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Which menu option do you prefer?

The $52 menu selection
5
42%
The $62 menu selection
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58%
 
Total votes: 12

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Post by Werner » Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:40 pm

Henry, did you get a P/M I sent you last night regarding another possibility - O'Neal's, across from Avery Fischer Hall.

If you did not get it, I'll resend it.

What's our count as of now?
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Post by slofstra » Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:14 pm

Werner wrote:Henry, did you get a P/M I sent you last night regarding another possibility - O'Neal's, across from Avery Fischer Hall.

If you did not get it, I'll resend it.

What's our count as of now?
The count is now 17 with a couple more interested. I've answered your PM.

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Post by miranda » Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:28 pm

Hey, put me down as a tenative, solo attendee.

I won't be able to go to the concert, but I would love to meet everyone and eat dim sum.
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Post by slofstra » Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:37 pm

Okay, thanks, Miranda.

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Post by Steinway » Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:46 am

Is there a final decision about where the event is being held?

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Post by slofstra » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:55 pm

Right on cue, steinway. I was just about to provide an update.

We have a line on a place close to the Lincoln Center for the meetup. It is called O'Neals and this restaurant has been patronized in the past by several in the group who recommend it. Werner has talked to the manager there and we have been tentatively booked in, pending approval of the group.

To quote Werner, O'Neals would offer us "a three course dinner including appetizer, main course, and dessert, at $52 each, including tax and gratuity. Tea, coffee, or decaf included; other drinks extra. [This] strikes me as a good deal, considering the time, location, and the quality of food, with which we're familiar."

We would need to collect the dinner cost in advance, and we'll provide further information along that line in the New Year. More menu information to follow.

If we can guarantee 25 or so attendees O'Neals will provide a private room, otherwise we'll be accommodated in one of the main rooms. So, if you're not on the list yet, and thinking about this, please let us know. We are at 18 confirmed attendees now, and 3 more are tentative.

What do you think of this option? We can discuss this option here on this thread, but also feel free to PM me in confidence if you have any concerns.

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Post by Steinway » Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:08 pm

Henry..

O'Neals is a fine choice and quite close to Lincoln Center. Count me and my bride to be there!

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Post by slofstra » Thu Dec 13, 2007 5:18 pm

steinway wrote:Henry..

O'Neals is a fine choice and quite close to Lincoln Center. Count me and my bride to be there!
Thanks for the endorsement, and we look forward to meeting you there. (We celebrated our 31st anniv day before yesterday)!

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Post by karlhenning » Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:38 pm

slofstra wrote:Thanks for the endorsement, and we look forward to meeting you there. (We celebrated our 31st anniv day before yesterday)!
Belated congratulations, Henry!

Cheers,
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Post by Ralph » Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:15 pm

O'Neals is fine.
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Post by ch1525 » Fri Dec 28, 2007 1:17 pm

Does anyone have any suggestions about hotels near the Lincoln Center?

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Post by Barry » Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:22 pm

I changed my mind about staying the night in NYC and just booked a room in midtown.

The slightly longer-than-usual length of the concert (wouldn't be a problem if they weren't playing the "completed" Schubert Unfinished :roll: ) meant that I would have been cutting it close in terms of catching the last train or bus to Philly that night and I didn't want to take a chance of spending the night in a train station.
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Post by karlhenning » Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:30 pm

"Completed" Schubert B Minor Symphonies are one of my pet peeves.

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Post by Barry » Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:33 pm

karlhenning wrote:"Completed" Schubert B Minor Symphonies are one of my pet peeves.

Cheers,
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Now they're one of mine too :wink: .
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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Dec 31, 2007 7:54 pm

ch1525 wrote:Does anyone have any suggestions about hotels near the Lincoln Center?
Well, I'm going to mention Leo House again. It's a 10-15 minute ride from Lincoln Center and you probably won't find anything cheaper closer. People who've used it think it's the best kept secret in NYC. I've stayed there a half dozen times.
The Leo House is in its 117th year as a safe, quiet guesthouse with a Catholic atmosphere. This residency is staffed by a Priest-in-Residence, the Sisters of St. Agnes and lay personnel. There is a chapel with the Blessed Sacrament reserved, and often daily Mass. People of all faiths are welcome.

Our residency provides general hospitality, rather than accommodations specifically for retreats, with moderately decorated and comfortable rooms. We offer single and double rooms with private or shared baths ranging from $70-100. Family rooms with 4-6 beds are also available for $160. A beautiful outdoor garden is available for all guests to relax and enjoy its beauty.

There is NO SMOKING in any room in The Leo House, except for the garden.

A buffet style breakfast is served every day except Sunday in a pleasant Dining Room. The Commons Room has vending machines providing soft drinks and snacks. There are a wide variety of restaurants just outside our doors offering popular dinner and luncheon cuisines at reasonable prices.

