Philly Tour – Founding Fathers Day

The day began as usual, so just read an earlier post about our breakfast. The difference was afterward we were lucky to have Nancy Webster give us a talk about the U.S. Founding Fathers. Many from Pennsylvania. A truly engaging talk I can’t do justice describing here. And besides how do you interestingly photograph a lecture?

National Constitution Center

The lecture was the set-up for our National Constitution Center visit.

We arrived by Global bus and were just in time to catch the award-winning performance, Freedom Rising. A captivating live 360-degree production describing America’s quest for freedom and our Constitution.

After that production we walked among the 42 Founding Fathers in Signers’ Hall. Well not the actual people of course, their life size bronze statues.

A look inside Signers’ Hall
Virgina with a statue.
Benjamin Franklin and others

And at some point we each saw The Story of We the People. An exhibit telling the Constitution’s history and current relevance through multimedia and artifacts. There was much to learn or for me to relearn. Details I’d forgotten since my high school civics class.

Later we ate a convenient lunch in the cafeteria paid for with Road Scholar vouchers. Then we boarded our bus to the hotel and a brief rest before dinner.

Dinner And Philadelphia Orchestra Concert

Dinner was at the Estia Mediterranean restaurant where we enjoyed a very tasty final evening meal together. I ordered their piquant grilled Shrimp Souvlaki and a refreshing lemon sorbet desert.

After that scrumptious dinner we walked to the Kimmel Center‘s Verizon Hall to see Yannick Nézet-Séguin conduct an all-Mozart program.  

Kimmel Center photo by Beyond My Ken

The seats we had were behind the orchestra. A very unique concert view. I could see the conductor’s every grimace, frown, and smile. I also saw for the first time in my life the violin first chair’s facial communication with the conductor. A rare treat. One not offered by other orchestras.

A very full, fun tour day indeed. Although sadly for me not conducive to photography. Tomorrow would be our last.

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