PLANNING REPORT NUMERO SEVEN-O

or

Welcome to Clarks Trained Grin and Bear It

otherwise known as

Variations on a Prolegomena to a Study of the Time-Space Continuum in Relation to the Non-simultaneous and Only Partially-Overlapping Energy Events of a Reunion

 

Hipsters, Flipsters & Finger-poppin Daddies - knock me your lobes. (courtesy, Willie the Shake)

If your purpose in life is to entertain the gods, you might as well put on a good show. (unattributed)

We are as genitals to the gods; they toy with us for their sport. (Edmund Blackadder)

I've never let my school interfere with my education. (Mark Twain)

. . . So before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?

In some ways, we are more confused than ever, but we feel that we are confused on a higher level about more important things. (unattributed)

We interrupt this broadcast for:

A MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Now that you've survived the educational experiments that are continually recycled, repackaged and tested on an unsuspecting, underage audience by insulated visionaries (if you want to do this, we can train you), it's time to shine those shoes on the backs of those thrift store pantlegs, adjust your knapsack to a jaunty angle, get into a cool Lotus and start chanting RE U NI OM. (Try it with the opening notes of The Blue Danube).

Ok, ok., we'll get on with it.

Your tireless Planners met again June 24-25 at Judy's in Bethlehem.

Who am us this time was: Judy, Howie Lyhte, Nancy Wallace, Holly Finlay, Melanie Hamilton, Natalie Woodroofe, Mark Chain, Marilinne Cooper, Ned Depew (with friend Carol Lavender), David Goldblatt, Brad Whipple, Richard Mellor.

To start off with, Natalie reports on REGISTRATIONS TO DATE:

As of the planning sessions, we've received registration forms from some 185 former community members. (Check out the Reunion-website list of who's coming.)

Then, in non-chronological, but editorially-efficacious order ñ the rest of the story:

The WELCOME & REGISTRATION TABLE at PEABODY will be open:

    THURSDAY, AUG. 17          6:00 - 9:00 PM

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 18          NOON - 7:00 PM

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 19    NOON - 4:00 PM

If you arrive at another time, don't worry: someone will be around to declare you legal, give you your papers, etc. We'll have reunion-related info on the table at all times. Announcements, sign-up sheets, message boards, etc. will be all over the place all the time.

COMING EVEN BEFORE THURSDAY?
WANT TO HELP OUT WITH SET-UP, etc.?

WE'D BE GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU IN ADVANCE.
CONTACT JUDY.

 

REGISTRATION PACKET:

IMPORTANT:
If you want your name/address/tel/email published in the Reunion Program,
your Registration needs to be in Natalie's hands
BY JULY 28.

 

REUNION ITEMS:

If you can't, won't, or refuse to be at the Reunion, you'll still be able to order items. Natalie will be designing the Order Form; watch for it on the Reunion-website. For those who will be here and want to order items, the Order Form will also be in the Registration Packet and at the Welcome Table.

  • The BOOK will be $9.95 including shipping (will be shipped after the Reunion). Ned says it's mostly done, and will be 115 pages or so; text and lots of pitchers [sic].
  • The VIDEO: we're not yet sure of what the price will need to be. But we'll let you know before the sequel comes out. Meanwhile, we've received word that George has already turned down several other commissions (sounded like they were nothing to sneeze at, either) because of his commitment to us. Thanks, George.
  • The GROUP PHOTO: It looks like Tom Long, (a professional photographer, and Judy's former husband) will be doing the shoot. Rain or shine, outside at Peabody on Saturday 4 - 6 PM. Might be that people can have Tom take smaller, "era" photos, or smaller group photos (any of these would cost you); we'll let you know. The plan is to mail the photo together with the video as soon after the Reunion as we can.
  • T-SHIRTS: Wayne will be doing up 2 or 3 different T-shirts.

