Remember last week when I mentioned that VBS was sucking my soul out of my body in the slowest and most painful way possible? Oh wait, I was too busy to write that and too tired to think of the words anyway. So yeah. VBS. Killer. We have a three day VBS for all of our elementary aged kids, and quite frankly, it went really well. There were hiccups, of course--any event has those--but really, I enjoyed the week and I think our children did, too!
The biggest hiccup had to do with Friday's schedule. Initially, we planned a field trip to EKY. On Wednesday afternoon, Fr. Johnnie said "oh the place we're going Friday has been condemned. I got a voice mail." Quite frankly, I thought he was joking.
I learned on Thursday that it wasn't quite that dire, but that it was pretty serious. The facility had a bat issue. A family of a protected species of bat had taken up residence. The Executive Director was, understandably, flipping out. (My interpretation of her situation. She might have been calm as a cucumber...but she didn't sound that calm.) She was grateful when I suggested we would find another field trip.
As it was, no one was really looking forward to a two-three hour drive with little people, so we set about brainstorming local field trip ideas. The conversation in my office went something like this: Music (the VBS theme)... field trips... hmm... Recording studio? Does Lexington have a recording studio? I dunno, let me Google it... Oh look, we do! Oh! This place actually looks cool! Fr. Johnnie--call this guy! One quick phone call later, we had a field trip scheduled. And let me tell you, it was COOL! I wish I'd taken a picture in the room with the sound mixing equipment, but I did grab this shot of the owner talking to our group in the drum room. (The room is big enough they can put a whole band in to record a 'live' take, but usually they don't.)
So, if you happen to find yourself needing to reord some music, I highly recommend Saint Claire Recording Company in Lexington. They are set up to house overnight guests (some artists stay for as long as a month), so you can stay there and invite me over to visit. The hot tub looked nice...