Saturday went very well. They key word was FOOD !! We had lots of it. Some of the food was from old family recipes. Stephanie made our famous sour cream apple pie, and somehow managed to make it even better. The famous rice salad was a crazy coincidence of the evening. Alice had mentioned that we should have it, but didn't know the recipe. I explained to her that it was something that my mother made when we were kids, and Paul must have continued the tradition. Marti then informed me that she had been looking for a rice salad recipe with peas without even knowing any of the tradition! Neither Stephanie, nor my mother knew the recipe, and at mom's suggestion I called around the family and found that no one else had it either. So much for that one. Until this past Thursday when I got an email form Paul's friend Sue, telling me that she was bringing Paul's Famous Rice Salad. Somebody wanted us to have that salad! The food was all fantastic, and plentiful. Almost too plentiful. Quite a bit of the leftovers were donated to Bard staff, in thanks for all of their help, and use of the facilities.
For music we played the number one song for each year Paul was with us. 1958 to 2007. I never timed the play list when I first assembled it and we were all very surprised when the last song played as we rolled the last table away and left! The music was accompanied by a great slideshow composed by our niece Jessica. Thank you Jess!! Click here to view the slideshow.
Thanks to everyone who brought food, and accessories. I spoke a few times, to welcome everyone and tell the rice salad story. I also read a Paul story sent in by Mark Anderson. You can read that story here
I will post more stories in the weeks to come, and pictures from Saturday. I encourage all of you to send in any stories that you remember. A day with Paul was frequently an adventure!
The trust fund continues to grow nicely. Thank you all again for the donations.
Yes, Don't worry.... no animals were harmed by stray balloons.. I know people worry about such things.
Saturday 1/19 2:00 PM at the Bard College Campus Center If you are bringing food, or want to help set up, we will have the room at 12:30 PM
Food So-Far: Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Taco Salad, Turkey, Pasta Salad, Potato Salad, Cake, Chicken Salad, Empanadas, Vegatables and Dip, Garden Salad, Water Bottles, Iced Tea, Coffee Urns for coffee and hot water, Macaroni & Cheese, "Paul's Famous Rice Salad", Spinach Dip, Asst. Deserts, Soda, Tuna Salad, Meatball Sandwiches
Directions to the Bard Campus Main Entrance:
In New York State, take the Taconic State Parkway to the Red Hook/Route 199 exit, drive west on Route 199 through the village of Red Hook to Route 9G, turn right onto Route 9G, and drive north 1.6 miles.
Or take the New York State Thruway (I-87) to Exit 19 (Kingston), take Route 209(changes to Route 199 at the Hudson River) over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to Route 9G, turn left onto Route 9G and drive north 3.5 miles.
From main college entrance on Route 9G:
Enter College at main entrance. Entrance road ends at Campus Road. Make a right turn onto Campus Road.
Follow Campus road to end at Annandale Road
Left onto Annandale Road.
Follow around to left. Keep going to North Ravine Road. (approx .5 miles)
Right turn onto North Ravine Road (just before Chapel)
Follow road around to left at admissions. Parking is on right (for Campus Center)
The get-together is accross road from parking in the Campus Center.
Call if you get lost
Neil Cell: 917-776-3043 Steph Cell: 845-625-4449 Marti Cell: 845-389-5373 Davey Cell: 845-750-0740 Lee Cell: 914-490-3563
We have set the get-together that Paul wanted us all to have for Saturday, January 19th at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, NY. This will be pot-luck, although we won't turn anyone away if you can't bring anything. Things will start around 2 PM, but we would ask people bringing food try to get there early to help setup. We have the room available to us from 12:30 until 7PM.
As far as what to bring, well, anything goes! We can use food, desserts, drinks (no alcohol please), snacks, etc. I'm not sure if we will have equipment to heat food or not. I will have to get back to you all on that. Please email, or call and let us know what you are bringing, and I'll post it on the website ( www.paulgoldstein.org ). You can check the website first to see what's already coming. That way we won't end up with 20 pans of lasagna :-)
I will send and post directions to the college once I have details on where the room is on campus. Annandale is just across the river from Kingston. If anyone is coming from far away, there are motels in Kingston, and enough to do to make a weekend of it. Just ask if you need some suggestions. The campus alone is worth a visit. We can pickup commuters at the Poughkeepsie Metro North station, and the Rhinecliff Amtrak station again if necessary. Just let us know and someone will be there.
Let's all try to make this what I think Paul wanted it to be. There will be memorabilia there, but please feel free to bring more if you have any pictures of Paul.
Cards, letters, and donations continue to come in. Thank you all again for your generosity. I hope to see lots of people at Bard on the 19th.