We left Massachusetts two weeks ago with a car that felt huge, a home that felt small, a dog that spoke Dutch, two instruments and each other. We were exhausted before we even started, and in so many ways had no idea what we were getting us ourselves into. Now two weeks in and we're starting to get excited (still with no clue what we've gotten ourselves into)!
Our first week was spent in Madison, Wisconsin and we stayed in the driveway of a lovely family. We lived in our home-on-wheels for the most part, but had the convenience and comfort of a home-not-on-wheels whenever we needed (or wanted). Madison is an awesome city to bike in, so we loved borrowing bikes from our hosts and riding into town.
Our first concert was a perfect example of the power of community. During this tour we are only visiting cities or towns where we know someone, someone who is willing to connect us with their community. In Madison, our dear friend and fantastic violinist Kangwon Kim got her church involved in the project. They baked cheesecake and brought cider for the reception, helped setup chairs and manned the ticket table - we even roped their Pastor into being the reader for the concert. Geneva Campus Church supported these two strangers like we were their own. We presented a concert of early American tunes, mostly from the shape-note tradition, and lots of people in the audience already knew and loved this style. Kangwon played violin, Steuart was on the cello (and sang!) and Michelle sang. It feels good to have the first concert under our belt - we learned a lot, had some fun, and got to share some really special music.
We're in Appleton at the moment, just two hours north of Madison, getting ready for tonight's Bach & Beer concert at the Appleton Beer Factory! Stayed tuned for another update soon.