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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:58 pm 
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Great stuff :banana-dance:
I look forward to seeing the rest!
So I guess John really could fit into the medium T-shirt, sorry for buggy you about that :oops:
I could fit, but a large looks better on me. :greetings-wavingyellow:


No worries buddy, come to think of it, I probably could fit into a small. I must remember to pack the holding hairspray next time :lol: So now you can put a face to the posts :banana-dance:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 5:43 pm 
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Hi all,

As I continue with recapping the 2009 Spirit Of Love Memorial Gathering, we are up to Saturday morning, August 15...

Each year of the event, our PT Cruiser is packed with a little more stuff that we have acquired since the previous year's event. This year we found ourselves in need of purchasing a rooftop carrier, which worked out really well between luggage, memorabilia, event materials, and all our audio-visual equipment, including the 6 ft. projection screen that we fortunately are able to transport inside, going from the trunk straight through to the dash. Laura used to mention to me how much she was able to fit in her PT, and she was right. If we were to bring our entire collection, we would need a bigger vehicle!

From 9:30 to about 11:15 we all enjoyed the LB Memorabilia Display, sporting our event t-shirts. :banana-dance: I know that it can be difficult for those traveling by airplane to bring along memorabilia, and we're very appreciative for participants, such as Jen, who are able to transport their LB items in their vehicles. :text-thankyoublue:


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L to R: Suncoast gel promo poster signed to Kathy and Vince, July 2003, and "Fishnet" poster

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L to R: Promo poster for Sun City, South Africa concerts and Variety ad to promote the new album, Self Control, and also Mugsy's Girls - January 24, 1984 (personally special as that was my 16th birthday!)

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Jen's special engraved framed photo of she and Laura, 2003, that she gave Laura as a gift, and that Laura kept in her home

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Jen's framed photo from Laura's personal collection that Kathy, Vince, and Rhi gave her as a birthday gift

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Laura's leopard pants, part of Jen's collection

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A most UNIQUE "piece" - Jen's LB autograph tattoo - Jen had Laura sign her arm after the Hershey Park show in August 2002, got it made into a tattoo, and proudly showed it to Laura a few days later after her New York State Fair shows. :-D A great story... at first Laura thought that Jen hadn't washed the ink off her arm, and then Jen told her she turned it into a tattoo. :o From that point on, Laura was always amazed when she saw it. What a wonderful story!!! :handgestures-thumbupleft:
* Photo courtesy of John (Low C Bassman) :text-thankyoublue:



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Laura Branigan album press photo, 1990

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Trade magazine ad promoting Never In A Million Years - the top wording says it all! :text-woo:

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Kathy's signed press photo from the Over My Heart album, 1993

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Kathy's Mohegan Sun hat that Laura signed when she took us to lunch and told us that she wanted LauraBraniganOnline.com to be her official website, January 12, 2004 :smile:

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Framed photo of Kathy, Laura, and Vince taken backstage before Laura's January 9, 2004 performance at Mohegan Sun

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RIAA Gold Record Award for the Self Control album that was presented to William Friedkin, who directed the Self Control music video. :happy-wavemulticolor:

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Laura's final autograph signed on an Italia Unita Festival 10th Anniversary t-shirt after what became her final show at that festival event, Boston, July 2004

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A shot down the line of one table of memorabilia...

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Laura's clothing including performance, jacket worn in Backstage, boas, and horse riding pants

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A shot down another wall of memorabilia... includes the entire set of 5 Cashbox magazines with Laura on the cover

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Mexican Self Control album picture vinyl :happy-sunny:

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L to R: Jen's many scrapbooks of concert photos, newspaper/magazine clippings, etc. throughout the years, Jen's Branigan and Branigan 2 sheet music book, Daeida Magazine, July/August 2009 issue, dedicated in Laura's memory and featuring Kathy's LB piece, Solid Gold performance photo with accompanying letter on Solid Gold letterhead, and Laura's first cover Cashbox magazine

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A shot down the other wall... includes various album press kits, Self Control tour itinerary, Laura's personal Love, Janis script with handwritten notes and signed Playbill from the production

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Includes Branigan poster, Gold and Platinum record awards for Gloria :text-woo: :clap: and Laura's Grammy nomination plaque for "Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female" for Gloria :text-woo: :clap: , and program from Laura's Carnegie Hall performance :clap:

