Thursday, December 25, 2008

Finally ... 12 Days of Christmas, Saints-Style

Well, it's taken a year
The work's not my best
The beginning came last time
Now here is the rest ...



For Christmas in 2008, the Saints Drum Corps gave to me ...

Twelve mellophones
Eleven snare drummers
Ten years in Wildwood

Nine dancing girls

Eight flags a flashing

Seven Swan arrangements

Six baritones

Five parades in one day ...

Four rifles spinning

Three lost bus drivers

Two shiny cymbals
and
a website from Rocky Chiocchi.

Merry Christmas -
corpsdially yours from jo!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Once Again: Saints Night Before Christmas

I'm making a guess
Not missing a beat
That you don't mind this entry
is just a repeat ...

Hopefully, for those of you celebrating Christmas this year, you're more ready than I am. Either way, enjoy this entry from last Christmas Eve, and know I love and miss you all!

jo

Saints Night Before Christmas

Heard a horn before Christmas, still asleep in our house.
Then my husband yawned, and puzzled, mumbled to me, “It’s Mouse.”

“Jo, get to the Annex, with no time to spare.
They’re letting us march again, and I know that you care.

“We have lots of horns, and drums with new heads
And flags, rifles, sabres, SO GET OUT OF BED!”

My only reaction was, “Mouse, is this crap?
If you woke me as a joke, I’ll give you a slap!”

“Jo, just listen to all of us making a clatter.
The cops are here now to find out what’s the matter.

“Your uniform’s here - don’t get into a crash -
The cadet blue and gold finished off with a sash.

“It’s not black and orange, you’ll be relieve to know
Since we left that stuff behind long, long ago.

“You really must hurry to see who are here
Saints one and all, our family so dear.

“There’s Rocky, and Bluto, and Mongo, and Pic,
And Peaches, and Pebbles, and Goober, and Mick.

“You realize, of course, there’s too many to name,
But we put the word out, and by hundreds they came.

“We’re playing and twirling and marching so tall
We’ll top all the captions, and walk away with it all.

“What’s slowing us down is the buses need fixin’
Jackie’s going to paint them – 50 gallons he’s mixin’.”

I shook my head slowly, trying to recall
When it was that we aged out, once and for all.

The pain in my head – thought I’d poked out my eye.
To march again at this age?
Should I give it a try?

Got down to the Annex after drinking a few
Cups of tea, of course (what, did you think I meant brew?).

Folks were outside, and inside, and up on the roof
Rifles holding their mouths ‘cause each knocked out a tooth!

Each face looked so young, an image to astound.
Was I the only one here who’s age didn’t turn around?

Wait a minute now! The trick must be in the boot!
So I struggled and struggled to stick in my foot.

Someone inside the hall yelled, “Everyone, back!
It’s time to stop practicing – we all have to pack.

“The buses aren’t dry, so we’re taking a ferry.”
I said, “Going on tour – isn’t that a bit scary?”

“Of course it makes sense, Jo, everyone knows
It’s the best way to travel when going to shows.”

My boots didn’t fit, my brain was like jelly
The jacket and skirt didn’t cover my belly.

What gives? All the rest were their same old self
As they each grabbed their shakos from up on the shelf.

Wait! Who was that there, just a bit up ahead?
“Uncle Walter, is that you?
I thought you were dead!”

He stood with the drum line, his life’s love and work.
“Watch what you’re saying – they’ll think you’re a jerk!”

“I’m here to help Bucky, George Lopez, and Rose,
And Ralph, Tony, Frank, and ...”
Then, I just froze.

What a dream I was having, what a wish I was making.
The time of my life was just there for the taking.

I awoke Christmas Eve, just a bit after seven.
My dream was a gift that came straight from heaven.

We still have great photos and memories too
And we talk with each other ‘til our faces turn blue.

Still, what can I get you, with Christmas tomorrow?
Lots of love, luck, happiness, and no trace of sorrow!

May your gifts include health, wealth, and absence of strife
As the New Year unfolds – wishing you a great life!

With love to you all – corpsdially yours from jo!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Weekend Wonderings: Favorite Saints Christmas Memory


remember this holiday card?

