Our next stop was Bright Box Theater, where we joined about 60 or so in the audience to listen to the bluegrass music of a group called Springfield Exit. They could really tickle those strings - and the lead fellow had a good voice too. It was a casual evening in what might be called an intimate space. They had us tapping our feet and clapping our hands during their performance. It was good entertainment.
Last, but not least, is the wonderful hotel we were treated to. The George Washington Hotel is right downtown, which makes it super-convenient. The top photo shows the original outer façade of the hotel that has now been brought indoors and the second photo is the elegant Grecian pool at the hotel. The hotel was opened in 1924 and was very popular for about 50 years and then had to close. It became a Home for mentally challenged adults for 18 years and then sat empty and desolate for 11 more years. Then, a local couple bought it for $650,000 and began renovation. It's not likely they imagined that it would cost $30 million to bring it up to its present elegant stature. It opened in 2008 and its doing very well. There are numerous original elements in the building and lots of interesting memorabilia scattered about. The rooms are comfortable and elegant. We were so pleased with our stay there. Its warm and friendly and I'd stay there again in a heartbeat.
"Thank you, Lord, for these wonderful opportunities and for all the nice people we met along the way." God is so good!!