THIS IS SURRATTS
FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2004-2 OF JANUARY 30, 2004
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT AND SURRATTSTOCK PERFORMERS TEAM-UP FOR GREAT
CAUSE. Christmas in April of Prince George's County, headed by Foundation
Achievement Award recipient Mary Kucharski (76), will feature Surrattstock
performers Old But Not Cold at its annual dinner dance on February 21, from
5:30 - 11 p.m., at the Moose Lodge at 10404 Brandywine Road, Clinton. (This
year, the organization has selected 100 homeowners for its program.)
Information on tickets to this great event for a great cause, which are only
$15, is available at 301-868-0937.
Admission includes dinner plus the outstanding music of OBNC, and a cash bar
will be available. A silent auction, raffles and other games of chance will
2. ... AND SPEAKING OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS. Some of you may have
seen the nice article on the front page of the Baltimore Sun Travel Section
of January 25, 2004 entitled "Drawn to the Shore". The article profiled
various Eastern Shore artists and contained this nice quote about
Achievement Award recipient Kevin Fitzgerald (71): "The painter Kevin
Fitzgerald, emerging as one of the top artists in the Mid-Atlantic, has
developed into a great success story."
Congratulations to Kevin on this very nice press!
3. HORNET CHEF FEATURED ON CBS. I recently received an email from
Pamela McIntyre Shooks (63), reporting that fellow classmate Patrick
O'Connell (63), chef and co-owner of the Inn at Little Washington in
Northern Virginia, was featured on the CBS Sunday Morning show on Sunday,
November 23, 2003. Some of you may recall that we've mentioned Patrick in a
prior e-Notice because of the very good press he and his restaurant received
in Washington. It's nice to know that Patrick's fame is now nationwide!
4. FOUNDATION BENCHES INSTALLED IN COURTYARDS. Last
year, an important Foundation project was the revival, led by a dedicated
team of parent and student volunteers, of the two courtyards at the School.
This project was just completed by the installation of bench/table
combinations in the smaller (former "senior") courtyard at the School.
(The generosity of the annual campaign donors listed below made this
Foundation gift possible.) The courtyard is now enjoyed by seniors and
honors students. Congratulations to '06 parent Theresa Richmond and her crew
on a job very well done!
5. HUBCAPS UPDATE. Two items concerning Y2K Reunion performers The Hubcaps
came my way this month. First, I saw a nice item raving about The Hubcaps
and announcing that, as part of their 30th anniversary tour, they will be
playing the May 7 fund raising event for the Monongalia Health System in
Morgantown, WV. Second, I received this nice email from Leslie St. Clair
(70): "Hey Henry: Happy New Year! Beth Horton, Terry Zinneman Antonioli,
Vince Antonioli, Mike Sprouse and I attended The Hubcaps Post New Year's
Party at Martin's Crosswinds on January 2.
As always, these guys were awesome. They announced that there will be a
Hubcaps 30th anniversary dance at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt sometime
this Spring to commemorate that occasion. It will be listed on their
schedule on their website (www.thehubcaps.com) as soon as the date is
confirmed. They have some CDs for sale on the website and I can vouch for
them all; they're excellent! Talk to you soon, Leslie"
Congratulations to Dale "Rocky" Simon (69), Jimi Simon (71) and the rest of
The Hubcaps on 30 years of fabulous music-making!
6. CLASSES OF 78 AND 79 PLAN REUNION. The Classes
of 1978 and 1979 are planning a joint 25 Year/26 Year Reunion. Interested
alum should be sure to get their current email addresses to Sandy Pelletier
Richnafsky(79), at SandyPR@aol.com, W: 301-855-6430 or Cell:
240-843-1945, or to Jeanne Hoffman (78), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. PRINCE GEORGE'S HISTORY. The Prince George's Extra section of the
Thursday, January 22, 2004 Washington Post ran a profile on Capitol Rock
author Mark Opsasnick and his latest book, Miscellaneous and Unknown.
You can view the article by going to www.capitolrock.com and clicking on
either "Washington Post article" or "Latest News." Mark's past books have
provided fascinating glimpses into the 20th century history of P.G.
County, and have prominently featured many great Surrattsville musicians.
Miscellaneous and Unknown promises to be another interesting glimpse into
the not-too-distant past.
8. PRINCE GEORGE'S HISTORY, CONTINUED. And speaking of history, I received
this interesting email from the Foundation's unofficial internet expert,
Wayne Tatum (74): "Hi Henry: Now you can look up historical articles from
the Washington Post at:
I couldn't resist visiting that site and punching in the word
"Surrattsville", and the search located many interesting articles, including
this one from July 6, 1892: "Tournament and Ball at Surrattsville. Article
Summary: The Fourth was celebrated at Surrattsville by a grand tournament
and ball for the benefit of St.
John's Catholic Church. Hon. Richard E. Brand, State attorney for Prince
George's County, delivered the address of the day."
