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Marie’s Excellent Adventure ~ Chapter Two ~ Elgin

Oh, come on Boys, show a little emotion!
Oh, come on Boys, show a little emotion!


I guess the place to begin is before the concert. I have finally met all of my Board Sisters! I’ve been waiting a long time. They are so cool! I couldn’t get enough just looking at them. Elaine, if you ever do run away with Gianluca I would like to have first crack at your patient husband. What a gentleman!

I’m not sure I can do the next part justice. To say that The Flight Crew is well known is an understatement! I was privileged to meet many Flight Crew Members and shook hands with a bunch of you who read this site all the time, but never comment! I can’t begin to list everyone. Here are some of the wonderful people I did meet:

 Had a lovely conversation with two members of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.

Michael (percussion) and Daniela (violin) Folker
Michael (percussion) and Daniela (violin) Folker
Me, Ann Scavo (anncruise),  Elaine and Kelly
Me, Ann Scavo (anncruise), Elaine and Kelly
Ron and friend
Ron and friend

 The Chicago Fan Club – What a fun and spunky group they are!

 Pauline Maclennan, Rose Marie Berg and Marilyn Sulek. (I know that can't be the correct order)
Pauline Maclennan, Rose Marie Berg and Marilyn Sulek. (I know that can’t be the correct order)
Hello Loretta my friend
Hello Loretta my friend

By-the-way Irene, you are not the only one I met who is contemplating a tattoo.

I was also lucky enough to run into the two ladies who were with me last year when I attacked that left dimple. At one point I looked around and all of us were surrounded by people! Many thanked me for our travel pictures, videos, news (In Case You Missed It – by name) and various articles. Several of you mentioned my poetry and remembered the titles of your favorites. Amazed – Grateful – Honored. Two women from Guatemala even knew all about us. One woman dragged her daughter over because she wanted to meet me, but was too shy to bother me. Me!?! Our stats show the numbers, but I never actually realized you are all out there! So, to those of you who read without commenting, Thank You Very Much!

Just so you know, quite a few of the non-commenters told me that those who of you who do comment speak well for them. If you can’t tell by now let me put it simply…I was overwhelmed!

The Concert

Once again it was stupendous! Have I said that before? I’m running out of adjectives. Piero blew out candles on a birthday cake. Ignazio jumped off a six foot high stage. Him getting back up on the stage was pretty funny! Here are a few of my concert shots:

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The Meet & Greet

Ignazio remembered who I was, (again!) he said, “You are everywhere”. I told him I had one more concert too. He said he remembered me from Vienna. (He actually said, “Venice”, but I knew what he meant.) This time no tricks. No set-ups. This was my last Meet & Greet. It was all for me! I told him, “Last year I got your left dimple. Hold on, I’m going in for the right one.” And I did. He laughed. Then he gave me a hug! Thankfully a photographer took a picture of it!

Tighter Please!
Tighter Please!

I hugged my other two Boys and stood for this picture. I don’t like the picture of me, but isn’t it a beauty of Our Guys?

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The Fence

Satisfied that we’d gotten our hugs from The Boys, the four of us piled into the car heading toward the hotel. Before we left the area, we noticed about 10 people standing by a fence. We also spotted “The Bus”. Naturally we pulled over and got out. Soon Piero came out heading for the bus. We led the group in singing Happy Birthday. He came over to the fence.

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Then the other two came over.

You know, you think you’ll remember every word they say and everything you tell them, but you don’t. Afterwards your mind is blank. We sat around later telling each other what we remembered. At one point Michele and I had Ignazio to ourselves. He was leaning on the fence talking to us like he had nothing else in the world to do. I didn’t want to flash my camera in his face so I stepped to the side and took these:

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Hangin' on the fence
Hangin’ on the fence

I don’t know where Elaine was at this time, but I saw Kelly heading for Gianluca.

I tried to think of appropriate things to say to Ignazio.
I love you.” – Didn’t say that.
Please get in our car.” – Didn’t say that.
So, do you like really, really older women?” – No, didn’t say that either.

