Center Stage: Purduettes Spring Break Day 1
The ladies arrive early on Saturday afternoon to pack up the buses and head off to Naples, Florida for their 2012 Spring Break Tour! There is much excitement in the air as this will be the first major tour for most of the ladies in the ensemble.
The Purduettes head to the basement of Elliott to gather their properties and load up the buses with suitcases and garment bags galore!
The 24-hour bus ride proved to be a breeze for the ladies, who spent their time studying, watching movies, playing games, reading, and of course… sleeping!
As the buses take a pit stop for dinner, the ladies of the Junior Class take some time to talk and refuel at a local McDonald’s.
Some of the ladies take a moment and pose in front of the bus. While traveling south, we found that there were also many fellow Purdue supporters driving along the way who gave encouraging honks and waves!
Finally the Purduettes arrive at the West Wind community in Naples and get the chance to meet their homestays for the next few days! The ladies and their homestays got to know each other over a delicious lunch before having some free time.
Gotta love that Florida weather! The ladies immediately hit the pool and take advantage of the 80 degree temperatures – a welcome change from Indiana weather.
The ladies are all smiles as they unwind from the long bus ride and grow accustomed to the Sunshine State.
In the evening, the Purduettes are invited back for dinner and karaoke with the residents – who aren’t shy about showing off their talents to the ladies!
Dinner for the night was a potluck meal cooked by all of the residents in the community. The smorgasbord included delicious pulled pork, fruit, corn casserole, macaroni and cheese, and desserts!
The ladies showed the residents of West Wind their appreciation by performing a small show for everyone. Here, senior Ashlea Lidester sings the runout song “Babyface” to Bud Dangler (who joined her in song!).
Next, the karaoke portion of the night commenced. Here, Bud kicks things off with “It Had to be You” with help from a few Purduettes.
New Women Julie Scherer and Neale Kolouch rouse the crowd with their rendition of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The tune is also an old Purduette song, so the juniors and seniors assist with some choreography.
The ladies of the Purduettes take the opportunity to dance with some of the male residents as the night goes on.
Even the men of the rhythm section get in on the action! Here, drummer Joey Frechin and bassist Andrew Kasha sing the Soggy Bottom Boys song “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow.”
“What a whirlwind first day of our Spring Break Tour! After waking up completely rested after sleeping on the bus all night (well, almost completely rested!), we stopped for breakfast where some of us rang in the trip eating at everyone’s favorite southern chain restaurant, WAFFLE HOUSE! We freshened up and prepared to meet our homestays, we couldn't wait! When we arrived at West Wind we settled in for some MUCH needed R&R at the pool, and got to spend some time with our homestays, the Shugs. They were so wonderful, Mrs. Schug showed us a bunch of old pictures from the Purduette tour in 2009, it was so neat to see the seniors as little freshman! At the pool we swam, laughed, layed out and soaked up that Florida sunshine! We got plenty of time to relax before we all sat down for a delicious dinner, then sang the night away with our homesstays having a karaoke party! We sang our little hearts out until we were so exhausted that we all went home to our cozy beds for some much needed rest!”
- Freshman Olivia Babb, junior Colette Pfeiffer, freshman Bailey McGrath, and senior Julie McLaughlin with their homestay family, the Schugs