Something tells me this might be a great site for Reunion Committees looking
for clippings from their era at Surratts.
9. SEEKING HORNET MUSICIANS. I received this musical email from alum and
former faculty member Richard "Butch" Mortimer (57): "Hello Henry:
As you know, there have been some very good musicians who have graduated
from Surrattsville. Many of them are making good money doing it, but right
now I am looking for former band members in the Southern MD area who have
put their instruments in the closet for years but might be interested in
playing again for sheer enjoyment. As you know or might not know, I have
been the director of the Southern Maryland Concert Band for the past several
years. We rehearse every Tuesday night at Thomas Stone High School on Route
5 in Waldorf from 7:30 to 9:15 p.s.. There is no audition. It would be great
to have some of my former students come out and get involved in playing
their instruments for fun again. I have a few from the famous Oxon Hill Band
but I need more from the famous Surrattsville Band. SMCB is a group of
adults like many of my former students who haven't played in years but get
their instruments out and really get hooked again. Anyone who might have the
slightest interest should call me at home (301) 645-2784 or e-mail me at
email@example.com. You would be surprised how fast your music can come
back to you. Richard (Butch) Mortimer"
I know a number of the musicians who performed for the Foundation at
Surrattstock wouldn't be the musicians they are without the inspiration
provided to them in their school days by Butch Mortimer. (His musical
influence on me dates back to my trumpet playing days at Tanglewood!) I hope
some of you will be able to join SMCB for some musical fun.
10. TALES OF THE FIRST ALL CLASSES REUNION. Many of you were able to enjoy
the extraordinary All Classes and Faculty and Staff Reunion events in June
2002. During my email correspondence with Butch Mortimer, the Class
President from the Class of 57 (see previous item), I learned that there was
a previous, and possibly even more special, All Classes Reunion of Surratts
alumni. Here's an excerpt from Butch's email: "My class -- 57 -- was the
50th class to graduate from Surrattsville in 1957. I went to Surratts all 12
years. We had a 50th year reunion going back to 1907, the founding year of
the School. Blanche Hurt was the lone graduate in 1907, and she was at our
gathering. As it happened, her father who had been a doctor owned the house
in Piscataway that my wife grew up in. It is a small world. Surrattsville
and Clinton has lots of history."
If anyone happens to have any photos from that first, very special All
Classes event, we'd love to have them for the Foundation's web site at
www.surrattsville.org. Naturally, we'd be especially interested in a photo
of Blanche Hurt, Surrattsville's first graduate.
11. AND SPEAKING OF ALL CLASSES REUNIONS... Butch's
email reminded me that only 17 months remain until the next All Classes and
Faculty and Staff Reunion over the June 25, 2005 weekend. Some of you will
remember that a number of people were disappointed that they weren't able to
attend the Y2K events, because they found out after the events, found out
after all of the events were sold-out, found out too late to make travel
arrangements, and the like. Please consider reaching out to your Surratts
contacts and reminding them now to keep the entire weekend of June 25, 2005
clear for a truly special experience.
I hope you and yours are well, and enjoying a great start to 2004!
Henry Smith (71), firstname.lastname@example.org
HEARTFELT THANKS TO THESES 2003 FOUNDATION ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DONORS!
Pat Becker Oles (71)
Henry Smith (71)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Kristine Seaquist Easley-Agee (70)
Lee Pascasio (64)
Steve Profilet (71), in memory of Doris Profilet Coral Ann Kupfer (65) Carol
Tisdale Whitsell (64) Richard Neilan (82), In Memory of Charlie Waddell
Homer Revis (56) Joan Revis (61) Eileen Johnson Ford (75), In Memory of
Charlie Waddell Anon, In Memory of Col. Francis O'Clair Robert Kane (68)
Paul Monaghan (59) Helen Bovhjerg Niedung (54) Edward Jaffe (65) Scott
McWhirt (71) Michael Cassidy (87) Suzanne Meilert Fields (71) Jim Turner
(71) Barbara Misiewicz Bailey (63) Carol Fite Mothershead (65) Larry
Mothershead (65) Melissa Gilcrest (69) Nancy Oursler Maynard (65) Tami
McDowell Ayres (77) Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (60) Pamela Roundy Hicks (63)
Lark Bergwin Anderson (71) Leslie St. Clair (70) Richard D. Duke (47) Victor
Negron (71) Anne Noyes (Former Faculty) Michelle Wilson Block (68) Carol
Kramer (71) Mike Gifford (84) Denise Hope (72) Vicki Forsht Williams (65)
Peter Williams (64) Ellen Talbert-Miller (61, and former
faculty/administrator), In Memory of Mr. Pryde Dan Bayne (71), In Memory of
Charlie Waddell Jane Edwards Robison (54) Sherri Koch Gay (71) Pamela
McIntyre Shooks (63) Andrew Grafton (74) Class of 65 "Rumble in Reno" Group