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April 9, 2006

May 20, 2006

July 3, 2006

 


April 9, 2006

Hello, hello, BZers.  We are so thrilled that our BZ Family reunion is coming together, that we will be coming together in August.  It has been so long since we've all been together and it is so wonderful that we are able to do so after so many years.

We wanted to send you an update our August plans.

1.   Eve and Eli have graciously offered to host us at their home on Friday, 25 August.

2.   Our big picnic will be held on Saturday.  We don't yet know the precise location, but we're aiming toward near the ocean, to take advantage of the cool sea breezes, which we will need in August!  A search committee will scope out a couple of possible sites on 23 April, or so, after which we will be able to tell you exactly where our picnic will be held.

3.   On Sunday, we are planning some sort of get together, maybe an open house, maybe at a cousin's home, or at a resaturant.  Any suggestions are welcome. 

Also, we wanted to let you know that once we have a definite picnic site, Joanne and Patti, our favorite travel agents, will be able to help us find hotels and make other travel arrangements.

And . . . Leoni and Donna have volunteered to put together a memory book of our family photographs and family stories.  Ideally, we would e-mail our stories and scanned photographs to Leoni via e-mail (her e-mail address is leoni@mcveyandassociates.com); if you do not have the option of e-mailing, you may send her a fax at 847.825.6878, or you may send snail mail to Leoni at 730 S. Fairview Avenue, Park Ridge, IL  60068-4748.  You may even call to talk with her, if you wish.  I know she'd love to hear from you. Their telephone number is 847.825.0544. 

And . . . . .  . Barry will be arranging video/DVD interviews with family members, probably group interviews, where we may reminisce, tell our favorite family stories.  Personally, I'm especially anxious to have the stories of our, um, seniors recorded for posterity, but I cannot wait to hear/see all of the family stories.

One more item for now . . . we don't know what the overall costs of this not-extravagant extravaganza will be, but are hoping to put together a budget soon.  We plan to keep costs to a minimum, and are quite mindful that out-of-towners will be spending a bit on travel costs, but may ask for "donations" to help share the costs; we should have a better sense of expenses before too much time has elapsed. 

Thank you to all of you have contacted me to let me know if you will be attending (and to those few who cannot attend, but will be with us in spirit).  For those of you who have not yet RSVPd to our unofficial invitation (or who have not yet responded to Leoni, or to Barry, or to Joanne, or to Patti, or to Ruthie, or to Ellen, or . . . am I missing someone?), please let one of us know if you'll be able to attend.  I hope so!

This will be a blast!  It will be wonderful to see all of you!

Love, beth (and Leoni and Barry and Joanne and Patti and Ruthie and Ellen, and anyone else whom I may have neglected to mention!)

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May 20, 2006

Hello, again, BZ Family and Friends.  It is good to have a chance to "talk" with you again!  Sorry for such a long stretch of time between emails.  Um, I was giving everyone a chance to absorb the previous emails!  

I'll try to be brief (hah!) and will email you again sooner than later!

We have made much progress since last we were in touch.  Our search committee (Barry, Joanne & Murray, Ruth, and Ellen B.) has selected a perfect site for our reunion picnic--Chace Park.  They took a field trip there in April to scope Chace out as a potential picnic site and were really pleased with the setting--it is accessible (yes!) and evidently is a beautiful area, with those wonderfully refreshing ocean breezes for us to enjoy. 

Joanne has reserved a block of rooms at the Marina del Rey hotel.  Please contact joanne@novatravelonline.com or pattie@novatravelonline.com for any assistance you would like with any of your travel reservations.  They are wonderful travel agents and could help with any special needs you may have (I know this from experience, as they've been great when my folks have needed special hotel and/or airplane accommodations).

We also wanted to remind you of the plans for the weekend of 25-27 August.  Eve & Eli are hosting us at their home on Friday, 25 August.  Directions will be provided, and if anyone needs a ride, please let us know.

The reunion picnic at Chace Park will be held the next day, on Saturday, 26 August.  We are planning to have the picnic catered.  Directions will be provided (!).  Parking is available, although we are counting on some of our younger, energetic cousins to feed the meters.

Finally, on Sunday, 27 August, Barry is providing brunch at his home.  A number of people will be flying out of town that day, but we're hoping they can drop by before leaving for the airport, which is not too far from his house in Santa Monica. Again, directions will be provided.

