Its Friday evening, yay and after a four day week, which hourswise was actually a 5 day week I'm home in the cabin just getting ready for bed. I've ironed shirts, partially packed travel bags and the excitement is starting to mount, because this weekend choir is Doin' it for Delma at the Shoalhaven Eistedfod(d) in beautiful downcountry Nowra, on the south coast of NSW, about 2 or 3 hours south of Sydney. About 30 choir members and quite a few groupies are making the trip by train or automobile and we plan to be down there by about 2pm Saturday, which will give us an hour or so to tweak, tune and practice before the actual Eistedfodd. Not too many choral groups are performing but it will be a fun night. After the show, there'll be a party at the motel we're multiple booked into which won't go too late because we have to be up (pardon the pun) bright and early Sunday morning for a mini concert at one of the local Senior Citizens' Retirement Villages where we'll put on a show lasting about half an hour for Delma and her colleagues. Then its the short trip back to the city and we'll probably arrive back home sometime Sunday afternoon.
This is my second time for the Eistedfodd and its the choir's 3rd visit. Its a very special occasion for us because (I think I've stated on these pages, or my previous Corante blog) Delma is a very special person and we love doing it for her. A considerably senior but very spritely citizen, Delma has done some great things for her local community, in her own unique style, standing up against discrimination, bigotry and just plain lack of understanding of people's basic rights, and thats a very good reason for the choir to be so eager to participate so often in the choral event of the Eistedfodd which is named in her honour.
It should be a fun weekend.