We spent a lot of Christmas holidays together ... parades in Metuchen and Woodbridge, our annual parties in the Annex (including receiving our 5-year medals), singing Christmas carols on the way to color guard / ensemble shows (Althea, still remember the alto parts?), Mrs. Antol's Saints cakes, visiting each other's houses, and the like.


My favorite memory? Hands-down, it has to be the warm-to-the-touch Christmas tree procured each year under questionable circumstances ... and then donated to the nuns in the convent when we were finished with it. If there's anyone out there NOT in the witness protection program who's able to fill in more details, I'd love to run the full story.

So, what's your favorite Saints family holiday memory? Send it along to joparente.saintsdrumcorps@gmail.com.


All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

PS - Jackie and Peaches, thanks for sending in those trivia questions. We'll pick up Tuesday Trivia again after the holidays.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Yes, it's been awhile ... and I have a request ...

First, on the last Trivia - the short answer is yes, it was Legionnaires Disease (thanks to all who responded). Just an hour after I made the post, things got a bit crazy with family illnesses, and then, there was an actual outbreak of Legionnaires at St Peter's Hospital in New Brunswick.

Enough of my excuses.

Now, here's what has brought me back to Scribblings ... I received this note yesterday in my Inbox:

Hi Jo,

I am not sure if I am contacting the right person, but I wanted to inform you that my mother Doreen Derlak (Lang) passed away on May 31, 2008 from Cancer. I just wanted to update you.

I know that the drum corps were a very important part of her life. I hate to ask this, but do you know if there are any pictures of her on the website? I would love to see them. OR do you happen to know of anyone that would have any?

Thank you
Jenifer Mahoney

Jenifer's contact information will be posted on the site, but in the meantime, here's the challenge. I KNOW that the loyal Scribblings readers are just looking for some reason / excuse to spend time out on the site, and here it is. I promised Jenifer that I would ask you all to go on a Scavenger Hunt for her, searching our photo galleries on www.saintsdrumcorps.com (and private photo collections you may not have sent in for Rocky to post) for pictures of Doreen.

As you find them, go ahead and post your discoveries out in the Guest Book. Make sure you're as specific as you can be by including the Gallery Number, Page Number, Row, photo number for that row, and which person is Doreen. For example, if I were identifying a picture of Dawn Fair, recent 50th Birthday celebrante, here's how it would go - Gallery 2, Page 1, Row 1, Picture 5, person on the right.

While we're at it, let's identify pictures of Mr. and Mrs. Derlak as well ...

This would be a great Christmas present and tribute to Doreen - I'll reward you with the 12 Days of Christmas, Saints-Style, that I never finished posting last year. Promise.

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: 1976 DCIs

So, for this week at least, Tuesday Trivia is back!

I was going through some of my leftover vacation change earlier, and I came across a Bicentennial Quarter (remember them?).

Here's the question: Besides the Bicentennial, what was the big thing going on in Philadelphia while we were marching in DCIs (
August 1976)?

Hint: If memory serves, it was SO big a deal that some of the parents didn't want their kids to march.


Since we're not using the e-mail account for reunion planning right now, send your guesses by Monday, August 25th to saintsreunion@gmail.com. Remember ... prizes, prizes, we have no prizes!

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

PS - As always, suggestions for future Tuesday Trivia questions are appreciated. Send them along with your answer to this week's question!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Buses, Jackets, and Whatnot

Judy Stewart, I saw your son on Saturday!

Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration. I saw your son's bus.

I was headed to Lancaster PA for my business partner's birthday celebration (don't worry, Gerry, I won't tell anyone you now carry a Medicare card!). Heading south on Rt 222, I noticed a bus heading north, and a second, and a third, and a truck ... Crossmen. They were on their way, I guess, to DCI East. The thing that was comical is that when I saw the first bus, I thought I was imagining things when I saw their logo.

See, even after all these years, I STILL look at buses as they pass by, or try to read the backs of jackets, to see if there's a corps name there somewhere. I was just surprised that all those years of giving myself whiplash paid off for once!

I'll be watching for Troopers while in Wyoming this week and next ... I'll let you know how I did when I get back.

