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29 June 2021

Farewell 2020/2021 Touring Group

The Touring Group finished for the season with 15 members gathering on Sunday 6/27/21 and Monday 6/28/21 for rehearsal, performing, eating, overnighting and sessioning. Artist leaders Oliver Scanlon, Fern Tamagini-O’Donnell and Hilary Menegaz Weitzner lead a rehearsal Saturday early afternoon at Elley Long Music Center (thankfully air conditioned), preparing for the Old Songs Festival livestream performance (a first) and the in-person (a first) Church Street Marketplace flash mob (a first) that afternoon. Both were hugely challenging but lots of fun and successful….. huge crowd for the flash mob. Group members and adults including some parents had dinner at Gaku Ramen after the performances, before folks dispersed to Ben & Jerry’s, home, friend’s, the Best Western Windjammer. Most got together again on Monday morning for brunch and resurrecting tunes learned during the virtual world tour in late April.

Thanks to everyone for making this past year happen under far less than ideal circumstances. We started last summer with about 35 applications. By September we had auditioned and invited 25 Group members. 5 opted out in December when it was clear we were going to have to stay online instead of an in- person April trip. 5 couldn’t attend this gathering and 2 couldn’t join in on both Sunday and Monday. This group has certainly proved its a survivor! The few, the proud, the dedicated, the willing. Strong. Persistent. Beautiful. Fun.

More photos and videos to come. Thanks to Christina Kennedy for early arrival photos from the Olds Songs and flash mob segments.

Mark Sustic will continue as YTV director, but will not be managing the Touring Group again – it’s just too many things to try to keep track of. We are in the process now of working who will be taking on the Touring Group manager role and other details. We hope to announce soon (by mid-July at least) if there will be a group for 2021/2022. If yes (leaning that way!) and you’re not a veteran of the Touring Group, let us know if you’d like to be on the list for the announcement and what the application, auditioning process will be.