Memorial Day Gathering Thoughts

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Posted by Rich/Mohican Press on May 30, 1999 at 07:35:03:

As this is a busy Memorial Day weekend, with in our case, a Graduation Ceremony & Celebration, the Site had only very minor updates this week. Yes, that means nothing new from Wes Studi. We will try to get that completed before The Gathering Weekend ...

The weather has been absolutely GORGEOUS around here! We can only hope it will even remotely resemble this 2 weekends from now!

Most everyone, I know, have made their reservations for The Gathering by now ... here are some figures and recommendations for those who haven't:

* We expect 55 people at this point, at least 6 of whom will miss Friday's Linville Gorge exploration, as they will be arriving later that day.

* 15 people are staying at The Bunkhouse. Another large congregation is assembling at The Chimney Rock Inn.

* We've sold 51 movie theatre tickets. One person is not going to attend the film. 3 others we haven't heard from yet.

* 6 people are attending who did not purchase a CRP package.

* We still have a ways to go with the Mask raffle, and so, have extended the deadline one week.

So, by far, most people will be staying in Chimney Rock village. The advantages? Commraderie & proximity to Sunday's activities. I believe a few will be in Asheville, not a bad choice, as it is much more centrally located to all 3 days' activities. If you haven't yet reserved lodging, either of those two locations are good. A couple of more suggestions: Hendersonville puts you near Saturday's locations (see The Gathering Page for 2 suggested lodging places there). Our town, Marion ... I've always considered it THE center of MohicanLand, smack dab in the middle. Staying here won't put you right next to ANY of the 3 days' activities, but it will put you not TOO far from any of them.

Oh, Elaine's "baby sister," Rose ... she's a wonderful young lady who will be attending at least parts of The Gathering ... more than just a younger sibling, Rose LOVES the MOVIE, and was intensely interested in my locations search years ago. Welcome aboard, Rose!

Some choice TV viewing from The History Channel regarding westward expansion and/or a clash of cultures:

Wednesday -- 06/23/1999
8:00/5:00 Meriwether Lewis: Suicide or Murder? Meriwether Lewis, of
Lewis and Clark fame, became a hero at 33. Three years later he was
dead, shot twice in a cabin in Tennessee. Join us as we review one of
America's longest-lingering murder mysteries. Thomas Jefferson called it suicide, but the woman who found Lewis told strange tales about what she saw and heard as his last words. [TV G]

9:00/6:00 Zulu. Movie. A handful of British soldiers must defend their mission against a terrifying force of 4,000 Zulu warriors. Based on the real-life stand at Rorke's Drift in 1879 [And extremely accurate as history! - RF]. Michael Caine and Trevor Howard star. Letterbox format. (1964) (Historian: Peter Marsh, Syracuse University School of International Relations, David Hull, New York University.) [TV PG]

Tuesday -- 06/29/1999
8:00/5:00 Ishi: Last of His Kind. In 1911, Ishi, a member of the Yahi
Indians of California, walked out of the Stone Age and into modern
civilization. The Yahi were victims of an extermination campaign waged
by white settlers--the few survivors hid in isolated canyons for over 40 years. Ishi, the last known Yahi, became a human "exhibit" until his death in 1916. (cc) [TV G]

Happy Viewing!

Enjoy the Site, enjoy your weekend, tidy up your last minute Gathering travel plans ... and do reflect on the brave souls who died defending our liberty.

Happy Trails!

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