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Includes binder containing professional photo shoot pages from different time periods, prayer card from Laura's wake service, and scrapbook containing photos taken in Australia while Laura was filming Backstage


It was a great time of looking at everything while Laura's songs were playing throughout the room, of great memories, and just chatting with each other about her. :-D

NEXT UP: The Trivia Contest with video presentation, THE WINNERS, and MORE LB video footage - ending the afternoon with the viewing of Laura's final performance with her band at the Mohegan Sun, Connecticut, on January 11, 2004!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:56 pm 
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Awesome photos!!! :banana-dance:
I really liked the "Never in a million years" advertisement that said Laura was 1 in a million :happy-sunny:
I think the odds are larger than that though, at least 1 in a Billion, maybe more, as I sure don't hear singers of Laura's caliber on the radio these days :(
Maybe they are singing at the opera, I don't know :confusion-scratchheadblue:
Anyway, Great photos, I always luv more photos of Laura, and it is nice to see you folks having a fun time also.

I sure would like to be there next year, and get a photo of me skipping a rock on the water about 20 times! Believe it or not, I did that a few weeks back! I'm not brave enough to venture into the water though, as I saw Jaws when I was growing up, so I have got my feet wet in both oceans, but not much more! :o :greetings-wavingyellow:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:49 pm 
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Hi everyone,

Now I'm up to recapping our Saturday, August 15, afternoon activities at the 2009 Spirit Of Love...

After the memorabilia display, it was time for a trivia quiz to test everyone's LB knowledge, with questions ranging from easy to the more obscure. :confusion-scratchheadblue: It's actually a contest, but the best part about it is learning more things about Laura and her career. :smile: So, the quizzes were handed out, all with a personalized cover sheet for each participant. There were 24 questions (some with multiple parts) plus 2 bonus questions, for a total of 43 points possible.


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Jen

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L to R: Sharon, Jim, Alex, and John

There's some deep concentration at that table! :wink: :techie-idea:


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Another shot of Brian as time went on...

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What's going on here? Nobody's cheating are they? :o :shhh: LOL!!!

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Look at Jen concentrating!!! :happy-partydance:

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Without question as I looked around the room, this year's "Most Intense Concentration" award goes to John!!! :clap:

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Rhiannon sitting with her dad (Vince) after she completed her quiz... :romance-heartsthree:


After about 20 minutes or so, time was up :confusion-waiting: , quizzes were exchanged for checking, and we went into the accompanying video presentation containing the answers to the questions. Video clips included the following:

Entertainment Tonight, The Merv Griffin Show, Night After Night, American Bandstand :banana-dance: , CHiPs :law-policered: , Attitudes, Saturday Night Live, The Johnny Carson Show, VH-1, Solid Gold, Cleveland local show, Self Control music video, and TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes :lol: :happy-smileyinthebox: :laughing-rofl: .

Once we were done viewing the presentation, quiz scores were tallied, the top 3 winners were determined, and then contest prizes were awarded.


And the winners were...

1st Place: John (with the score of 25 correct) - received an original Atlantic press kit for the Laura Branigan album! :text-woo: :happy-wavemulticolor: :greetings-clapyellow:
2nd Place: Jen - received an original Atlantic press kit for the Over My Heart album! :happy-wavemulticolor: :clap:
3rd Place: Jim - received The Very Best Of Laura Branigan import CD and an LB Legacy Mug!
:happy-wavemulticolor: :handgestures-thumbupleft:

All prizes provided by Other Half Entertainment.

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2009 WINNERS!!! :text-woo: :happy-wavemulticolor: :happy-cheerleadersmileygirl: :happy-jumpgreen:


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L to R: Erika, Jim, Jen, John, and Kathy

MANY THANKS to Erika, who for each gathering has put together great trivia quizzes and video presentations. :clap: :handgestures-thumbsup: Always fun to help her with some questions, as well. :smile:

Before I go further, I would like to acknowledge the effort of our daughter, Rhiannon, who has taken the quiz each year and actually scored 30 correct this year, but due to the fact that she is a family member of those who operate Other Half Entertainment, she was ineligible to be considered a winner for the contest. She was a bit sad over this :sad: , but understood why, and besides a special gift that Vince and I got her, I promised her that I would mention how well she did when I posted here about the trivia quiz portion of our weekend. Scoring that high is quite an accomplishment for a 10 year old, who I can vouch for that she does not see the quizzes ahead of time, and we are very proud of her. WAY TO GO, RHIANNON! :text-woo: :happy-wavemulticolor: :happy-jumpyellow:

