homemade strawberry jam, home fried potatoes, orange juice, coffee if you want it - and they just keep bringing it as long as you are eating.  Needless to say, David thought he had died and gone to heaven.  The rest of us did our share, too!

Then we headed back to the airport to watch all the work of getting things  ready for the concert.  Listening to the run-throughs is almost as much fun as the concert itself.  They set up the big canopy tent, a smaller canopy tent for the food, a stage in the hanger doorway, airplanes strategically placed to catch attention, sound system, lighting, etc.

Dinner started around 5:00 and was very good.  Then the concert started at 7:00.  Lisa was first and did a great job.  She did a couple of things from Wicked, a couple of Disney princess songs, and a country song.  She was followed by Josh, who is incredible on the piano.  The final performance was from Trish, accompanied by Josh.  She is an opera style soprano.  Everyone did well, although I must admit that I liked Lisa best.  (Must be the mother talking!)

I was so excited that my Aunt Patty and Uncle Kenny came down from Emmetsburg and surprised us.  Dad was really pleased.  Her daughter Teresa and her son almost made it a little later.  They live in Cedar Rapids, which is where Patty was staying.  My friend Paula and her friend Barb also showed up from Davenport.  I was glad to see them, too.

What a great day!  The take for the scholarship fund was over $900 - not their best take ever, but still a good return.

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