In the meantime, keep sending Rocky those Reunion pix!

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Reunion: One More Postscript

If you haven't yet done so, make sure to thank the following folks (in alphabetical order) who helped in one way or another to make it possible to gather together last Saturday:
  • Pete Chesnovitz
  • Rocky Chiocchi
  • Althea Mazar
  • Billy Meyer
  • Denise Normandia Dube
  • Jimmy (and Barbara!) Piccolo
  • Ferd (and Pattiann!) Ponik
All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Weekend Wonderings: A Week Later

What is it about what we had together that prompts - even compels - us to reconnect?

Our time marching with the Saints, for many of us, represented our only corps membership experience. Some enriched our ranks having marched other places, and others moved on to other corps (
either junior or senior) after leaving.

And then, there's the story about the guy from Blessed Sac who was convinced he'd make our mellophone line as a walk-on ...

I digress.

There's something about our shared experiences as Saints that, 41 years after we started and 31 years after we last fielded a corps, still pulls us together in ways corps today just don't. It even evokes an incredibly deep Guest Book posting from the person who's arguably the instructor most closely identified with our summer successes.

Whatever it is, I'm glad for what it is, and I'm glad you continue to stop by Scribblings for a visit. I'm as excited to see how many of you pop in to check out what's going on here as you might be when there's a new posting.

Thanks for being part of my family. See you at the next Reunion, if not before.

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Reunion Roster: Who Showed Up

As promised, here's the list of the 65 members, parents, and instructors who joined us during the course of events on July 19th:
  • Patty Antol
  • Mary Balderose
  • Jack Bodzas
  • Dave Brady
  • Sue Brady Abadan
  • Carol Burke Boyne
  • Alan (Goober) Chesnovitz
  • Alvina Chesnovitz
  • Mickey Chesnovitz
  • Peter Chesnovitz
  • Gary Chiocchi
  • Mark (Rocky) Chiocchi
  • Joan Chmieleski
  • Ray Chmieleski
  • Jim (Stony) Comprido
  • Pete Crafts
  • Karen DeAndrea Aldiero
  • Danny Dube
  • Bill Durrua
  • Ken Durrua
  • Dawn Fair
  • Jill Fair Shelley
  • Valerie Fair
  • Wayne Fair
  • Anthony Fastuca
  • Lorraine Fastuca
  • Lorraine Fastuca Ravino
  • Maureen Fastuca
  • Mike Fastuca
  • Priscilla French Lyons
  • Terry Gyorfy Wooding
  • Mike Hickey
  • Scott Inderwies
  • Barbara Jackson Piccolo
  • Lisa Maloney Wagner
  • Bob Matelski
  • Janet Matelski
  • Mike Matelski
  • Althea Mazar
  • Kim Mega Trimblett
  • Bill (Mongo) Meyer
  • Cathy Meyer Illig
  • Noreen Meyer Connell
  • Rene Meyer DeLucia
  • Terri Moon Lemmert
  • Tom (Mouse) Noel
  • Denise Normandia Dube
  • JoAnne Parente
  • Karen Parente
  • Allison Pehlert Knapp
  • Cathy Person Eager
  • Jimmy Piccolo
  • Rich (Ferd) Ponik
  • Debbie Reybert Bartlett
  • Bob Schwartz
  • Mark (Peanuts) Scotto
  • Artie Stephens
  • Craig (The Clav) Stephens
  • Donna Stratton Ellis
  • Lillian Stratton
  • Tom (Bucky) Swan
  • Jimmy Trimblett
  • Cathy Walters Bondi
  • Rich (Red) Wardlow
  • Mike Wargo
There were also some 30 main squeezes, children, and others who joined us to share in at least part of the day's activities. We were glad to have you with us!

If you took pictures last weekend, make sure to send them to Rocky to post on the website. Check out Gallery 13 on the Saints website for photos already posted.

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday MatchUps: Section Photos from the Reunion

Those of us who were at Sewaren Park and / or AL Post 471 in Iselin over the weekend will be able to name all the people in our section photos (well, probably) - for the rest of you, have fun guessing!

