REPORT of the JULY 7 PLANNERS METING
" 'CAUSE WE CAN'T CUT LOOSE . . . WITHOUT OUR JUICE"
So . . .
your favorite band of anarchist organizers, world travelers and
gourmets met once again last weekend to consider the several
inquiries we've received about our reunial consultating services,
confer on the question of taking Reunion Inc. public (not to
mention gathering.com), and to tie up loose ends for the
upcoming festivation. Just like last year we created photographic
evidences of our hard work at the diverse meeting locations for
inclusion in these notes. Unlike last year they were all confiscated
by customs officials of diverse sovereign nations. Since said
officials could not correctly identify when an elbow is not an
elbow, no planners were unduly detained.
Flying in from various outreach endeavors in Europe, Jamaica,
Las Vegas, Oakley, Kansas, and the former location of Papa Joe's
at Prince & Mulberry, the following were in attendance at
the safe house in Bethlehem: Howie Lyhte, Steven Konover, Nancy
Wallace, Judy Wallace, Melanie Hamilton, Veronica Hartman, Holly
Finlay, Marilinne Cooper, Mark Chain, Richard Mellor. Ten or
so bottles of wine also showed up from California, Australia,
France, Italy, Portugal and the Mediterranean.
Enthusiastic as always,
we set right to them, er, it.
REGISTRATION / MEALS
After logging all our business travel and expense receipts, Melanie
reports on the meal orders received as of the meeting:
63 Adult Sat. Dinners, 5 Children Sat. Dinners
52 Adult Sun. Brunch, 5 Children Sun. Brunch
. . .
The Registration deadline for meals has been extended to July
Contact Melanie pronto
email@example.com if you still want
to order meals.
Menus and prices are posted in the June 9 Report (http://franconia.to/2001gathering/gathering-3.htm).
Howie & Steven report
there was a mass mailing to the not-yet-registered. About 600
emails went out, 257 responses came back (all civil, most friendly
and a few suspiciously perky, Howie says); 202 "not coming",
33 "planning on coming", 21 either not sure or indecipherable.
The names of the "Registered" and "Planning on
Coming" are posted on the Gathering site. Note to the mathematically
inclined: there was also one bounce received. Not to the mathematically
challenged: there is not a one-to-one correlation between the
number of emails received and the number of people represented.
Re: FRIDAY NIGHT POTLUCK
To keep things manageable, we'll do the potluck food and Peabody
will provide the beverages. We'd like to encourage everyone
to bring something to eat (or cook), but all are welcome. We
discuss "seeding" the potluck with some cooked chicken.
(Shouldn't there be one in every...awwww...nevermind.)
Re: THE EVER-MORE-INSPIRING
We've received a case of the Wonderous Things. It exceeds everyone's
already surreal expectations. And, since it's a very limited-edition
item, we decide we're going to number each one to ensure its
authenticity - and, thus, its future eBay value. Yer gonna love
Re: SUNDAY MORNING DISCUSSION:
David confirms the theme of the Sunday morning focus group (at
10:30) is "Community after Franconia College":
One of the principles underlying
the Franconia College purpose was a sense of community that included
the college population and extended into the world in order to
create a human community. We'll talk about community and what
we share in common and whether this "community of the world"
stuff is a noble myth or something we can pursue.
Vee reports on the negotiations with the Franconia Heritage Museum
in the last months and presents the Agreement that the Museum
Board has signed. It's accepted by the Planning Group and is
signed by members of the Archives Committee. The next months
should see the cataloging of the Collection and its presentation
to the Museum.
If you have anything you'd like to donate to the Collection,
bring it to the Gathering.
Re: WALKING TOUR
It's reported that Laurie Lunsford Hribal wants to do a healing
ceremony on the College site at some point. We'll post more on
this as soon as the details are worked out.
Re: EVENTs UPDATE
WANT A SIGN?
- KEN WESTHAVER'S ART (display & sale) will be on
the balcony in the main room at Peabody.
- POETRY READING is re-scheduled for Saturday 3-5 PM.
Everyone is welcome to read. Sign-up there.
- RAINE NEWMAN'S SLIDE PRESENTATION is re-re-scheduled
to Sat 1-3 PM;
- THE GREAT DEBATE is set for Sat 5-6 PM . (And if we
find who's debating - and what - we'll
let you know. Rumor has it, though, it'll be Ned and Winston.
At least. If the Master Debaters can't pull off this
event, Raine's presentation and the Poetry Reading will slide
one hour later.)
- LEGACY GROUP INFO/DISCUSSION OPPORTUNITY: Sat. 5:30
at the Legacy table
- ARCHIVES PRESENTATION is Sat. at 7:00 PM .
- LEGACY GROUP AWARDS PRESENTATION is Sat. at 7:30 PM
- VOLLEYBALL we'll have a net and a ball at Peabody
- THE DANCE WILL START AT 8:30 INSTEAD OF 9:00 as previously
AND . . . for those who missed the BURMA SHAVE SIGN madness
DON'T MISS YER CHANCE
GET ONE AT AUCTION
DURING THE DANCE
ONLY ABOUT 9 OF 'EM
AND SOTHEBY'S IT AIN'T
SO COUGH IT UP
FOR WOOD AND PAINT
That's right, it will be
your chance to own a bit of history! All proceeds under one
million dollars will go to the Archives Fund. The rest will
be spent wisely by the auctioneer. And you just won't believe
whom we've lined up to be auctioneer! Neither do we, but we'll
get someone up there in time.
Re: FCY2K BOOKS &
They will be for sale at the Welcome Table @ $5.00 each (while
Re: SET-UP / DECORATION
Starts FRIDAY, JULY 20th at NOON. Everyone welcome. Sign up
sheets? We don't need no steenking sign up sheets.
Re: TIME CAPSULE
FRANCONIA COLLEGE TIME CAPSULE
We got so excited about this, all our watches stopped! In the
eerie silence we then realized that, still, no one was wearing
one. In the meantime, we're eagerly awaiting word on the capsule's
completion. The Archives Committee will see to having it engraved.
We even decide on the inscription:
Created on 8/20/2000
To be opened on
10/10/2020 at 15:15
Unless we forget . . .
(Or change our minds)
See Pops for the key
Please note that the Grand Opening is on a Saturday during foliage,
so make your reservations early. More on this as things proceed.
We all decide upon and
then actually get permission to use the Time Capsule's, er, resting
place. We will announce this at the Gathering.
And then it was time for
burgers, corn, cole slaw, and just a drop more wine . . .
See you soon, and as one
of the comrades said last year -
Mark & Howie
for the Planners