June came upon us in all its hot, sunny glory. The work at home kept us very busy. Between getting ready for the Fine Arts Summer Academy, writing songs and musicals, recording, and doing all the regular AMB business, our days have been full. When the first Friday of the month came, however, we were able to take a much-needed break from the onslaught of things to do to drive to Franklin, North Carolina. On Saturday night we played at the Smoky Mountain Theater, a beautiful center for family-friendly entertainment, surrounded by all the hotels, restaurants, and sports one needs to complete the fun. After being treated to a yummy supper at the steakhouse, which boasted a delicious strawberry shortcake, we played an enjoyable concert for an energetic, attentive audience.
That night we drove a couple hours down to Maryville, Tennessee, where we were set to play Sunday. The men arose very early Sabbath morning to set up, and the women followed them soon after for soundcheck. The morning services went very well, and afterwards we were blessed to catch an extended nap at the hotel. That night there was a full house to hear the concert, and afterwards we enjoyed a delectable supper with a splendid arugula salad. Afterwards we drove the three hours home, sleeping on the way (except for the poor driversâ€¦) so that we could meet the work of the next day with fresh minds.