Sunday brought a day of activities and family fun. The host families spent the day bonding with their guests from Fulda, Germany. Some toured Philadelphia, visited Hershey Park, or explored Longwood Gardens, while others shared recreational activities, like trampolining, paintball, and swimming. It was the perfect way to relax before a busy week of rehearsals. Practice started early Monday, with the work accomplished on Saturday providing a foundation that allowed the choristers and instrumentalists to build their confidence and understanding of the music to be presented in Saturday’s Gala Concert.
In the afternoon, the young musicians headed to Hagley Museum, the former gun-powder mill run by the DuPont’s for 200 years, for a tour of one of Delaware’s most important historical sites. The group made their way through the grounds of Hagley, exploring the gardens, the Dupont schoolhouse, the Brandywine River, and restored wind mills. The tour ended with an exciting gunpowderdemonstration. In the evening, VIP guests attended the Sister Cities of Wilmington Reception, hosted at Hagley Soda House and enjoyed performances by the chorus and youth orchestra. Notable speakers included Mayor of Wilmington, Michael Purzycki, New Castle County’s Executive, Michael Meyer, Delaware Division of the Arts Executive Director, Paul Weagraff, and President of Sister Cities of Wilmington, Dennis Shear. “I must tell you, that the people who tell us all the time ‘Don’t discount the importance of the arts’ are right!” Mayor Purzycki remarked. The comment was greeted with boisterous applause.