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Posted - 08/24/2007 :  12:41:22  Show Profile  Edit Topic  Send Roy a Yahoo! Message  View user's IP address  Delete Topic
There are some changes!

First, because almost a third of those attending had to leave on Sunday, missing the final day and night, due to their need to be back at work on Monday, we are changing the days of the Gathering to Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with Papajohn's worship service on Sunday morning the final planned activity.

The dates will be June 26th, 27th and 28th. Sunday is the 29th of June.

So many folks came in early anyway, we couldn't see a problem in making this change as it will provide those who have been missing the Sunday performances a chance to hear the entire Gathering.

Another change will effect the guitar pulls on one night only. With the number of artists growing each year, there has been less time on stage for some of the old favorites. So, one night, which has yet to be determined, after the planned entertainment in the big room, we will have Jonmark, Doug, Laura, Chris, Toni, Kacey, Cowboy, Egbert and others take over the stage and pick as long as they want. There will still be guitar pulls in 155 and the Food Room that evening, just reserving the big room for those who have been with us since the beginning.

There will be a short break between the afternoon sets. The access and exits from the big room while artists are playing will be limited to the time between songs or while a change of artists is taking place. To ask that someone wait three minutes in honor of those who are performing on stage is not too much to ask.

With the approval of almost everyone I've spoken to, Gary Lake will perform the same duties as last year...not trying to fill Ron's shoes, but adding his own humor and wit to the MC duties.

C. W. Colt is already making plans to webcast the Gathering World Wide. This year we will have the opportunity to promote that fact so that thousands will have the chance to see and hear what a Gathering is all about. A Fiber Optic line will be furnished which will provide a free flowing stream on the video...no jerky motions.

Registration & Hotel information will be posted at a later date.
Stay tuned for additonal information.


Edited by - Roy on 08/24/2007 12:43:21

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Posted - 08/24/2007 :  20:19:06  Show Profile  Edit Reply  View user's IP address  Delete Reply

Did Mamie and LL say they didn't want me to Mc for Gathering VIII?

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Posted - 08/24/2007 :  21:10:40  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send Roy a Yahoo! Message  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Not to me or anyone I've ever spoken with. Everyone was thrilled with the job that you did...even Ron...who told me after the Gathering that you did one hell of a job and that you should replace him if he never could return. That was good enough for me!

If you need a break, I would think that Larry could fill in, if he can trim his talk down by about 80%. Last year it took him 12 minutes to introduce his own poem. Ron always said it not how much you say, but how you say it. With as many artists wanting to perform, we have to keep the introductions down to a minimum. He might be able to do that...he's not a minimum kind of guy...it starts with his feet, and goes up from there, by the time it gets to his mouth...games over!

Edited by - Roy on 04/08/2008 16:21:37
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Posted - 09/03/2007 :  17:55:32  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send Roy a Yahoo! Message  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Most of you know the drill by now, but other than the days of the Gathering (Thursday thru Saturday) nothing has changed.


Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
7800 North Interstate Highway 35
Austin, Texas 78753
Phone - 512-836-8520
FAX - 512 - 837-0897
Toll Free - 866-661-6611


June 26, 27, 28, 29 (Sunday the 29th will be a morning worship


$69.00 per night + tax (Tax is 15%)
Includes Full Buffet Breakfast each morning
Room rate is for up to four people

Reservations must be made by June 12, 2008 to receive special Newbury Gathering Rate - Be sure to tell operator you are with the Newbury Gathering.


$50.00 per person includes five meals, t-shirt (if ordered in advance) free drinks, snacks, bar-b-q & mixers in Room 155.


Contact Robin at the hotel.

Edited by - Roy on 04/08/2008 16:14:51
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