Center Stage: Purduettes Spring Break Day 5
The Purduettes begin the last day of their tour at Marco Island Marina. Former Purduette Director Jae Kellogg invited the ladies aboard her boat on a beautiful Florida morning. A huge thank you to Jae and her husband Patrick for all their help in making our visit to Marco Island such a success and for providing us with a wonderful lunch upon our arrival.
The ladies serenade Purdue mechanical engineering alum Frank Rinker and his wife Jan, who invited the Purduettes to have lunch at the marina clubhouse.
The ladies pose for another group picture with the Rinkers on the steps of the clubhouse.
After a delicious meal, Frank invited the ladies onto his boat, the Barefoot Contessa.
Directors Jeff Vallier and Jon Ranard and Purduette Leanne Shideler thank the RInkers for their hospitality.
Drummer and biomedical engineering student Joey Frechin poses by the Barefoot Contessa in the hopes that he’ll one day follow in this Purdue engineering alum’s footsteps!
Jae then invited the ladies to enjoy an afternoon by the pool before their last performance of the tour. Here, Jeff and Jon pose with our wonderful Marco Island hosts.
The ladies serenade the Dockmaster of Marco Island Marina with “I’ve Got a Crush on You.”
The fourth year Purduettes pose with Jae and the directors. The last day of the tour was bittersweet for the seniors who were here three years earlier as new women.
After a relaxing day poolside, the ladies get straight to work unloading their properties at the last destination of the trip, Marco Island Lutheran Church.
Upon arrival, the ladies of the public relations committee, including senior Ali Norman, distribute the Purduette programs on the seats in the auditorium.
The ladies and gentlemen at Marco Island Lutheran Church provided the Purduettes with an amazing chicken pot pie dinner before the show. Here, Director Jeff Vallier helps to serve the meal.
The men and women of the Purduettes had quite a bit of time before the show began to take advantage of the beautiful scenery the island provided and take some last minute pictures. Here, the properties committee shows off the muscle they gained after all of their hard work on the trip.
The fourth year Purduettes pose for a picture before their very last Spring Break show. Fellow Purduette Cayla Mustin, who is currently working at an internship for Walt Disney World, joined her Sisters in Song for the show.
The ladies begin their show in the beautiful, open auditorium with a few spiritual tunes.
New Women Karli Davis and Olivia Babb find two gentlemen in the aisle seats and serenade them with “I’ve Got a Crush on You.”
New Woman Julie Scherer sings the runout song to a lucky audience member.
The ladies show off their choreography in their last number (of the entire tour!) "Don't Mean a Thing/Checkin' Out."
The audience gives the Purduettes a standing ovation as they run off from their last show of the tour. What a success!
“All of us were able to have a wonderful and relaxing afternoon with Jae and Patrick Kellogg as well as Frank and Jan Rinker on the beautiful Marco Island. They were all kind enough to provide us with a wonderful lunch and we took pictures next to their beautiful sailboats. It was nice for all of the Purduette seniors to reminisce with Jae and sing songs that none of us had sang in years! We then proceeded to pack up and travel to the Marco Island Lutheran Church. The crowd was amazing and the show was phenomenal. It was the perfect end to a perfect break! I personally felt that this Spring Break tour was almost completely problem-free and we were all able to focus on performing to the high caliber that we trained for all year. Personally, this is the best trip I have ever had with my Sisters in Song and we could not have asked for better audiences, host families, or venues. This Spring Break tour is a tour that all present and past Purduettes can be proud of. I am so very proud of all of the ladies and of how the group has grown in the last four years and I can’t wait to come back as an alum to see what else this amazing group of women can achieve.”
- Rachelle Buuck, Senior