Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I was asked to perform Handel's Messiah with Craig Jessop's American Festival Chorus. With a rehearsal in Logan Friday evening and another rehearsal and performance in Logan on Saturday, Randy and I decided to make it a mini-getaway. I looked up hotels in Logan and found the University Inn and Conference Center right smack-dab in the middle of the Utah State campus, just a three to five minute walk from the Kent Concert Hall where I was to be involved. So convenient.

We had Saturday morning to ourselves. Enjoyed a complimentary continental breakfast at the hotel, then took a nice long walk enjoying the perfect spring sunshine. The campus was beautifully pristine. The trees were abloom and filled the air with a sweet perfume.

We made a stop at the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department

for a scoop of world famous Aggie Ice Cream, compliments of the hotel. My choice? Bull Tracks of course; peanut butter and chocolate is a MUST. Randy chose Raspberries and Cream. 

Our dairy adventures weren't over with that. A side trip to the Gossner Dairy just goes hand in hand with a drive to Logan; cheese-lover that I am.  Just have to do a little for cheese tasting and pick up a couple of bricks of Pepper Jack and Sharp Cheddar.  Speaking of.... just a minute, I'll be right back.... I need to go taste a slice.   

While I rehearsed in the afternoon, Randy drove to Kaysville for an appointment there and we met up for dinner.

I pushed the button on my iPhone and asked "Siri" where we should eat. She recommended a variety of places. El Toro Viejo was given five stars.

Ummm. GREAT Mexican Food! I've put this place on my list of "must haves" in Logan. I had the recommended Lime/Cilatro Chicken, our server's favorite. Just a note: they serve huge portions!! -- next time we will split a meal.

The concert was a BLAST (with the exception of the page juggling that I had to maneuver. Meredith and I missed one entrance because I happened to have the wrong page up. sigh. Wish we had had just one more rehearsal just so that I could practice turning pages!)

Anyway -- Maestro Jessop's enthusiasm for the music is contagious. I so enjoy performing under his baton... It just happens to be ANOTHER great reason to drive to Logan.