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Christmas 2002


CLICK HERE to view and print the 2002 Montgomery Christmas Party Brochure (PDF format)


Christmas Party Updates:

This page will be updated weekly from now until after Christmas!



12/28/02      Plans for next year's party are underway

The 2003 Montgomery Christmas party will take place on Saturday, December 20, 2003!  The Brighton Town Lodge has been reserved for this day and plans are underway for next year's party.  We are looking for one or more persons to help coordinate and plan the next event to give Don and Judy a break (or at least help).  The responsibilities include planning games, activities, and food, sending out invitations and reminders, ordering food, organizing what people need to bring, buying prizes, and collecting money from people (if required).  Any help will be appreciated.  At this point, the plans for next year's party are for a shorter event sometime in the afternoon with a simple dish to pass theme for munchies and dessert instead of a big meal.  The party will be held between lunch and dinner and will start off with opening our "greatest gifts" from this year (which we forgot to do at this year's party!) and singing songs (which we never seem to a good job organizing).  Any ideas or suggestions are welcome.      HAPPY NEW YEAR!

12/26/02      The pictures are here!

Here are some of the pictures taken at this year's party.  Everyone seemed to be having a great time!







Gathered around the fireplace and the "misfit" tree, we opened our misfit gifts!

Winner: A Kotex belt                        Second Place: Edible Panties             Third Place: Box of Condiments


Merry Christmas!



12/20/02      Only 2 More Days!  Here's a Nature Walk Update

For those of you planning to enjoy the holiday nature walk around the pond and through the woods, make sure you bring BOOTS, GLOVES, HAT, and a warm JACKET with you on Sunday!  You may also want to bring binoculars, a camera, a compass, and a backpack if you want to experience the full ambiance of the event!  I visited the park on Thursday to plan a route and check on the condition of the trails.  The trails were a little muddy in spots, but that should freeze up by Sunday.  The west side of the pond has a sidewalk and the best goose viewing area.  The deer stay mostly on the east side near the woods, however they do cross over to the west side using a narrow trail along the south shore of the pond that borders the expressway. There is a very interesting view of the expressway system from the park trail, especially from a park bench situated high atop the hill just outside of the woods.  The bench faces west and provides a grand viewing area for a sunset.   Amazingly, there are benches scattered everywhere throughout the trail - even in the woods!  I saw squirrels, a deer, two different kids of geese, a duck, and some other birds.  Here is a map showing the layout of the park that I created yesterday using an aerial photo and my own personal observations from my preliminary visit:


12/17/02      Craft  Update

Amy has been searching every craft store in Monroe county to find the right beads we need to make our bead ornaments.  So far they have been very difficult to find, but persistence on her part has paid off for at least some of the colors needed for the designs she has planned.  She has found 1,080 red tri-beads and 1,080 green ones!  This means we will be able to make Christmas wreaths.  She has also been very busy baking salt dough cookies for us to decorate.  The salt dough has to bake for an hour and a half and gets very hard.  There will be paint and brushes to decorate the cookies, which will make unique personalized tree ornaments or package decorations that can be preserved forever with varnish!  Be prepared to bring your creativity with you to make some really fun Christmas crafts.

THANKS AMY (just call her the craft lady)!


12/13/02      Christmas is Almost Here!

Amy has planned some great crafts for the party.  We will be making beautiful bead ornaments and decorations during the early afternoon.  We are making some final adjustments to the agenda.  Any other ideas?

10:00 - 12:00 Lodge will be open for tree delivery and decorating.  Brunch ongoing.
12:00 - 2:00 Crafts, music, tree trimming, lighting the Yule logs, nature walk
2:00 - 4:00 Games, family photos, caroling practice
4:00 - 5:30 Dinner, dessert
5:30 - 7:00 Misfit gift exchange, our greatest gifts
7:00 - 8:00 Caroling, holiday light tour
8:00 - 9:00 Hot chocolate and fireside stories
9:00 - 10:00 Clean-up and closing of lodge

12/6/02      Party Expenses Exceed Money Collected

Due to a smaller number of invitees replying with payment than originally expected, costs per individual attending are a bit higher than planned.  In order to offset these costs, it has been decided by the planning committee that some of the expenses originally planned to be covered by the per-person charge will be divided among some of the attendees who have volunteered to pitch in a little extra.  In addition to bringing a dish to pass for brunch and a general snack, the following persons have been assigned these additional items.  THANKS TO ALL FOR THE EXTRA HELP!  There will also be a dollar raffle for a beautiful gift to help raise money to offset some of the unexpected party expenses.

Don & Amy All craft supplies
Judy & Roger All paper goods
Dorothy & Bernie Holiday cake
Thelma &Harold Holiday wreath kuchen & a raspberry crumb cake
Debbie Christmas cookies
Dolores & Don All cold beverages, garbage bags, plastic wrap, & foil wrap
Lisa & Don Bottled water, cider, & egg nog
Steve & Stephanie Christmas tree
Dick & Debbie All hot beverages

11/29/02    Prizes and Gifts Being Wrapped

This year's game prizes are better than ever!  The planning committee has procured some really nice prizes for the funniest misfit gifts.  There will also be a variety of gifts and prizes awarded with values of up to $90!  Do you have your misfit gift yet?

11/22/02    Christmas Dinner is Ordered

This year's catered buffet dinner has been ordered from Rund's Catering.  Chef Duff will be preparing our special holiday feast!

Chef Duff's Famous Buffet
  • Crab Salad
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Chef Salad with Dressing
  • Roast Sirloin
  • Baked Chicken
  • Italian Sausage w/ Peppers & Onions
  • Baked Ziti
  • Salt Potatoes
  • Dinner Rolls with Butter
  • Double Fudge Brownies
  • Special Holiday Cake
  • Hot & Cold Beverages


11/15/02    Today is the LAST day to RSVP for the Party?

             Look Who's Coming!

                  Here is the complete list of confirmed attendees:


# Adults in party # Children in party


Don Vallone Jr


Paid and confirmed

Steve Vallone

2 2

Paid and confirmed

Dolores Vallone


Paid and confirmed

Thelma Chapin 2   Paid and confirmed
Debbie Chapin 1   Paid and confirmed
Dorothy Burchard 2   Paid and confirmed
Judy Covington 2   Paid and confirmed
Lisa Stubblebine 2 1 Paid and confirmed
Dick Gallagher 2   Paid and confirmed
Brian Gallagher 1   Paid and confirmed
Tina Burchard 2 (Joe)   Paid and confirmed
Steve Burchard 1   Paid and confirmed
Donna Petrotta 4 1 Paid and confirmed
Jack Montgomery 1   Paid and confirmed
David Kehoe 2 3 Paid and confirmed
TOTAL Confirmed: 35 IMPORTANT NOTE:  Anyone who is not confirmed on this list will not be able to participate in craft activities, buffet dinner, and is not eligible for game prizes or any other activity that requires advanced planning.













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