STEPPIN' IT UP - MAKIN' GREAT STRIDES!!
Another cold and blustery week, but things are really starting to heat up with our 1970's Tecumseh Reunion Plans!
Tickets are now available for the reunion weekend (July 21 - 24, 2011)!!
If you go to www.Tecumsehreunion.com./tickets.htm you will find that you are now able to purchase tickets online instantly using your major credit card or PayPal. You can also print out a ticket order form and send a check by mail if you prefer, so there is nothing standing in the way of you being able to purchase your tickets RIGHT NOW! Buy Early and Often!! If you order tickets online using your credit card or PayPal, you will be taken to a sign up form after completing payment. This form is for administration purposes and will allow you to indicate your intention to participate in specific activities of the weekend. Completion of this form does not commit you to participation or non-participation in anything, but rather gives our committees an idea of how many people are planning on coming to the event that they are organizing so that they know how many to plan for. You are welcome to change your mind and your plans at any time!
The schedule for the weekend's activities is posted on the tickets page, so if you have not had a chance to take a look to see what all we are planning, please check the link above for the schedule.
I am sure you will agree that the weekend we have lined up for you represents great value and there are sure to be some exciting surprises that pop up along the way, so go to the website and get your tickets now!!
We have had another great week for registration on the website at www.Tecumsehreunion.com! People are responding to the call to reconnect and they are taking action by coming to the website and registering their contact information. We are finally starting to see siblings starting to register as well and I am pleased to see that! Please help to keep the momentum building!!
I spent a couple of days in Chatham this week with other committee members, talking to caterers, sampling food (I love that part) and cementing deals with venues. I took a tour of the Capitol Theatre on Wednesday. It was the first time I had been in the theatre since it's completion and I must say that it is breathtaking! It turns out that in restoring the theatre, not only did they restore it to the beauty of the original era when it was built, but they also rebuilt it in the image envisioned by the original owner.
In speaking with the Director of the Capitol Theatre, I have come to discover that when the Capitol was being built, the original private owner ran out of money in building his dream of a great performing theatre and sold it to Famous Players. The theatre was completed as a movie theatre and was never used as a performing theatre as originally intended. Much of the backstage area and dressing rooms etc were there but never used for their intended purpose. The theatre was used exclusively as a movie venue contrary to rumors that it had originally been a performing theatre.
When the group that owns it now acquired it, they looked at the original plans and followed the dream as envisioned by the original owner and began recreating the theatre from the bottom up. There was never a balcony in the original theatre but there is a beautiful second floor balcony that looks as though it had been there since day one! Plasterers and artisans were brought in to recreate the plaster work completely by hand and onsite, mixing and forming the plaster from scratch inside the building.
In order to build the balcony, the floor of the building had to be excavated to create footings, and once the excavation was done, it was decided to turn the hole into another lower level and it is now the largest lounge in the theatre and is beautiful! There is another second floor lounge that overlooks King Street with an outdoor balcony on each side of the marquee, and is perfect for catching some air without leaving the building.
A third, smaller lounge is located on the bottom left hand end of the building where the original diner / coffee shop was located, right on the corner. What used to be the barber shop on the other end is now the box office. I was excited about the idea of the Capitol Theatre Friday evening event before seeing the theatre, but now having been in the building, I am convinced that this will be an event that you will come away talking about for years to come!
I got a call from Maxine Stevens this week, asking if we could work in a Tecumseh Staff reunion in conjunction with our Alumni reunion and...well...although I was naturally hesitant (NOT) I told her I thought it was a great idea! Sooo - Now there will be a reunion within our reunion!
Maxine Stevens, Leo Girard and Peter Stanojevic have come together to form a committee of their own with their goal being to organize a reunion of Tecumseh Staff with wine and cheese in the VIP lounge of the Capitol Theatre on the Friday Evening! This promises to be an exciting event and with both groups working to create the best reunions in years (apparently there has never been a staff reunion) the staff and alumni reunion is shaping up to be possibly one of, if not the best event put on for and by former Tecumseh people!
Misc Planning Details
We are still working to finalize the catering, bartending and entertainment services for our Saturday Evening event, however I can assure you that our best choices are on board and we are in the final stages of completing those bookings and we will be able to announce the results very soon!