In most browsers, a simple click on any of the images will enlarge them.


Original Members


Saints, Sematics, and Summer Guards
(Phase III has too many members in the Witness Protection Program to be photographed together)


Sopranos


Mellophones


Baritones


Contras


Drum Line


Drum Majors


El Khobar and the Dancing Girls


The Adults
(yes, I realize some of our members have grandkids at this point in our lives, but Mrs Chez still calls us kids)

Keep watching www.saintsdrumcorps.com as more pictures are posted from the weekend.

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Weekend Wonderings: The Morning After ...

Man, oh, man, where to begin?

Just some disconnected ramblings for today ...

First, some shout-outs ... the Reunion Committee (what a crew you all are!), Mike the Caterer at Sewaren (not to be confused with Warren) Park, our ever-supportive family at Post 471 (extra thanks for bailing us out on the need for ice at the picnic!), and on a personal note, to Leslie and the staff at Somerset Medical Center for sewing me back together in time to see all of you yesterday.

Sometime over the next couple of days, I'll compile a list of everyone who joined us over the weekend. For now, I just wanted to make sure I had something out here for all of you to read (especially you, Mickey, when you get back to work on Monday!).

Someone asked me last evening what could be done to pay back the Reunion Committee in some way for all the work that was done - if I wasn't clear about it then, I will be now: HELP PLAN THE NEXT ONE.

Finally, a bit on legacy passed down from one generation to the next ... we had the privilege to honor Ray "Mr. C" Chmieleski, Uncle Tony Fastuca, and Alvina "Mrs. Chez" Chesnovitz last evening for their "actions (which) served to foster a corps family which still enjoys, over 40 years later, the days when the Saints came marching in." Among the many lessons they and all the other supporting parents shared, we learned generosity of spirit.

To those of you who kicked in some extra cash to make it possible for others to join us, as well as helping out one of our Saints siblings who lost everything in a fire last week, I am humbled by your actions. You challenge each of us to do more, living out our mantra in being Saints for one another, even 40 years later, because that's what family does ...

Love to you all!

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sunday Survey Monkey Update

Greetings All!

For those joining us at Sewaren Park - the weather promises to rival the hottest, sunniest, most humid day we ever marched together. Come prepared with sunscreen, and if possible, lawn chairs (the pavilion provides shade and is large enough for all of us, but is skimpy on seating).

If you're planning on paying us when you arrive on Saturday, BRING CASH (or, if absolutely necessary, a check payable to Althea Mazar).


Here's the up-to-date, should-be-final roster for the reunion (current through
8:00 am on July 18th - more updates if available before I head out to Sewaren Park early Saturday morning):

Corps Support (board, instructors, parents, friends, etc.):
  • Ray and Joan Chmieleski
  • Lillian Stratton
  • Tom Swan
  • Alvina Chesnovitz
  • Gary Sattur
  • Tony and Lorraine Fastuca
  • Noreen Meyer Connell
  • Marie Reybert (possible guest appearance)
Color Guard:
  • JoAnne Parente
  • Denise Normandia Dune
  • Valerie Fair
  • Allison Pehlert Knapp
  • Kim Mega Trimblett
  • Dawn Fair
  • Jill Fair Shelley
  • Lorraine Fastuca Ravino
  • Maureen Fastuca
  • Priscilla French Lyons
  • Janet Matelski
  • Barbara Jackson Piccolo
  • Terri Moon
  • Karen Parente
  • Lisa Maloney Wagner
  • Terry Gyorfy Wooding
  • Cathy Person Eager
Drum Line:
  • Danny Dube
  • Debbie Reybert Bartlett
  • Bob Matelski
  • Jack Bodzas
  • Gary Chiocchi
  • Brad Coleman
  • Jimmy Moise
Horn Line:
  • Mark (Rocky) Chiocchi
  • Donna Stratton Ellis
  • Mike Matelski
  • Mike Fastuca
  • Sue Brady
  • Jim Trimblett
  • Tom (Mouse) Noel
  • Chris Karol-Miller
  • Althea Mazar
  • Rene Meyer DeLucia
  • Mickey Chez
  • Pete Chez
  • Wayne Fair
  • Jimmy Piccolo
  • Dave Brady
  • Mike Wargo
  • Alan (Goober) Chez
  • Billy Meyer
  • Pete Crafts
  • Ken Durrua
  • Bill Durrua
  • Ferd Ponik
  • Artie Stephens
  • Red Wardlow
  • Carol Burke Boyne
  • Patty Antol
  • Carol Hickey Fitzgerald
  • Karen DeAndrea
  • Mary Balderose
  • Cathy Meyer Illig
  • Mike Hickey
  • Craig Stephens
  • Mark (Peanuts) Scotto
  • Jim (Stony) Comprido
  • Cathy Walters Bondi
  • Scott Inderwies
Is your name missing?

