At about the time Voices Without Border’s Harmony newsletter was released announcing an invitation to the Dublin Choral Festival, Gerry Meade of Meath County, Ireland reached out to Boyne City mayor, Tom Neidhamer, about a possibility of twinning Trim, County Meath, Ireland with Boyne City, Michigan, USA. Boyne City had hosted a concert for VWB’s 2017 Children of the World in Harmony Festival of which the Little Traverse Youth Choir is the host choir. As the date of the tour approached, so to did the excitement on both sides of the Atlantic for an opportunity for ambassadors from Northern Michigan to be welcomed by the people of Trim.
On June 15, the Little Traverse Youth Choir and Dance Unbound were welcomed in Trim by Michael Hughes and a friendly knight from Trim Castle. The afternoon began with a picnic at the base of the castle’s walls, followed by a tour of the largest Cambro-Norman castle in Ireland, rich in history and also featured in the 1995 film, “Braveheart.”
Michael Hugh’s recognized one of our singers from the 9 and 10 News broadcast of our departure. “Look at you now, holding up a castle!”
After the tour, we headed to the Stockhouse restaurant, where we were met by a number of dignitaries, friends of the community, local school children and a representative from EJ’s foundry in nearby Birr, for an exchange of proclamations and gifts between the two cities.
Little Traverse Youth Choir member and Boyne City resident, Kira, read the proclamation from Boyne City. Here she is pictured with Tom Kelly, Cathaoirleach of Meath CC, and Caroline O’Brien of EJ. You may see much of the official ceremony here.
Kira, Michael Hughes and Tom Kelly hold the flag presented to Boyne City on behalf of the Boyne Valley.
LTYC’s Amy and Jacob presented plaques of appreciation to Gerry Meade and David Gorey. The presentations were followed by by a concert by Voices Without Borders’ Little Traverse Youth Choir and Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center’s Dance Unbound. Lexi performed a soft shoe dance and Karlee, an Odawa Fancy Shawl Dance.
Dance Unbound has a new fan! You won’t want to miss the ending of the above clip!
Afterwords, we enjoyed a delicious dinner.
We’re looking forward to meeting our new friends in June, 2018, when a group will travel to Boyne City, MI. A special thank you to all who made us feel so welcome! We had a wonderful time!