Get-Togethers

This page will have information on plans for upcoming, informal classmate get-togethers that anyone might be organizing, as well as write-ups on get-togethers that have already taken place. Please send your information and pictures for this page to Lynn for posting.

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NEWS

(10-09) Paul Mills writes: Last month (October), my sweetheart, Debbie, and I had dinner with Diane Hartley Campbell and Judy Johnston on Hilton Head Island, SC. This is not the first time we have found our way to the low country and, as always, we had a great time. As you can see from the picture, we closed the restaurant down that night. Judy is a wonderful hostess, always fun and her house is beautiful and warm. Diane treated us to a few glasses of wine in her crazy cool house that is tucked away in the pine groves on the island after dinner. A week later, we returned to New York by way of New Canaan and a tour of my old bus route to Ponus Ridge Rd. Some things have changed, but much has not--what fun to see it all again. This coming summer, we will be opening a fine arts gallery in Old Forge (NY) with the intention of becoming snow birds, operating it three months out of the year.


Seated: Debbie (left) and Judy (right). Standing: Diane and Paul

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(9-09) Allison Lange Wray and sister, Leslie Lange Matthews, had a fun time visiting New York City back in September. They were there for Allison’s mother-in-law’s art show reception at the 5th Avenue gallery of the National Association of Women Artists. They also rode the train to New Canaan to visit for a day, accompanied by Allison’s daughter and son-in-law, and rented a car in order to drive around to see some familiar spots. Unfortunately most of the town did not look familiar. Allison was surprised to see that Bob’s Sports only sells mens clothes! They ate at Gates, and the food was excellent!

They met Joan Kittredge at Starbucks in NYC the morning of the day that they left New York. That’s Allison on the left, Joan in middle, and Leslie on the right.

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(4-09) Scott Davis sent in this picture recently of he and his wife, Debbie, (on the right) and Dave Sylvester and his wife, Sylvia, (on the left) vacationing last summer in sunny Florida. They got a condo at Rosemary Beach on the Gulf and really enjoyed all of the swimming, golfing, shopping, and dining that the area had to offer. Found some time to spend reminiscing about the old days in New Canaan too!

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(1-09) Again this year, there will be no “Annual NCHS Class of 1973 Winter Reunion On The Beach” planned, but Bill, Ward and Wendy found time recently to get together for a holiday lunch and some south Florida good times!

"Hello to all of our classmates from the Jupiter Inlet in sunny south Florida," from Bill, Wendy, and Ward.

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(12-6-08) Yup, the holiday spirit was in the air on Saturday night (though it quickly blew away in the wind) when Sue Morrow Winstead, Lynn Winstanley Ryan, Melanie Pitts Seay, Theo Barnes Dierks, Joan Kittredge, and Alison Lances Mavica tried to meet at Rockefeller Center (along with a crush of about another 10,000 people) to pause for a time at the base of the Christmas tree before heading off to dinner prior to attending a performance of My Vaudeville Man starring Karen Murphy. It didn't work out at all, and we were lucky to not get crushed by the mob! But one-by-one, we made it to the restaurant for a fabulous meal, good cheer and conversation. Cathy Russell was able to swing by in-between performances of her show, Perfect Crime, for a quick soda before heading back to Broadway as we made our way to Karen’s show at the intimate York Theatre. Of course, Karen was great. We had front row seats so that she couldn’t miss us! A backstage tour by Karen after the show capped off the evening, and we left the theater with a light snow falling outside. Nice touch!

A few of us still hanging out in the city (or living in it in Joan’s case) on Sunday went to see Cathy Russell’s matinee show. She has done a fabulous job with the Snapple Theatre Center. Do stop by if you get a chance on an upcoming trip to NYC.

Click here for some pictures of the group.

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(12-07) There was no “Annual NCHS Class of 1973 Winter Reunion On The Beach” planned for this year, but that didn’t stop Ward and Wendy from getting together on December 6 for a pre-holiday lunch and some south Florida good cheer!

We were here... where were you? The sun and beach are beautiful, as always, at this
time of year. We hope more NCHS friends will join us in the future.

