|The Choir's first concert of the tour....St Nikolai Church in Potsdam, Germany|
Following (in the words of one of our thoughtful students) "an expansive breakfast" of, well, just about every food under the sun, we boarded our coaches and headed to the southern "suburb" of Potsdam. We met our local tour guides who began our stay with an hour walk around the grounds of Sans Soucci palace, the favorite home of Frederick the Great. In the wintertime this is a beautiful place; one can only imagine what the summers must be like with hundreds of acres of manicured lawns, gardens, fountains and more! On these particular grounds, there are no fewer than five palaces....one in nearly every direction! To save time, we will not go into detail here about the Royal Court in Frederick's time, however, please feel free to ask your favorite choir member about fleas and honey. Enough said. these particular grounds, there are no fewer than five palaces....one in nearly every direction! To save time, we will not go into detail here about the Royal Court in Frederick's time, however, please feel free to ask your favorite choir member about fleas and honey. Enough said.
Our next stop was for our "official welcome to Potsdam at City Hall. The group was welcomed by the Deputy Mayor of the city as well as Dr. Sigrid Sommer who has been so active in the "Sister City" relationship building and so helpful to us in planning our day. We exchanged warm greetings from our Sioux Falls contingent as well as from President Oliver, and they shared an interesting overview of the City of Potsdam. We also made presentations of Augie sweatshirts (!) and, Sigrid's favorite "American" snack.....several cans of Honey Roasted Peanuts. I can't tell you which gift was her favorite! :-) Following a delicious assortment of foods and drink, the Choir performed two selections in the Center Hall of City Hall - it was fun to see people leave their work to see who was making this beautiful "noise" in their building!
Thank you Deputy Mayor, thank you Sigrid, thank you Harald, thank you Potsdam!
And now, more pictures!
|John Doron became part of the scenery|
|When the director runs rehearsal too long, someone has to feed the choir!|
|We took St. Nikolai home with us - in chocolate! A gift from our hosts!|