I spoke with the owner of Mama Maria's Restaurant in Chatham this week. If you don't know this restaurant, you should. It has become my favorite restaurant in Chatham and serves incredible authentic Italian food. The owner of Mama Maria's also owns Club Lentinas and has put forward the idea that she would be willing to host an optional Sunday Brunch at Club Lentinas for any of our staff and alumni who are looking for a great meal before they hit the road on Sunday. At this point, it is only a suggestion, however we would love to hear your feedback on the idea - would you be interested in having a group brunch that would give us an opportunity to get together one last time, rather than looking for a local restaurant or chowing down at the breakfast bar of the local hotel? Price for the brunch has not yet been determined, but it would be optional and you would pay at the door if you choose to go. Club Lentinas has been famous for their Sunday Brunches and they only stopped putting them on because of the heavy and increasing workload already saddled upon the owner and chef in her other food services obligations.
We have added an "Accommodations" page www.Tecumsehreunion.com/Accommodations.htm that lists for you the hotels in Chatham that we have been able to arrange discounted blocks of rooms for. All contact information may be found on the page as well as rates. If you are looking for a special experience while in Chatham at our reunion, I would recommend that you look at Retro Suites - a themed hotel at the corner of King and William Street. This hotel once was the Merrill, however Rob Myers, owner of RM Auto Restorations and RM Auctions has purchased much of the original downtown streetscape and has turned much of it around and restored the original beauty to many of these buildings. I can honestly say that I have never in my lifetime seen that area of the city look so beautiful, and the downtown renaissance continues up much of the street. You will see many of the old buildings being rebuilt, and the ugly facades that have hung over the original buildings are being taken down in favor of the old, turn of the (last) century architecture. You will be amazed at the change! I hope to get some pictures of Retro Suites and their rooms posted on the website in the near future.
We have a winner in this week's trivia contest! If you have not had a chance to take our 70's trivia challenge, go to http://www.tecumsehreunion.com/trivia.asp and check it out! Dan got an impressive 9 out of 10 questions correct. Congratulations, Dan!!
If you have any 70's general or Tecumseh specific trivia questions that you would like to submit for our trivia challenge, please send them to Scott@Tecumsehreunion.com and we will put them in the basket and use them randomly as we are able. We need your questions because being from Class of 76, my knowledge of Tecumseh trivia centers around my knowledge, so without your input, you are going to be answering a lot of questions that have to do with my limited memory!
More class photos have been added to the website at www.Tecumsehreunion.com and we are working to add more as time allows. Dan Foster is nearly up to speed in learning how to author the website and we hope to get more teams and organizations as well as some candid photos posted soon. We are also looking to add current pictures to help us identify each other when we finally meet, the weekend of July 23. Please send your current photos to Scott@Tecumsehreunion.com and we will get them posted as soon as we are able!
Chris Foster is the head of the fundraising committee and is looking for fundraising ideas. He is hoping to create a color glossy keepsake program, sponsored in part or in full by businesses wishing to advertize in it. Given the numbers we are looking to attract to our reunion, this should be an attractive way for businesses to get their messages across. If you have or know of any businesses who may be interested in advertizing in our program, please contact Chris Foster at Chris@Tecumsehreunion.com and he will give you the details as they are available.
Anyone advertizing in our program will also get their advertisements posted on our website at no extra charge!
We are also looking for giveaway prizes, door prizes, possible silent auction items and things that you or your business may be able to donate to the cause. Please don't think that you have to own a business in order to donate a prize to our fundraising effort. In other reunions I have been involved in, many individuals have purchased and donated items to be used for draws or door prizes. Recognition will be given to all donors!
The next meeting of the Organizing committee will be held sometime mid to late February. We are looking for people to head up the personal contact efforts of a number of years. If you are interested in getting involved with contacting people, we are specifically looking for people to head up efforts for 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976 and 1978. This does not mean that we do not need people for the other years, but so far, our committee is looking for leaders for the years listed. If you can help us, please contact me at Scott@Tecumsehreunion.com and I will put you in touch with the proper person. I hope to have a head of the personal contact committee to announce by next newsletter.
I am not sure if I have covered everything but fortunately, there is always next week. Please give us your feedback and be sure to BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!!
All the best!