Memorial Gathering for Kristi Forbes (Lady Christabel Heslington)
Hemlock Gorge Park, Newton/Needham MA
May 31, 2003
A gathering to mourn the death and remember the life of Kristi Forbes will be on this Saturday, May 31, 2003, from 3-7 PM at Hemlock Gorge Park (directions below). We will begin with a solemn ceremony of remembrance, followed by a potluck picnic with stories, songs, and dancing. Do not feel that you had to know her well (or at all) to come. Those who did know her well would like someone to whom to tell their stories.
Please bring an origami paper crane. These will be collected at one point in the ceremony. The original intention was to burn them, but we could not arrange a fire permit, so we will be collecting them to burn later. Here are some links to instructions on folding a crane:
Please also bring a contribution for the potluck. In order to insure a reasonable variety of stuff, please choose something to bring according to this algorithm:
1. choose one of your names (first, last, mundane, Scadian, nickname -- choose whichever one pleases you).
2. If that name begins with:
A-F - Bring a Dessert or drinks
G-M - Bring a Meat dish
N-S - Bring a Starch dish
T-Z - Bring a Vegetable dish
We will provide paper plates and plastic utensils. If your dish needs to be kept cold, please bring it in a cooler.
This is a nature preserve outdoors in May. We are hoping for good weather, but dress accordingly. If you will want to sit down, please bring a chair. There are trees to provide shade.
Surprisingly, the dress code is for bright, festive clothes. The ceremony will start with mourning her death, and move on to celebrating her life. We will be providing black fabric with which to cloak yourself during the first part (symbolically -- we can only afford enough fabric for everyone to wear as a sash or scarf), and at one point in the ceremony we will ask everyone to cast these off.
We will need a few volunteers to help with setting up and cleaning up.
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who might be interested.
Jon Libby (Lord Pandaulf)
Bess Libby (Lady Maria Elisabetta Gonzaga)
Vanessa Layne (Domna Guirauda de Miraval qui avia nom Tibicen)
Bruce Davis (Lord Hubert d'Avignon also known as Ayden)
Rebecca Voris (Lady Godith Anyon)
Directions to Hemlock Gorge
Hemlock George Reservation is located on the Charles River Between Newton and Upper Falls and Needham. To get there take Route 128(I-95) to exit 20A, Route 9 East and get off at the first exit (Newton Upper Falls). This exit is an inconspicuous ramp immediately after the last merge ramp from I-95. Turn right at stop sign onto Ellis St. Hemlock Gorge runs along the river on the right side of Ellis St. We will be in the middle clearing.
There is a small parking lot at the beginning of Ellis St. that holds about eight cars. Park there if you can, or continue on Ellis St to the first stop sign, and turn right onto Chestnut St. Immediately on your right will be the Echo Bridge Office Park. We have permission from the management to park there, as long as we use the spaces farthest from the building.