The Hit Musical "Hamilton" scores big at DA Madrid event

BIG thank you to everyone who joined us Sunday May 22nd for our lyrical break down of Lin-Manuel Miranda's #‎HamiltonTheMusical! It was a great evening discussing Alexander #‎Hamilton's story and how he is one of our most influential founding fathers.

Ryan Turner, Chapter President welcomed the group of about 35 people to this special event at Variospintos.  Ryan announced for those who hadn't been at a previous meeting that he and his family will be moving to Milan in June.  His wife has accepted an position with a large Italian insurance company with responsibilities for Spain, France and South America.  Ryan will soon be brushing up his Italian before finding himself a position, and the little guy gets to master his third language. Ryan said it would be his last meeting as President, and announced that the Vice President of DA Madrid, Sarah Graves will assume the chapter presidency. Ryan said he was sad to leave behind so many friends, but he made a point to say that it is not an "Adios." 

Save the date for our Anniversary Party, Saturday June 11 where we will say "Hasta Luego" to the Turners.  We're looking for volunteers to help organize parts of the Party, food, entertainment, decoration and maybe a Silent Auction.  We're looking for talent as we repeat the very successful open mic once again. 

Ryan introduced our summer interns, Andrea Parra and Stephen Read who will help us get ready for the coming election with a focus on building our social media outreach, phone bank coordination and coordinating events in June and July.  They have completed the Federal Voting Assistance training program and are Certified Voting Assistance Officers.  

The idea of using the Broadway play, Hamilton as the focus of an event was the brainchild of of our Events Chair Nicole Pearson.  She's been wanting to get tickets for the play for months only to find out that it is sold out for two years.  We soon learned why as we enjoyed some of the rap lyrics as they told the story of the life of Hamilton and the founding fathers.  The dynamics of politics that we know today have solid roots. This format for telling history was amazing.  While we got only a taste of the staging we were able to enjoy some of the play that they performed at the White House.

Nicole was joined by Michael Beeson who had an excellent grasp of the historical fact, providing great background to the story that we enjoyed.  As the story progressed and the first election was held following the two terms of President George Washington, we had the opportunity to enjoy another episode of Mikey's Corner.  

Mike Presiado stepped up and provided the color of the messy process of electing the second president of the US.

This was another in a series of wonderful events that DA Madrid has offered. Hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the next one soon to be announced in June. 

To volunteer for the party please contact Jim Mercereau   jim.mercereau@gmail.com 

And another big thank you to our host, Variopintos. Thank you for providing us with such a welcoming space and delicious food & drink!