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Poughkeepsie Newyorkers 50th Anniversary
11 days & counting!
Well, here we are 11 days until the Newyorkers 50th Anniversary Celebration.
The chapter and past Newyorkers have been busily
finalizing the details of the festivities. This
update includes a schedule of the events for the weekend, details about participation
in the show and the long awaited details for the afterglow. We've also included some
addresses of the various venues at the end.
Thursday June 2 — Tech/Show Rehearsal —
Haviland Middle School Tech work begins at 12 noon.
Show rehearsal - 6pm-10pm
Friday June 3 – 50th Anniversary Dinner - Poughkeepsie Grand
Cocktails - 7:30PM
Dinner & Program-8:30PM-l 1:30PM
Saturday June 4 - Newyorkers Annual Show - Haviland Middle School - 3PM
Show Afterglow - Aloy's Restaurant - 6PM (see details below) Sunday June 5 - Hudson
River Cruise - Departs Newburgh at 1PM
In the first half of the show on Saturday Bill James will direct the chorus in
singing "I Believe". Any past Newyorker is
invited to join the chorus on stage for this song, and we will provide the opportunity for you to come onto the stage from the audience at this point in the show. Those individuals wishing to participate will be provided
with a red & white striped tie to wear on stage. We ask that you wear a white short sleeve, collared shirt to match the rest of the chorus.
At the end of the second half, Bill James will direct the chorus in "Keep the Whole World Singing" Again, past Newyorkers will be invited to come to the stage for
this final song. There is no specific attire required for this, but feel free to wear the red & white tie from the first
NEWYORKERS SHOW AFTERGLOW
Place: Aloy's Restaurant 157 Garden Street Poughkeepsie,
Time: Immediately after annual show
Fare: Unlimited salad, pizza & soft drinks - cash bar
For afterglow reservations contact Dick Schaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org
may be made the day of the event, however we need to have a head count
for the restaurant so please make an effort to touch base with Dick if you plan on
attending. Make checks payable to Newyorkers Chorus
a lot still going on to get ready for next weekend. Thanks to all past and present members
who have worked and continue to work to make this event happen. Hopefully we've
been able to cover all the significant aspects of the weekend in this, the likely
final, update. If we haven't or if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or anyone else on the
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Steve Miller, Committee Chair, Show Staff- firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Salladin, Secretary, RSVP for dinner, show ticket
sales, program ad sales
Eric Dickstein, Web Master, Show Staff, Member Contact - email@example.com
Public Relations - firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Rand, Committee - email@example.com
Frank Ruggiero, Committee - RugglesF@optonline.net
John Chisholm, Committee - Unkie907@aol.com
Dick Schaffer, Committee — firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Chieffo - email@example.com
Duke Nachbar, Committee (no e-mail)
Bill Standish, Committee, Show Staff- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Monkowski, Committee, Show Staff- email@example.com
Ron Pierson, Committee, Show Staff- firstname.lastname@example.org
Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
40 Civic Center Plaza
Haviland Middle School 23 Haviland
Hyde Park NY
Aloy's Garden Restaurant
157 Garden Street Poughkeepsie, NY
Hudson River - River
Rose Cruise Front Street Newburgh, NY
Come on our optional Boat RIde on Sunday, June 5th, 2011
Click the picture below for details!!
Poughkeepsie Newyorkers 50th Anniversary Update
April 1, 2011
63 days & counting!
By now you should have received an invitation for the 50th Anniversary Dinner and Show. Hopefully you have responded that
you will be attending. If you have, we would like to post your name on the Newyorkers website to let others know you will be part of the festivities. If you would prefer not to have your name listed, please let us know
when you contact Scott Salladin, or drop him a line (see contacts below).
DINNER & SHOW
When confirming your attendance for dinner you do not need to indicate your meal choice. The Grand
will have plenty available and you need only to place your order when you are seated. There will also be a vegetarian meal
available (Pasta Primavera).
As indicated on the invitation, the price for dinner includes 1 general admission ticket for the 50th anniversary show to be held Saturday,
June 4, at the Haviland Middle School.
Details for the show can be found on the attached flyer. These tickets will be available at the ticket booth prior to the
show. Additional tickets can be purchased as indicated on the flyer.
We have several past chorus directors who will be attending and who have chosen to direct the chorus
in the show. Quartets that will be participating include the Footlighters and Swing Shift in the show as well as at the dinner.
If your quartet would like to be included in the Friday night program, let me know. Know that we plan on giving any quartet
an opportunity to sing. Is the Fortran IV still around?
If you plan on staying at the Poughkeepsie Grand over the 50th anniversary weekend, a block of rooms has been set aside for Friday
and Saturday night. The rate is $159 per night plus tax and includes breakfast. When calling the Grand to make your reservation
(845-485-5300) just say you’re with the Newyorkers
Chorus to get the reduced rate. Conversely, see
the list of other area hotels and motels below.
NEWYORKERS HISTORY & SLIDESHOW
We are in the process of compiling a slide show chronicling the Newyorkers over the last 50 years.
While we have been able to find selected articles of memorabilia, we’re still lacking photographs of the chorus, past
chapter quartets, as well as photos of individual members. We’re also missing several show programs (see the list of
years below). If you have any photos, show programs or other “stuff” in your personal Newyorker archives, we’d
like to have them. If you can provide a scanned version that would be best, Conversely, if you send us the originals, we’ll
scan them here and
return them to you. Rest assured, we’ll take good care of them. Please provide any information
you have to go with the photos especially names and dates. You can email your photos to me at or contact me to make other
arrangements. We hope to have the slide show compiled in a suitable format, with music, for distribution to all who attend.
