We arrived at our hotel in Springfield, VA coming directly from Gettysburg.
The first morning we were up and headed to Vienna, Virginia to the well-known Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.
We sang in the Theater-in-the-Woods, and they weren’t kidding! The lovely little theater is smack in the middle of the forest. How cool is that?
We had a hurried set-up and a quick rehearsal/sound-check. The staff at the theater were very helpful in moving our equipment to the stage (and back afterwards).
This was an educational outreach concert and there were lots of younger children in the audience. Wesley explained about solfeggio (and had the boys demonstrate the hand signs), and he also talked about singing in four parts and explained about soloists, duets and trios.
Everyone loves the beach balls during the Beach Boys medley!
After the concert the boys changed into their recreation clothes and we headed into Washington DC – to the US Capitol building. We had lunch in the very nice Capitol visitor center cafeteria and then enjoyed a great tour. The guides were outstanding and they brought the building to life for the boys.
After the tour we did a bit of walking and took a photo in front of the Supreme Court.
Then it was on to dinner at Union Station. Filled with shops and restaurants there was quite a variety of food choices. At 6:30 pm we met our DC guide and he boarded our bus with us and we embarked on a 3 hour journey to the major venues and sites of the USA capitol city.
Here are the boys with the White House as the backdrop.
Heading towards the Vietnam Was Memorial.
People sometimes leave photos or other items near the name of their loved one.
Our guide explaining about the Lincoln Memorial.
The view from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It was really lovely at this time of night.
We headed over to the Jefferson Memorial and by the time we arrived it was night. The memorial is beautifully lit and it was a fitting finale to our evening tour.
We departed with this final view of the Washington Monument across the tidal basin.