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(3-07) Joe Ashenbrucker and his partner, Rachel, headed across the big pond to Italy this past March and spent some time with Robert Ponzini and his family in Pavia. A ravioli dinner at the Ponzini’s seems to have been a highlight, and we’re betting that the ladies were happy to be out of the kitchen. Click on the picture of the triumphant chefs below to see what we mean!

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(2-24-07) Ward Chapdelaine and Wendy Russell Peroni once again hosted the now annual NCHS Class of 1973 Winter Reunion on the Beach to celebrate Winter coming to Florida! This year they were joined by Dove Jones, Jamie Kuhnheim Reid, and Lynn Winstanley Ryan. Ward's wife, Maria, came too and graciously put up with all of our old stories throughout lunch at the Jupiter Crab House on the Jupiter Inlet. It was a gorgeous, warm day to be out along the water and hours were spent reminiscing and catching up on what everyone is doing these days. Lots of conversation and fun. Hope to see more folks next year on the sunny Florida shore!

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(8-06) While on a recent trip to the west coast, Ann Hubbard Rotatori and her husband, Jeff, headed to Oregon to spend a relaxing weekend with Anne Stroker Siele and her husband, Pat, at their home in Sisters. Most of the time was spent catching up on the past 25 years. Ann remarked how, amazingly, it was like no time had passed at all. Here are a couple of pictures taken from the top of Mt. Bachelor on a sunny August morning in the Oregon mountains. A few more photos have been placed on their personal picture pages.

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(2-18-06) You just can’t beat an 80 degree winter day in Orlando, Florida, and that’s what a group of us were lucky enough to get for our lunch get-together at the Wolfgang Puck Cafe at Downtown Disney. Terry VanDerheyden motored her way down I-84 from Jacksonville so fast that we figure she arrived at the restaurant before most of the staff had even gotten there! It worked out well though as she was able to get us the best table in the place. Around noon Terry was joined by Jamie Kuhnheim Reid and her daughter, Casey, Wendy Russell Peroni, and Lynn Winstanley Ryan. Lots of good talk, reminiscing, laughter, and fun ensued for the next three hours before we decided it was time to go stroll around out in the glorious sunshine. All too soon it was time for Terry to head back home to Jacksonville and the rest of us to make our way on over to Cirque du Soleil. Pictured from left to right are Lynn Winstanley Ryan, Jamie's daughter, Casey, Jamie Kuhnheim Reid, Terry VanDerheyden, and Wendy Russell Peroni.

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(12-26-05) A few classmates found that they had some free time on Monday evening to get together at Gates Restaurant in New Canaan for an exchange of holiday greetings and enjoy a few after-Christmas drinks with one another. Pictured from left to right are Mary Ann West (coming in from Westport), Wendy Keagy, Paul Zec (also coming into town from Westport), Lynn Winstanley Ryan (in town from Delaware), Lynn’s husband, Larry, and Sue Morrow Winstead who, along with her family and the dogs, drove all the way from North Carolina to spend Christmas with her parents.

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(12-18-05) Ward Chapdelaine, Wendy Russell Peroni, and Bill Swartzman put their heads together and came up with what they hope will be the annual NCHS Class of 1973 December Reunion on the Beach and to celebrate Winter coming to Florida! Bill flew to Florida from California to visit his family in Jupiter for Christmas. His son, Ryan, came along with him. Ward and his wife, Maria, drove about an hour-and-a-half north from Pembroke Pines with their daughters. Wendy, who already lives in Jupiter, just had to drive herself over to the Crab House restaurant on the Jupiter Inlet to join the rest of the group for lunch. Unfortunately, Joan Dresner Joslin’s flight from Atlanta didn’t land on time so she missed the lunch portion of the event, but was able to still get in on the beach fun that followed. Finally, everyone headed over to Wendy’s house where she and her husband, Brian, and sons, Kevin and Craig, provided some holiday cheer complete with Christmas tree, food, etc. It was a great day filled with wonderful conversation and fun. We close with a wish of Happy Holidays to all our “tundra region” classmates from those of us down here enjoying the Florida sunshine. Next year we’ll make the annual December Reunion plans earlier and get the word out so more people have a chance to put it on the calendar and join in. Click here for another group picture and a little prose from Bill on the event.

