Last Wednesday night, 100 of us boarded 2 buses & traveled to NYC. Yep, me & my closest high school band friends rode through the night. Some slept, but the kids were so wound up, many didn't sleep until the very wee hours of the morning.
Our first stop was breakfast at Hard Rock Cafe, somewhere near Times Square (I'm still confused about the layout of Manhattan *lol*). Then we were driven to Rockefeller Plaza after we found a place to pull over & change into our band shirts.
Our first 'real' tourist stop was Radio City Music Hall. We had a backstage tour - VERY cool! And, yes, I got to have my picture taken with a Rockette. ;o)
After we all had time to do a bit of exploring around the area, the kids performed in the IBM Atrium - and they were WONDERFUL! A lot of people gathered to listen & a number of the regulars commented to us that our kids were the best they'd heard. Our equipment truck had not been allowed to enter Manhattan thru the Holland Tunnel (our access), but fortunately, the driver found his way in & was able to meet up with us at the IBM building. The kids scurried to load the equipment after the performance, and we were off to more exploring, then dinner at Ellen's Stardust Diner. The food certainly wasn't the greatest, but the waitstaff sings as you eat - a fun experience.
After dinner, some went to see "Rent", others to see "Hairspray", the rest to see "Wicked". I was in the "Wicked" bunch (no comments needed there! *lol*). It was one of THE best theatrical experiences I've ever had!!
When we finally left the city for our hotel (in NJ), we were all extremely worn out. The lead bus driver (not ours) drove past our hotel, though there was a huge sign out front. *sigh* So, 20 minutes later than necessary, we finally were able to unload & get to our rooms. We sure didn't have to worry about anyone wandering the halls - everyone was too darn tired!
Day 2 & 3 will follow in other posts ...