The day of our party, the first
thing we did was to gather the grandchildren and have
Katherine drive them to Storyland. Then we could get
When the kids returned, they
put on their party clothes. Here are the Boxford daughters.
We are set to go in mid-afternoon.
Sister Ruth from Montisi, Italy had been with us for
three weeks as we prepared for the event.
The tent was set up and the
tables are ready. Our thanks to Jen for all her hard
work in preparing the tables, ironing the table cloths,
Each of the tables was named
after the local summits.
Everyone was assigned a table. There was lots
of glassware and flowers.
We are ready to go. The serving
table is on the dance floor. We hired a DJ whose post
was just to the le
The bar was on the patio where
it had been for all the prior weddings, etc
Mike Flynn was the bar-tender
(right-side). Mike works all over the country and
had recently returned to the White Mountains where
he has been at the Wentworth. Tht’s Jeff Noordsy,
Mike Flannaghan, and Jen being served. Jerry Hoinachi
is in the background.
Jackson from Libby’s in Gorham did the catering –
this is her crew. Liz also catered
We were blessed by the weather. The pre-dinner
gathering was held in the full sun. We also had tables
set up in the shade.
Stan and Karen Abell are facing
the photographer. Stan (from Ft. Meyers, FL)
got the prize for traveling the longest distance
to the party. Karen had been up for a few weeks. Karen
is Wendy’s long-term friend having lived next to the
Merrick’s on Forrest St. in E. Hartford.
With them are Mary and Al Schubert, from Mattapoisett
– hikers from the Alps and skiers in Jackson.
Back in the shade are long-term
friends Mary and Frank Biancardi and Deb Hass. (Bob
Hass was the photographer). Frank and Mary,
from So. Windsor, CT and Deb and Bob from Coventry,
CT were John’s pals from UTRC and are frequent visitor
Well, here they all are. On
the left, Sheri and Todd Eckbreth along-side Barbara
and Alan (holding Bryce); then the Bells, the Biancardi’s
with Loretta in front and Don Noordsy behind; then
Sandy Noordsy; then Mary Schubert with Al behind;
then Ruth with Kelly in front; then former neighbors
Carl and Amy Carvell, with Stan peeking over Carl’s
shoulder and Karen in back of Amy; in back, Jeff and
Holly Noordsy; then in front of Wendy, Doug, Jen and
family along with Grady Schatz; I’m next to Wendy
with former neighbors Joyce and Hal Buckingham looking
over my shoulders; then Bob and Deb Hass with son
Jim in the back; then in the front, Irv Miglieatta,
daughter Britt (holding Kellen) with Mike Schatz peering
in from the right; in the back are Wayne and Linda
with daughter Dana and husband Mike Flanaghan in the
back; and that’s Katherine in front of Bill and Linda
Merrick on the far right. So who’s missing? Where are Jerry Hoinachi and Joanne
Now it’s dinner time. The line
forms to the left at the rear of this table. Oh, there’s
Jerry and Joanne so I guess thet stayed for dinner.
That’s bartender Mike Flynn querying Jeff about the
wine. On Jeff’s left are Holly and Jen; son’s Jim
(hair) and Doug (no hair) are in the foreground.
Here, patiently awaiting their
call to the dinner line, are Al and Mary Schubert,
Barbara and Alan Eckbreth, Don and Sandy Noordsy and
Carl and Amy Carvell.
The Carvell’s came up to Kezar Lake in Maine
where Hal and Joyce Buckingham have a ‘cottage’.
dinner, I gave a speech where I tried to recognize
everybody, then Jim and Doug came up to give Wendy
and me congratulations on achieving No. 50.
Then the dancing began. It was clear that the younger set
enjoyed the dancing more than the seasoned veterans.
Even Bryce enjoyed dancing
at High Meadow!
The next day some of our guests
made it back to High Meadow before their trip home.
Here are Wendy’s brother Bill and Lynn Merrick from
And here is our Best Man from
our wedding of 50 years ago.
Don and Judy have lived on Cape Cod for many
years now and Don is still teaching “Gathering and
Preparing Cape Cod Seafood’ at the Cape Cod Community
Well it’s all over now. Ruth will be headed back to Italy, the kids will be back in
school, and the parents will be headed back to work.