Cathy and Nancy are attending the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division convention in Charm City (Baltimore). We applaud ACDA’s decision to have the convention in Baltimore and at the Marriott Hotel located just next to the Inner Harbor!
If choir directors manage to pull themselves away from the interesting program of workshops and lectures, it is a short walk to the Inner Harbor, home to many restaurants, unique shopping, famous museums, live entertainment, local pubs and taverns. Many of the city’s historic and cultural sites are also nearby: National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Fort McHenry where the American National Anthem was written during the War of 1812.
Concerts during the convention are being held at historic and new venues nearby: The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Baltimore Basilica, Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and St. Ignatius Church. Nancy attended the performance by Essence of Joy, (Penn State) under the direction of Dr. Anthony Leach at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Essence of Joy traveled from Barcelona to Paris in May of 2013 on a great choir tour and Nancy had the honor of accompanying them. You can revisit some of the unforgettable performances of that tour on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cultural-Tour-Consultants/173307326016481 Look at 2013 on our timeline.
We’ve also enjoyed seeing long-time clients who have stopped by our booth to chat. Dr. Peggy Dettwiler, Director of Choral Activities at Mansfield University, is lecturing at the ACDA convention. She will travel with the Mansfield University this summer on a CTC concert tour, performing at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. Dr. Jeffrey Sandborg dropped by to talk about the Roanoke College Choir tour to Ireland this May and to reminisce about past tours with Cultural Tour Consultants. Bob Drafall of State College Area High School is excited about the 2015 performance tour to Europe planned for the orchestra, choir, and jazz band of SCAHS.
You can be sure that Cathy and Nancy also checked out Baltimore’s emerging culinary scene. No longer is Baltimore thought of as only the home of the crab cake (still delicious!). The city’s progressive compilation of cutting-edge eateries offering fresh, funky-fusion recipes like crispy Thai string beans, lobster mac and artisan beers has put Baltimore on the map as an up-and-coming culinary city not to be missed. A meal in Baltimore’s Little Italy was also a requirement!