Next we took our lunch break and then afterwards resumed with MORE LB video footage for the rest of the afternoon till about 4:30, including the following:

  • E! Interview: Over My Heart album

  • Heart Of Me: Live from France

  • Una Vez Mas, Chile: Never In a Million Years, Self Control, and interview (with Si Vas Para Chile)

  • Vina Del Mar Festival, Chile, 1986: Hold Me

  • Vina Del Mar Festival, Chile, 1988: The Lucky One and Cry Wolf

  • Night After Night interview

  • German TV: Spirit Of Love

  • QVC, hosted by Joan Rivers: Interview and It's Been Hard Enough Getting Over You

We concluded our afternoon session with the very emotional showing of Laura's final performance with her band, which took place on Sunday afternoon, January 11, 2004, at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. :sad-teareye: :romance-grouphug: This was the last of the shows that she had performed there during her 5-day run. This video footage can only be seen exclusively at the Spirit Of Love gatherings.

We then took our dinner break...

NEXT UP: Candlelight Memorial, our special celebration of the 25th anniversary of Self Control, Group/Individual photo session, Fan Forum, and LB TV!

Kathy

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:22 am 
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To dear all!

First of all I’d like to say, that finally I’m back home in Moscow! To be as a guest is a good thing but home is better. But… I wish I could stay for two more months in USA!!! By nevertheless I think that the Lord awarded me with perfect sunny weather, wonderful american and canadian people and relaxing time when being in USA!!! :cool:

I'm very glad to have been acquainted with Kathy, Vince and Rihannon – you are very beautiful family, dedicated to each other - not each family can be described in that way!!; with John – one of the biggest fan of Laura, which lives in a very green country Canada, who treated me with a lunch, and who I undeliberately underscored at trivia contest (sorry for that!!!);with Brian –handsome, sporty, openhearted and intelligent guy, who completely changed my mind about American mentality; with Jen - good looking and just very sincere and nice lady to speak with, I can say that if Laura had known me she would have said to both of us "to stand and sit and walk straight!!!" cause that's not only disfigurement that's deeper...; with Jim and Sharon - wonderful people, I was deeply impressed by Sharon's memory - she still knows three very important words in Russian which he grandma used to say long long time ago: kapusta, morkovka, shchi :greetings-clapyellow: (she knows what I'm talking about :)); with Erika - stylish and successfull young generation let alone her being just a wise and charmful lady!!!; and of course with Tommy ( I've already thanked him for certains things...).

Thank you, Kathy, for helping me to get visa.
Thank you, Kathy, for deep pondering and thoughts about Laura at candle light memorial
Thank you, Kathy, for giving me a seashell when being on the beach :) To say more I picked up some more seashells then at the Ney Jersey beach but they were of much smaller size, tiny......

That three days were a huge excitment for me and just a good recreation.

And of course, thank you, Laura, for collecting us all!!!!!!!

Sincerely yours, Alex
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P.S. I uploaded several shots at my facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=3 ... 240a4ebe58

And I wonder if Kathy watched videoclips on two CD's.

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I can't even begin to put into words how happy I was to be a part of such a wonderful experience :-D :-D . The video footage is wonderful. Meeting such wonderful people from different parts of the country and world. All the memorobilia, a wonderful reflective time at the beach, a moving candlelight vigil where we could each discuss our feelings about Laura and how she touched each of our lives, pictures of and with everyone, the trip to the Hampton's and the lighthouse. As for the bakery, well, I WAS eyeing all those yummy treats but I kept thinking, no, they're no good for me. Then I saw the posted pictures and thought, okay MAYBE I could use a pound or two (or three or four :lol: ). I'll make up for it next year :lol: . All I can say is I'm coming back, this time I'll try driving down.

Alex, it was my pleasure to treat you to lunch, and I look forward to seeing you again at SOL :-D

Jim and Sharon, thank you for all the jokes that you send to my e-mail, they are GREAT :banana-dance: and a big thank you for treating me, Kathy, Vince and Rhi to supper, that was very kind of you.