Barry has set up a website which will contain information on the BZ Family Reunion and other family stuff.  Check it out at www.barrytavlin.com.  If you have anything you would like Barry to include in the website, please email him at btavlin@renaisci.com.

Barry will be videotaping (or whatever the current medium is) interviews with BZ family members and friends during our reunion weekend.  We're hoping to have interviews with as many of us as possible.  He is looking for subjects and, well, subjects!  He also may need assistance when it comes time to videotaping, so if you would be able to assist him, please let Barry know. 

Finally, I wanted to encourage you to send your family photographs and stories to Leoni, as she and Donna are creating a memory book of our family photographs and family stories.  I know from personal experience that sometimes writing things up can be daunting, and/or time consuming, and/or you may not feel that your stories are of interest, but . . . when a few of us were emailing each other, we started sharing stories . . . I'll email some of them to you guys soon.  They brought up many memories, and I also learned things I had not known (or had forgotten).

As ever, if you have not already advised us as to whether you will be able to attend, please let me know. 

We look forward to reunionizing and seeing you (or, in some cases, for some of us, meeting you!).

Please feel free to email me, beth (workinout@juno.com), or Barry (btavlin@renaisci.com), or Ellen (hopalong42@aol.com), or Leoni (leoni@mcveyandassociates.com), or Joanne (joanne@novatravelonline.com), or Patti (patti@novatravelonlinel.com) if you have any questions, comments, concerns, ideas, attitude . . . anything.

Love, beth, barry, ellen, leoni, joanne, patti, and ruth

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July 3, 2006

Hello, again, BZ Family and Friends. Again, I apologize for having taken such a long time to update you.

Our BZ family reunion plans are really coming along! By the way, Barry corrected me on the website he is using for our reunion (see below, towards the end of this e-mail).

I am e-mailing some reminders below as to when and where our reunion will be held:

Our BZ family reunion will begin on Friday, 25 August, when Eve & Eli will host us at their home in Tarzana. Directions will be provided, and if anyone needs a ride, please let us know.

Saturday, 26 August, is our big picnic day. We will meet up at [Burton] Chace Park, in Marina del Rey, a beautiful and accessible area, where we may take advantage of the ocean breezes and enjoy each other's company, the food (ah, the food), and the park itself.

The picnic will be catered; please let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions of which we should be aware. Directions will be provided. Parking will be available, although we will probably need meter feeders throughout the afternoon. Take heed, all ye good runners and/or energetic cousins! We may solicit your assistance!

The picnic time has yet to be finalized, but will most likely begin in the late morning or early afternoon.

Barry has volunteered to interview/videotape family members, particularly our most mature family members, that day, later in the afternoon, or early evening.

On Sunday, 27 August, Barry will host us for brunch at his home. He lives reasonably close to LAX, so you could stop by on your way to the airport, if you are leaving that day. Again, directions will be provided.

Where to stay: Joanne has reserved a block of rooms at the Marina del Rey hotel. Please contact joanne@novatravelonline.com or patti@novatravelonline.com for any assistance you would like with any of your travel reservations. They are wonderful travel agents and could help with any special needs you may have.

Now, the website that Barry has created for us to check out information on the BZ Family Reunion and other family stuff is: www.barrytavlin.com/BZ2006.htm. If you have anything you would like Barry to include in the website, please email him at btavlin@renaisci.com.

I know that Leoni and Donna have been in touch with you, with all of us, encouraging us to send in our BZ family reminscences and photos. Thanks to all who have done so. To those who have not yet sent anything, I also encourage you to start writing or scanning photos. Even a paragraph or two would be great (I should talk--have I written anything down yet? Um, no, but I highly encourage everyone else to do so!).

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments or ideas. And . . . if you have not already done so, please e-mail me (workinout@juno.com) and let me know if you will be attending (we hope so!), and if so, the names of the people in your respective parties.

By the way, we're up to about 70 people!

We look forward to seeing you (and, in some cases, look forward to meeting you!).

Please feel free to email me, beth (workinout@juno.com), or Barry (btavlin@renaisci.com), or Ellen (hopalong42@aol.com), or Leoni (leoni@mcveyandassociates.com), or Joanne (joanne@novatravelonline.com), or Patti (patti@novatravelonlinel.com).

Love, Beth, Barry, Ellen, Leoni, Joanne, and Patti

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