My initial thoughts:
     I like the reunion committee as it takes some pressure off you Doc and 
allows a way to get organized before we arrive. Plus, it gave us the longest 
lead time of any reunion so we could learn lines and coordinate costuming.
     I think that committing to two plays allows more people to participate and 
(despite the frustration of having to separate the groups during the day) it 
gives the opportunity to stretch and push each other. I suspect that we are all 
a bit slow of study as more of us will be covered by Medicare or close to it…
     I think that we would need clear goals to accomplish in the “meetup or 
two” to justify doing that, but would never pass up an opportunity to hang out 
with Shakespeareans from Winedale!
     Would also ask Doc to think about how we might incorporate alumni from the 
Camp Shakespeare experience – I suspect that we can all learn from each other…

On 8/8/17, 8:01 PM, "Winedale-l on behalf of Mike Godwin" 
< on behalf of> wrote:

    I want to circulate the idea that maybe we could do a meetup or
    retreat (or two) before 2020, mainly to think through what we might do
    in 2020 that builds on what we've done before.

    For me, 2015 was hugely challenging, in different ways than previous
    reunions had been--and it was the best, just because I was more
    challenged and in ways I'd never been before. Apart from the retreats
    idea (which may need to be reframed into something more useful or
    practical), I just want to keep stretching, keep learning how to go
    beyond my comfort zone, and I've learned, thanks to all of you and
    especially to you, Doc, to keep doing that.

    (Also, Camp Shakespeare folks? Cool!)


    On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 8:36 PM, James Ayres <> wrote:
    > Only a few of you will remember that famous line spoken by Alice Gordon in
    > 1973 at the end of The Tempest for which she won the Boatswain Award for
    > good news.  Major moment.  You had to be there.
    > Well, the best news now is that the kids in Camp Shakespeare explored new
    > worlds and met delightful inhabitants in Navarre (LLL), Sicilia and 
    > (WT) and celebrated their discoveries for wonderful audiences.  We had
    > another great summer.  Thanks to those of you who contributed to their
    > success through gift and audience.  We are growing another generation of
    > Shakespeareans, many of them sons and daughters of you guys.
    > We are also approaching the 50th—count ‘em f i f t y— anniversary of
    > Shakespeare at Winedale in 2020. So I’d like to hear some suggestions 
    > how to celebrate THIS
    > reunion.  A week in the country again? Two plays again? Or one?  Yes, it 
    > early, but this one is big and may be my last, alas. So please give it 
    > thought.  I guess that we would once again need a “reunion committee”?  
    > do you think?  I’m eager to get a’going.
    > With a hay and a ho and a hey nonny,
    > Doc
    > Jim (Doc) Ayres
    > Professor Emeritus, The University of Texas
    > Founding Director, Shakespeare at Winedale and Camp Shakespeare
    > Director of Mission, Camp Shakespeare
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