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04/14/24 11:18 AM #1317    

 

Betsy Dennis (Frank)

When is reunion info going to be posted. Thanks, Betsy


04/14/24 07:40 PM #1318    

Cheryl Kushner (Lane)

 

 

 

Evie, please tell us where to reserve a hotel for our reunion weekend.  Also, is the committee planning a dinner for Saturday night?

 

from Cheryl Kushner Lane

 


04/17/24 12:47 PM #1319    

John P Feher

Hi Classmates,

 I'm doing some self promoting by putting out the word that I have been writing and posting daily reports on Cleveland Guardians' games.To read them go to the Substack.com site and search"John's Cleveland Guardians Blog". Postings are formatted by series, meaning each posting contains individual reports on the games in that series.I believe a password is required to access Substack writers. When on my site, one can join as a subscriber (free, please).  I don't suggest one make that choice before reading some of the posts.  A subscriber will be sent each new post.

If the writing pleases you, or even if it doesn't, I would appreciate your forwarding it to someone who might be interested.

Thanks.

Still breathing.

John P. Feher


04/18/24 05:42 PM #1320    

 

Evie Fertman (Braman)

Hi, Everyone, I'm writing this with many apologies.  We've been traveling, I don't have my Reunion notebooks with me and suddenly I need my password to get in.  Needless to say it's in a notebook in Cleveland and I'm far away.  After trying a ton of passwords I've used for all kinds of Internet activity I finally and luckily hit on the right one so here we go.

The 60th Reunion is on Friday and Saturday nights, August 2 and 3.  I have tried very hard to keep the price about the same as it always has been, which since the pandemic and its economic fallout will be a major miracle, but we may be able to keep it at $125, I will let everyone know when I have the final figures.  $150 would be the highest charge.

We're using the same two Beachwood hotels since people seemed happy with the accommodations and the services there.  This price is up about $30 per night from our last reunion but all hotels have had to go up in price so this was expected.  We do have the group rate with both hotels needing reservations to be in by July 2.  Please don't wait long because if the reservaions go over the number of rooms that they gave us the hotels may be so booked that they can't add more rooms for us at the better rate.  I would call as soon as you know that you are attending the reunion and maybe call anyways just to be sure to get a room, you can always cancel later.  I have also reserved both hotels for August 1, the night before the Reunion, at the Reunion rate for those who are planning on coming in a bit early.

The only differences between the hotels is that one only has one king size bed and the other has a choice between one king and two queens.  Breakfast is included for each hotel, check if it's for one person or for two when you call.  Both hotels have free wifi and free parking.  Please don't wait to make your reservations, they will answer any questions that you may have when you call to place the reservation.

Homewood Suites, 216-464-9600, 25725 Central Parkway.  $169 per night, only king size beds.

Courtyard.  216-765-1900, 3695 Orange Place.  $169 king size, $159 2 queens.

I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone!!!

We'll be in Naples until May 8 so if any of you are nearby please call me and we can have a pre-Reunion dinner together!!  216-288-4506.


04/18/24 09:41 PM #1321    

Edward M Kovachy, Jr

 

 

Dear '64,

  • A gentle suggestion. If you like excellent writing, read John Feher. If you love outstanding sports writing, read John Feher. If you, like me, are over the moon for the Indians/Guardians and always have been, read John Feher.  I read him every posting. Terrific writer, great guy, go Tribe/Guardians!  And, get this, we are actually really, really good this year!  Best wishes always, Ed Kovachy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


04/19/24 08:52 AM #1322    

 

Marianne Coplan (Schapiro)

This message is for Evie and the Committee:  Thanks for the hotel info, Evie.

Can you give us more details about the reunion itself? (You have may have posted something earlier, but I didn't see it.) 

SO: What are the differences between the two reunion evenings? Will they have different activities? Is one more casual than the other?  Is there any kind of "dress code" for each?

ALSO: where are the reunions themsleves taking place? Both at the same venue? Are they sit-down dinners? Buffets? Cocktails and snacks? Will there be any kind of "program" or specific features--like group photos?

SECOND ALSO:  Can we PLEASE secure some kind of piano--for at least one of the evenings--so the CHOIR people might schedule some kind of singing session? If the venue(s) cannot supply a regular piano, I'm sure you could rent one of those small, portable electric ones for at least one of the evenings. If you'll be having a microphone/sound system, that company might know where you could rent a portable piano.  I imagaine choir people would be willing to chip in for the cost of that rental. If there is interest from choir members, I could probably supply music for a few of our "regular" choir songs and/or other songs. (These days, one can get a lot of choral music online at little cost).

 If we can get said piano, is there someone who would be willing to PLAY it?? AND, can I get a general count of people who are interested in participating in some kind of musical mini-reunion?

Cheers to all--Marianne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


04/19/24 11:03 AM #1323    

Joseph G Blake

Thanks Evie for all the details and your leadership in making this happen. 

