First Presbyterian › May 1989.
I joined late and under protest, telling Professor Hafso, "I can't sing!" But choir was fun and my singing (slightly) improved.
Preparing for Tour › May 1989.
Preparing to leave for Vancouver Island and Seattle. More innocent years when you didn't need passports.
Morning Devotions, Frank › May 1989.
This was the Frank Slide site in southwest Alberta, where 70 people were crushed in an avalanche in 1903. I kept listening for rumbling..
French Beach, Victoria › May 1989.
That night we were so tired we forget a song in concert and Prof. Hafso told the congregation he would "take us out behind the woodshed."
Rock Skipping, Inland B.C. › May 1989.
A stopoff in the woods. "Don't trip on those bleached bones from last year's tour when people stood on the train tracks."
First Morning of Tour › May 1989.
Typically there was a party bus and a couples (movie) bus. But at 8 AM there's not much difference.
Warming Up › May 1989.
We would do these long vocal swoops to stretch our voices. This was really not pleasant for those who were hung over.
Ferry Terminal › May 1989.
Alison and Paul waiting for the ferry to leave. No wonder it was slow when it contained our bus and its 632 suitcases.
Stopoff in the Woods › May 1989.
Girls in the grass, alas. Interior B.C. is very pretty. There's just... too many trees.
Group Shot, Calgary › May 1989.
We got a little squirrelly sitting on those buses all day, and 1/60 of a second is all you get.
French Beach, Victoria › May 1989.
Jim and Corey doing a Sears pose. "No one told us there would be seagulls at the beach!"
Bus Stopoff, B.C. › May 1989.
Mitzi, Mike, and Paul by the bus. There was always someone on tour with a guitar seemingly crazy-glued to them.
Before the Concert › May 1989.
Even though there were 68 people covering for you in a choir, I always found getting ready to go on stressful.
Ferry Wind › May 1989.
The wind was a little bracing on the Tsawwassen ferry to Victoria. I get a little worn out just trying to pronounce "Tsawwassen."
Brent & Kim on Ferry › May 1989.
More ferry wind, and what better time for a disco point.
Jim & Lynn on Ferry › May 1989.
Well, being ripped off the ferry by wind blasts is one excuse for staying close together.
Vancouver Island › May 1989.
Todd, Veda, Blair, and Cindy with an ocean view. Smile pretty.
Morning Jeff Story › May 1989.
Every morning we would hear a funny story. It would have to be pretty bloody funny at 8 AM.
Victoria Ferry Docks › May 1989.
I recognize Michelle, Corey, and Jim. We made the most of Victoria after an Alberta winter.
1989-90 Choir Portrait › Sep 1989.
We have probably all forgotten what a hassle transporting 70 robes everywhere was.
Beach Corner, Alberta › Nov 1989.
Jim, Kent, and Colin before the concert. "So nice to have you join our leetle paarty.."
H.T. Practice, Beach Corner › Nov 1989.
H.T. tended to be late for supper because of extra rehearsals. That's why they were all so slim!
On Tour in Winnipeg › Apr 1990.
Darren playing hacky-sack outside the church in Winnipeg. We all got rather antsy when the rain stopped.
Oxbow, Saskatchewan › Apr 1990.
Tracey and Stacey by the river. There's more to Saskatchewan than grainfields. Not much more, but more.
Shopping Mall, Saskatoon › Apr 1990.
A stopoff in scenic, freezing Saskatoon. I always have to say this: Because I'm Canadian it doesn't mean I like winter.
Blair, Andrea, and Michelle in Winnipeg › Apr 1990.
We had an afternoon before the concert. A brave attempt at sunbathing in a Canadian summer.
Winnipeg Church › Apr 1990.
Hanging out in front of the church before the concert. No smartphones to amuse ourselves with in 1990!
Kristen & Ken, Winnipeg › Apr 1990.
That year we had Christas, Kristas, Kristens, Kirstens, and Christines. I'm a little glad my friend Crystal decided not to join.
H.T. Practice › Apr 1990.
Cowboy hats, pastel t-shirts, and bright pink jumpsuits. No wonder everyone needed sunglasses all the time in the late 80s!
Michelle and Heidi, Winnipeg › Apr 1990.
As I remember, the girls spent much of the afternoon sitting on the well. Can I say it again: no smartphones in 1990.
H.T. Rehearsing, First Presbyterian › Apr 1990.
At the end of choir tour people are starting to stand farther apart after not so many baths.
Kent's Party › Apr 1990.
Only choir people can get this silly with surprisingly little drinking.
Kent's Party Flop-Down › Apr 1990.
Todd, Blair, Michelle, and Sherry, evidently taken during a short earthquake.
Heidi & Andrea at Kent's Party › Apr 1990.
I'm not sure what they're all looking at. Perhaps Sherry was still on the floor.
Halloween Party Pose › Oct 1990.
Halloween at Christa and Michelle's house. Two years later I would live in Hawaii. Being around hula girls was better than dressing like one.
Deb & Twila at Halloween Party › Oct 1990.
For a girl to wear a costume with giant grapes is asking for choir-sized jokes, but she did it.
Halloween Party › Oct 1990.
Ken was already in the reserves and just came in his work clothes. Good thing he was not a garbageman.
Dave at Halloween Party › Oct 1990.
I admit to dressing as a girl for a few Halloweens, and gaining appreciation for women who wear pantyhose in late October.
Spring Tour Bus › Apr 1991.
That was my last tour, and I remember spending most of the time on the bus. I think the route map was drawn with a Spirograph.
Blair Being Abducted › Apr 1991.
We drew felt markers all over his chest. Tour brings out the Lord of the Flies in some men.
Waterfall, Interior B.C. › Apr 1991.
Not sure why a waterfall made the girls so giddy, though getting off that stupid bus made anyone feel heroic.
Forest Lunch Stop › Apr 1991.
Our tour manager, Jeanette, was a teensy overprotective. I think she wanted to keep us away from roads.
Playground Lunch, B.C. › Apr 1991.
The 1991 tour seemed to be the 'guitar tour' as someone was always playing one. Not always well, but playing.