Category Archives: Fun Stuff

You’re Only a Day Away!

Our 2014 New York City Tour begins tomorrow! Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow. You’re only a day away!

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La Liberté éclairant le monde

La Liberté éclairant le monde, French for Liberty Enlightening the World, is the formal name of the Statue of Liberty, a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor. The statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste … Continue reading

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Dress Rehearsal and Tour T-Shirts

This afternoon is a full dress rehearsal for our 2014 New York City Tour. It’s also shirt day… the day each tour participant receives their much-anticipated tour t-shirts. We always let the kids see them first, so we aren’t posting … Continue reading

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Claire Hodge: A Look Back

Here is a wonderful slideshow tribute to Claire Hodge, retiring director of the Orlando Deanery Girls Choir. The presentation recaps her nearly 16 years as director of the choir.

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It’s Claire J. Hodge Day!

At tonight’s Homecoming Evensong, Canon Musician Ben Lane read a proclamation from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer proclaiming today — June 1, 2014 — as Claire J. Hodge Day in the City of Orlando, to honor her nearly 16 years of … Continue reading

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Every Child Has a Dream

Check out this new 2-minute promotional video produced by Kaleidoscope Adventures, a student group travel company based here in Orlando that has assisted our choirs with past tours. If you look close, you might even spot a few of our … Continue reading

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Thank you, Queen Claire!

A heartfelt thanks to our royal inspiration, Queen Claire Hodge, who made our tour of England this summer extra special. Long may she reign!

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Non nobis in the Great Hall

After Evensong tonight, we ate our final meal inside the Great Hall of Christ Church College in Oxford. The breakfasts and dinners here have been nothing short of amazing. This place has been such a special treat for us, almost … Continue reading

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Running on the Grass

At every one of the 38 colleges in Oxford there are beautiful grass courtyards, called quads. Many of them have a focal point at the center — either a fountain, a statue or sundial. The Christ Church quad has a … Continue reading

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Dressed in Style

In the photos posted here over the past two weeks, you’ve probably noticed us wearing matching t-shirts for the tour. These shirts were the brainchild of chorister parent Chris Gent who spearheaded the design and printing of the shirts. The … Continue reading

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Happy Adoption Day, Veronica!

When the choristers are away from their families on tour, it’s especially important for the choir to remember and celebrate special occasions. We celebrated two chorister birthdays earlier in the tour, and today is another day of celebration. On August … Continue reading

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Riley

In documenting highlights of our tour, we would be remiss if we didn’t highlight our youngest tour participant, Riley Alsene. She is the sister of choristers Melanie and Megan Alsene. This three-year-old has been amazing! She’s done just about everything … Continue reading

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Oxford Ghost Tour

Last night, amidst the drizzling rain and fog, we joined actor Bill Spectre on a walking tour of Oxford’s ghosts. Dressed as a Victorian undertaker, Bill illustrated the tour with props and illusions as we made our way along the … Continue reading

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Day 13 – Free Day!

Today, for the first time on our tour, we have no scheduled activity. It’s a free day! The chaperone groups are free to explore Oxford as they wish. Everyone was allowed to sleep in this morning to get some much-needed rest. … Continue reading

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Queen Claire’s Wardrobe

Even though the choristers had a matching t-shirt and jeans dress code for today’s tour of Warwick Castle, our own Queen Claire deviated from the plan to show off some of the souvenirs she picked up last week while at … Continue reading

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Photos from Oxford Castle

We had a great time exploring the tower and prison cells of Oxford Castle on Wednesday. Throughout its history, this prison didn’t discriminate when it came to age. They housed prisoners as young as seven and eight years of age, … Continue reading

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Priceless Punting Photos

Well, we’re happy to report that everyone who went punting on the Isis today returned safely. Nobody ended up in the river, although we do have a lot of sore arms this evening from the navigation work. The first half … Continue reading

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Christ Church Cathedral School

While the boys, chaperones and parents are staying in dorms in Christ Church on this tour, most of the girls are staying across the street in the college’s Cathedral School. Christ Church Cathedral School is an independent preparatory school for … Continue reading

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Musical Madness

It seems a musical skit has become a tradition for the Orlando Deanery Choirs when they are on tour. After dinner tonight, the chorister boys, chaperones and parents were invited to the Christ Church Cathedral School (where the girls are … Continue reading

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Learning the Language

We have had a great time learning the different words used to describe things here in Britain. Here’s a short list: Bangers = Sausages Bathroom = Where you take a bath, NOT where you use the toilet Braces = Suspenders … Continue reading

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