Center Stage: Purduettes Spring Break Day 2
The ladies and gentlemen of the Purduettes are up and about early on Monday morning to perform at Heron's Glen Golf & Country Club to perform for the Purdue Club of Southwest Florida.
The wide and open room is a wonderful space for performing as the properties committee sets up the sound equipment.
While the ladies are waiting to perform, they touch up their hair and makeup. Here, New Woman Grace Krambeer helps fellow New Woman Grace Bagshaw fix her updo.
Once everything is set up, the ladies hop up on the risers to get a lineup and perform a sound check.
After a delicious lunch, the ladies run onstage to perform “You Better Love Me/Night and Day” after singing the National Anthem in surround.
The Purduettes thoroughly enjoy getting to know their guests the best way they know how – through song! Here, junior Caroline LaDue sings to Purdue alumnus and PMO Club donor Byron Lee.
Senior Ashlea Lidester serenades Lloyd Hackman, a Purdue engineering alum and Naples homestay volunteer.
Senior Hannah Burris sings how “This Can’t Be Love” to Purdue Club of Southwest Florida President Frank Barrett.
The ladies return to the stage as the Purduette Trio takes center stage to sing the lively forties tune “Opus One.”
The Treblemakers take the stage next and sing “California Dreamin’,” featuring a flute solo by senior Marissa Williams.
Sophomore Alyssa Wick smiles as she operates the soundboard. Not only do the ladies set up their own properties, they run the shows, too!
Director Jeff Vallier and Gold of Advancement Leanne Shideler present Frank Barrett with a gift to show our appreciation for hosting the Purduettes at the country club.
New Woman Morgan Memmer poses for a picture alongside Purduette drummer Joey Frechin and senior Brittany Cruz as they mingle with Bill and Gail Cordier, Purdue Club of Southwest Florida members and PMO Club donors, after the show.
The ladies waste no time traveling to Fort Myers and setting up for their next performance at Cypress Cove Retirement Community.
Jeff directs the ladies in a few spiritual tunes, “Exaudi! Laudate!” and “Ride On, King Jesus!” which are very well-received by the audience.
New Woman Patrice Hoy sings a beautiful solo in the new Purduette song “Bewitched.”
The ladies focus on Jeff’s directing as they sing the beautifully haunting melody in the song.
The ladies of the Purduette Trio – seniors Hannah Burris, Abby Green, and Rachel Lane – take the stage again singing “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and other delightful forties hits.
The ladies sing one of their favorite songs, the “Armed Forces Medley,” for the men and women in the audience. It is always so inspiring to sing for many active and former members of our military!
Jeff brings it home with the Indiana state song “On the Banks of the Wabash” and the world’s greatest college fight song “Hail, Purdue!” After loading up the buses and grabbing a quick bite to eat, the Purduettes retired back to their homestays at West Wind as the second day of the tour came to an end.
“Today was the second day that the Purduettes have been in Florida but the first in which we actually performed. After a great night’s rest, Andrew and I were greeted by a huge breakfast of eggs, bacon, and toast by our homestay, the Simlers. After breakfast, we were picked up from the West Wind Clubhouse and arrived at Heron’s Glen Golf and Country Club. With everyone’s help, we were able to complete a full show setup quickly and then enjoy an amazing lunch with the members of the Purdue Club of Southwest Florida. Although Andrew and I aren’t precisely “trained” in mingling methods like the ladies of the Purduettes, we still find the people we meet at such events to be wonderful people to speak with and learn from. After a great performance at the club, we then reloaded and went to the Cypress Cove Retirement Community. The highlight of the show from our perspective was the pride and strength seen in the veterans of the Armed Forces during the medley. Following the show, we stopped for dinner at a large outlet of food choices and chose Foster’s Grill for our dinner. Upon returning to West Wind, the ladies and gentlemen of the Purduettes headed back to our homestays to relax. Andrew and I had an interesting turn in the night when Duke Simler offered to teach Andrew how to play euchre. After a few games, we called it a night so we could prepare for the next day of the tour. The Simlers were truly amazing hosts and made our stay at West Wind wonderful!”
- Sophomores Joey Frechin and Andrew Kasha with their homestay family, the Simlers