Centrally located in Manhattan, the Chelsea residential area provides public transportation to the many tourist attractions (Museums, Theatres, Madison Square Garden, Javits Center, Rockefeller Center, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Fifth Ave shopping) and is well within a half block via subway or bus. Several churches are within walking distance.

Reservation Criteria: Please note that The Leo House provides general hospitality, rather than accommodations specifically for retreats.

Three nights minimum is requested and booking well in advance is highly recommended and appreciated. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

The Leo House does not have internet capability. Nor do we have a website or email address.

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Post by Barry » Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:02 pm

I grabbed a reservation at the least expensive place I could find within a reasonable distance from Lincoln Center that didn't look like it had serious potential to be a fleabag (it's my experience that real cheap rooms in Manhattan can be just a tad sleazier than I'm comfortable with.....you don't get the kind of room for under $150 there that you will in most other parts of the country in terms of size and general pleasantness.....of course, there could be exceptions I don't know about; but exceptions are what they'd be).

That turned out to be the Club Quarters Midtown, on 45th Street between 5th and 6th Aves. I booked the room on Travelocity.

They appear to cater to business people and member organizations during the week. They aren't quite a regular tourist hotel, so maybe they just offer rooms at decent rates to the public on weekends when they have less business traffic.

The only places I saw for less within a reasonable distance from Lincoln Center with a private bathroom had some user reviews that scared me off.
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Post by karlhenning » Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:29 pm

There is NO SMOKING in any room in The Leo House, except for the garden.
I suppose the necessary information gets across.

But doesn't this sentence suggest that the garden is "a room"? One hopes for rather more, of a garden, even on the island of the Manhattoes . . . .

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Post by Chalkperson » Tue Jan 01, 2008 2:16 am

karlhenning wrote:There is NO SMOKING in any room in The Leo House, except for the garden.
A beautiful outdoor garden is available for all guests to relax and enjoy its beauty.
Sounds like a good Garden to me, not that I know a lot about Gardens though... :wink:

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Post by karlhenning » Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:38 am

Yes, but I am considering not so much the overall informational content of the brochure, as the grammar of that sentence.

There is no smoking in any room of the hotel; however, smoking is permitted in the garden is not quite how I read the grammar of There is NO SMOKING in any room in The Leo House, except for the garden.

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Post by Steinway » Tue Jan 01, 2008 12:57 pm

There's a really nice hotel at 75th & Broadway named the Beacon. The rate is 227.00 for that night in February, for those folks who are still looking for a place to stay. For NYC on a Saturday night, this is a very respectable price.

Friends of mine who have stayed there say it's quite nice.

By the way, I had dinner at O'Neals recently and it's a fine choice for the meeting.

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Post by slofstra » Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:30 pm

Update:

Things are moving along, and many thanks to Werner who has been doing all of the legwork on the dinner arrangements at O'Neals.

Basically, we have a choice of 2 menus at O'Neals - $52 or $62.
$52 Menu and here's what she wrote:FIRST COURSE;

CHOICE OF;

FIELD GREENS SALAD WITH PEAR TOMATOES AND HOUSE DRESSING
OR
SEASONAL SOUP OF THE DAY


CHOICE OF ENTREES;


FRENCH CUT CHICKEN BREAST, WHIPPED MASHED POTATOES,
CRANBERRY RELISH AND HARICOTS VERTES

PAN ROASTED SALMON ALMONDINE SERVED WITH RICE AND ASPARAGUS

PENNE PASTA WITH ROASTED JAPANESE EGGPLANT, WILD MUSHROOMS, SPINACH, TOMATOES AND FRESH HERBS


DESSERT SELECTIONS;

CHOCOLATE ROULADE
APPLE PIE OR PECAN PIE

COFFEE, DECAFFEINATED COFFEE OR TEA


THE PRICE FOR THIS MENU IS $52.00 PER PERSON INCLUSIVE OF TAX AND GRATUITY
OR
$62 menu and here's what she wrote:
-FIRST COURSE

FIELD GREENS WITH PEAR TOMATOES AND HOUSE DRESSING OR CAESAR SALAD

ENTRÉE SELECTIONS

PAN ROASTED CHILEAN SEA BASS SERVED WITH A RUBY RED GRAPEFRUIT SAUCE WITH OYSTER MUSHROOMS, ASPARAGUS
AND ARTICHOKE HEARTS

LINGUINE WITH LOBSTER AND SHRIMP, GRILLED VEGETABLES
GARLIC OLIVE OIL

MEDALLIONS OF FILET MIGNON SERVED WITH A PORT AND THYME SAUCE, CHIVE MASHED POTATOES AND HARICOTS VERTS

DESSERT SELECTIONS

CHEESECAKE WITH BERRY COULIS
CHOCOLATE ROULADE OR FRESH SEASONAL BERRIES WITH WHIPPED CREAM


COFFEE, TEA OR DECAFFEINATED COFFEE



$62.00 PER PERSON INCLUSIVE OF TAX AND GRATUITY

I've added a poll as to which menu you prefer, the $52 or $62 one. No need to choose entrees at this time, in case that is not clear. Attendees only please.
I do think these menus represent pretty good value.

