26 October 2013


Evening, All!

Thanks to everyone who came, played, cooked, chaperoned, conducted, put on skits, whack'em'd, cleaned, teeter-tottered, tether-balled, swung, hiked, swept, loaded timpani, snored, laughed, and made my weekend so great!

Please remember that our next rehearsal really 8:30 to 11:00am November 2 -- next week -- and we are back on track for regular Saturday rehearsals. 

The concert is COMING UP on November 23rd, 5-6:30pm. More details coming soon!

Again, thanks for a great weekend! I enjoyed getting to know you (if you are new) or getting to know you better (if you are not). 

Lost & Found:
Please reply if either of the following belong to you:

There is a sleeping pad from one of the girls's cabins, rolled up, and secured with a bungee cord. I have it at my house; it is gray and blue. It is the kind with a little valve thing in the corner.

There was an abandoned, very wet, cream colored towel in the girls' showers. I have that at my house, as well, and it has been washed and dried (the dryer is beeping right now!).

Have a wonderful week.


21 October 2013

Retreat Details

Afternoon, all!

Hopefully this email doesn't end up too long, but I want to make sure you have all the information you need to navigate this coming weekend.
Please read the following information and contact me if you have any questions.

Quick Notes:

The Retreat is this weekend, at Camp UTABA (Utah American Baptist Association) in the north end of the Ogden Valley. Click here for a link to the location on Google Maps. Go to their website, www.camputaba.org, and click "Maps" for additional detailed directions, if you like.

All transportation is to be provided by families. If you need someone from your general area to carpool with, please reply to this email and I will do my best to put you in touch with potential carpool buddies.

Please bring a music stand. Whatever you have at home will do; I have hauled our stands in the past, but will not be doing so this year. 

If I emailed you separately this afternoon and asked for your permission slip, PLEASE bring it Friday. I'd hate to turn anyone away. :) If I did not email you about your permission slip, don't feel badly. It just means I already have it! :) If I did not email you, and you are not staying the night, but will be at the retreat part of the time, I still need a permission slip from you. If you don't have one to fill out, reply to this email. I'll send you a pdf copy.

If you participated in past retreats, you will notice that this year the retreat starts later and ends later: 5pm to 5pm.


Friday October 25
4:00pm                         Adults & equipment arrival & set up
5:00pm                         Youth arrive, set up sleeping quarters, meet in the lodge
6:00pm                         Dinner
6:30pm                         Orchestra Rehearsal (with break) (Mr Dunn)
8:30pm                         Introductions, Play whack-em (you'll like it) & other games. Create skit groups.          
10:00pm                        Bedtime
10:30pm                        Lights out

Saturday October 26
7:30am                          Rise & Shine, pack up, roll up sleeping bags, etc.
8:00am                          Breakfast
8:30am                          Orchestra Rehearsal including group picture (during break) (Mr Dunn)
11:00am                         Prepare Skits
11:30pm                         Skit Performances
12:30pm                         Lunch
1:00pm                           Orchestra Rehearsal & Music Clinic (with break) (Mr Dunn & Dr James McWhorter)
3:30pm                           Clean and check out of cabins; bring luggage to lodge
4:00pm                           Snack & one more game
4:30pm                           Final cleaning (lodge & bathrooms)
5:00-5:30pm                   Youth to be picked up, head home before dark (Sunset is 6:30pm)


My kids tell me this is NOT camping! The heated cabins have dorm-style bunkbeds with mattresses on them. The beds are more comfortable if you bring a blanket/quilt to put under your sleeping bag. 

Restroom & Shower Facilities:

There is a restroom facility in the main lodge, as well as restrooms with showers in a separate building with lovely hot water.
If you need to "go" at night, you will have to walk to the bathrooms (which have showers and even flush toilets Haha), or the lodge – so be prepared with some slip-on shoes!

What to Bring:

Instrument, Music, Music Stand, Pencil, Cushion (for hard cold chair)
Sleeping bag, Pillow, Extra Blanket, Change of clothes
Coat, Shoes/Boots (the weather forecast looks fantastic, so boots are probably not necessary)
Personal care items (toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, soap, towel)
Medicine (as approved on permission slip)

What NOT to Bring:
Electronic entertainment devices, Distractions, Any prohibited substance

Emergency Contact Information

Julie Gardner's cell phone will be on, but may not have any service (it didn't last year, for the most part). The number is 435.740.4335.
Alternately, if you need to get a message to someone, contact the Camp UTABA office at 801.745.3570.

Well, fabulous! Let's hope it all goes swimmingly!


Julie Gardner, Manager

07 October 2013

Food Allergies, Food Preferences


Great rehearsal Saturday; things are starting to come together. Thanks for your hard work.

At the end of rehearsal, we passed out a short survey to find out if we had any food allergy issues. We also asked if there were preferences, or favorite foods, for Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack.

If you did not get to fill one of these out, especially if you have food allergies and are going to the retreat, please reply to this email with this information.

Thanks so much!

Julie Gardner

PS We may still be looking for a few adults to spend the night at the retreat. If you can't stay the whole time, that's okay. It's the overnight part where we need more adults. Please contact me if you are potentially available to help with this. Thanks!

02 October 2013


Morning, All!

Rehearsals are sounding great! Thanks for your commitment and hard work.

Just a couple items of business.

Retreat -- if going to the full retreat doesn't work for you, please come to everything that you can come to. The retreat replaces our rehearsal that weekend, and since we are taking fall break off, it also replaces that rehearsal. Ideally, everyone should come to the whole thing, but if you can't come to the whole thing, come to what you can. The proposed retreat schedule is attached. It is for all players -- woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings.  As you can see on the attached schedule, there are three rehearsals in that 24-hour period. Please do all you can to clear your calendar to participate as fully as possible. Permission forms are due by October 12.

Tuition -- if you did not get a chance to arrange tuition payments at the parent meeting last Saturday, please be sure to take care of it before the late fee is charged! 

Upcoming schedule
Regular Rehearsals -- October 5th, 12th
Fall Break -- October 19th
Retreat -- October 25th - 26th
Regular Rehearsals -- November 2nd, 9th, 16th
Dress Rehearsal and Concert -- November 23rd
Rehearsals resume after concert -- December 7th

Retreat information and permission form
Proposed retreat schedule
Acceptance and payment form

Julie Gardner
Conrad Dunn

PS If you are reading this online, email LincolnYouthSymphony@gmail.com for the attachments.