If you've already registered, contact saintsreunion@gmail.com.

If you haven't registered, log into the Survey Monkey by clicking here or at
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=umLwo2b8Mm6Kbj4YKDi1uw_3d_3d

Directions are out on the Saints website at www.saintsdrumcorps.com.

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Each One, Invite One

Today's Tuesday Trivia has a bit different slant than those in the past ...

I'm asking for your help. At this point, our Reunion Registrations have stalled a bit. I know many of you check in here daily (or more often!) to see who will be joining us on July 19th. Truth is, no one new has registered since the last update to the June 3rd posting.

There are MANY people out there who just haven't gotten around to registering yet (Karen, are you listening???). We're planning on sending a reminder e-mail to our full mailing list very soon, so that will help a bit.

In the meantime, take a visit to the Contact page on www.saintsdrumcorps.com. Be a Saint - scroll through the 100+ e-mails that are posted, and pick one or two names to contact yourself. A simple e-mail will work - or choose your method if you know the person well.

Me? I'm calling Karen as soon as I'm done posting this, and sending some e-mails myself.

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Weekend Wonderings: Blue and Gold Pages, and some other stuff

This is an idea that Rocky and I tossed around over a year ago ... for a couple of different reasons, it's popped up in my head again this morning.

How often have you struggled with finding the right person to do some work for you? From landscaping to a Chief Financial Officer, picking the best from many (sometimes hundreds) of possibilities can be daunting.

How often have you struggled in letting folks know you're looking for work? From landscaping to a CFO, getting the word out there that you're looking for a gig (or a full-time job) can be daunting.

That's where the Blue and Gold Pages would come in ...

Think of it as a two-way Yellow Pages for those of us who marched in the Saints: If you have something to offer (products, services, or yourself for a job), you list your business (or yourself!). If you're looking for a product, a service, or someone to hire, you post your need. In either case, you can check out what's available, or what people are looking for.

Look at it this way - there's little to hide since we all knew each other back when, umm ... well, you fill in the blank! We also know what we've become, and the great potential that comes from working together.

Sound like something you're interested in? Let us know at saintsdrumcorps@gmail.com.

And now for something completely different ... today marks the one year anniversary of us gathering at Menlo Park Mall for the first time in a long time. The meeting was SUPPOSED to be about planning a reunion, but to no one's surprise, was all about reconnecting with family (click here to read the Scribblings entry from that night).

So, have you signed up for the Reunion yet? It's easy - click on this link to get started!

Finally, to Babe and Bill (my father and father-in-law), to all you guys with kids, and to all my other friends and family members with daughters and sons, a Happy Father's Day to you!

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thursday Thinkings: What's In a Name?

First, reunion updates are included in the June 3rd posting - after a few quiet days, we've added a couple more folks.

Now, to today's entry ...

Craig "The Clav" Stephens has found us - welcome home Craig!

His e-mails to me, and postings out in the Guest Book (www.saintsdrumcorps.com) by him and others, reminded me yet again how more than a few of us have never lost those names we picked up back in the day.

Some have tried hard to let go of the names from our time marching with the Saints, only to have people say to you that they never knew what your name really was. I still get that, as well, or the reverse ("So, why do they call you JoAnne?").

For as strange as this might sound (or then again, maybe not), I really feel much more like a JoAnne than a Marilyn ... 'nuff said on that!

