Post by Wally Rebinczak on Jun 13, 2007 13:57:09 GMT -5
I was in the Choir for five years. The Band/Choir trip to Europe was the absolute highlight of my Fisher years. I am now the contact person for the 1970s' Decade Room at the Reunion. I would personally love to display some of the photos from that trip, or other Choir/Band photos.
If you would be willing to loan us some memorabilia for the room I would be most appreciative
Wally Rebinczak email@example.com FiPaHi Class of '78
Post by David Beckett on Jun 13, 2007 16:49:10 GMT -5
Hi again everyone. Peggy, I'm so pleased to see your name here and to read your sweet words (as always). I'll be volunteering on Friday evening (doing what, I don't know yet) and Michael will only be able to join me for the dance on Sat. night, as he'll be working that day. He's a terrific guy and I'm so happy that so many of my old friends will finally be able to meet him. We were going through all my old yearbooks last night and he was saying "So THAT'S..." and "Is that the one who...?" etc. etc. Great fun, and more memories than I thought I still had came flooding to the surface.
As everyone else is playing catch-up, I'll jump in. My life revolves around our guest house in Mexico, where we spend half the year, and I look after rentals and the business side of things, in person when we're there and from a distance when we're not. I'll bring some photos so people can drool!! Been partnered with Michael for 13 years now, rather annoyingly happy, according to some of our friends!
Don't know if I'll be able to join in the antics on Saturday afternoon but I will try my best. C'mon, Cantabile, they're beating us!!!
Post by Margot Lewis on Jun 14, 2007 8:15:11 GMT -5
Yes Super 8, David Beckett. You should be very afraid! I have shots from a party at 116. I have got to get it to Michael!
I just had them digitized. The bad news is that the films were damaged over the years. There are some shots of us waiting for the bus at Heathrow If we can pause the dvd we should be able to make out a few people.
There is also footage of a pool party at Mr. Pettigrew's place. What it was for, and why I was there is a mystery to me.
Post by David Wray on Jun 14, 2007 15:30:27 GMT -5
The band always DID beat us!
Anyway, I'll drop by Mark and Annabelle's on Saturday. (Their parties always WERE great - even if I was too young at the time to know!)
I keep looking at everyone's photos on Facebook and realizing how time flies.
I have my photo album from England/Hollard with the pictures that I took with my Brownie box camera. (My sister Susan had one of the NEWER cameras with the flash cube on top that rotated when you took the pictures. She is threatening to come up from Mississauga and crash at our place, if she can convince Lynn Kofmel and Marilyn Brunton [sorry, I can't remember their married names] to come).
The Pembridge Palace was a hoot, with keys that opened every second room. We went into Marty Bell's room one night and short-sheeted his bed.
I can still remember our ferry to Holland and arriving in town to discover that a marching band was waiting to lead the way.
Anway, during my time at Fisher (1973-1978) I went from a shy lad singing "Winds through the Olive Trees" to an over-the-top Petruchio. Quite the change.
On the personal side, I am married to Liz (from England) who I met while hiking in Indonesia. We have two girls Fiona (11) and Sarah (8) who both attend Devonshire. Still live in the neighbourhood.
Post by Wally Rebinczak on Jun 14, 2007 16:27:12 GMT -5
Dear Former Choir Members:
The Choir was great fun, wasn't it? It's too bad that Mrs Oak isn't around now. I'm sure I used to drive her around the bend. I remember one occasion in "Music Appreciation" class; I introduced her to that modern "classic" by Iron Butterfly - In-a-Gadda-Davida. I don't think she was too impressed somehow.
She ended up by affecting my musical tastes more than I did hers (thankfully). I look forward to seeing all of you. Are any you still singing in a choir? I sing in my church choir - Bass - although they are threatening to make me into a tenor, since they're so scarce. Are you still as pretty as you used to be Peggy?
Post by Dave Arthur on Jun 15, 2007 7:32:53 GMT -5
Hello music types,
This shindig is now one week away and things are coming together nicely. You Richardsons are top notch for holding the band/choir gathering at your place. We should pass the hat sometime during the party to pay for the breakage.
For those of you who don't know...the party is at 14 Clarendon, near Wellington, from 3 p.m. onwards.
For those of you who have been reading this stuff and not "wading in"...now would be the time. Let us know that you're there.
Since I'm much more mature now and have developed a keen sense of propriety, I shall try and behave during this event but will more than likely fail miserably at the attempt.
