Hi everyone - I apologise for the inconsistent blog however it isn't always easy trying to find wifi spots, time to write amongst travels etc etc. Unfortunately the update is from me again and not the girls as they are immmersed in the clinic/festival in Chicago with 12 other American choirs since their arrival with very little time out however I think it is proving to be a very vauable experience for them all. We get to be treated to a combined performance this afternoon so hopefully there will be more for me to post about their successes later today. Once the girls arrived in Chicago they felt like princesses as they were welcomed into the Palmer House Hilton - very palatial and as you can imagine, loving it. They joined in a boat ride on the first day on the hottest day in Chicago on record (99 degrees F)with the other choirs and evening concert. Apparently they overtook the dance floor with Jai Ho with the other choirs were just spellbound and in the evening wowed the audience with Kangula and Shackleton. The word was that they absolutely nailed Kangula so the workshop in New York with Francisco Nunez was certainly valuable. Everyone was abuzz with this choir from Logan City and the conductor commented that they perform at University level so they are really creating an interest amongst the Americans. I think their repertoire is so different that everyone is captivated straight away and our girls always love the chance to perform and shine. Last night the supporters shared a wonderful dinner together at a gorgeous italian restaurant. I'm sure Alcapone would have shared a meal/deal or two here in his time. Toni - I loved your comment about the shopping - in true form we are keeping the tourist investment alive - I just hope there are not too many extra luggage charges when we are all homeward bound. Thankfully the US is so generous with their luggage allowances. And to all the famiy and friends back home I send huge hugs, kisses, hellos from all of the girls - they are certainly missing you all however honestly don't have a lot of time out and are missing the free wifi in this hotel. All of the supporters are certainly making sure that the girls without family are receiving a regular dose of hugs and wishes from us all. The girls are being so positive and from a choir aspect are benefiting so much from the whole experience. Of course at times they would prefer to be scouring the shops but the window shopping is certainly a lot cheaper for us all. Thanks for all of your messages. They are all being passed on. I hope to blog again tomorrow after tonight's performance and dance party which the girls are all looking forward to. I'm sure it will be a fantastic night. Until then - we hope all is well in Australia.