Joe


04/19/24 11:28 AM #1324    

Bonnie Pollack (Chernikoff)

Where is the reunion?


04/19/24 11:43 AM #1325    

 

Robert Louis Taliaferro, III

I attended a presentation at Cooper Union by Laura Meckler ('74) about her new book Dream Town: Shaker Heights and the Quest for Racial Equality.  I recommend the book that talks about the history of integration within Shaker and its public schools and the efforts to ensure support all students to excel.  Ms. Meckler conduced 250 interviews to gather material for her book.  

I found it ironic that this book was discussed at the same institution where Abraham Lincoln gave his February 17, 1860, speech. It was key to supporting his presidential campaign. He argued against expanding slavery into the territories.

 


04/19/24 12:28 PM #1326    

 

Alaina Weisman (Zachary)

Marianne!IIF I get to Cleveland for the reunion, I'd be happy to attempt a mini choir reunion. Can we do the entire Poulenc Gloria???!!! LOL I remember a lot of what we sang. Maybe Liebeslieder waltzes?  Let us knkow what you're thinking of.

 

 


04/20/24 01:32 PM #1327    

Edward M Kovachy, Jr

I totally agree with Bob. Dream Town is a great, important book. Very relevant to us all. And not just us. Best wishes to all, Ed Kovachy 

 

 


04/20/24 01:57 PM #1328    

Joseph G Blake

 

 

 

Ditto to what Bob and Ed have said about Dreamtown.

Laura Meckler is an accomplished journalist at the Washington Post. We first became aquainted in 2017 when I saw a series in the WP that she wrote about Shaker Heights and it's schools.

I was honored to help her with the period of the Van Sweringens (allegedly my expertise) and also the story of John and Dorothy Pegg. Some of you may know they were a black couple who built a home in Ludlow in the late 1950s. The house was bombed and then rebuilt. The Ludlow Association was founded to smooth integration and the rest is history. 

Jane and I knew them when we rented their garage apartment when they lived at 15800 South Park next to one of the "grand dames" of the era, the very lovely Phyllis Peckham. This was the late 1970s and we were newlyweds. They were a truly great pair. I could offer first knowledge about them as well. My notes about them are in the Shaker Library local history collection.

Dorothy lived until age 104 and was active until then as a director of the Cleveland Institure of Music. 

Laura was on the PBS News hour last night talking about another civil rights issue. 
Hope to see you all in August the gods willing.
Joe


04/20/24 06:11 PM #1329    

Cheryl Kushner (Lane)

 

 

I am coming to the Saturday part of the reunion, and I want to sing with my choir buddies!

Cheryl Kushner Lane


04/21/24 11:33 AM #1330    

William A Sokol

Laura Meckler's book si a rich and deeply reported book, well worth reading, a reminder, as Faulkner put it, " The past is never dead. It's not even past."


04/24/24 08:43 PM #1331    

Cheryl Kushner (Lane)

Does Dream Town discuss the Moreland neighborhood?


04/25/24 12:28 PM #1332    

 

Robert Louis Taliaferro, III

Yes, Cheryl, Morland is discussed.  Ms. Meckler also mentions it in an NPR interview about her book heard on "Fresh Air" on August 15, 2023.  Morland was, at one point, composed of nearly 90% black students. A plan was developed to voluntary bus Morland black students to predominately white elementary schools within Shaker, and the plan also enabled white students to be bused voluntarily to Moreland. 

 


04/25/24 12:53 PM #1333    

 

Betsy Dennis (Frank)

The Growing Up in Shaker Hts. FB group had an online conversation with author but I missed it. 


04/27/24 04:57 PM #1334    

 

Marianne Coplan (Schapiro)

Dear Cheryl and Alaina and all singing Shakerites!  Thanks for your positive response to the choir reunion idea. 

Here is a list of the class members who mentioned A Cappella Choir in their senior yearbook profiles. I've also included some members from Concert Choir as I spotted them. They would of course be welcome and should contact me. 

Janette Arbuckle, Dick Bannon, Ivan Barna, Peter Karl Bazely, Andrea Berman, Kim Bradley, Richard Bloomfield, Jeff Chokel, Geoffrey Cook, Diana Denby, Roberta Diefenthaler Jim Erbe, Chuck Feuer, Scott Fields, Larry Golub, Diane Hamilton, Terri Henderson, Nancy K Herman, Ron Heyduk, Jon Kent, Paul Lavik, Andy Lebby, Mark Levin, Toni London, Craig Miller, Carolyn Nagusky, Carol Nelson, Sue Proper, Patty Richards, Marcie Ross, Joan Salkin, Steve Schwartz, Judd Stroud, Janet Sugarman, J Robert Watkins, Janice Whittemore, Thomas (Tom) Young.

I’m sure there are probably more that I may have missed. (And, if the number looks small, remember that members from other classes also sang with us in A Cappella.)

Sadly, I know we've already lost the following A Cappella members:  Mark Bieber, Curtis Engram, Alice Epstein, Howard Jacobs, Tom Osher, Patricia Theisen, and Kathy Toth. Let me know if you are aware of others. 