Instead I said things like: “Is your family with you?” “No, none.” “Are you tired? (stupid question) “Yes very tired”. “Are you missing home? (duh)” Yes, but happy to be here.” He said to me, “I have a tattoo too” (Like I didn’t intimately know all seven of them!). He pulled up his sleeve and showed MICHELE the “Born to Rock” on his upper arm. I was so thankful for the fence that separated us. I would have bit that tattoo! In a nice way, of course. Neither Michele nor I remember anything else that was said. We do remember that we quit talking to him before he turned and left us. You try looking into that face and thinking of something to say that’s not, well, what I really wanted to say (see above).

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Our Dear Boys did not want to be separated from us by a fence. Security wanted them there. Gianluca compromised and was allowed to stand by the open gate. That’s where I got that beauty of he and Kelly below.

I know this is long, but I have to add this ~

If you’re thinking that Gianluca’s sweetness, vulnerability and love for his fans (us) is real and that he is much more than a voice, endearing tweets and selfies, you’re correct.

He smiled the sweetest smile of them all.

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He stayed with us as long as he could.

Kelly - Lucky Girl!
Kelly – Lucky Girl!


He got as close as allowed.

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He was still waving good-bye to us from the front of the bus when it pulled out.



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If he’s the one your heart thumps hardest for, you have perfect taste!

Bye Kelly and Elaine. It was great finally spending time with you both.


Next: Michele and I continue on to Milwaukee. Yeah, it got even more incredible!

Hello, From Rosana ~~ Elgin, 2014


L-R: Rosana, Emma, Debbie.  You already know the other girl...
L-R: Rosana, Emma, Debbie. You already know the other girl…

My name is Rosana. Some of you might remember me from the concert in Elgin on June 20. I am just writing to you to thank you so much for all that you have done this far! It was such a pleasure to meet most of you after the concert waiting for our boys to come out to say hi to some of their most dedicated fans!

The concert itself was mind blowing! I have never been so excited to see a concert. Waiting for the boys to come out afterwards was also a treat! Luck was definitely on my side that night. The concert was amazing, I was able to meet some of the most charming young men, and I was able to meet most of you! I thank you all so much for making my memories of that night even more special and for being so kind and open to my friend Emma and I. This was my first of many Il Volo concerts and I am happy to know that we will meet somewhere along the line again! Until then…best wishes to one of the most dedicated flight crews around!

With ilvolove,


~~ We loved meeting you too, Rosana.  Thanks for your kind words, and please come back and comment more often.  🙂  You too, Emma and Debbie!


Oh NO THEY DIDN’T!!!!!!!!!!

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Oh yes they did!! Flat out left me alone! Marie, Michele, Kelly and Elaine just packed up and went on a three concert tour. Kelly promised she’d be back after Elgin, but the others, GONE!!!

To be fair, I couldn’t go this year (did you check out my sign with the three Guys?) 🙂  so I’m here holding down the fort. The ladies have all promised e-mails and texts during their travels, so i’ll be sharing them with you every day. Keep checking this post, I will be adding to it as I hear from the travelers!!!

Marie and Michele checked in from the road yesterday about noon.  They got into Detroit about 4 and just as they got in a big thunderstorm rolled in!

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Elaine flew from San Francisco early yesterday morning, didn’t get to Detroit until about 7 pm, now THAT’S a fan!!

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Kelly is on vacation starting today and will leave Friday for Elgin. Kelly also thinks she may be getting a cold, so medicate and drink fluids, Kelly!! We need you well to go to this concert.

Il Volo rode te bus from Nashville to Detroit yesterday and were pretty quiet. Gianluca did tweet that he was watching the World Cup. Prehaps today we’ll hear more on what they’re doing!!

For Isabel!
For Isabel!

Piero did tweet “Detroit!” Isabel, I thought you would enjoy this picture!

Marie, Michele, Elaine and Elaine’s husband met for dinner in Detroit last night and a good time was had by all!!

Check out this great review of the concert at Wolf Trap. Thanks to our friends at All Things Il Volo. http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2014/06/14/il-volo-wolf-trap/

Don’t forget to check this post periodically for updates on the concerts and the adventures of the concert goers.

