Talk about audience participation

The Sunday night reception at HCEA was amazing, though a tad scarce of chow for us non-meat eaters. Held at Austin’s Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, we were allowed to wander the historical exhibits, though we couldn’t get into the air and space exhibit, which by peering past the ropes looked to include a space capsule and a very cool-looking old plane. The museum also has an IMAX theater, which I steered clear of after having gone to one on Egypt a few years back that made me a little nauseous with all the swooping and diving airplane views. But the gentleman I sat next to at breakfast this morning said it was a really good one on NASCAR, and didn’t once leave the ground. Oh well.

The best part, though, was the band. Seeing as Austin is pretty well-known for its music, the band seriously rocked, but the cool part was that the lead singers were all HCEA members! I’m not sure how it worked, but somehow the organizers had identified and invited those with vocal talents to take the mike and belt out their version of songs like Mustang Sally and, in the case of one woman who I swear was channeling Tina Turner, Proud Mary. They were all fantastic, and needless to say, the crowd went wild!

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