Today started exiting enough with two false fire alarms between 7:30 and 8:00 am. We then had practice from 9:10 to 10:00 am. At 10:20 we took the bus to Independence Hall, where the First and Second Continental Congresses met to draft both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. While we were in the room where the Congresses met, we sang the Star Spangled banner, which seemed to go over well with the rest of the tour group.
We then were allowed to wander around Philadelphia until around 5:00 pm. The first thing we did was to eat at the Old City Tavern, where many of the founding fathers were said to have eaten. I ordered the braised rabbit which was very good. Upon finishing lunch, we went to see the Liberty Bell. After visiting the inspiring symbol, some of us travelled back to the Crown Plaza Hotel, where I took a much needed nap.
At 5:45 pm we boarded the tour bus and left for St: Peter Episcopal Church. The church had magnificent interior and good acoustics. After rehearsing several of our numbers we sang for a decently sized crowd. Two of our numbers, “Send in the Clowns” and “Hark I hear the Harps Eternal”, seemed to go especially well tonight. After the concert we attended a reception in the church, where all of the refreshments were provided by Erica Rau, the mother of one of our fellow members of the Glee Club, Dante. Our first full day in Philadelphia went very well and I am looking forward to tomorrow.
--Lucian Lupinski, ‘11
After a thrilling night of song with the Orpheus Club, our group held a short rehearsal at the Crown Plaza. We then departed for our group tour of Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Though I had been to these sights when I was younger, it was still a great experience. The amount of history contained in those walls and the knowledge that men and women central to the birth of our nation occupied those spaces is really something to take in slowly. After the tour finished, the Glee Club sang the Star Spangled Banner in the signing room. This is something I will never forget.
After our tour, the group had a little down time before departing at 5:30 for our concert in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. We sang at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to a good-sized crowd. The audience really seemed to like “Something” and “Send in the Clowns.”
All in all, today was a great day. I hope tomorrow is just as good.
--Aaron Bonar, ‘10
Top: The one and only Liberty Bell
Middle: George Washington's pew at Christ Espicopalian Church
Bottom: A battleship anchors in the Delaware River off Penn's Landing