Brian, a fellow bass player, it was such a surprise to meet you on the plane on the way down. It would have been great if you could have stayed longer.

Jen, thank you for letting me take that picture of your tattoo, a very special and unique memory of Laura. I wish I was a fortunate as you to have met her.

Erika, thanks for putting that quiz together and everything you did with Kathy and Vince to make SOL2009 special, I learned a lot more about Laura and have that beautiful t-shirt you helped design to remember this by always. I look forward to seeing you again next year.

Kathy, Vince and Rhi, Thank you all for everything you have done and continue to do for Laura and her fans. I can't even begin to put into words the gratitude I feel. I was dissapointed to see the weekend come to an end. As mentioned, I'm already planning next year's trip.

Tommy, thank you for the picture of us together and the material you gave everyone. It is greatly appreciated and I will treasure them always. I enjoyed your speech very much and look forward to seeing you again next year.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:57 pm 
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Hi all,

I shall continue on with our Saturday, August 15, evening activities. :-D For purposes of of organization and time, the event itinerary provides a guide for our Spirit Of Love weekend, but it is only that, a guide, as when it comes to our Saturday evening session, particularly when it's a year when we are celebrating something special, at some point it tends to take a back seat to the realization that connecting with one another on a more personal, intimate level about Laura is of highest priority and is not something that should be constricted by keeping to a schedule.

When we recovened after our dinner break, we were joined by Tommy Bayiokos, Laura's percussionist and special man that was in her life. Tommy is a dear, close friend of ours, who has faithfully stopped by each memorial gathering we have held, complete with special things to give those in attendance. :text-thankyoublue: He is personally committed to come along side us to carry forth Laura's wonderful legacy, ensuring that she is never forgotten. :text-thankyoublue:

Once Tommy had greeted everyone and after some social time together, the stage was set for Laura's Candlelight Memorial by first watching Other Half Entertainment's I Know You By Heart Memorial Video. After, we gathered in a circle, lowered the lights, and then lit our candles one by one, with the instrumental version of I Know You By Heart playing in the background. It was a time for any who wished to speak forth some words in memory of Laura. Vince led off and by the time we were finished, everyone had spoken touching words of remembrance of how Laura touched each of our lives and what she still means to all of us. I know that I was not the only one whose eyes welled up :sad-teareye: from the heartfelt words spoken out - not just tears of sorrow because Laura is deeply missed, but tears of realization that all of us in the room, whether or not we had met Laura or not, were so so fortunate to have come across Laura and her artistry in our lives, that our lives have been so enriched by her life and all that she gave us. This year's memorial lasted the longest of all of them so far, and as it worked out, we finished up in the nick of time as all the candles were burning down.

The lights went back up and it was now time to CELEBRATE the 25th anniversary of Self Control, the single and the album. :happy-wavemulticolor: :text-woo: :banana-dance: :occasion-balloons: :clap: A special cake we ordered was brought into the room and then Tommy proceeded to give a toast to the occasion, as I asked him to do the honors. After that, Tommy and I cut the cake, and Vince and I then served it.


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Self Control 25th anniversary cake with Self Control RIAA Gold Record Award in background

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Close-up of special cake

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Vince, Tommy, and Kathy

Once all were served, it was time to sit back and enjoy Other Half Entertainment's special video presentation, the 75 minute Self Control twenty-five years, 1984~2009 :happy-sunny: . This in-depth feature is full of various performance footage from tv shows and live performances, and interviews with Laura. Production credits: Kathy Golik - Executive Producer; Erika Atsumi Foreman - Producer, Project Designer, and Editor; and Vince Golik - Technical Consultant. A BIG THANKS goes out again to Erika for her outstanding production work! :text-thankyoublue: :handgestures-thumbsup: Erika is currently working on a web edit version of the video that will be available soon on LauraBraniganOnline.com. :techie-typing:

