Written in Cambridge OH Thursday Oct. 16 for Thursday to Saturday Oct. 9-11 in Ivoryton, CT
Well, we are back blogging. We took the weekend off to focus on and enjoy time with family and friends as we celebrated the marriage of our daughter Deborah to Rebecca. The marriage and the weekend were the whole reason behind this trip. We relaxed and enjoyed the time. We celebrated the wedding of two lovely women whose love for each other was evident to all. The blog for Sunday Oct. 12, Wedding Day, has been posted already. This post is to catch up on missed days before the wedding.
Thursday we drove to Boston and spent the day with Deb and Rebecca. Our contribution to the Friday night dinner was a batch of chocolate chip cookies and a batch of Russian teacakes. Luckily enough cookies were made that we could “test” them Thursday at dinner. Sarah and Sarah were arriving on an 8 PM flight so Chris and I drove to the airport and picked them up. Deb and Rebecca used the time while we were gone to finish up some last-minute details.
The wedding weekend and ceremony were planned by them. Both are people used to planning and making decisions. Everything was set out, with tasks assigned by day and person. Some times people say, don’t sweat the small stuff. But the detail allowed people to enjoy the weekend, knowing that all jobs would be handled. You did your task, if you were one of the people pitching in, and then went on to enjoy the activities.
People were able to choose to come Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The ceremony would be at 5 PM Sunday. The location was the Incarnation Conference Center in Ivoryton, CT, about 30 miles east of New Haven. The Center was established in 1886 and is the oldest co-ed camp and conference center in America. The conference center was an excellent choice, combining sleeping rooms, well cooked meals, activities for adults and kids, and a chapel. It is a large property with woods and trails and boating/swimming and lake access. Since families were invited, younger people were also given some time at the petting zoo.
Friday night dinner was pizza and salad and possibly games and conversation. I say possibly since Chris and I went back to the airport in Hartford to pick up Jude and did not return until 11:30 pm.
Saturday morning 8 AM yoga shall remain picture less. You will have to use your imaginations. After breakfast, Jason gave a wonderfully insightful and interesting talk on the New York’s World Fair in 1964. He provided us with background on World Fairs and the frequency with which they lose money–the ’64 one lost a bundle. He discussed Robert Moses, infamous NYC “master builder” and some of the goals that were set for this fair.
Technically it was not a World’s Fair according to the Bureau of International Expositions, even though it was called one. Only one is allowed per country in a ten-year period and Seattle had one in 1962 (remember the Needle?) In addition, New York’s was held for too long of a period of time and it charged exhibitors; a no-no for a sanctioned World’s Fair. This resulted in a failure of many other countries to participate and was one of the major reasons the fair lost so much money.
Most of the exhibits were from America and are remembered fondly by the many U.S. citizens, particularly from the Northeast, who attended. A number of the U.S. company exhibits had trend-setting displays, some of them could be seen as pre-cursors of Walt Disney’s future EPCOT. GM’s Futurama was very popular. The Vatican brought over Michelangelo’s “Pieta” which was a huge hit.
The afternoon schedule was shuffled due to rain in the morning and drizzle in the early afternoon. The softball game was moved to Sunday. The Sunday group walk was switched to Saturday and it was a popular activity. Card games, pictionary, and puzzle-making were well-attended. The primary puzzle people stayed up until 2 AM to complete the 1000 piece puzzle. 5 PM Mass was celebrated by Rev. Frank Sevola, a friend of Flo. The music was enhanced by four members of the Boston Paulist Center choir who came down to sing at Mass.
After dinner, the Saturday evening mood turned frantic. A two team scavenger hunt demonstrated the lust for winning by many of the participants. The winning team wore their first place ribbons proudly. Our musician from Mass stayed and provided a piano bar setting. There were several surprise, memorable singing/dancing performances by participants that shall remain private.
Ed and Chris 10/16 Cambridge OH 9:45 pm
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