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50th Anniversary Celebration - West Coast* (merged threads)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by ringves, Jul 16, 2017.

In which city should the 50th Anniversary Celebration be based?

  1. Downey

    14 vote(s)
    34.1%
  2. Thousand Oaks

    24 vote(s)
    58.5%
  3. Long Beach

    3 vote(s)
    7.3%
  4. Other

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    A whole host of new names have been added to the attendee list, taking the total now to 87 - we're just 13 away from the maximum allowed number of 100 already!

    Carpenters 50th - Attendees
     
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  2. Portlander

    Portlander Active Member

    Represented by 22 states and 7 countries so far. I claim the furthest travel distance within the US, Ontario is the furthest distance from our friends in Canada. Will have to look at a map to determine the rest of the world, though I would guess Germany is a little further away than Japan.
     
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  3. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    I’m curious about the ten Japanese “tour groups” which have been added. Ten groups of people would take the current confirmed numbers way over the stated 100 maximum. I wonder will Yuko Ogura be among these?
     
  4. CarpentersToYou

    CarpentersToYou What I feel has come and gone before...

    Let’s hope so!
     
  5. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    To those of you attending, please create a thread and share stories and photos.
     
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  6. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    I’ve been looking at my travel plans again tonight and thinking ahead excitedly, when an idea popped into my head...

    Wouldn’t it be nice, nearer the time, if we created a “50th Anniversary Event Thread” on this forum, where those attending could add posts, pictures and videos in real time or shortly after their trip, as a way of capturing the whole event for posterity? If I hadn’t been attending, I know this is something I’d love to see. Given that I am lucky enough to be doing so, I’d like to suggest we do something like that and would happily contribute to it and even collate and upload video and picture content on behalf of other attendees, so that everyone is able to experience the trip and see the sights for themselves, whether they were there or not :)
     
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  7. Portlander

    Portlander Active Member

    I was wondering about the tour group block from Japan also. Looks like it may be one tour group with ten potential slots with the attendee names to follow. If that is not the case, I think the organizers would have closed out the remainder of the list? ringves would be able to answer this question for us. If it does turn out to be an extra 80-100 individuals, some extra tour buses will need to added along with an additional Thousand Oaks hotel option!
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2018
  8. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    I didn’t think of that. One tour of ten people would make more sense as they have taken the ten slots. How wonderful though that we have people from all over the world coming to this event.
     
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  9. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    You must have read my mind. I did not see your post before the thought came into my head about the Event thread. It only came to my mind because I will have my mobile phone with me (which takes hi-res pictures and videos) and can easily upload pictures from others onto the photobucket app and videos via YouTube as we go and post them online here. This forum doesn’t allow direct uploads of content so you always have to use a third party hosting provider and I know some people don’t use any or find that easy to do.
     
  10. ringves

    ringves Active Member Thread Starter

    Hi, Portlander & newvillefan.

    The 10 spots that you have mentioned are for the Japanese tour group that Yuka Ogura is organizing. There could actually be more. But Yuka feels that the group will have at least 10 people. And yes, we (the organizing committee) are very pleased that the attendees will include a contingent from Japan which has proven to be a very loyal market for the Carpenters' music.
     
  11. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    That’s amazing news!
     
  12. Portlander

    Portlander Active Member

    Thanks ringves. All we are missing now is representation from Vietnam and Australia, two other countries that truly admire the Carpenters. Would be also nice to have someone from New Haven, CT join in the festivities to show support from their hometown. I met Debbie Vaiuso many years ago and she gave my former wife and I a tour of the Nathan Hale School and also invited us into her mother's home. They were both very nice and showed us memorabilia from Karen and Richard and shared a few stories about living down the street from the Carpenter family. Debbie would be a wonderful addition to the panel if someone (Randy) could reach out to her.
     
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  13. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    I absolutely adore Yuka Ogura and if in the past I haven't fully expressed my gratitude for Yuka's kindness and generosity. Thankyou Yuka, you are very special.
     
  14. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    Tracey and I are currently on a...budget.
    May not make the spot. However, we may just zoom down I-5 from Portland to Los Angeles ain't nothin but a thing. Perhaps we can sniff the ambience from across the street. Yet, I never question the idea of abundance thinking. The feeling of deprivation must be vanquished. In it's place pops up passion.
     
  15. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    FL
    Wow this just went up a whole new level, it's going to be an exciting huge event!!
     
  16. A&M Retro

    A&M Retro Well-Known Member

    Fantastic plan, Newville’!
     
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  17. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    More wonderful surprises this evening to add to the excitement. The attendee number has crept up to almost 100 and Earl Dumler has been confirmed as a panel contributor with still more to come. Wonderful news! Given his vast career experience, I’m particularly interested to hear from him about the orchestral recording process with Richard and Karen.

    Carpenters 50th - About Us
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2018 at 3:39 PM
  18. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    REAL MEN, LOVE THE CARPENTERS! - I am actually looking at somehow getting a T-shirt with this saying and their portrait made. This is how "amped-up" I am for this event!!
     
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  19. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    I’m planning on getting a different T-shirt made for each day of the four day visit, but I’m with you on that one :laugh:
     
  20. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    AWESOME PHOTOS!!
     
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  21. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Thank you. I loved the experience of being there and turning that corner and seeing the garage doors and the long profile of the house coming into viewing almost gave me palpitations! I couldn’t believe how accessible it was from the main street. Both times I was there the house was still immaculately kept and still had those brown garage louvre doors, which kinda signifies the Now & Then album for me. Once the new owners replaced those and started messing around with the rest of the house, it just lost all that original magic charm for me.
     
  22. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    GREAT line up!
    I wish I could go!
     
  23. Portlander

    Portlander Active Member

    Reworked my travel plans a few days ago. Am now flying into John Wayne (SNA) on Delta and will arrive a day earlier and will have a rental car for the duration. Had no issues reserving another night at the hotel for the same rate. I have some family members (Connecticut transplants) that live and Tustin and I plan to visit them on Sunday, the Carpenters are the priority on this trip. If anyone else is arriving on Tuesday, see you by the pool!
     
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