    IMPORTANT II

    Except at the bar, if you'll need to pay for anything at the Reunion itself, have cash or checks on hand.

    WE CAN'T TAKE CREDIT CARDS FOR REGISTRATION, MEALS, OR ANY REUNION ITEMS

     

    FINANCES:
    David reports we're about 1/2 way to covering our budgeted costs.

    So, if you're planning to come and haven't registered yet,
    be kind to our fragile nerves & get your registration & money in soon!
    Registration Forms go to Natalie, Payment goes to David.

    And thanks again to all who have sent in donations.

    SCHOLARSHIPS/FINANCIAL AID will be available in varying amounts for registration and meals. Contact David. Unfortunately, there won't be any money for lodging-assistance.

    PUBLICITY:
    Natalie will be writing a press release for The Littleton Courrier, mostly for the benefit of local F.C. community members who don't have any more of a clue about what's going on now than they did then; and we're still working on an article that is planned for submission to the AP.

    EVENTS, HAPPENINGS, BOARDS, etc :

    2 HOT NEW FEATURES:

    AMNESTY CENTRAL & OVERDUE LOAN ITEM RETURN: All is forgiven, just gimme back my album/book/heart/car/money/etc. (Not to be confused with the APOLOGY BOARD, though credits may be transferable.)

    and

    THE SALLY-R-US CURRICULUM VITAE BOARD: "Been doin' anything the last, oh, 20, 25, 30 years?

     

    AND, AS ALWAYS, A COUPLE MORE SCHEDULE UPDATES / CHANGES:

    WALKING TOUR of the COLLEGE SITE (ca 45 minutes): there'll be 2 of ëem (we hope), FRIDAY at 4 PM possibly, but SATURDAY at 9 AM assuredly! We'll try to set it up so you can post your own memory-notes along the Tour route.

    ROAD RALLY:
    starts at PEABODY ON SATURDAY AT 10:30 AM
    , ENDS AT THE COLLEGE SITE

    ROAD RALLY AWARDS & PICNIC LUNCH:
    SATURDAY 1:00 - 2:00 PM AT THE COLLEGE SITE
    Bag lunches will be available at Peabody before the Road Rally start; $7.00 each includes a non-alcoholic beverage. Payment with cash or check only.

    NEW: WOMB Radio - Golden memories or moldy dustbunnies?
    FRIDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING
    produced and presented by Roger Cucci, whose request line is now open

    NEW: DISCUSSION SEMINAR:
    SUNDAY, at PEABODY, 9:30 AM
    "What Was So Special About Franconia College, Anyway?"
    Hosted by David Goldblatt
    An "organized" open discussion on the topic of the lasting effects Franconia has had on you and your world.
    There'll be a sheet posted at the reunion so people can see who's interested in participating. Remember, there will also be sign-up sheets for ad hoc discussion groups throughout the weekend.

    NEW "THE GREENFIELD FOLLIES":
    J. Floyd & Friends with more madness
    SUNDAY, AT PEABODY, 12:30 - ca 2:00 PM

     

    Now, for those of you who didn't take notes . . .

    Calls / Reminders

    If you want your name/address/tel/email published in the Reunion Program, your Registration needs to be in Natalie's hands BY JULY 28.

    If you are coming early and want to:

    get in touch with Judy.

    If you want stage-time in the Talent Show, contact J. Floyd or Frank

    If you'll want a bag lunch for Saturday contact Judy BY AUGUST 15th

    Bring old IDs or 1î Photos from back then

    Bring photos for the Photo Tree

    Bring Videos for showing

    Bring cash or checks with you; we won't be taking credit cards for any Reunion items at Peabody.

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    So there it is, folks.

    Next planning sessions are Sat-Sun, July 29-30 in Bethlehem at Judy's.

    Till then, be well and keep in mind:

    Reunion anxiety?

    Don't get too serious
    We were young
    and half-delirious

    Mark, Judy and Howie
    for the Planners