2001: The Gathering in Franconia
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2001 - The Gathering in Franconia

Posted Thursday, April 26, 2001     [ Jump To Quick Summary ]     [ Registration Form ]

YOU WERE WONDERING ABOUT THIS YEAR’S GATHERING . . . ?

Well, wonder no more! Unless you choose to. (We wouldn’t dream of telling you what to do.)

And now . . .

OUR REPORT ON THE PLANNERS MEET OF APRIL 21-22

After our most recent organizational parlay and Sunday bagel brew-ha-ha, your Planners are happy to announce there is now a reasonable likelihood the rest of the snow will be gone by July.

Present this time were: Howie Lyhte, Judy Wallace, Steven Konover, Nancy Wallace, Melanie Hamilton, Holly Finlay, Marilinne Cooper, Richard Mellor, Mark Chain.

Aside from our local intimation of Spring, we can also report that we have progressed to the point of finalizing things regarding menus and prices (regular & children’s), the band, the schedule, etc.

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE FORUM FOR POSTINGS ON ALL THIS.

Oh - and then there was our decision for a
REMARKABLE, LIMITED EDITION, NEVER-OFFERED-BY-KTEL, BETTER THAN ANY DOTCOM STOCK, YOU-REALLY-WANT-THIS, PRE-REGISTRATION ENTICEMENT (see below) . . .

For the moment, though, here are the reminders and updates:

THIS YEAR’S GATHERING IS JULY 20-22,
ONCE AGAIN AT PEABODY LODGE ON CANNON MOUNTAIN.

PRE-REGISTRATION needs to be in our hands by JUNE 15
And why bother to register early? you ask.
To get the ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME, FULLY GUARANTEED, SCHIZADELIC, SUITABLE-FOR-DISPLAY, BOY-WILL-YOU-BE-SORRY-IF-YOU-DON’T-GET-IT, PRE-REGISTRATION GIFT AT NO EXTRA CHARGE (see further below)

FINAL REGISTRATION needs to be in our hands by JULY 1.
And why this? you ask.
Because we have to give Peabody Lodge the final meal-count shortly after this, and then there’ll only be a VERY VERY small number of meals available to unregistered folk.

REGISTRATION FORM WILL BE ONLINE PRETTY SOON.
Now Online! Registration Form
Print it out, fill it out, and send it in with your check or money order
to Melanie Hamilton, RFD 1, Lyman, NH 03585 . . . payable to "Franconia College Reunion"

REMEMBER:
NO CREDIT CARDS this year
nowhere at no time for no thing

REMEMBER II:
All you pay for this year are the meals you order.
The rest of the shindig’s free.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (only semi written-in-stone, but with some added historical perspective):

FRIDAY, JULY 20TH:
On this day in history:
1801  A 1,235 lb. cheese ball is pressed at Elisha Brown, Jr’s farm, is later loaded onto a horse-driven wagon given to President Thomas Jefferson at the White House.
1944 They blew their chance at blowing up Hitler.
1965 Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" released.
1969  First feet on the moon.
1979  ELO takes out ads dedicating release of "Don't Bring Me Down" to Skylab.
1998  Russia gets $11.2 billion loan from the IMF
2000  Flashbacks and anxiety increase as FCY2K approaches

THIS YEAR (2001):
Planners will be at the Lodge starting in the morning with lots of boxes (push pins, too) . . .
W  e  l  l ,    c  o  m  e     o  n     d  o  w  n  .  .  .
 
4-6 PM Welcome/Registration Table open.
Cash bar, maybe hors d’oeuvres; 
maybe Cheesecake Hustler’s Magical Culinarical Cook-Off 
(email Melanie directly for more info at hamilton@ncia.net)
Arrive, check in, pick up your meal tickets and (if you paid up early) get your FINELY CRAFTED, THREE DIMENSIONAL, PHOTOGENIC, INTERACTIVE- FOR-ALL-AGES, TRANSLUCENTLY DYNAMIC, PRE-REGISTRATION SURPRISE THING. 
Then, (when you’ve recovered from the euphoric shock-wave of holding your new treasure). . . hang out, play music, take excursions . . .

SATURDAY, JULY 21:
On this date in history:
1873  Jesse James & gang pull off the first train robbery in the U.S.
1931  First CBS-TV program airs, with Kate Smith, George Gershwin, NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker.
1954  The Geneva Conference partitions Vietnam into North and South.
1959  U.S. District Court judge rules "Lady Chatterley’s Lover" is not a dirty book.
1961  "Gus" Grissom’s sub-orbital cruise with a view
1969  Duke Ellington performs 10-minute piece, "Moon Maiden", on ABC-TV
1984  1st documented case of a robot killing a human in US.
1987  Guns 'n Roses releases debut album, "Appetite For Destruction".
1990  Pink Floyd’s "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood.
2000  Reunion Planners slowly begin to realize the magnitude of their madness.

THIS YEAR (2001):
Morn/Aft Lodge open for individually organized activities, hanging out . . .
 
