After a few weeks devoted to working on the Fine Arts Summer Academy, the Annie Moses Band set off again for a week-long tour in the great state of Texas. The first day was a long travel day full of shocking weather progressions. In a twelve hour period, we progressed from 70 degrees in Nashville to 102 degrees in Texas. It was a very keen adventure!
Our first stop landed in the little town of Grapevine, a few miles away from Dallas, with a picturesque downtown and a thriving spirit of Texas fun. We had a great time performing for the people there, and we girls even got a couple hours off to go downtown and peruse the fun boutiques that line the streets, peek into the Western relics like a ghost saloon, a ghost cabin, and an old-fashioned Western porch with a clay cowboy relaxing on the pew there. The swirling dust and heat around us made the cowboy seem almost living at first!
The next couple days we spent in Irving, TX, at the Kempke Conference. We enjoyed meeting all the church ministers there, and had a great time playing a concert for them on Monday night.
On Wednesday we round out the mini-tour with a concert in Longview, TX. The energy of a packed house full of old friends was so very delightful, and afterwards we got to visit for a long time and even celebrate a friend’s birthday over yummy cupcakes.
The next day we traveled home to our much cooler climate, and thus our journey ended.
The days of summer have spun by in a whirlwind of heat. The first days of the new season opened upon us touring in the Carolinas, where we were blessed to see a whole passel of old friends, and then in Milton, FL, where we got to meet some new friends. On from there to McKinney, TX, which is the homestead of Annie Moses, the early stomping ground of the preaching of our late grandpa, and the residence of many relatives and generational friends. In the next four days we hit Canton, TX, Beebe, AR, and Lakeland, FL, where we celebrated a most glorious Easter Sunday.
After this travelathon, we drove home to Nashville, where all the blossoms of the Bradford pears and the plum tree outside the kitchen window had transformed into vibrant green, and the wind was beginning to pick up briskness, the sky blueness, and the sun hotness. The two weeks at home were full of preparations for the Fine Arts Summer Academy, a new album, and a whole gamut of new creative products. Mid-May found us out on the road again.
We retraced our steps to Florida, where we got to spend a beautiful weekend in Port St Lucie, FL, where the ‘love-bugs’ were making their appearance. We had never seen anything like these bugs, and often found ourselves running from car door to hotel in an effort to not get pelted by the tiny flying insects, who liked to attack in pairs. But the beauty of the city, the fun of seeing the last NASA air shuttle fly into the sky that Monday, the delicious food of the Berry Fresh Café, and the wonderful kindness and hospitality of the folks there put the love-bug plague way back in the shadows.
After Port St Lucie we traveled to Orlando, where we had a great time showcasing for the representatives of public broadcasting, and then back full circle to the Carolinas, the beginning state of our summer season, where we got to witness a most beautiful wedding of a most dear friend, and then on to beautiful Asheville, where we had a splendid time performing and meeting new people.
Thus finished with the tour, we traveled to our dear home. We were surprised to see the cicadas rise up to meet us. The friendly sparkling fairies gave out a joyful shout of welcome when we stepped across the threshold, and kept up that shout for a long time coming. Their cries of joy spun a vigorous background to the intricate web of preparations for the Fine Arts Summer Academy, recording on new musicals and albums, writing and researching for new projects, and other such activites that fill every day. They have been so friendly, indeed, and so interested in our work, that they have imbedded themselves in our doors and windows, and even enjoy nesting in our hair whenever we must venture outside. O how we love them!
And that’s a summer wrap!