The time is still set for 4 PM cocktails, dinner at 5 PM.

However, we will post the address of a nearby Starbucks for early arrivals (before 4 PM) to meet - esp for those from out of town. The question remains as to how we might identify fellow CMGers, which I leave open for the floor. Perhaps we could all carry banjoes.

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Post by Barry » Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:43 pm

Thanks to both Henry and Werner for taking care of this. I'm presently organizing a lunch for a large group at work and I know it can be difficult nailing down the arrangements and final number of people attending.
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Post by Werner » Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:38 pm

Henry, I don't know whether you have kept a list of the registrants up to date. If a new list is necessary, let me start the ball rolling by casting two votes for the $52 menu - and reserving a place each for Charlotte and myself.

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Post by Donald Isler » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:49 am

I'll be there. And I also vote for the $52 dinner.
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Post by slofstra » Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:35 pm

I certainly have a list. And Donald you are on it. If anyone is in doubt, I can let you know if you are on it. As indicated in the headline post we have 21 attendees of which 4 are now tentative.

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Post by Barry » Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:18 pm

I hate to do this, but I'm going to have to cancel.

I've got a single ticket for the Saturday night Russian National Orchestra concert.

If anyone is planning on attending the gathering, but doesn't have a ticket yet, and is interested, please feel free to contact me via private message.

I wish you all a wonderful time. I also imagine at some point I'll have the chance to at least meet those of you who are in or around the New York area (I'll contact some of you who I've had past discussions about getting together with the next time I'm headed in your direction).
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Post by Werner » Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:10 am

Henry, I sent you a P/M yesterday morning, which still is in my Outbox. Please let me know whether you have seen it.

Barry, we'll miss you!
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Post by slofstra » Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:39 pm

Werner wrote:Henry, I sent you a P/M yesterday morning, which still is in my Outbox. Please let me know whether you have seen it.

Barry, we'll miss you!
Got it Werner, and will update thread on the weekend.
Sorry to hear about that Barry, but I understand your reasons perfectly. Perhaps we'll meet again another time.

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Post by Ralph » Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:27 am

I look forward to this very much. Larry Rinkel will be attending with me. I also will have a camera and plan on being the Unofficial Shutterbug.
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Post by Teresa B » Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:35 pm

Hi Henry,

Put my hubby and myself down for two $62 meals, por favor.

See you soon,
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Post by slofstra » Sun Jan 13, 2008 8:27 pm

The $62 menu selection has won. But $52 also got quite a few votes. Let me know by PM if you have any personal objection to the $62 menu. Otherwise, that will be the one, and I will provide payment information in a day or two.

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Post by Ralph » Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:27 pm

Larry Rinkel and I look forward to the $62 repast. Just hope it doesn't snow! Right now we're expecting a lot of snow overnight.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:31 pm

Ralph wrote:I also will have a camera and plan on being the Unofficial Shutterbug.
Should I add that to your title? :P
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Post by jbuck919 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:39 am

slofstra wrote:
walboi wrote:Tempting, but I live to far away from the Big Apple huh? 8)
In 2009 we should do the Concertgebouw.

I changed the dinner time, as per Ralph' suggestion. I'll let 'jppiano' chime in on the venue; I will go with the flow.
Au contraire, we should make the Concertgebouw come to us.

I've pm'ed Henry with a confirmation. As my first out-of-town (almost out-of-house) project since my hospitiization, excited does not begin to describe how I feel.

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Post by Werner » Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:46 am

And we'll be excited to see you, and to mark your recovery, John!
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Post by slofstra » Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:24 am

CMG meetup attendees,

It is time to fish or cut bait. Werner Isler has agreed to act as treasurer for the group (I can't handle US currency up here, unfortunately). We've decided to keep it simple, and will require a cheque made out to Werner Isler, marked 'FOR CMG DINNER'. $62 for one attendee, or $124 for two. I will send the specific mailing instructions to each of you by PM by tomorrow night latest. If you haven't received instructions by TUESDAY MIDNIGHT (MST), then please PM me.

(We're currently at 21 attendees of which 2 are tentative.)

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Post by Lance » Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:47 am

Hi all -

Well, I'm planning on attending and will have my daughter with me for cocktails/dinner. I'm not sure about a concert yet, though something may very well be possible in that direction. I realize time is running short to be trying to book tickets. SO PLAN ON TWO OF US. The Mrs., unfortunately, due to the recent loss of her father on December 27th, is now spending considerable time with her 90-year-old mother. I know she would love to be amongst us. The only thing that might preclude such a trip, even though we're 175 miles from NYC, is a bad winter storm, which could certainly happen upstate. My daughter already lives in NYC so once I'm there, there is no problem getting around.

