Our home stays brought us back to Arborlawn United Methodist Church, where the choir gathered to hear the beautifully crafted organ in the sanctuary.
After a brief demonstration, we boarded the bus to go to the Fort Worth Stock Yards. Groups perused the old, country western style markets filled with rich cowboy memorabilia. The stock yard is also home to one of the oldest running cattle drives in the United States. We watched as cowboys and cowgirls walked the cattle from one end of the street to the next. We went to lunch in groups, where many stopped at neighboring burger joints and barbecue houses. We finally boarded the bus and left for Dallas, but not before I measured reach against the size of a longhorn cow’s horns.
We arrived at the Holiday Inn around 1:30pm, giving us the whole day and night to ourselves. Many people, including myself, took well-needed naps to ward off feeling tired. Others ran around the city, explored, and worked on graduate audition assignments. After a lovely nap, I met up with tenor Justin Su’esu’e and baritone Trevor Sands for a quick dinner at a neighboring shopping plaza. We planned for another social outing that had karaoke and line dancing. A great group of us went out, enjoyed each other’s company, and laughed until morning. Days off are much needed on tours. This one was no exception. Tomorrow morning brings a relaxing morning and the fourth performance in Dallas.