Notes from the Editors
Jean Paul Lewis
Once again, another Les Roches Reunion is in the works to be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada August 6th – 11th. Carmen Lameroux Marshall has been busy making arrangements to create a wonderful experience for everyone. Below, Ross has outlined all the details of the Reunion that are available at this time. If you are planning to attend, please make your reservations ASAP then let Ross and Carmen know so they can keep track of everyone. Likewise, even if you haven’t made your reservations and waiting to finalize your plans, go ahead and register as “tentatively” attending. This promises to be another great event as this is the first reunion in North America since New York. We’re hoping to see some old friends we haven’t seen at the recent European Reunions in addition to those who attend reunions regardless of where they’re held.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since the last newsletter. I’m sure a lot has happened in everyone’s life. If you would like to share what you’ve been up to we’d be happy to include your stories and photos. Remember the stories can be factual or fictional or how you remember your reality these days.
Jean Paul Lewis was recently in Havana on a journalism assignment and has written a wonderful story titled “After Castro” which is being published in a Spanish journal. The article is too long for the newsletter format, however it will be on the website so everyone can read it. It really is a wonderful first hand account of life as it is in Havana today and pondering/anticipating the future based on the past.
I’ve heard that Sue Seipel Sturgis and family have moved back to Houston from their assignment in Toronto. Word also is that Sue and the family will be in Banff this summer. We’re looking forward to seeing them all. Katy Jackson Cantor and Marti Boone Mattia made their annual ski trip to Vail once again in January. It was great to have the opportunity to spend some quality ski and dining time with them.
As usual never a dull moment! Ottavia and her family are enjoying living in Crans. AlthoughOttavia never really enjoyed her past ski experiences her children love the sport and are very talented skiers. Both Katie Jackson Cantor and Pradeep have 50th Birthday Bashes coming up in March…….we all wish you many, many happy wishes on your special day with many more to come! I also heard from a friend in Whistler that she just attended Jane Frazee’s 50th Birthday Celebration there a couple of weeks ago. And tomorrow, February 24th is the 60th Birthday ofIrene Neveu, everyone’s favorite Internat at Pres Fleuris. Irene will be celebrating in Crans with friends including Ottavia.
There will be another newsletter in April to keep everyone updated on the reunion planning. We will also feature news and photos from the most recent Les Roches Alumni gathering, the First Annual Crans Ski Reunion held in February. Yes – it really happened. The only thing I can say at this time is that it was a super success, and that all in attendance committed to perpetuating the tradition for many years to come. Whether we ski or not!!!!
New Email address for Pradeep:
1) The reunion dates have changed!! The new dates are from the 6th to the 11th of August (arrive Monday the 6th, leave Saturday the 11th, 5 nights stay in the hotel). This change was made necessary in order for us to get the lodging rates we wanted. We fervently hope that we are still far enough out that it will be possible for everybody to adjust their schedules to the new dates.
Nous savons que vous avez tous qui attendent ardemment l’information sur les amis de la Réunion 2007 de Bluche dans Banff, Canada. Grâce au travail dur de Carmen, nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer ce qui suit :
Ottavia Montfort Giorgi
(Summer 2006) At this moment, I’m in Stromboli, a tiny island, just a volcano in the middle of the sea, in the south, in Sicily, lost in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. A really beautiful place!
My son Gianfilippo goes around the island, happy and free. Very informal dress attire here, you just live in your bathing suit. Well, Gianfilippo goes around the island with a t-shirt of “Crans Ski School”.
His three sisters did make fun of him in the morning saying “it is summer time and you go around with a t-shirt, a black t-shirt and a t-shirt with a logo of skiing; this isn’t very fashionable “!!!!
A man stops him and says: “oh, I know this place. I went to school there when I was young”. Gianfilippo does not react, it is hot and he doesn’t feel like talking too much. The man adds: “in a tiny village that you probably don’t know, called Bluche”. Gianfilippo smiles and answers “of course I know the place; my mother went there also when she was young”.
Gianfilippo says to her sisters very proud: “see I’ve found a new way to track down ex-alumni of Ecole des Roches”!
The man is Giorgio Cosentini. He was there in the summers from 1968 to 1972.
He is now a pilot for an Alitalia company.
He lives in Milano now.
Lori Moore Fredenberg (’72) Juneau, Alaska
With what is our teen spirit scented? After bath potions, permeated with smoking room odors, doused with soiree perspiration, and a dash of hope? Yes, the elusive smell of hope, that innocuous fragrance of maturity on the horizon each dawn that by dusk leaves us grasping like a leprechaun for a rainbow.
The pieces, like a puzzle, mix together with warm thoughts to form this soufflé we name Les Roches / Pres Fleuris. It rises to the top of the heap of memories with great panache, presenting its puffy self on a sizzling iron platter to be absorbed by all our senses. Sometimes the cerebral profundity masquerades in the frontal lobe, deflated by cold moments spent in confusion, or disguised in savory seconds entwined with only one other heart.
How do we present the mindful delicacy? Flambé or skewer? In flames or impaled? On a regal china plate or in a thermal Styrofoam cup where it will remain warm to the taste, to the touch, to the thought? Spread it on a bed of fresh Swiss garden greens or alpine autumn leaves? Garnish it with sprinkles of sweet smiles or salty tears?
And how shall we consume the mental manna that erupts in our minds, recollections flowing like lava on the convoluted surface of reason? By tossing little scraps here and there into the atmosphere hoping one will fall into the mouth opened wide? Or nibbling on little bits and pieces to nourish us past maturity into eternity? Perhaps dangle the menu of memoirs inside our foreheads as if it were a carrot intended for a lapin?
Of course, the noise in the kitchen of our mind is exquisitely illuminated. The aesthetic music created in the recipe for love, friendship, freedom, is spawned from salient sound blended with the silence in a harmonious din, never to be heard again. From this bouquet of sound, generously pour the reverberating sauce over the memory dish as it is served up in the stories we tell ourselves. When finished, admired, savored, tasted, burn the senses of the time of our youth, le bonheur, la joie de vive, into the recipe, served up by you, the chef, for this memoir. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
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