East TN choir tour, days 1-3

We’ve just finished the third day of our fourth choir tour, and it has been quite an adventure so far. 

We had our first concert on the way to Gatlinburg on Sunday in Newport. It was the first time our choir has ever been televised! We got to the chalet around 9:00 after braving a good deal of fog the whole way up the mountain. Here is the daily photo from our trip that day:


Monday morning the Simmons cooked breakfast, and then we decided to take a trip the the Tanger outlet mall in Sevierville. We stayed there shopping most of the day and then headed back to the chalet in time to change into our concert clothes. Our performance was at First Methodist in Sevierville. The crowd was small, but the concert was good. As an added bonus, Blair and Tasha (a clarinet major who’s now in grad school) came. In fact, they even came back to Gatlinburg and spent the night with us. I don’t think the mountain has ever been as foggy as it was on our way up then; we couldn’t see more than five feet in front of the van! Since there was not much worth taking pictures of at Tanger outlet mall, I forgot to find anything until I was about to go to bed…


We were surprised when we woke up this morning and were no longer living in a cloud! Who knew you could see mountains out the window? Today was our free day, and several of us had decided to go to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Pictures from our aquatic adventures can be seen on flickr! After we finished the aquarium we walked the strip for a while in the rain. Then we drove to Pidgeon Forge for a little more shopping and dinner at Calhoun’s. When we got back to the chalet we got in the hot tub…and didn’t come back out for quite some time.

Matt meets a sawfish

3 thoughts on “East TN choir tour, days 1-3

  1. I wondered if ya’ll would catch a view of the mountains before you left. Seems as if the rain likes to accompany your choir tours! Hope you’re having a good time!

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