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(10-7-05) Audrey Paggy headed out to Minnesota for a long weekend visit with me, MaryAnn Ruggiero Gabriel, here in Shorewood, Minnesota where I’ve lived for the past 8 years. In early summer, Lisa Gellatly Terfehr moved to Plymouth, Minnesota and is now only 20 minutes from me. Sue Saline Durtsche lives 3 hours away in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. We planned to get together on Friday, October 7 for lunch here in Excelsior at a lovely restaurant on Lake Minnetonka. We spent hours talking and laughing...reminiscing and “catching up”. Sue left in the afternoon to beat the traffic back to Wisconsin. Audrey, Lisa and I went to the Minnetonka High School football game to watch my daughter, Marina, dance at halftime. It was a blast....we were 17 again with 50 year old wisdom!!!

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(7-05) Jeff Stevens (up from Arizona) and Mark Baker (living in Colorado) met for lunch in Denver in July. The connection was made by Sam Valentine (who's out on Long Island) and the NCHS website. Both Jeff and Mark are architects.

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(6-15-05) Finally, a break in the hot weather that had us all seeking air conditioning wherever we could find it in the city over the past few days! A small group of classmates gathered for lunch at Tony's Di Napoli on W. 43rd just off Times Square. Wendy Keagy, Wendy Russell Peroni, and Lynn Winstanley Ryan grabbed a table at 11:30am and were joined at various times over the next 3 hours by Chris Cody, Joan Kittredge, Karen Murphy, Tom Pfeffer, and Cathy Russell. We were hoping to see Cecily Keating and Amy Lamborn too, but a hectic work day kept them from being able to stop by in the middle of the day. Click here for some initial pictures of the lunch group.

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(6-11-05) You would have thought it was already summertime in New York City judging by the heat that greeted those of us in town on Saturday for the informal class get-together! Thank goodness for a few afternoon and evening showers that made walking around a bit more bearable. Laura Englund Worstell, Joan Kittredge, Amy Lamborn, Sue Morrow Winstead, Wendy Russell Peroni, and Lynn Winstanley Ryan gathered for a quick lunch before heading over to the Palace Theatre to see the Broadway musical All Shook Up with Karen Murphy in the cast. Once there, we met up with Joan's sister, niece, mother, and father for the show.

What a wonderful production. We were all smiles, and the audience clapped along with a number of the many Elvis Presley songs that make this familiar story of initially mismatched lovers getting it right in the end (think Shakespeare - Twelfth Night) very fresh and fun. Afterwards, we headed to the stage door to have a private backstage tour led by Karen. Very interesting to learn how the modern day Broadway musical works with all the complicated set changes, lighting sequences, and costume creations!

Next, we were all set to check out Cathy Russell’s new theater center, but, alas, a few unexpected construction issues, and a lack of air conditioning in the new space, made us re-think our original plans. The decision was made to combine the mix-and-mingle with dinner at JR's Restaurant on W. 46th. We said goodbye to Joan's family after the backstage tour, but then Cathy Russell, Karen Murphy, Alison Foster HartsHorne, her husband, Rob, and Wendy's son, Kevin, joined the group for dinner. Lots of good food, drink, and conversation. Click here for some initial pictures of the group.

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(2-19-05) Nancy Coutts Ryan, Wendy Russell Peroni, and Terry VanDerheyden all jumped in their cars bright and early on Saturday morning and drove (many long hours) to Lake Mary, FL for lunch and reminiscing with me, Lynn Winstanley Ryan, while I was there on vacation. Poor Nancy got caught in a huge I-4 backup just outside of Orlando because of smoke from wildfires in the area, but finally made it much to all of our delight.

We were lucky enough to have a nice, youthful waiter at TGIFridays who pleasantly put up with us for what turned into a 3 hour lunch! More talk than eating, of course, but he was very patient and friendly, and probably didn’t get nearly enough of a tip considering how long we were sitting there. Think he got a kick out of us though! Afterwards, we went back over to the hotel outdoor pool and talked some more, looked at pictures, and generally enjoyed the nice Florida day.

Wendy hopes to develop a series of feather-design notecards for retail which are wonderfully imaginative. They’ll definitely be offered here on the website over on the Classifieds page once she gets into production. Click here for a couple of sample pictures.

Sincere apologies to all the other NCHS 73 classmates in Florida for the last minute notice on this get-together. The word will go out much earlier next year.

 

 

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