Westward Ho Folks

This blog chronicled (via a diary and photos) a trip that Terry and his wife Stefi took across the U.S. singing in nursing homes. The trip has since concluded and we are now living full-time for the Lord in a mission, serving the needy and homeless.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Cleveland, Ohio

After a grueling 8 hour trip. we pulled into the parking lot of the Euclid Beach Assisted Living Center. Map quest did us bad, and it underestimated the traveling time, so we were late.
Walking in, we could tell the folks were restless, and anxious to hear our program. After about a ten minute setup, we began this program with Manyana. This is always a great opener, and it gets the folks right into the spirit of our show.
After driving so long, Terry was quite tired, so we cut the program a little short...only a couple songs.
Leaving there we took in the grand shores of Erie Lake...which borders all of Cleveland. This was the first time either of us had been to Lake Erie.
We then took in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame...what an experience. We didn't realize it, but this was the weekend that the tall ships were due in. Apparently, every four years, a group of twelve ships come to Cleveland. If you have never been up close to a tall ship, you have not lived.
While sitting at the park, we got an unexpected phone call from the Activity Director of Green Valley nudist camp; inviting us to give a program.
They were located in Bath, Ohio, just outside Akron, and an hour from the nursing home. We arrived around 7pm, checked in, and it took us about an hour to set up Honey...then we headed directly for the pool.
After laying low for a couple days, we began our show around 6 on Friday evening. A downpour forced everyone into the clubhouse, rather than a poolside event.
Some four hours later, one of the "campers" was singing along, and our amp blew...OH NO!!!
This was the first time we had "technical difficulties," and the folks were understanding.

Tomorrow morning (Saturday) we are heading out early for Clarksville, Tn., to visit family for a few days.