The most fun and relaxed performance of the year is by far the Oak Bay Tea Party. It is a Victoria tradition: by the real sandy Willows Beach, rides are trucked in, lemonade is squeezed, and people with fried chicken and donuts in bikini’s crisscross in front of the stage, small children holding streamers and tickets.
We usually pick our favorite songs to sing, and have a blast, with no pressure on us at all, and the crowd is mostly of strangers who are half-paying attention! Its a festival, almost! It is also the last choir concert of the year!! Actually, it was my last GNS choir concert…ever.
|3 Jazz Band boys doing the proper tourist thing: running into the freezing ocean!!!|
It feels weird not to have choir anymore…it was such a huge part of my life. It was my great big tie to my old world, my tie to school and friends. Not like I don’t visit my school without that, or see my friends, but its nice to sing with everyone. It is like we are all speaking and responding, saying “Ahh, so this is what it’s all about. I see.” It was a reason to get up in the morning three days a week, something to focus on and strive for. How strange. I love getting older, but sometimes it feels like the void of things we are leaving behind is too great, and I will fall deep into its depths before I realize I have slipped and fell at all.