- The Gathering in Franconia
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by any other name . . .
MARCH 10-11, 2001 PLANNERS’ MEET
-- Mark, Friday
Hear ye! Hear ye! Be it hereby known by all citizens of the Franconia College
Community that, in consideration of its nature, relative magnitude and
vibe, the forthcoming event heretofore known as “this year’s Reunion” shall
hereafter be referred to and known by all as “The Gathering”.
shindig is a get-together, folks. It won't be as long as last year’s -
which really was a re-union. It won't be jam-packed with programmed events
like last year; no new book or video, no diplomas, no flags, no cake. It
will cost a lot less.
What this year
IS, is Semi-Do-It-Yourself.
are organizing a few programmed events, and anyone can put together whatever
else they'd like to have happen. Just let us know what you'll need for
space and time (note: some planners have serious doubts about this wording)
and we'll reserve it for the event and make its existence known to all.
BUT THE ORGANIZING/COORDINATING
IS UP TO YOU.
music, poetry, soccer, whatever.
Those of you
who were here last year might want to keep various local venues in mind
for events; like, say, the college soccer field for some Australian rules
levitation air polo.
be scheduled in the order that they are received, so the sooner you get
your space/time requests in, the better chance you have of getting what
If you want
us to publicize it, get a short description of the event to us . . . also
the sooner the better.
for whom to contact!
Anyway . .
As the hour
drew near for the Bethlehem Selectboard candidates to run the public gauntlet
Saturday evening at the local elementary school, your diligent and dedicated
Planners, bearing wine, chips, dips and words of support for our own nervous
hostess-with-the-mostest, gathered once again on Meadow St. to further
consider the looming phenomen(ologic)al possibilities, psycho-social ramifications,
and political-economic subtleties of whatever the hell it is we’re doing
Judy Wallace, Nancy (Wallace) van Houten, Holly Finlay,
Natalie Woodroofe, Howie Lyhte and Mark Chain.
DATE & PLACE - now written in stone:
at PEABODY LODGE, CANNON MOUNTAIN
it looks like the only direct cost to attendees this year will be the cost
of the meals you pre-order. As details are worked out, we'll be posting
Registration information on the Forum with a link to a printable Registration
Form on a separate “The Gathering” web site that Howie will create.
we'll have a Saturday night meal and a Sunday brunch.
will probably only be a matter of:
the Form, fill it out, and send it in with check or money order viasnail
NO NADA ZERO
KEINE ZILCH CREDIT CARDS THIS YEAR
out to be too cumbersome, costly and time-consuming last year.
on menus and prices already and will post the info as soon as they’re set.
Be that as
will need to be in our hands by JUNE 15
be some sort of enticement)
will need to be in our hands by JULY 1
so we can give
Bill Walsh the meal count for which we will be financially and he culinarily
OF EVENTS is looking like this at the moment:
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July 20th at the Lodge:
3 PM: Welcome/Registration
Cash bar open
with hors d’oeuvres/bar food.
out, play music, take excursions
open for individually organized activities
open for individually organized activities
4 - 6 PM Welcome/Registration
6:00 PM “Dress”
Banquet (whatever “Dress” means to you)
9:00 PM 3rd
Annual Anarchists Ball
10:30 AM Focused
with coffee and danish
12 Noon Brunch
Ops on the hill;
maybe a formal
/ STUFF / MAIN BUILDING CHIA PETS / etc
to do something, can - as a purely private and independent enterprise.
to see some contribution from any sales go to Grants & Scholarships,
Steven K sent
in a proxy suggestion to add Banks St. School (Dick Ruopp’s school) to
the list of schools eligible for grants from us; the group supports this.
Melanie presents draft of Grant Application. Discussion follows on criteria
for application, possibilities for application questions. Unanimous decision
to adopt Howie’s suggestion to use the following single question, to be
answered in 250 words or less: “Imagine the museum of your life. Describe
your favorite exhibit.”
to do a press release re Grants & Scholarships when the time comes.
the G&S group will give a short update at the end of the meal at The
Gathering on Saturday.
recipients will be present to receive their scholarships at this time.
that he and Veronica have been in recent frequent conversations with Jewell
Friedman (curator of the Franconia Heritage Museum) and that the Archives
Committee and Jewell are in the process of honing what we hope is the last
draft of the Agreement. One or two points still need to be clarified/resolved.
More on this from the Archives people as things progress.
of a FRANCONIA COLLEGE LEGACY ASSOCIATION:
The 5 of us
attending on Sunday decide to pursue the possibility of creating an ongoing
umbrella organization to serve as a first contact/clearing house/coordinating
entity for whatever projects the FC Community wants to see continue (e.g.
Grants & Scholarships, Archives, Land, Retirement Community, etc).
. . something like having a repository and central starting point for anything
FC-related. Discussion re vision, parameters, structure, etc of an Association
will be continuing per email. Howie will see about setting up an Association
mailbox, and we'll be investigating whether registering as a Volunteer
Organization can also serve for purposes of creating the Association.
If you want
to be involved in creating the Association, let Mark know - he'll be glad
to put you on the email list.
Meet is Sat - Sun, April 21-22.
o' the Green, all
Till next time
. . .
Mark and Howie
for the Planners