2001: The Gathering in Franconia
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A REPORT of the JULY 7 PLANNERS METING

aka

" '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
BUT . . .
The Registration deadline for meals has been extended to July 13th.
Contact Melanie pronto
hamilton@ncia.net 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 PRE-REGISTRATION GIFT:
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 it!

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.

Re: ARCHIVES:
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
- 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 scriven.

AND . . . for those who missed the BURMA SHAVE SIGN madness last year:

WANT A SIGN?
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 & VIDEOS
They will be for sale at the Welcome Table @ $5.00 each (while supply lasts)

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
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:

FRANCONIA COLLEGE TIME CAPSULE
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 -

DON'T DRIVE
TOO FAST
TO MEET
YOUR PAST

Mark & Howie
for the Planners

 

 


2001: The Gathering in Franconia

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