A field trip that most people would never think of is a book concert. A book concert is simply a huge book reading and signing with the author’s favorite musical muses there to sing the songs that inspired them as they wrote the book. The Breaking Dawn Book Concert is a perfect example of this.
In August of 2008, Stephenie Meyers, the author of the Twilight series, scheduled the Breaking Dawn Book Concert Tour. to be held in Chicago, Illinois. Her muse was Justin Firstenfield from Blue October. He would sing songs that inspired her as she read or discussed various excerpts from her books.
My students were ecstatic and this concert was all that they could talk about. But a trip from Lexington, Kentucky to Chicago, Illinois would be very expensive. As most teachers know, the biggest challenge for approvals for field trips is funding. So, I discussed with my students their options and they came up with a great plan. They decided to organize a book release party with the theme being Bella and Edward’s Wedding.
They wrote a script, auditioned the actors, decorated the room, and arranged a wonderful wedding reception based on information from the first three books, Twilight, Breaking Dawn, and Eclipse. As a finale, they invited Border’s Books to sell the books on campus at midnight. In the end, we raised enough money to go on the trip.
The students prepared thought provoking questions to ask during the question and answer part. When it was time to ask the questions, the local anchor asked our group where we were from and how we came to be there. The young man who was chosen to play Edward during the play, excitedly answered the questions and told their story of how they came to be there.
But, the ending was the most memorable of the entire field trip. We were in line to get the books signed and was aware that Mrs. Meyers had to sign each book and proceed to the next person without conversation because of the amount of people in attendance. As we came up to the table, someone nudged her and she looked up at the student who had played Edward and simply smiled and said, “You are how I pictured Edward”. The student proudly thanked her.
Whenever field trips are mentioned this is usually one of the ones that are listed as most unusual and most fun at our school.