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2001: Over the River and Thru the Woods
2002: "Buy Nothing Day"
2004: Thin Skin
2005: The Night Shift
2006: It's Time
2007: I have F.S.S.
2008: The Burmester Thing
2009: 10 Years Ago, Etc.
2010: You Can Get Some Satisfaction
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30 November, 2011
First, note that I have posted our annual Christmas letter on line, if you're interested in reading a summary of everything you've read on Funny the World all year! (Link in the left hand column.)
Again, you look back over 68 years of holidays and it's difficult to pick out just one. But I would say that over the years, my favorite memories always concern the Egg Nog Gala.
In 1967, the Lamplighters needed money and decided to throw a fund
raiser. They called it a champagne gala and it was a potpourri of musical numbers,
preceded by a fire backstage (accidental!), and followed by an
all-the-champagne-you-can-drink reception (planned), with champagne donated by Weibel
Vineyards. The thing was wildly successful and has become one of the most anticipated fund
raisers of The Lamplighters year today, with originally written, very funny scripts and
always the champagne reception (though now The Lamplighters buys the bubbly and charges
high prices for tickets to the show).
We have gone to the Lamplighters gala ever since the very first one and at some point during our children's early years, when they had begun to get the theater bug, they decided to put on their own gala only since they were too young to drink champagne, they served egg nog instead and called it "The Egg Nog Gala."
The first one consisted of two piano solos by Paul, a drum solo by Ned, 3 piano solos by Jeri, "The Little Drummer Boy" with Jeri on piano, Ned on drums and the other three singing, there was a "Night before Christmas" skit (with David as the "stirring mouse"), a puppet show with Jeri as the puppeteer and Ned working the curtain.
Egg Nog Galas continued for about 10 years and my happiest Christmas
memories revolve around these shows.
When we had foreign students staying with us (as we did for about 10
years worth of Christmases), they were roped into performing as well, sometimes
reluctantly, sometimes eagerly--usually with some embarrassment, because they had never
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