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Date Posted: 23:10:54 08/25/15 Tue
Author: Howie
Author Host/IP: 98.216.19.41
Subject: Recalling the Reunion

I'm assuming that there are others here not on FB besides myself. The reunion this year was a wonderful good-time-had-by-all event. It was low-key in the sense that there were few planned activities, but the Maplewood was large enough to have many places to hang out, indoors and out, and things just flowed at everyone's own pace.

For example, several people had talked about meeting at the New! Improved! Year-Round Polly's Pancake Parlour in Sugar Hill at 11:00 on Saturday. I got there a little early, just enjoying the fresh air, when I looked at the field across the road and a mama moose and her calf were trucking across the meadow. I was able to grab my camera, change lenses and squeeze off a couple of shots before they disappeared!

I met up with Dave Baldwin, we checked at Polly's and the wait was about an hour and a half, so we decided to move on. After a false start at the Dutch Treat (no breakfasts!) we grabbed a table on the porch of Wendle's, two doors down. Nice place! We were soon joined by Steve Kelsey, Earhardt and Sydney and Chris Roop. Spent quite a while recollecting and catching up, and laughing. A lot. Hearing that Alan Strell's sister was holding a yard sale of a bunch of his stuff that day, a few of us headed over to the Homestead. Strell's sister (her name escapes me) was happy that friends of his could own some if his stuff and was genuinely friendly. She even led a tour of his house - a wonder in itself. By then it was time to head back to the Brentwood for the group photo and we said our goodbyes. Jeff Gross did a great job getting everyone together in one place, then shifted slightly to the left, then again, and finally to the right place for a set of great photos. Could not have planned a nicer day!

The only thing that didn't go as expected was Saturday night. The ballroom was large and lovely and not air conditioned. It had been quite hot for the previous several days. The food was served buffet style and was excellent and plentiful, with red and white wine on the tables. But over a hundred people and the hot buffet only made the room toastier and borderline uncomfortable. Then the band set up. They were billed as The Wicked Smart Horn Band, who have been playing at Reunions since Y2K. The bad news was that no one knew who anyone was up there on the stage! The good news was that no one felt bad about hanging out outside, where the air was a whole lot cooler.

The organizers did a great job (I'm not going to name names, as I'm sure I'd invariably leave a few out) in creating a well organized, well run gathering of people and memories. Their hard work really paid off. Thanks!

On Sunday Morning, Mark Chain reminded us that the Time Capsule buried after the Y2K Reunion is scheduled to be retrieved in the year 2020. Hmmm....

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