Sunday, August 16, 2009

Photo galleries

Thanks to Lisa P for sending links to her Facebook photo galleries. Links to them are in the right sidebar. Yes, I'm still working on mine....

Friday, August 07, 2009

Ageout Ceremony

Colts alumni set to welcome new Age Outs.

Today is Friday, Aug. 7; It's Semifinals Day

Today's Schedule
?? Wake and Breakfast
8:15 Stretch
8:30 Visual
9:30 Sectionals
10:30 Ensemble
11:40 Run
12:00 Eat/Shower/Load
1:40 Travel to Stadium
3:40 Warm-up
5:40 Walk
5:50 Gate
6:08 Perform
11:15 Age-Out Ceremony
12:00 Depart for School

Lots of Colts friends and supporters have arrived in Bloomington and Indianapolis, and it's great to see everyone! Colt Cadets are here too, of course, and performed in semi-finals this morning. Yesterday was a warm, mostly sunny day which was great for rehearsing. There was a nice crowd watching the rehearsal while I was there. Lucas Oil Stadium is huge and high. The weather for the performance was perfect, because they kept the stadium roof closed. Colts had a nice show, and from the nosebleed section the drill looked spot-on (the whole visual program did, actually). While the audience was appreciative of the early corps performing, the Colts were the first corps with a noticeable following.

I understand that the age-outs played "Morning" to wake the corps this morning. That would have been an awesome way to wake up! It's sunny and 73 today; another great day for rehearsing.


Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 5; it's I and E day

We are in Bloomington, IN

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Today's Menu
Meal 1
Bagels with cream cheese
Cinnamon oatmeal
Massive fruit salad

Meal 2
Chicken nuggets
Ranch fries
Carrots and celery
Fresh fruit including donated watermelon

Meal 3
Pulled pork
Broccoli pasta
Alfredo pasta
Baked beans

Meal 4
Garlic bread
Donated 'buckeye' dessert

Today's Schedule
7:30 Wake/eat
8:30 Stretch and depart for I&E
9 Sectionals
12 Meal 2
12:45 Vis
3:45 Meal 3
4:45 Warmup
5:45 Ensemble
7:10 Colts runthrough
7:30 Colt Cadets perform
8 Sectionals
8:30 Staff leave for Hall of Fame
9 Vis
9:45 Meal 4
10:15 Staff leave for ?
11:45 Lights out

Today's Cooks
Diane H, head cook
Olaf N
Lorrie Mc
John G
Cathy B
Kathy H and Ed E leave today (Thanks guys!)
Lisa M, Lori C, Judy G, Bill S, Luba S, Rod R, Peggy F arrive today

Amy W drives

Today's News
Happy Birthday, Katie G!

For those who don't know, I&E is the individual and ensemble competition at finals each year. Individuals and groups from the Colts practice a piece on their own all season and compete with individuals and groups from all the other corps - Open and World Class. Includes horn players, percussionists, and guard.

It was foggy early and now it's cloudy, but dry. Great!

Food drop put away - with the help of Jim J, who has been dropping in off and on since the corps arrived.

Lots of new faces today on the volunteer crew. A big thanks to Diane H and her crew who took over for the trip from PA to IN!

As always, check for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


There are new photos up today at the Colts photo site on smugmug. Take a look.

It's Finals Week

Hi fans!

It's finals week. So posts on the Virtual Cooktruck are going to be erratic this week at best. :) (Although Jim J's done a good job posting from the road today in Bloomington. Yay Jim!)

Everyone's on the road to or from somewhere. Internet connections are few and far between. So there'll be something here as the week goes along but who knows what that might be. The usual diet of schedules, menus, maps, and weather reports changes finals week.

Here's the weather link for Bloomington

Thanks for following along all season. And a special thanks to all the cooks, head cooks, volunteers, drivers, etc. who took time out of their busy day on the road to call me or Bill or Rod or Jim or Jody or whoever and give the daily reports. Our sixth year at this. Who would have believed it?

So good luck to the Colts who are doing I&E tomorrow. And lots of us will be there to cheer the corps on as they compete. Join us.