Post by David Beckett on Jun 15, 2007 8:49:02 GMT -5
David Arthur, you never cease to slay me (and a hundred others!). "More mature"? I look forward to witnessing that first-hand! David Wray -- I'll speak with Bev Dowd who sees your sister Susan occasionally for dinner in Toronto and try to get her to twist her arm into coming up for the reunion. I would love to see her again (and you too, of course, though our choir adventures together only lasted one year. And to answer Wally's question -- after Fisher, I sang in a couple of small a capella groups, most notably A Choired Taste (groan) and The St. Andrew Sisters (why? because we all lived on St. Andrew St. in the market and I'm not proud). Then moved to Toronto where I sang with The Mendelssohn Choir. Back in Ottawa I girded my loins enough to sing again with a surprisingly good community choir called Tone Cluster. Started as first tenor, then second, then became baritone, now bass. I'm what they call a transectional!!
Post by Mark Richardson on Jun 15, 2007 13:32:37 GMT -5
Annabelle and I are looking forward to seeing all who drop by the house on Saturday June 23rd. Band and choir mates, their significant others, etc. Dave Arthur has the time right - any time from 3 pm on (until whatever wee hour). Annabelle has me busy sprucing up the place. Took today off to finalize painting and tidying, getting the propane tank filled, etc etc. Can't wait until next week as I have to travel out of town for a couple of days prior to the weekend. Nothing like planning a party to provide the motivation to do all those little chores that you ignore for 2 or 3 years (or 5 or 10 as the case may be). Slide projector is ready and waiting; Karen Clack is bringing another to have in reserve should we blow a bulb or need double capacity due to volume. I hope to convert our collection of slides to digital this weekend so others can take copies with them. We will also have a flatbed scanner and CD burner available should we need it, and our kids (not really kids anymore) have offered IT support as I now consider myself a dinosaur when it comes to high tech. I think the kids are more interested in any interesting stories of their folks, so whatever they offer to pay, I'll double it! See you in just 8 days.
Post by Sandy Douglas Hilson on Jun 15, 2007 14:11:12 GMT -5
I probably have a few stories I could share with your kids and a couple of incriminating photos too!!! ;D How much are they offering for this information?? My kids aren't coming with me so I know I'm safe!! I still feel I should be helping out somehow. Did you get my e-mail? Can I bring a salad, desert or appetizers? Something??? You and Annabelle shouldn't have to do all the work. Please e-mail me and let me know what I can do to help you guys.
Post by nancy harper on Jun 16, 2007 21:38:47 GMT -5
Here! here!....Sandy D,... you are quite right.......Mark, Annabelle let us know what we can bring other than our own booze......post the needed stuff here and we'll bring it along........also, it's been hovering around 6 to 10 degrees in Calgary for the longest time.....any chance I'll need a parka in Ottawa or will things be considerably warmer?......and Dee H. and I have some great stories about you two..........what's that you say....how much $$$$$$?? ;D
Post by Helen HandfieldJones on Jun 17, 2007 10:27:18 GMT -5
I've been looking at the forum notes for the last week or two and only discovered today that there were 5 pages of entries, so I am way behind on the plans. I think this is the first time I have used an online discussion forum. Some of us are a little slow on the uptake!
Mark and Annabelle, thanks so much for offerring to host a gathering. I live closeby in Westboro so let me know if there is anything I can bring - chairs? card tables?. I will certainly bring an appetizer of some sort unless you suggest something else. And thanks to Rolf for getting this discussion going!
I am really looking forward to seeing old friends. I was in the Toronto Mendelson Choir for one year a couple of years after leaving Fisher, but that was the last time I have sung in a choir. I miss it and often fantasize joining a choir again. Maybe being back in Ottawa with a slower pace of life will help.
My husband, Tom Burrow, and I spent the last 18 years in Oakville/Toronto where we both worked in the corporate scene. We moved to Ottawa last fall to enjoy the wonderful lifestyle here and to be closer to family. Our two youngest boys age 12 and 7 have made tons of new friends and we love our new neighbourhood. Our eldest (my stepson) is 23 and lives in Toronto.
I'm going to try to round up another couple of Cantabile singers to join the festivities.
Post by Peggy Sample on Jun 17, 2007 13:00:33 GMT -5
Helen, do you remember the trio we sang with Karen Oak? That was many moons ago....
OK, musically since high school -- sang at Christ Church Cathedral choir in university (David Wray, I hope you can convince Susan to come!). Then I worked in professional theatre, mainly TO, usually singing as part of the job, though usually not in traditional musical theatre shows. Also wrote a couple of plays with music by folks like Leslie Arden, Cathy Miller, John Lang. From time to time sang in piano bars, was in an RnRnRnRnBnB band (rock/roll/recreation/rhythm/blues/beer) in Peterborough for a few years -- 3 women singing in front of guys on instruments, that was a blast -- was in a feminist choir in Hamilton a few years ago, but haven't been doing much the past couple of years and really miss it....
Maybe I should start "laughing it up" every morning this week.... (yahahaha, hohohoho ......)