Families planning reunions need to get the word out early


February 24, 1997|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NEW FRIENDS smile strangely when I mention something that happened to me in "another lifetime." I'm not being mystical; it's just that my adult life seems to be divided into very distinct chapters.

In an earlier chapter, I had the experience of being "semiretired," with a reasonable income that allowed for lots of travel, if we were frugal while at home, and travel we did. I've spent Christmas in Cairo, New Year's in Nice and climbed the towers of crumbling Luxembourg castles.

We were able to schedule our trips at our convenience, with nary a thought for anyone else. I loved every minute of it, and when I bade adieu to that chapter, I swore I would never let my passport lapse.

Now, I am married to a man who hopes never to retire. He's a teacher, and he loves the kids and the process and the promise of teaching. I'm back at work full time, and I love it. And travel is a bit more complicated than it used to be.

Last week, we received word of a Backe family reunion this summer in Norway, and it set the mind to buzzing. Passports? Both lapsed. Airfares? Can't book till we know what we're doing. Schedule? The big day is three days after my husband's school's graduation -- so much for leisure travel.

Will a boss who is cool about one week off be amenable to three? Other things to do while we're there? Other family to see? No idea who's available, and at least six months' worth of things we'd like to do.

All of which leads to a request that you let me help make your special event special and user-friendly, giving your friends and rTC family time to plan. As soon as you decide when your reunion, festival or celebration is going to be, let me know, with the names of folks involved in the planning, and phone numbers for information. Will the celebration last one day or go on for several? Is there a theme? A fee? Is it a fund-raiser?

I'm hoping for the same kinds of details to share after your events, too. Who won the prizes? How much was raised? Which committee blew the socks off all past records? You don't need to be the publicity chairman to get in touch with me. All I need is an outline and a contact person for more detail.

I get lots of information each week from the same people and organizations; it feeds me, but it also makes me hungry for more. There is a lot going on in the life of Annapolis and South County that warrants sharing with your neighbors and this space is a free and eager vehicle for that, so keep me posted.

Call me at (410) 626-0273. I read my e-mail at Lynbackol.com, and I can get releases and letters sent to my attention at The Sun's Pasadena office, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.

New of 'Home News'

News of what people are doing and how their lives are going was the core of The Home News, published during World War II by J. Edward Smith of Galesville. Smith kept in contact with many servicemen from the area, and he published 100 issues of a two- to three-page paper, sharing news of where they were and what they were doing.

Smith's son, Jack Smith, will present copies of each issue to the library of the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society when he is the guest speaker at the final Winter Series luncheon at 11: 30 a.m. Wednesday at Captain Salem Avery House Museum.

Homemade soup, sandwiches, and dessert will be served for a fee of $7.

Reservations are recommended. Call (410) 867-2866.

Get into the act

Acting isn't just for actors, according to Sharie Valerio of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. It's for anyone who deals with people face to face in situations where communication is necessary.

Valerio's popular Maryland Hall class, "Beginning Acting" (2910), begins at 7: 30 p.m. March 3 and runs for two hours. For those who have tried it and want more, there's a continuing acting class that will meet at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning March 5. Information: (410) 263-5544.

Pub Date: 2/24/97

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