Go Red Team!

White Board

I remember cleaning this board on day 1 of tour and posting a photo with some comment about it being that clean at the end of tour. Well, we've made it to the last tour stop, and the board looks like it's had a long, rough summer!

Colts arrive @ finals housing!

Good morning Colts fans!

The Red Team has arrived at the housing site in Bloomington! Now they just have to park!

Photo taken and posted by Jim J. (Thanks Jim!)

Monday, August 03, 2009

Today is Monday, Aug. 3; it's a rehearsal day

We are in Johnstown, PA

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Today's Menu
Meal 1
Pancakes (Cinnamon or plain)
Peaches, bananas, or oranges

Meal 2
Grilled or breaded chicken
Penne pasta
Peas and carrots
Garlic bread

Meal 3
Scalloped potatoes
Lettuce salad
Cottage cheese
Donated peanut butter candies

Meal 4
Donated Klondike bars

Today's Schedule
9:30 Wake/eat
10:30 Stretch
11 Vis
2 Meal 2
3 Sectionals
6 Meal 3
7 Re-warm
7:15 Ensemble
8:15 Run-through
9 Eat/pack/load
10:30 Depart for Indiana

Today's Cooks
Diane H, head cook
Olaf N
Kathy H
Ed E

Amy W drives

Today's News
The corps was greeted with "beautiful, cool weather" on their arrival this morning. "And no rain!" Diane H said.

Thanks for all the great donations over the past few days and everyone who has pitched in to help on the run from the East Coast back to the Midwest. The corps is looking to be back in Indiana to get ready for finals.

Go Red Team.

As always, check for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Today is Sunday, Aug. 2; it's a show day

We're in Clifton, NJ

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Meal 1
Biscuits and gravy
Oranges (donated)

Meal 2
Spaghetti and meatballs
Frozen grapes (donated)

Meal 3
Salisbury steak
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Green beans
Peaches (donated)

Meal 4
Sandwiches for trip to show
(cheese, turkey, ham, pbj)
Banana (donated)

Meal 5 (yes, meal 5)

(didn't get a schedule today. New head cook was a bit short of time)

Today's Cooks
Diane H, head cook
Kathy H
Ed E
Jack W and Lisa P leave
Heather B and Ray M help

Amy W drives

Today's News
Thanks a bunch to Jack W and his wonderful crew(s) for a great week on the east coast. You set them up well for the run back to the Midwest.

Thanks to Diane H for taking over as self-described "first-time, rookie head cook."

Thanks to everyone who has donated fruit and other fresh produce to keep the corps well supplied.

Thanks to the rain in New Jersey for stopping so the new crew didn't have to serve every meal in the rain today. And thanks to the school for having a sheltered area for brass rehearsal and serving when it was raining.

Diane H said "Alex's family" stopped by to help and that Tom H had been on the truck helping too. Thanks, guys. She also said, "It's good. We're doing great."

As always, check for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Today is Saturday, Aug. 1; it's a show day

We are in Allentown, PA

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Today's Menu
Meal 1

Meal 2
Pulled chicken
Green beans
Scalloped potatoes
Pudding cup

Meal 3
Snacks on bus

Meal 4
Corn dogs
French fries
Fruit cup

Today's Schedule
9 Wake/eat
10 Stretch
10:15 Vis
11 Sectionals
11:45 Ensemble
12:40 Runthrough
1 Eat/pack/load
2:30 Travel to show
5:20 Warm-up
7:05 Gate
7:21 Perform

Today's Cooks
Jack W, head cook
Lisa P
Diane H
Heather B helps
Kathy H and Ed E arrive
Jim and Patty leave

Amy W drives

Today's News
The Colts had a great show last night, despite being picked on by the rain.

Long travel time to the show today, but new cook Ed E brought snacks for the corps to have on the bus.

Nice facility in New Jersey for a short rehearsal schedule today.

I can almost hear and seem them in J. Birney Crum stadium in Allentown tonight -- one of the best spots to see a drum corps show. But it's always a bit sad 'cause you know when you're in Allentown that this year's tour is almost over.

As always, check for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.