We have planned for a small afterglow at Aloy’s Garden Restaurant in Poughkeepsie following the show on Saturday. We are finalizing the arrangements for this,
and will provide additional details very soon.
MEMBERS LIST / PAST NEWYORKERS
Check the list of members past and present for whom we have contact
information. If you don’t see someone you know, please get that information to Eric Dickstein so we’ll be sure to get in touch with him. We are
also presently compiling a list of names of all Newyorkers over the past 50 years.
We have contacted five of the 7 founding members of the chapter. They include Bill James, Bruce Slack,
Rudy Veltre, Steve Plumb and George Nagy. The remaining two, Bill Beneshan and Bill Heydman are among the missing. The committee
has started a search for the whereabouts of the “Bills” and their families. Steve Plumb noted that his last contact
with Bill Heydman was around 1971 when he, Bill, was working in Endicott. If anyone has any information about where either
is now, or where they were at some time in the past, or any names of family members, we’d like to know. It may make
tracking them down a little easier.
In our original planning we had considered chartering a boat for a trip on the Hudson for Sunday June 5. We have since concluded that this would be cost prohibitive for
the chapter. However, there may still be an opportunity for a trip afloat if we simply join a regularly scheduled cruise.
If you think you might be interested in this, please contact Larry Rand. If we see enough interest we will try to make some arrangements.
There’s a lot going on. The Committee is working on a lot of ideas to make this a memorable event.
Feel free to contact any member if you have any thoughts, concerns or questions.
The Newyorkers want you to be a part of this great experience. We can’t wait to see, and hear,
Celebrating 50 years of harmony in 2011
Steve Miller, Committee Chair, Show Staff -
Scott Salladin, Secretary, RSVP for dinner, show ticket sales, program ad sales - email@example.com
Eric Dickstein, Web Master, Show Staff, Member Contact -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Greenop, Public Relations - email@example.com
Larry Rand, Committee – firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Ruggiero, Committee – RugglesF@optonline.net
John Chisholm, Committee – Unkie907@aol.com
Dick Schaffer, Committee – email@example.com
Bob Chieffo - firstname.lastname@example.org
Duke Nachbar, Committee (no e-mail)
Bill Standish, Committee, Show Staff - email@example.com
Mike Monkowski, Committee, Show Staff – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Pierson, Committee, Show Staff – email@example.com
MISSING SHOW PROGRAMS
Anything before 1968?
1982 1998 2000
1983 1999 2003
Happy Newyorkers 50th Anniversary Year!
The Newyorkers are excited about the chapters upcoming
50th anniversary this year. We are working on the plans for what will undoubtedly be a great experience.
We are planning a multi-day event which will begin on Friday June 3. A
reception and dinner will be held at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel beginning at 7:30PM . A one hour reception with hors d'oeuvres
and open bar will be followed by dinner. As can be imagined, the evenings festivities will
be intertwined with singing.
On Saturday June 4, the Newyorkers will present their 50th Anniversary show beginning at 3PM.
The show will be open to the public.
The committee is working on a 50 years of the Newyorkers theme for the show. The Newyorkers Chorus will perform and past directors and quartets are invited to participle
in the show. We will also provide all other past Newyorkers the opportunity to perform on stage with the chorus.
The cost of the dinner and show together is $50 per person. The current chorus and chapter quartets are presently
working through the details of the weekends festivities and additional details will follow as the date approaches.
Right now the committee needs to get an idea of the number of people who will be attending the dinner. If
you as a director or quartet would like to participate in the show, please contact us as soon as possible. The Newyorkers
want this to be a memorable occasion for all. It will be more so the more people we have involved.
If you have any Newyorkers memorabilia such as photos,
programs, newspaper articles, or verbal history we would like to have it for planning purposes and for presentation during
the weekend. You may send scanned images of memorabilia and written history via e-mail. You may also send your material to
us and we will scan it here and return the originals to you. We hope to be able to disseminate all material and provide it
to each attendee on a CD for posterity.
We have compiled a list of Newyorkers for whom we have
contact information, i.e., e-mail, address, phone number. Please review the list and let us know of anyone whos name you dont see and for whom you have contact information. Again we want to reach as many past
Newyorkers as possible.
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If your quartet would like to participate in the show
please contact us and give us an idea of what songs you might perform. Currently we are limiting this to two songs on the
show, but feel free to provide us will any ideas you might have regarding your performance. We
would like to accommodate as many past quartets as possible.
We want all past directors to have the opportunity to
also perform on the show. The easiest option is for you to direct the chorus on a song currently or recently in the chorus
repertoire. We will make arrangements for you to work with the chorus on Saturday morning to rehearse. Alternatively, if you
would like to direct some other song, the chorus will attempt to learn it before June. If you can provide sheet music and
audio learning tracts, that would make the learning process that much easier. We will make every effort to accommodate you
in this regard. As you can well imagine, this option will be more time consuming and difficult to pull off.
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The Poughkeepsie Grand has reserved a block of rooms for
the Newyorkers for the anniversary weekend at $159/night. Alternatively, we will provide
a list of other local establishments you may contact for reservations.
As noted, more information will be forthcoming as the
planning proceeds. Please take a moment now to respond if you plan to attend and/or participate in the festivities. The Newyorkers
look forward to an exciting 50th anniversary and hope you will able to join us in June.
Steve Miller, Chairman
Newyorkers 50th Anniversary Committee