*****This just in from Marie this morning!

Good morning, Linda,

Well, Michele left for our trek from Wash. D.C. the night before last. Stayed the night in Pa. And picked me up yesterday morning in Ohio. We made it to Sterling Heights by late afternoon. After checking into the Hampton and driving around the building to make sure there was no bus with a picture of 3 young Italians on it we found we were close to the venue. We drove there it is an amphitheatre. No bus there either. We figure the Boys had to come north the same road we took. We went back to the hotel and waited for Elaine and her husbands plane from San Francisco. They arrived and we went to dinner. What do you suppose the dinner topic was? Everyone shared pictures of their previous concert. I have now “met” 4/5 of the Flight Crew Board!

 ***** Just in from Kelly at 4:30, she’s getting her mani/pedi and then getting her rental car!! The color for her nails, All lacquered up! You go kelly!!

*****Just in from Marie at 7:45pm, met Flight Crew members, Donna May and her daughter Chris, also met Joanne and Diane. Concert about to start!!

****** Update from Marie on Detroit concert, says it was fabulous!!

******From Marie early this morning (Friday at 6:30am) On the road soon to Elgin, following the Boys!

******From Elaine 11:20 this morning: Elaine T (@ElaineYYTse) tweeted at 11:10 AM on Fri, Jun 20, 2014:
Road trip…Sterling Height to Elgin #ilvolosummertour2014 http://t.co/dZK7pFdtGZ

******From Kelly on her way to Chicago for Elgin Concert!

Good Morning!
Got a pretty early start today (6:15ish), making sure to have my #1 Road Trip necessity: sunflower seeds to keep me awake!
I have about an hour to go; just taking a rest to stretch my legs (the nurse in me always worries about DVT). It’s a wonderfully cool breeze right now. If it stays like this, the night will be perfect!

*****Just in from Marie at 2pm. Marie, Michele, Elaine and Elaine’s husband are caught in Chicago traffic. Kelly is hanging out at the venue hoping to get a glimpse of “The Guys”!

****** Just in at 8:30 from Marie at Elgin! Marie is with Kelly,Michele, Elaine and Ann. They met Loretta and Irene and were introduced to 2 members of the Elgin Symphoy Orchestra!! They’re having a beautiful evening, kelly is enjoying a srawberry vodka lemonade and sent a photo, but I couldn’t download it, darn!!

Tune in for more!

******This is the e-mail from Marie, this morning 6/21!

met so many Flight Crew members and soon to be members that I can’t begin to list them all! However I have most of there names and some pictures of them I’ll share when I get home.

The concert was, once again stupendous! Piero received a birthday cake from an audience member and blew out the candles. Ignazio jumped off about a six foot stage to mingle during Maria. Him getting back up on the stage was pretty comical. Meet & greet was fun. Gave that kiss to Piero for Isabel and got Ignazio’s OTHER dimple real good for me!

When we were driving away we saw a few people standing by the back gate. So, of course we stopped and got out. Pretty soon Piero came out and chatted. A few minutes later out came the other two! All four of us were able to have actual conversations with them! I can’t say enough how wonderful these Guys are! They talked about being pretty tired, yet stood there leaning on the fence talking to us. Oh yes, I have pictures. Following the Boys to Milwaukee in the morning!

Marie and Michele have reached Milwaukee, Marie texts at 3:45 today:

“Made it to Milwaukee! Yay! The theatre is just outside my hotel room window! Big picture of “our Boys” on the front!!”

From Kelly his evening!

Well I’m home, and already needing reasons to go back to my happy place from last night (getting back to my own car from the rental place was a huge fiasco that had me exhausted, over-heated and aggravated beyond belief), but being home with my mom to fuss over me has soothed that over. An immediate 2 hour nap helped too.

An amazing time with some great stories which I will write soon…some I will keep to myself for a little bit. Winking face I wish I was in Milwaukee…one concert seems like not enough when they can’t get to my neck of the woods too often.

Thanks for doing this, Linda, and I hope our readers enjoy it.

*****Update from Marie and Michele, 6/22/14  They are in Springfield, Ohio! They are spending the night and will be home tomorrow. They both seema bit weary from their marathon concert attendances and all that driving. WHEW!

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