In the meantime, I hope to compile a list of ALL the nicknames from when we marched in time for the reunion. I'll need your help, though - send your lists to joparente.saintsdrumcorps@gmail.com. Thanks in advance!

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Time Flies, in More Ways than One

Just some quick thoughts on current events ...

I spent a couple of minutes earlier today, at my PC, watching an astronaut doing mechanical work on the outside of the International Space Station while whirling around the world at about a zillion miles an hour (OK, I finally admit it - even though I'm married to a retired science teacher, I never took Physics. The secret is out). Something about the moment brought me back to my teens, and I actually started to laugh out loud.

My mind had wandered back to the day in July 1969 when Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon. I can still remember sitting with my sibs (Karen among them) and my parents in the living room of the Big Yellow House in Fords, watching the black and white telecast of poorer quality than is available on most cell phones these days, and breaking out in hives over the excitement of the moment.

That was almost 39 years ago.

I had already been a Saint for two years at that point in my life.

So much has evolved since then from a technology perspective, a cultural perspective, a world perspective.

What hasn't changed is that I still haven't disconnected from that time in my life when I marched side-by-side with all of you.

Can't wait to see you all in July, and not to celebrate the Moon Walk, either.

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Registrations by Sections

Here's the Saints Summer Reunion Registration Roster by sections ... the list is current and in order of sign-up through 6:30 am on June 12th.

Yes, I know some of you marched in more than one section ... if you want me to move you around, let me know.

Corps Support (board, instructors, parents, friends, etc.):
  • Ray and Joan Chmieleski (whole day)
  • Lillian Stratton (whole day)
  • Tom Swan (whole day)
  • George Lopez (whole day)
  • Alvina Chesnovitz (whole day)
  • Gary Sattur (whole day)
Color Guard:
  • JoAnne Parente (whole day)
  • Denise Normandia Dune (whole day)
  • Valerie Fair (whole day)
  • Allison Pehlert Knapp (dinner)
  • Kim Mega Trimblett (whole day)
  • Dawn Fair (whole day)
  • Denise Lopez (whole day)
  • Jill Fair Shelley (picnic)
  • Lorraine Fastuca Ravino (whole day)
  • Maureen Fastuca (whole day)
  • Priscilla French Lyons (whole day)
  • Janet Matelski (whole day)
  • Barbara Jackson Piccolo (whole day)
  • Terri Moon (whole day)
Drum Line:
  • Danny Dube (whole day)
  • Debbie Reybert Bartlett (whole day)
  • Bob Matelski (whole day)
  • Jack Bodzas (whole day)
Horn Line:
  • Mark (Rocky) Chiocchi (dinner)
  • Donna Stratton Ellis (whole day)
  • Mike Matelski (whole day)
  • Mike Fastuca (whole day)
  • Sue Brady (whole day)
  • Jim Trimblett (whole day)
  • Tom (Mouse) Noel (whole day)
  • Chris Karol-Miller (picnic)
  • Althea Mazar (whole day)
  • Rene Meyer DeLucia (dinner / possibly earlier)
  • Mickey Chez (whole day)
  • Pete Chez (whole day)
  • Wayne Fair (whole day)
  • Jimmy Piccolo (whole day)
  • Dave Brady (whole day)
  • Mike Wargo (whole day)
  • Alan (Goober) Chez

As mentioned last week, many of the folks above are bringing main squeezes, family, and / or friends to part of the day's events at Sewaren Park and Post 471, Iselin.

Gentle reminder: Have you registered yet? What are you waiting for? Is your name missing from above even though you think you registered?

To register, click here for the Survey Monkey link, or visit the Saints home page at www.saintsdrumcorps.com. Any Saints, family of Saints, and friends of Saints are welcome!

Questions about the reunion or willing to help out? Contact us at saintsreunion@gmail.com.