I've also voted for the $62/person dinner. Either way, however, it's fine.

I'm eager to meet all you great CMGers in person. And a special thank you to those who have been coordinating everything.
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Post by ch1525 » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:58 am

Lance, great news that you're planning on attending! I was wondering whether you were planning on attending or not.

It will be great to have John joining us as well. We've certainly all been worried about him and pulling for his recovery so he could join our fabulous meetup!

It's too bad that you won't be able to make it, Barry. Maybe we'll all see you at the next one!

My uncle is going to be joining me for the meetup as well. He doesn't know anything at all about Classical Music, though, so you all will have to go easy on him. :D

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Post by slofstra » Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:05 pm

Well, I'm posting from my hotel room in sunny Edmonton, Alberta. And it's -10 outside - but did I mention it's sunny?

In any case I have now PM'd everyone with instructions on how to pay for the dinner. If you did not receive these instructions, please post here or PM me.
I used the PM system so that we can keep personal info off the wide open web. But if the PM raises any questions, we can discuss here.

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Post by slofstra » Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:14 pm

chad wrote:My uncle is going to be joining me for the meetup as well. He doesn't know anything at all about Classical Music, though, so you all will have to go easy on him.
My wife was pleased to hear this, and I'm sure a few others will be in the same boat.

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Post by Jppiano » Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:52 pm

My 62 bucks is safely in the hands of the esteemed treasurer, so I am looking forward to meeting all of you. I can offer a little something to any who are interested: On Sunday morning, any and all of you are wecome to drop by my studio and see the chaos; just let me know (Donald doesnt need to, BTW; he could probably draw the layout off the top of his head!)

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Post by Werner » Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:58 pm

The meetup date is coming closer, and I'm happy to see that some checks are beginning to arrive from CMGers I'm looking forward to meeting for the first tine. (And I'll happily put up with the CMGers I know, too!)

We are getting close to February 1st - the day we'll have to confirm our reservation at O'Neals - so those of you who have not yet sent in your reservations and checks, it would be appreciated if you could get them to me. And, considering the fact that the mails are not always as prompt and efficient as we'd like, it will certainly be helpful if you could P/M me when your check is in the mail - so I'll know it's coming! I believe Henry has given you my address - if you can't find it, please P/M me.

And here is some more good news: We have a few spots - two or three, anyway, available just in case you can see yourself there - February 23rd,
O'Neals, 49 W. 64th Street, so do look into the possibilities!
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Post by Ralph » Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:30 am

I'll get the check out this weekend. The beginning of the semester I barely have time to pay bills.
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Post by karlhenning » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:01 am

slofstra wrote:Well, I'm posting from my hotel room in sunny Edmonton, Alberta. And it's -10 outside - but did I mention it's sunny?
Be safe in that cold, Henry!

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Post by slofstra » Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:10 pm

What a great bunch! I reviewed the cheque situation with Werner this week, and every cheque is either in or on the way. I'm not too sure of the final count. A very slight amount of attrition but I think we have a count of 20 or so. Werner is contacting the restaurant to make final arrangements, and will give us the final count this week. The reason I mention the count is that we may not have enough for the private room, but I'm told that the main seating area will also be quite suitable.

If anyone is sitting on the sidelines, there's still a chance to be everyone's hero and bump up the count sufficiently for us to get the private room. But you would have to act right away.

Thanks - it promises to be a great night; so many have expressed how much they're looking forward to it. :)

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Post by Steinway » Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:57 am

Looking forward to meeting everbody.

Just to let you know, we had dinner Saturday night at O'Neals and they have a chicken pot pie that is enormous and delicious! Nobody should leave this place hungry!

Diegobueno & Karl..is there any chance you two can manage to be there on the 23rd?

Regards.

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Post by Werner » Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:29 pm

I, too, am looking forward to meeting all of you! And we still have room for a few more. I'm in touch with O'Neals today - it would be great if we see as many of you as possible - so do check the possibilities amd let us know!
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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:27 am

Do I remember correctly that Ralph is going to be the Official CMG Photographer recording this event for posterity? I want to know where to place my order for prints.
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Post by karlhenning » Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:02 am

steinway wrote:Diegobueno & Karl..is there any chance you two can manage to be there on the 23rd?
Unfortunately, Maria will be working that day, cliftwood. But hopefully this p/t job is something we can excise from Maria's schedule starting 2H08.

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Post by Ralph » Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:14 am

Corlyss_D wrote:Do I remember correctly that Ralph is going to be the Official CMG Photographer recording this event for posterity? I want to know where to place my order for prints.
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