So the summer travel is set.
- June 5-7, Lee’s Summit to see family
- June 28-July 3, New York City and Philadelphia for research and to reconnect with friends and students
- July 7-10, Lee’s Summit and Des Moines, the latter to see Billy Budd at Des Moines Opera
- August 6-8, Chicago for R&R
I have no big summer trip this year.
But I’m doing two shows this summer at New Line Theatre:
Since I only have two and a half weeks off after one show closes and the other begins rehearsal, I’m packing in trips on my days off.
I go to the office only three days a week during summer months (at least until August, when the pace picks up), so I’m scheduling a lot of local things. I don’t eat out much, but I’m setting my eyes on a half-dozen local restaurants I’ve never visited, and treating myself to some luncheons on days when other events also take me out of the house. Among those:
- photo trip to a covered bridge in Jefferson County
- several guided tours at the Saint Louis Art Museum
- the Route 66 exhibit at the Missouri History Museum
- a couple of distillery tours
- a day down to Ste. Genevieve to see some architecture and visit a couple of wineries
- and antiquing day as far as Fulton so I can make my annual visit to the Churchill Memorial
- the new World War I exhibit at Jefferson Barracks County Park
- the local branch of the Karpeles Manuscript Library for some rare documents
- numerous photo spots in and around Saint Louis
- the Contemporary Art Musuem’s latest exhibit
- the Museum of Transportation
- a chocolate factory tour.
And I’m seeing plenty of shows, with my voice students in
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 9 to 5, and South Pacific at Stages
- The Little Mermaid and Newsies at the Muny
- Muny Kids and Muny Teens cast shows
- a Tennessee Williams play
I’ll catch three operas at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis too.
This will be a fun summer of some deliberate local tourism.