AND PLEASE let me know if you are able and willing to play this piano, if we manage to get one!

I hope we can make some kind of choir get-together a reality during our 60th Reunion! Cheers to all!

Marianne Coplan Schapiro, mcschapiro@comcast.net

 

 

 

 

 


04/28/24 09:49 AM #1335    

 

Betsy Dennis (Frank)

Can't wait to hear you all!


04/29/24 10:16 AM #1336    

Jan Whittemore (White)

Different country heard from!!  I have only caught up with this website from time to time, since after 40 years of living in the UK, I didn't think I'd get back too often (and not in the height of High Cost summer!  BUT the idea of a choir reunion almost has me buying plane tickets right now.  I can't begin to explain the effect those two years of singing with the Acapella Choir have meant to me.  My husband and I belong to two choirs (one acapella polyphony, the other with a wider spread of music) and take part in at least four singing weeks around Europe a year.  I can still sing the 2nd alto part in Lotti's "Crucifixus a 8" almost from memory and I am dying to sing  "The Lord Bless You" by Lutkin.  They only sing the Rutter one over here-nowhere near as lovely!.  I will keep my eyes glued to this website and start making plans.  (I started singing tenor by helping Bob Hopper -I think it was-learn his part in the trios for "The heavens Are Telling".  Since '64, I've been singing tenor.)   Fingers crossed! 


04/29/24 02:46 PM #1337    

Beth Lazerick

Hi all, hope to see you in August. I do NOT sing. Traveling through Virginia,New York and the Berkshires on my way

Beth 

 

 


04/29/24 10:50 PM #1338    

 

Marianne Coplan (Schapiro)

Thank you Jan and others for your interest in my proposed mini choir reunion in August. 

I’ve just spoken to Evie, and we agreed that it would be easier if the choir people were to meet on Saturday, August 3 earlier at the same venue where the “big reunion” will be held and which will begin around 6:30 PM. So, around 5:00 PM

Said venue does not have a regular piano, so we will need to rent—or borrow—a portable electronic piano for our little gathering. Since I live in the Chicago area, I’m hoping that one of us who lives in Shaker or nearby might know of where we could rent or borrow such an instrument.  

Repertoire: Jan, I had also immediately thought of the Lutkin “Lord Bless You and Keep You” since we sang it prior to pretty much every performance. I’d also love some suggestions for other pieces we could “refresh” or even “learn” for the evening, and possibly perform for the rest of the crowd. (Singing just for each other would be fine too!)

SO, I would really like to have some idea of how many people would participate in such a gathering—and approximately how many we might have in each part. AND, we would still need to have a volunteer to play this piano to help us along if we do manage to get one.

Finally, since this 10-year-old website seems to be getting a bit creaky, it might be  easier for all to send choir responses via my personal email: mcschapiro@comcast.net

Hope we can make this gathering happen!--Marianne


04/29/24 10:50 PM #1339    

 

Marianne Coplan (Schapiro)

Thank you Jan and others for your interest in my proposed mini choir reunion in August. 

I’ve just spoken to Evie, and we agreed that it would be easier if the choir people were to meet on Saturday, August 3 earlier at the same venue where the “big reunion” will be held and which will begin around 6:30 PM. So, around 5:00 PM

Said venue does not have a regular piano, so we will need to rent—or borrow—a portable electronic piano for our little gathering. Since I live in the Chicago area, I’m hoping that one of us who lives in Shaker or nearby might know of where we could rent or borrow such an instrument.  

Repertoire: Jan, I had also immediately thought of the Lutkin “Lord Bless You and Keep You” since we sang it prior to pretty much every performance. I’d also love some suggestions for other pieces we could “refresh” or even “learn” for the evening, and possibly perform for the rest of the crowd. (Singing just for each other would be fine too!)

SO, I would really like to have some idea of how many people would participate in such a gathering—and approximately how many we might have in each part. AND, we would still need to have a volunteer to play this piano to help us along if we do manage to get one.

Finally, since this 10-year-old website seems to be getting a bit creaky, it might be  easier for all to send choir responses via my personal email: mcschapiro@comcast.net

Hope we can make this gathering happen!--Marianne


04/29/24 11:40 PM #1340    

 

Dana Shepard (Treister)

I didn't sing then and I don't sing now (other than having been in the chorus more as a dancer than a singer for "Guys and Dolls", "The Pajama Game" and "My Fair Lady" in Francis Parker School's Parent/Faculty/Alumni productions the late 80s/early 90s when our sons were still in high school...).   But scrolling through the passionate responses from those of you who were SHHS singers is truly heartwarming!  Kudos to Marianne for taking leadership in making it happen...  and Michael and I may just have to arrive early for the Sat party, too - after all, you'll need an audience!

;    ))


04/30/24 12:12 PM #1341    

 

Betsy Dennis (Frank)

What about Leonard Cohen's Allelujah?


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