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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

    17 vote(s)
  2. Thousand Oaks

    25 vote(s)
  3. Long Beach

    3 vote(s)
  4. Other

    1 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Trying to get a "time allotted" estimate of venues, on how we can best utilize our time for events. Just off-hand, I would block out about 2 hrs for the CPAC at LB State. I was there in Nov and there are basically 3 cases in the lobby in which fans would most certainly want to take photos; Karen's drum kit with her "Lead Sister" shirt, Richard's electric piano with the Close To You lead sheet on it, and the "beat them off with a stick". The case with the Grammys, AMA Award, the Battle of the Bands trophy, One of Richard's Magic Lamp 45, Nixon autographed photo of White House appearance, etc. And the case with Karen's gold records. The receptionist did let us into the auditorium to look around and we took some photos in there. This is a great "photo op", but it is in the lobby of a building with an all glass foyer and glare killed my photos. Maybe later in the day would be good. As a sidelight there is a Japanese garden on the campus that would be great for a break or lunch. Everything was free of charge when we went, but with the CPAC they would need a "heads-up" of course to know we are coming. They were very accommodating to us when we visited. Maybe we could combine a Long Beach State visit to some Downey landmarks (such as the Newville Ave house) on the same bus tour.
  2. ringves

    ringves Active Member Thread Starter

    CPAC is definitely on the list of places to visit. And your comment about visiting the Downey sites on the same day makes a lot of sense.

    All good comments. Appreciate the suggestions.
  3. Just an update. The Star was polished again about 3 weeks ago after a little work that was done on it. We have a one time one year warranty that's up in April. So I am heading down next week 3/21/18 and taking pictures and checking it out.
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  4. Hi! I’m a longtime fan but new here. I would be most interested in guest speakers and exhibits of memorabilia. Definitely Randy Schmidt but also anyone who is still around from the band who would be willing to come and speak with us. And OMG if you could get Paul Williams that would be insane. You know Mark Lindsay also toured with them. Is he still around?
  5. May I ask why you aren’t posting this info on any of The Carpenters fan pages on FB? Lots and lots of people there would love to make plans to participate!
  6. ringves

    ringves Active Member Thread Starter

    Hi, Judy.

    Fellow Carpenters fan Greg Kuritz is working on a detailed itinerary and should have something ready for public viewing soon. He is an experienced travel agent, who has agreed to handle the detailed planning that goes into an event like this.

    I will send him an email, advising him of your suggestion about the various fan pages on FB. Great suggestion !


  7. ringves

    ringves Active Member Thread Starter

    Hi, everyone.

    Good news ! Our fellow Carpenters fan Greg Kuritz has set up a website with some preliminary information about the 50th Anniversary Celebration in Thousand Oaks in April of 2019.

    The website address is: Carpenters 50th

    A big THANK YOU to Greg for his efforts in setting up the website. I understand that he will also be connecting with some facebook groups, as some of you have suggested.

    See you all in Thousand Oaks next year !

    -- Robert
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  8. Donation made! Let's get this thing rolling!
  9. Hi Robert. I was wondering if guests have to attend all events? Can they just attend the dinner?
  10. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    This is AMAZING! I’m in! I was already planning a trek across mid America for two weeks next year and was going to go West to East, but will swap that and go East to West, finishing my trip with this weekend event in CA.

    Thanks to all involved for all their efforts so far. Can’t wait for further updates!
  11. Someday

    Someday Active Member

    This is looking GOOD! So, does anyone know ... what are the chances of the big man himself showing up?
  12. ringves

    ringves Active Member Thread Starter

    Everyone thinking of attending should take note that neither Richard nor Universal Music has endorsed the event.

    Of course, it would be wonderful to have him there. But at this point, you should NOT assume that he is going to be in attendance.

    Having said that, I think it's safe to say that you will meet a lot of people who share a common interest in the Carpenters' music. And no doubt we will all make many new friends.

    Finally, a big "THANK YOU" to those who are contributing to the fund to secure the hotel facilities.
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  13. I am so looking forward to this! 1999 was a blast! If there is any interest in having video documentation of this weekend, I am offering my services! Thanks!
  14. David A

    David A Well-Known Member

    Really looking forward to this. Will be nice to put a face to many from this board, as well (somehow I just know we don't all look like Richard or Karen, no matter what our avatars appear to be :wink: )
  15. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    This is a must, gotta do this!!
  16. A&M Retro

    A&M Retro Well-Known Member

    I'll be there. Can't wait!
  17. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Anyone have any info on when we can make hotel reservations?
  18. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    I’ve already started making serious plans for this trip. I’m looking at flying London to New York for five days’ sightseeing, transfer to Chicago where I pick up an overnight Texas Eagle sleeper train to Dallas for two days’ sightseeing there, then a flight to LA in time for the opening day of the convention. A two week holiday that fulfils lots of items on my bucket list and ends with the Carpenters’ 50th Anniversary Convention. As Akiko once sang, “how could I ask for more?” :)
  19. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Just a heads up guys that it’s 49 years ago today that Carpenters signed with A&M. In a year from now we’ll be celebrating the 50th together!
  20. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    Since the 1st time I commemorated April 22 in 1972 I've not missed a year since. Its a holiday, if you will. My holiday anyway. What's marinating for the 50th? Now that's old school anticipation.
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  21. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Awaiting further updates any day now :)

    Carpenters 50th
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  22. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Wishin', and hopin', and thinkin', and prayin' that Mr Richard Carpenter will somehow be a part of this...Anywho, I am looking forward to this with great anticipation (like you, Jeff). I believe it has the potential to be great; A once-in-a-lifetime gathering, and a cherished memory for all who participate!! I am "ALL-IN"!!!
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  23. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    I think it would be somewhat of a minor miracle of Richard shows up. Would be way cool though.
  24. ringves

    ringves Active Member Thread Starter

    Hi, everyone.

    The people involved in the organizing committee are planning to speak by phone next weekend. So I should be able to post the latest developments during the week of April 30th.

    Stay tuned !
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  25. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

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