Skip to main content
You are not a member of this wiki.
Pages and Files
Black Mountain Journals
In Memory Of
Trials and Tribulations
Stories, Pictures & Video
Choir of Angels
Pacific High School
About this site
Sunday --- Day 3. Breakfast and closure
Please write and add pictures about the day
Mark's Sunday breakfast
Molly and Sadie photo by Patsy Dodd
Ken Scott, photo by Patsy Dodd
Mark at Stove photo by Ann Mason
Picture a room full of exuberant yet functional chaos, lots of people coming and going
and talking and singing
but work getting done.
Mark already in kitchen quietly rattling pans. Crisis: no cooking oil. I ha
car keys in hand to drive Patsy somewhere to buy it when Janelle (Venture Bob's daughter) arrive
some from home. Mark
s well into prep and the rest of us tackle the remaining pile of last night's dishes.
looking for coffee then find jobs chopping potatoes, cheese, tomatoes, onions (complete with tears). More dishes. Earnest discussions / decisions about toasters, coffee pots, extension cords, signs, traffic flow
setup. I personally crack and whisk
, 3 of which land on the floor
singing group i
s pleased to oblige Mark's request that a choir of angels serenade him while he cook
people sleeping in neighboring rooms that we'd hold off till 8 a.m. At the appointed hour Iris, Norma, Katie, Juli
, and I and others launch into
-part harmony and discover that the kitchen
s terrifically resonant. The spirituals pour out of us,
as a nod to Sunday morning. Judith,
Thomas, Sue, Sara, Chris, Paul,
and everyone else add their voices. Rain
out "If I Had a Hammer." Others flock in to sing or listen and then pick up a dish towel
and pitch in.
Assembly line in kitchen,
people holding plates trail
ing in the opposite direction
through dining room into living room
and out onto deck
. Mark putting together the world's most delicious crepes
strawberries and organic Mass. maple syrup). Thomas and Judith
omelets, later spelled by Rain and Chris. The dish-washing brigade
overseen by Asa who easily
breaks all Guinness records (but not one plate) by
a thousand items
in one hour
s a blur of breakfast orders, songs, cascades of laughter,
a visit by a bee,
spatters and sticky fingers,
coffeemaker refills, soaked dish towels and sponges, trash cans filled and emptied,
till finally the line
shrinks and disappears
at last it's
for the kitchen crew to eat the crepes Mark saved for them
All in all, one of my favorite parts of the reunion -- a delightful process with delicious results. The way life should be! -- Rio
Photo by Ann Mason
Lone Oak Hill closing celebration
After leaving Venture Retreat in Pescadero, we headed back to “The Land”.
The ending of our reunion would be to once again gather in the backlands
For some it meant first visiting spots where their homes use to be, or just sitting and visiting up on the hill as we gathered, Tom Smith entertained us with his banjo and Sara her guitar.
We circled, holding hands on Lone Oak hill to sing out and enjoy being together on the Land as a group once more.
We then scattered wild-flower seeds (poppies, lupines, and yarrow on the hill (all native plants) to the area, to spread our love of each other and this land, in some symbolic way. Wildflowers will return each spring and add beauty to this rich and beautiful energy spot that was for years a place we gathered.
A minute from our celebration on Lone Oak Hill
photo by Patsy
Katie filming on Lone Oak
Woodstock Bob , photo by Patsy Dodd
Jim Fredricks, photo by Patsy Dodd
Photo by Ann Mason
Tree planting at Struggle Mountain
After the closing celebration up on Lone Oak hill on “The Land” we went over to "Struggle Mountain " and ended the day with the planting of a Flowering Dogwood Tree. A tree we can gather under and around in the years to come. A tree planted in the name of Peace and Love for this community and the world.
photo by Ann Mason
photo by Charles Slay
photo by Court Tefft
The dogwood blooming one year later. The net is to protect in from deer.
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"