Wow, wasn't that a party?? I had a way better time than I had originally anticipated. You guys are the best!! There is something very special about spending so much time together at such a formative stage in our lives - I am thrilled to have so many good friends - makes the next couple of decades a lot more bearable!
Hugs to you all, dear friends - just saw Margo (Phillips) photos of this past week-end. Wish I could have made it out on the Sunday, but had no wheels to get in from the country.
Post by nancy Harper Arthur on Jun 26, 2007 23:48:54 GMT -5
Well I arrived home safely and I was delighted to see that my 17 year old had survived on his own; the dog still had fur and the lovely hairball from the cat was drying nicely on my floor..........so much for worrying!
I am so glad I had my mind changed to attend the reunion and my heart is so tight with all the love I received from my old band mates! You were the most significant influences my life has ever known and I thank you for that.........
Dave bro.......I will cherish our "special" time wandering the halls and auditorium together; the seat and seed of our lifelong passions.......
Thank you organizers and Rolf for the fabulous band/choir forum.........and so until we meet again........ peace my friends..............Love, Nancy
Post by Peggy Sample on Jun 27, 2007 12:10:09 GMT -5
Seeing so many of my choir/band buddies was such an important part of this past weekend for me. Being able to attend the party at Mark and Annabelle's was, as everyone has said, incredible! Thank you both again. One of the true highlights of the weekend was massing on the deck stairs to sing They All Call It Canada complete with the trumpet part!!! standing beside Helen, like in the old days....
And Susan Wray and I had a chance to stand on the risers that are still in the (now unused) vocal music room. The air was thick with memories, and I am POSITIVE that Mrs. Oak was there this weekend, wearing her favourite gold lame gown. She inspired us to go sing The Impossible Dream in the auditorium......
Post by guycouture on Jun 28, 2007 16:13:38 GMT -5
I left the Sunday BBQ and went straight to the airport on a business trip. It's been a hectic 4 days since but I tell you I have reveled in my mind in the warm after-glow of the memories of having connected again with so many old friends. Some I had seen more recently, but many others not since 1973. It was all good fun and pure joy for me. You were the friends of my youth. We worked hard practicing and performing together, studied and did projects together, traveled on band & choir trips together, and got into mischief together. Where have the years gone? A particular highlight for me was the BBQ at Mark & Annabelle's. It was much more intimate than the events at the school, with concentration on those whom I knew best and who mattered most. The food & drink, the music, the slide shows, the conversation -wow! And just the fact that Mark & Annabelle have gone the distance after all these years and are still happy together is itself an inspiration for all of us. Their having made their family home in the 'hood gives us all an emotional pied à terre there. I appreciate their hospitality as I do the unofficial role of Elder Statesmen of the group, Dave Arthur (President), Margo Hodgeson (Archivist & Historian), and Dennis “Felix” Fletcher (Class Clown). Most importantly, I just enjoy having seen everyone together again. We were all a part of something very special in those days, something that binds us together forever, something that deserves to be cherished and clung onto, something that has touched and shaped each of us. Let us never let go of the bonds we share. Let us get together as band & choir alumni again, and sooner and more often than we have done.
Post by Nancy Harper Arthur on Jul 2, 2007 13:37:41 GMT -5
Hi Everyone! Hope you are all recovering from the wild reunion weekend..........my camera was not funcitoniong (or maybe it was me), nevertheless, if anyone has digital pictures could you please send me some through my e-mail? I would sure appreciate it ......my e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! xo N
Oh gosh, I'm all in a dither. There I was typing away and the darn thing disappeared ... so will it end up posted twice? or are the spirits in cyberspace the only ones reading, I wonder?
Hmmm .... well, at the risk of double-posting, I'll start again. I've just spent the most delightful morning, reading all about the Fisher Reunion - but more important, finding this band/choir section and, with the help of my old yearbooks, reconnecting and reminiscing along with you.
My name is Annette McRae (nee Johnson) and I was in the band, playing oboe. I started at Fisher in 1966, and left in January or so of 1971. I clearly remember Mr Thomas, always laughing and carrying on ... car washes, visiting his house, rehearsals ... and of course, Mr D. How sad, although not unexpected, to hear of his passing. He taught me so much - I've thought of him many times in my life. I remember the Halifax trip, but was not there for the Europe/UK one. Too bad ... it sounds like it was .... um .... quite memorable on many fronts!
In 1972 I moved to Calgary, returning to this area - Avonmore, 80 km southeast of Ottawa - with husband and four children in 1988. Since then I have tried in vain to re-connect with old Fisherites ... well, truth be told, I did run into Mrs Oak in Calgary years ago ... she was adjudicating at the music festival (needless to say), and I managed to stay in touch with (former main squeeze) Rob Howitt for many of the intervening 36 years ... but aside from that ... in vain.
it was great to read so many familiar names .... Margo Phillips, Pam Scobie, Guy Couture, Dave Arthur, Deltra and Sharon-Gay Johnson, Vic Nesrallah ... yes, I remember your names, sometimes your faces ... How depressingly unfortunate that I wasn't aware of the Reunion until driving west on the Queensway yesterday morning and seeing the big web address sign. How wonderful it would have been to see you all ...
Ah well, perhaps it's not too late in all respects. I would love to hear from any of my old friends and band/choir members. (well, once you've had time to recover from The Wilde Weekende, of course!!)
Post by Rolf Clack on Jul 20, 2007 16:28:59 GMT -5
Hello Annette. I graduated in 1974, but I still remember you and Rob Howitt.
Margo Philips is trying to assemble a pretty complete list of email addresses of former band members (& choir too I think). She didn't want to post her email address in public, but mine is already visible to everyone (see Guestbook entry #393 if you know the trick to see the email addresses there). Actually you can find it easier by looking in this Forum under the entry "Looking for J-A McAuley..." - or a plain google with my current name (Clackdoyle). I'll forward your email address to Margo (and nobody else).
Margo also played oboe. Hey, it looks like us double-reed types are dominating this forum now. Mike Blais, Greg Jeeves, are you guys out there someplace too?