Celebrations and an Oasis in Brooklyn

My weekend was jam-packed with things to celebrate! As I mentioned in my last entry, my chorus had our annual Sweet Adelines competition in Springfield. I typically go up for the day, so I drove at dawn to make it to my 7:30 AM rehearsal. The cool thing about traveling so early in the morning is seeing the mist rising from the ground. It’s almost like driving through clouds, but with less chance of oxygen deprivation.

Symphony Hall

After I got to Springfield, I was in performance mode. From rehearsing to getting ready, the morning was a blur. Then, we made our way over to Symphony Hall for the big show!  Symphony Hall is a historic theater filled with gold ornate finishings and red velvet covering the seats and the curtains. The stone exterior is absolutely beautiful and adds to the charm of downtown Springfield. Rumor has it the basement of Symphony Hall (where the green room is) also served as a bomb shelter during World War II because of the rugged exterior.

The theater itself is a great place to view a show – there isn’t a bad sightline to be found! I enjoyed watching the other choruses, though the results of our competition were firmly in the back of my mind. We were all waiting with baited breath to find out who won; and we were overjoyed to find out we were first in our division and second overall!

As I was driving home, I called all my friends to tell them the fantastic news. It was at this time that I was invited by my friend in Bridgeport to visit New York City the next day!

Adventures in Brooklyn

I’ll fast forward to the reason we came in the first place: the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. To say it is gorgeous is an understatement. It is literally an oasis in the midst of the urban jungle that is Brooklyn. Flowers and greenery surround you and invite you to explore. Since it’s early spring, some of the flowers weren’t in full bloom, but the ones that were stunned me with their beauty. Below are some of my favorite pictures from that day. I’d encourage anyone to go there, especially during the spring and summer. You won’t be disappointed!



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