Next, we moved to the "Fan Forum". Tommy spoke first, opening up by speaking to the respect that Laura holds from her peers in the business and the very high standard that Laura set for her music. Along the way he mentioned that what he had with Laura was very special and that someone like her only comes around once or twice in a lifetime. Tommy spoke of Laura's other loves beyond singing - cooking, swimming, and gardening. Also, he commented how fortunate the three of us (himself, Vince, and I) are to have been a part of a small circle of friends that Laura did not just let anyone in. Tommy talked about getting whoever he could from the band together in a few days to spend some time remembering Laura and how he would be visiting East Quogue in the next week or so as he continued to remember Laura. Tommy also touched upon Laura's wake and funeral. Along the way, Tommy handed out some gifts to various people, such as Mohegan Sun passes, drumsticks, and NYPD stuff :law-police: , while recounting their significance. One among them was something that Laura had given to him when she was moving to East Quogue in 2004, her Planet Hollywood - Seoul, Korea denim jacket, which he stated he wanted us to keep to share with the fans. :-D :text-thankyoublue: Also, he passed along to us a recording taken from an answering machine of Laura singing "Happy Birthday" to him, and asked that we use it at our discretion, particularly at the gatherings. :-D :text-thankyoublue: Our gratefulness to Tommy for entrusting these LB items to us for safekeeping, and we will treasure them always. I spoke next, starting off with the early days when I became a fan, and fast-forwarding to my working with Laura and also developing a close friendship with her. I talked about Laura's final performance in Boston and how five of us in the room (Tommy, Vince, Rhiannon, Jen, and I) had a wonderful time in conversation and laughter with Laura afterwards at the hotel. :smile: :lol: I moved on to talk a bit about getting the devastating phone call that Laura had passed :sad: :crying-yellow: and being at the wake and the funeral to say goodbye. Also, I commented about the guys in Laura's band - such talented musicians and such nice men! :banana-guitar: In addition, I reiterated the importance of protecting Laura's recordings and ensuring that things are done in the way that she wanted them to be. I went on to talk about the importance of never passing up an opportunity to tell others about Laura and the great role that social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook play in continuing forth Laura's legacy. I expressed my gratitude to all for their parts in ensuring that Laura is never forgotten. :text-thankyoublue: Finally, Vince said a few words, representing all of you who could not physically be with us in New York, but who definitely were with us in spirit. :smile: No doubt I am missing some things that we talked about, but I think you all get the gist.


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Laura's jacket - Front

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Laura's jacket - Back

At this point, it was a little after 10:00 and was time for one of the most fun parts of the weekend - our group and individual(s) photo session time. The biggest challenge each year is everyone trying to figure out which one of the 5 cameras pointing at them they should be looking at for the shot :text-lol: , which is consequently why one person in a photo may be looking one way and the other person another!

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Our traditional group photo - this year taken with the special Self Control 25th anniversary banner behind us.

L to R - Front row: Rhiannon, Vince, Kathy, and Tommy
Middle row: Sharon, Brian, John, Erika, and Jen
Back row: Jim and Alex


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Jim, Kathy, and Sharon

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Alex, Sharon, Jim, Rhiannon, Kathy, and Jen

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Vince, Tommy, Kathy, and Rhiannon

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Jim and Tommy

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Erika and Tommy

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John and Tommy

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Jen and Tommy

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Brian and Tommy

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Tommy and Rhiannon (wearing Laura's Planet Hollywood - Seoul, Korea denim jacket)

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Sharon and Tommy

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Alex and Tommy

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Rhiannon and Erika

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Erika and Brian

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Erika, Kathy, and Brian

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Vince, Erika, Kathy, and Rhiannon

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Vince, Kathy, and John

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Kathy and Jen

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Jen and Rhiannon

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Vince, Erika, Kathy, and Rhiannon

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Sharon, Erika, and Jim

* Photo courtesy of John


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John and Erika

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Erika and Jen

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Just had to include this pic and the next :o :happy-partydance:... Erika and Alex

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* Photo courtesy of John


Time was flying right by that evening :techie-hourglass: , so we only had time left for one show from LB TV, Automan.

After watching the show, we made a few closing remarks, particularly to those who would not be able to join us for our casual outing the next day - THANKING EVERYONE for making the trip to New York and for being such a very special part of our time together remembering Laura. :text-thankyoublue: :text-woo: :happy-wavemulticolor: :greetings-clapyellow:

NEXT UP: Our casual Sunday outing in the Hamptons!

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Great pictures. Brings back some really great memories!!!


