Sunday, June 15, 2008

Our Prince Immanuel's Land

West Virginia has to be the state with the craziest outline-- a bit like a slightly melted tea pot or a diving submarine with a periscope on top.

But The Mountain State is surely one of the most beautiful in the union.

The West Virginia state song says:

Oh, the West Virginia hills!
How majestic and how grand,
With their summits bathed in glory,
Like our Prince Immanuel's Land!
Is it any wonder then,
That my heart with rapture thrills,
As I stand once more with loved ones
On those West Virginia hills?

John Denver gets the last laugh though, because you see far more references to West Virginia as "almost heaven" than "our Prince Immanuel's Land."

Unfortunately, we did not get any pictures at the Premiere Studio of Dance-- or more accurately at the Bridgeport High School where the classes were actually held-- because my camera's card was full. (This was before we lost the camera entirely in Kentucky, more on this later.)

The Premiere Studio of Dance had just finished its recital, which it had held in the High School's auditorium, and it still had use of the stage. The stage setting gave the class more of a festive "event" feel. As did the presence of the local television cameras.

Thank you to Emory Oldaker for inviting us to your studio. We're grateful to have new friends in West Virginia.

Take Me Home, Country Roads - Honeybrowne