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Reunion Registrations

Here's a quick list of those who have registered so far for our July 19th reunion (updates through 10:45 am ET on May 29th):
  • Ray and Joan Chmieleski (whole day)
  • Mark (Rocky) Chiocchi (dinner)
  • JoAnne Parente (whole day)
  • Donna Stratton Ellis (whole day)
  • Lillian Stratton (whole day)
  • Mike Matelski (whole day)
  • Denise Normandia Dune (whole day)
  • Danny Dube (whole day)
  • Mike Fastuca (whole day)
  • Sue Brady (whole day)
  • Valerie Fair (whole day)
  • Allison Pehlert Knapp (dinner)
  • Kim Mega Trimblett (whole day)
  • Jim Trimblett (whole day)
  • Tom (Mouse) Noel (whole day)
  • Chris Karol-Miller (picnic)
  • Althea Mazar (whole day)
  • Tom Swan (whole day)
  • Rene Meyer DeLucia (dinner / possibly earlier)
  • Dawn Fair (whole day)
  • Mickey Chez (whole day)
  • Pete Chez (whole day)
  • Denise Lopez (whole day)
  • George Lopez (whole day)
  • Wayne Fair (whole day)
  • Jill Fair Shelley (picnic)
  • Debbie Reybert Bartlett (whole day)
  • Lorraine Fastuca Ravino (whole day)
  • Maureen Fastuca (whole day)

Many of the early registrants have also indicated they're bringing main squeezes, family, and / or friends to part of the day's events at Sewaren Park and Post 471, Iselin.

Have you registered yet? What are you waiting for? Is your name missing from above even though you think you registered?

To register, click here for the Survey Monkey link, or visit the Saints home page at www.saintsdrumcorps.com. Any Saints, family of Saints, and friends of Saints are welcome!

Questions about the reunion? Contact us at saintsreunion@gmail.com.

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday MatchUps: Drum Majors

We're back to Monday MatchUps!

This week, we're looking for the following members who served as drum majors over the years:

  • Debbie Pajak
  • Mona Lisa Fiorentini
  • Ginny Boyle
  • Jane DePinto
  • Edna Tarrant
Any clue how to reach them?

Any other members in particular you're still wondering how to find in time for the reunion?

Drop me a line at joparente.saintsdrumcorps@gmail.com. Thanks!

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Weekend Wonderings: Reunion Registration Time!

It continues to amaze me how we're still all connecting some 41 years after the first night many of us gathered in the OLP Cafeteria to join the parish drum corps ...

The Survey Monkey link for this summer's reunion has barely made it to everyone's e-mail boxes, and we already have a pile of folks (from inside and beyond the Saints greater metropolitan area) who have registered. Some are coming for part of the day, others are spending the whole day with us, and many are bringing family members to at least one of the day's events.

Way cool if you ask me!

We'll be back to the Monday MatchUps, Reunion Edition on May 26th. When you consider how many bus trips and parades we shared together for Memorial Day weekends over the years, it fits somehow.

Miss the Survey Monkey link in the e-mail? Click here to register!

All for now -
corpsdially yours from jo!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Two Months and Counting!

Let's start the countdown for the summer reunion!

Today marks the two month mark until the Saints Summer Reunion 2008. In case you missed the e-mail and haven't been out on the home page at www.saintsdrumcorps.com, the festivities are slated for July 19, 2008.

The day will start with a picnic at Sewaren Park and is open to Saints, Saints families, and friends of Saints of all ages. Later in the evening, the adults are invited to gather at Post 471 in Iselin, the home for our mini reunion last November.

You can register for just the picnic, just the dinner, or both (with a $5 discount).

Ready to sign up? Here's the link to the Survey Monkey registration site:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=umLwo2b8Mm6Kbj4YKDi1uw_3d_3d

Hope to see you then!

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: April 29, 2008

Which of the following people celebrating birthdays today were eligible to march with the Saints at its first rehearsal in July 1967?
  • Duke Ellington
  • Bridget "Barbara" Murphy Baxter McCarthy
  • Jackie Bodzas
  • Katie Kaufhold
Duke Ellington played a large role in defining our musical style as a corps, but he would have been too old to march in July 1967.

Barbara McCarthy was my mother's mother - my Nana. She, too, would have been too old to march, and if she were still alive, would be celebrating her 97th birthday today.

Katie Kaufhold is the first granddaughter born to my business partner. Her own father, Gerry Jr, wasn't even alive at the time the Saints began.

Any more hints needed?

All for now - corpsdially yours from jo!