Monday, February 23, 2009

North Carolina Tour A Big Success

Today is my last day in North Carolina after a very successful tour here. My educator workshop and keynote at the Cape Fear AEYC Conference in Wilmington was so much fun. I met so many talented teachers who attended my workshop; so talented in fact that I asked them to participate in the keynote with me. I ended the keynote with a Second Line parade led by teacher who was a former New Orleans area resident. The Second Line was my tribute to Mardi Gras.  

During the conference, I met a very nice children's musician named David Kiser from Kentucky and we were able to have dinner together and talk about children's music. We were served the largest creme brule I have ever seen! Yummy!

After the conference, I sped over to the Wilmington Library for a standing-room-only crowd concert! Wow! Margaret, the children's librarian, and I were shocked at the attendance. They ran out of chairs. Unfortunately, we had microphone malfunctions, but at least my voice could be heard and the enthusiastic audience didn't seem to mind  or notice one bit! 

Next came my concerts at the High Point Library in High Point, NC. Jim, Abigail and the children's services staff are always a delight with which to work. Though the microphones were not working there either, we made the best of it and, again, the audience didn't seem to mind one bit. Go North Carolina fans!!

After High Point, I traveled to Asheville, NC for some rest and relaxation in the mountain home of a friend. It snowed three days while in the mountains and I was able to run outside in the freezing weather long enough to make and throw a few snowballs. Too much fun!

Now, I head back to New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day. I'll be home for only a few days before I head back on the road for a twenty day tour in the Middle East (Oman, Bahrain and UAE). Frequent flyers miles indeed!

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