Double the State Lines, Double the Fun! — Part 1
PHC staffer Kate Swee is on the Radio Romance Tour with Garrison, Fred Newman, Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and will update us periodically from the road.
After a full night's drive back east, we awoke in our bunks to find ourselves in Boise, Idaho. (That's Boi-SEE, not Boi-ZEE — the latter is definitely a tourist faux-pas!) Although Boise's nickname is the "City of Trees," our drive to the venue seemed to defy this verdant reputation, with desert-like plains and hills lining the entryway into our home for the day, the Idaho Botanical Garden. Formerly the site of the Old Idaho State Penitentiary, the grounds were more beautiful than could be expected; taking a stroll amongst the heirloom roses, herb gardens, peonies, succulents, and koi ponds offered a relaxing and welcome respite to the craziness of touring.
Table Rock and the tanned sagebrush of the Boise Foothills were the backdrop to our performance for the night, though perhaps not the best of circumstances; until the last 5 minutes of the show, everyone was melting in the day's 100-degree heat! However, our troop of valiant performers, players and production crews were astonishing, stopping at nothing to put on a great show (and a whole lot of 100+ SPF sunscreen). Despite the sweltering conditions, the Boiseans sitting out on the grassy lawn were happy and energetic, with many couples feeling the Radio Romance as they danced together to "Under the Stars," the sun setting behind us and ending the show on a calming and cooler note. After we retreated to the serenity of our air-conditioned buses, we bid Boi-SEE a quick adieu, and set our sights back on the West Coast: Oregon.