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Hi everyone,

As I continue recapping the 2009 Laura Branigan Spirit Of Love Memorial Gathering, we are up to the final day, Sunday, August 16, and it was time for our journey out and about in the Hamptons. :auto-driving:

At about 9:15 we gathered in the lobby of the Hilton for a brief outline of the locations we would be traveling to that day. We then proceeded to our vehicles and started on our journey to Montauk, the farthest point east on Long Island. It was a beautiful, sunny day :happy-sunny: as we headed out to our first destination, Montauk Point Lighthouse and the very beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. :happy-wavemulticolor: It was a great ride out there, as we passed vineyards, towns, roadside markets, etc. We arrived at the lighthouse, where Lighthouse Weekend, an annual event, was also taking place. Our group made the trek up the hill to the lighthouse, which historically was the first lighthouse in New York, and entered the building to await our turns to take the 137 winding steps up to the top of the tower. Once at the top, what an amazing view of the surrounding land and ocean. Once we came back down, everyone was free to roam around for awhile, whether it was to check out the museum, the activities of Lighthouse Weekend, the gift shop, or to serenely take in the beautiful views of the ocean.


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Montauk Point Lighthouse

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Tower steps

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Kathy, Vince, and Rhiannon

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Jim and Sharon

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John


After our time in Montauk, we headed back west to our next destination, lunch at the Hampton Coffee Company Cafe in Water Mill (Southhampton). Our meals were delicious and our conversation was great! :-D After we finished lunch, we perused their adjacent shop, including the Coffee Roastery, taking home bags of coffee beans and other items available.

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L to R: Vince, John, Sharon, Jim, Kathy, Rhiannon, and Jen

After lunch, we were back on the road heading to East Quogue, the hamlet where Laura lived, and made a brief stop along the way at Duck Walk Vineyards. Once in East Quogue, we drove by Laura's home. After the drive through her community, we made a stop at what is now one of our traditional stops, the East Quogue sign.

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Rhiannon

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Kathy and Vince

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Sharon and Jim

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John

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After taking the photos with the EQ sign, we drove down the main street of East Quogue, past different shops that Laura used to frequent.

It was time to leave East Quogue for our final destination, Westhampton Beach. Our first stop once there was a traditional one - Westhampton T-Shirts, owned and operated by Jim and Flo Flood. :handgestures-thumbupleft: The Floods are aware of our annual memorial event and are happy to see us return to the area every August. :smile: We give them a phone call each year prior to the event, just to say hi and let them know that our Spirit Of Love group will be stopping by their shop once again. Vince, Rhiannon, and I stopped by earlier in the week this year, on Wednesday, to chat with them for awhile, buy some stuff, and tell them that we would be stopping in with our group on Sunday afternoon. So, there we all were on Sunday, and it was a fun time for those to look around and purchase t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc., with East Quogue, The Hamptons, and any of a number of local towns imprinted on them. Once everyone was done shopping, we asked Flo to come outside with us for our traditional group photo with her. Afterwards, she so nicely thanked Vince and I several times for bringing our group and providing the business for them. It was our pleasure to be so nicely treated by the Floods! :text-thankyoublue: :text-woo: We look forward to returning next year. :greetings-wavingblue:


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L to R: Vince, Kathy, Flo Flood, Rhiannon, Jen, John, Sharon, and Jim


Next, we walked around the town and visited some other shops, eventually making our way to the Westhampton Beach Bakery, another favorite stop. We enjoyed some delicious bakery items and again enjoyed some great conversation amongst ourselves.

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L to R: John, Vince, Kathy, Jen (hiding!), Rhiannon, Sharon, and Jim

After our visit to Westhampton, we were on our way back to the Hilton. We arrived back at about 7:15, having spent a wonderful day together in the Hamptons. Jen took off to catch a ferry boat, and a little after we got back, Jim and Sharon very kindly treated John, Vince, Rhiannon, and I to dinner at Outback Steakhouse. :text-thankyoublue:

It was hard to believe that yet another Spirit Of Love weekend had come and gone so quickly... :o :sci-fi-beamup:

NEXT UP: Thank-you's and Closing thoughts!

Kathy

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Awesome photos! :greetings-clapyellow: :banana-dance: :text-woo:
Looks like you all had an Awesome time!
Wish me luck, so I can win a small lottary to guarantee attendence next year!!!! :greetings-clapyellow:
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