In late June, the orchestra boarded flights taking us to New York, followed by journeys to Vandalia in Ohio (twinned with Ayrshire’s own Prestwick), Atlanta and Newnan in Georgia and finishing in St. Pete’s Beach on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.
We left from Scotland and arrived in Manhattan; New York City – where we enjoyed the sights and sounds including, United Nations, Grand Central Station Shopping at 5th Avenue, Macy’s etc. We had a wonderful Dinner at Dallas BBQ, had a beautiful Circle Line Boat Tour for Statue of Liberty etc. and did some sightseeing in Times Square, while also fitting in a visit to Rockafeller Centre, and an Open Top Bus Tour of New York sights.
We then left New York and on two Coaches traveled to Vandalia Ohio. We were able to enjoy 4th July celebrations with hosts and have our first concert of the tour in Vandalia. The next day we had some fun at Paramount Kings Theme Park.
Then we were back onto the Coaches from Vandalia to Newnan where we were greeted by our new Hosts. The Orchestra then took a visit into Atlanta to visit the Senate Building Atlanta, Coca Cola World, CNN Headquarters. We had a concert at Alpharetta High School before a Bus Transfer back to Newnan.
We had two wonderful concerts in Newnan .
The next day we had some free time with hosts and be able to attend Church with host families, before our Family Afternoon Concert after which we will spend some time at Fairground where we had a Farewell BBQ/Ceilidh. The next day we had some fun in the pool before enjoying our last afternoon and evening wityh our hosts.
We then Transfered from Newnan to St. Pete’s Beach to meet with our new hosts
The Orchestra spent the day in St. Pete’s Beach with a Beach Day and Cook out concluding with our final Concert of the tour which was Live on the internet broadcasting to hundreads of people.
We spent our last day at Busch gardens. This was followed by a Buffet Dinner at the Church before the world famous Tour Awards.
We then began our 2 day journey home, via London where we were met by friends and family at Kingcase Church in Prestwick.