4 - 6 PM Welcome/Registration Table open
Cash bar open, limited appetizers (probably) available
6:00 PM "Dress" Banquet (whatever "Dress" means to you)
9:00 PM The Probably Not Annual Marshall McLuhan-Garry Trudeau-Sam Bass-Janet Reno-Hart Crane-Ernest-Hemingway- Robin Williams-Don Knotts-Birthday Ball

SUNDAY, JULY 22:
And on this date in history:
1376  Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date.
1587  A second English colony established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.
The colony later vanishes under mysterious circumstances.
1933  Wiley Post ends around-the-world flight: 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hrs, 45 minutes.
1934  John Dillinger mortally wounded by the Feds at Biograph Theatre in Chicago.
1937  U.S. Senate rejects President Roosevelt's proposal to add justices to Supreme Court.
1943  Patton & Co. capture Palermo, Sicily.
1945  Don Henley born.
1955  U.S. Vice-President Richard M. Nixon chairs cabinet meeting in Washington, D.C.; is first time a Vice-President carries out the task.
1967  Vanilla Fudge makes its concert debut in New York.
1968  The Byrds' "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" album is released.
1969  Aretha Franklin arrested for disorderly conduct.
1972  The Who's "Join Together" is released.
1975  General Robert E. Lee has his U.S. citizenship restored by U.S. Congress.
1979  Little Richard, aka Reverend Richard Penniman, speaks at revival meeting in North Richmond, CA., warns the congregation about evils of rock & roll.
2000  Planners return from international informational outreach junket

THIS YEAR (2001):
 
10:30 AM Focused Group Conversation, with coffee and Danish. Topic to be announced.
12 Noon Brunch
After Brunch Take-Your-Own-Photo Ops on the hill;
After Photos: Fare Thee Wells, maybe a formal "closing ceremony/group hug"

REMEMBER III:
Aside from the programmed events we’re organizing, you can put together whatever else you'd like to have happen. Just let us know what you'll need for space and time - we'll reserve it for the event and let everyone know it’s happening.

Otherwise:

T-SHIRTS/MAIN BUILDING LEGO SETS/SOCIALIST SWAG/CAPITALIST CRAFTS/etc
If you want to do something, you can - as a purely private and independent enterprise.
We'd like to see some contribution from any sales go to Grants & Scholarships, or Archives.

So . . . by now you’ve now figured out we’re not telling what the PRE-REGISTRATION PRIZE is, right?
In the interest of Trewf in Advertizing though, here are some genuine testimonial comments from notable persons:

"Believe in it? Why, man, I've s e e n it." - William James

". . . I just wanna see
If it's really the expensive kind
You know it balances on your head
Just like a mattress balances
On a bottle of wine"
- Bobby D.

"Is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?" - Frank Zappa

"Objective evidence and certitude are doubtless very fine ideals to play with, but where on this moonlit and dream-visited planet are they found?" - William James again

"In the end, everything is a gag. " - Charlie Chaplin

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein

"You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there. " - Yogi Berra

"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before. " - Mae West

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Albert again

"Too much of a good thing is wonderful." - Mae again

"Nothing succeeds like excess." - Oscar Wilde

"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you." - Carl Gustav Jung

"In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane." - Mark Twain

and
(Zimmy again, to finish):

"Mack the Finger said to Louie the King
I got forty red white and blue shoe strings
And a thousand telephones that don't ring
Do you know where I can get rid of these things?..."

And Louie the King said
"As a matter of fact, I do . . ."
 

Register soon, folks. MONEY TALKS, NOBODY SQUAWKS
 

Next Planners Meet is Sat - Sun, June 9-10 at the Old Same Place.
 

Meanwhile: Muds and buds and blooms to all.
 

Mark & Howie
for the Planners
(and God bless their magnanimity)


THE QUICK INFORMATIONAL SUMMARY ADDENDUM [ jump to top of page ]

The Gathering in Franconia: July 20-22, 2001   [ Registration Form ]
Peabody Lodge, Cannon Mountain, Franconia

PRE-REGISTRATION needs to be in our hands by JUNE 15.
To get the ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME, FULLY GUARANTEED, SCHIZADELIC, SUITABLE-FOR-DISPLAY, BOY-WILL-YOU-BE-SORRY-IF-YOU-DON’T-GET-IT, PRE-REGISTRATION GIFT AT NO EXTRA CHARGE

FINAL REGISTRATION needs to be in our hands by JULY 1.
Because we have to give Peabody Lodge the final meal-count shortly after this, and then there’ll only be a VERY VERY small number of meals available to unregistered folk.

THE REGISTRATION FORM WILL BE ONLINE PRETTY SOON.
Now Online! Registration Form
All you pay for this year are the meals you order. The rest of the shindig’s free. Menus and prices will be available soon.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(only semi written-in-stone):

FRIDAY, JULY 20:
4-6 PM Welcome/Registration Table open.
Cash bar, maybe hors d’oeuvres;
Maybe Cheesecake Hustler’s Magical Culinarical Cook-Off
(email Melanie directly for more info at hamilton@ncia.net);
Hang out, play music, take excursions . . .

SATURDAY, JULY 21:
4 - 6 PM Welcome/Registration Table open
Cash bar open, limited appetizers (probably) available
6:00 PM "Dress" Banquet (whatever "Dress" means to you)
9:00 PM The Probably Not Annual Marshall McLuhan-Garry Trudeau-Sam Bass-Janet Reno-Hart Crane-Ernest-Hemingway- Robin Williams-Don Knotts-Birthday Ball

SUNDAY, JULY 22:
10:30 AM Focused Group Conversation, with coffee and Danish. Topic to be announced.
12 Noon Brunch
After Brunch  Take-Your-Own-Photo Ops on the hill;
After Photos: Fare Thee Wells, maybe a formal "closing ceremony/group hug"


 
 
2001: The Gathering in Franconia
Past Pronouncements

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