Warning.... this is not a post about stitching. I haven't had a needle in my hand for over a week...
No this is about a fabulous reunion of old friends who have been getting together every three years for the last 30 years! Dan and I were on the committee to plan Lahrfest 2010 in Prince Edward County. We and 11 others have spent the last three years planning it all and I have to say it went off beautifully. 108 of our friends and colleagues who taught with me for the Canadian Forces in Lahr, West Germany 30 years ago attended. Some taught there earlier or later than I did so we did not all know everyone but we all had plenty of old friends to catch up with. We had friends from Halifax to Vancouver in attendance and my friend Heather made it up here from Virginia as well.
We spent 4 days reminising, partying, car rallying, wine tasting, historical walking, golfing, biking, partying, 1000 Islands cruising, barbequing, dancing and eating and drinking. The food was second to none and the local wines and beers were very popular. The weather was spectacular. The band at Thursday nights dinner/dance played our 60s and 70s music...totally appropriate since we are now all in our 60s and 70s!
I learned that we can still party as hearty as we did when we were 30...it just takes a lot longer to recover!
It was also wonderful to learn, as one participant quipped that we can enjoy each other's company just as much whether we are discussing travel tips and the best route to Greece by car as we did back then or various medical procedures and hospital tips as we seem to be doing now! I did spend quite a bit of time with some of the women discussing orthodics and brands of comfortable shoes as I recall!
It was just a wonderful experience and we had a blast organizing it with the rest of the committee.
On another note...HAPPY BIRTHDAY greetings go out to Beatrice , Christin, and Kathy, who all have birthdays around now!