BARULHO BRASILEIRO VIII is COMING!!!
EA Saudades 2002: “It was truly a remarkable event and time. And, I am sure, a time marker in most everyone’s life.” – Barbara Clegg
These words probably reflect best what over 400 people came away with after participating in some way in that magical week in Rio: August 4-10, 2002. What many of us learned – whether student or teacher or staff – is that Escola Americana has touched each of our lives in ways we never imagined. And this is what Suelena Vieira de Melo Bastos and I counted on as we conceived of and orchestrated this event.
The emotions and energy were palpable at the opening cocktail party at the Sheraton on Sunday night. Tears, as best friends and best enemies saw each other after many decades. Abraços and hearty back pats after putting today’s wiser faces to years-long email conversations. Everyone talking at machine-gun-fire pace, trying to fill in the blanks of so many years.
On Monday, the ‘Bus Tour to Wherever’ gave visitors back their
bearings: no, Kenny Mertz cannot see the stars better in Barra.
It is now wall-to-wall high-rises.
And the pilgrimage to where the school ‘used to be’ had
many Leblon residents wondering why 75 gringos were staring at a
4-storey apartment building. [But
the little paper store across the street is
still there…] The
day’s events ended at an abundant churrasco across the bay from Pão
de Açucar. Caipirinhas,
chopp, and camaraderie added to the spirited reception of Dr.
Brown’s nostalgic words.
On Monday, the ‘Bus Tour to Wherever’ gave visitors back their bearings: no, Kenny Mertz cannot see the stars better in Barra. It is now wall-to-wall high-rises. And the pilgrimage to where the school ‘used to be’ had many Leblon residents wondering why 75 gringos were staring at a 4-storey apartment building. [But the little paper store across the street is still there…] The day’s events ended at an abundant churrasco across the bay from Pão de Açucar. Caipirinhas, chopp, and camaraderie added to the spirited reception of Dr. Brown’s nostalgic words.
Tuesday was the emotional high-note of the week as we met with teachers and staff, new and old. First, with a visit to the new school in Gávea to see how much it offers today and to hear its future plans. And then at the Velha Guarda tea at Paissandu. Everyone was there: Mrs. Boone, Ed Stanton, Miss Lila, Angela Froes, the Pinto sisters, nurse Margot Divenyi, Flavita, Dr. Flarys, Mrs. Bridge, Mrs. Becker, and too many others to list here. Desmond Cole shared his feelings over the microphone as copies of his ‘little book of memories’ were handed out. And the reunion’s most prized image came when he reached over, held Mademoiselle’s hands, and kissed her.
Wednesday brought a relaxed bus trip to Petrópolis:
a visit to the
Thursday started for some with a visit to H. Stern, and ended with a raucous night at Mangueira, sharing the floor with sparsely dressed mulatas … and remembering 'carnavais' gone by. In all the excitement, some strained muscles they didn’t even remember they had!
The week’s one sad note was the passing of John Bash’s fiancée Harriet Maresh on Thursday. We were all thrilled to see John beam as he introduced her to us and, in just four days, Harriet had eased so gently into our hearts. Our prayers are with John as he faces his terrible loss.
Friday morning saw about 70 sleepy faces getting on buses to Angra, for a long day of sun, swimming, and schmoozing. The video bears witness to the wonderful island hopping, eating, and drinking that went on as age barriers continued to break down.
The week ended with a splendid cocktail-dinner-dance in the Golden Room of the Copacabana Palace, made possible through the unending generosity of its Managing Director, Philip Carruthers (‘64). The room was filled to capacity and all tickets sold out as 300 people took one more opportunity to honor EA’s staff and teachers – what fanfare over Naná Collares up on the stage! ‘Paioleiros’ got to visit with Father Leising, Dr. Ruszkay wowed the women, and Mademoiselle held court looking as resplendent as ever. The dancing went on until the wee hours. By , the empty Golden Room represented what was left of the entire week: first, the growing expectations … then the high-energy sharing and making of new memories … and then a very empty space ‘when the ball was over.’
-- Saudades 2002 Co-Instigator Sharon O’Day (’66)
For you current (paid up) members, you’ll find
the Names listing in your mailing. Schools now has about 1100 entries,
Names ABOUT 1190. This is an advantage of paying your dues! Remember
that when you join up at the three-year rate ($40), we send you the
last listing you missed, if you did miss one. One year at a time?
Extra special thanks to Sharon O’Day for the
write-ups on EA’s Saudades 2002. It was a wonderful experience; you
should have been there! There is
no law prohibiting other schools from doing this!
Bibi Momsen would like to know what ever happened
to Mickey Weldon and Ricardo Leonard? (We’d like to know also). But
she still hopes to be in
Thanks to a letter from Tom Page we had to
explore some errors in the Schools listing. Not only Tom, but 16
others had no school flag, and nine had the wrong flag. The missing
and misclassified should show up on the next Schools list.
Keep up all the good work, many thanks, from Mr. & Mrs. Shelby D. St. Martin. Thank you for your thank you.
Don’t overlook the information sheet: - Vote!
(Up top). Please include your phone number/s and email (down below).
Circle N (no, don’t print) or Y
(yes, do). Sometimes we have questions!
Ciao for now. Abracos e saudades a todos.(Martha & Eldon, Carol, Bonnie and Bob)
Christmas! Happy New Year!
See you at Barulho VIII!
See you at Barulho VIII!
Dues are now US $15.00 per year, and US $40.00 for three years. Please pay through the next Barulho, summer of 2003. Please mail your checks to Barulho Brasileiro; c/o Robert L. Huff, CPA, Suite 301, 11551 Forest Central Drive, Dallas, Texas 75243.
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