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Re: Lloyd Z and Rebloom

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Lloyd Z and Rebloom
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@erols.com>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Sep 1997 16:22:37 -0600 (MDT)

Irisborer@aol.com wrote:
> The members of the WNY Iris Society (plus some good friends... Dorothy
> Fingerhood, Cheryl and Erich Schaefer) had a fantastic judges training and a
> magical evening yesterday with Lloyd Zurbrigg.
> First of all... for those looking for good trainers, I highly recommend
> Lloyd.  He is concise, organized, interesting, and knowledgeable.  He throws
> in a few stories - endlessly fascinating - which breaks up the meatier parts
> of the judges training.  This session was a combination of Space Age and
> Reblooming Irises and you KNOW it's a good session when you head for the
> garden the minute you get home.
> Folks... I've never had a rebloom stalk on anything, but yesterday I found
> one on BOLD IMP (MTB)!  Might be an aberration or it might be a gift to
> someone who is now in the rebloom camp.
> Space Age iris... can't live without MESMERIZER, that's for darn sure!
> Anyway... it was a very good session and I had the pleasure of taking Lloyd
> back to the place he is staying so we got to know each other a bit
> (especially since I got lost - SOP for Kathyguest).
> Last night's banquet was outstanding.  The banquet committee outdid
> themselves - everyone got a chocolate iris sucker! (never seen one before)..
> lovely flower arrangements on each table.. some of the lucky few (like
> Kathyguest) got handmade bags with applicaed (sp????) irises on them.  And
> there were LOTS of irises and other goodies for door prizes.  I came home
> with another IMMORTALITY and the current iris of my dreams, CLARENCE.
> One of our members is a very skillful musician and he just decided to bring
> his violin and keyboard and serenade us before and after dinner... strolling
> from table to table.  He played OVER THE RAINBOW so beautifully that you held
> your breath... some selections from Phantom of the Opera... and at our table
> he played EIDLEWEISS.. which moved me to my very marrow since it was my Dad's
> favorite and the tune we played at his funeral service.   Fortunately, before
> I had to be shot, he launched into a ho down, hand- blurring number that I'd
> have clogged to if I had a clue how to clog.
> Lloyd's evening presentation was totally different from the Judges Training.
>  A whirlwind tour through rebloomers old and new and space age and other
> novelties.  Again... endlessly entertaining.  Even Mr. Guest has enthralled
> and he has to be brought to these things at gunpoint.
> But the thrill of the evening was when Lloyd sang a haunting ballad a
> cappella following the banquet.  A memory that we'll cherish forever.
> Peter Weixlmann, chair of WNY, did his usual fine job of keeping the action
> going (although I had six raffle tickets to be drawn and he apparently dumped
> four of them).  Our table consisted of Dorothy Fingerhood, Joanne Pyszczek,
> Rachel Martin, Carolyn Schaffner (who had me weeping with laughter), Lloyd
> and Peter (who else?)
> All in all... a splendid time was had by all and I just had to put it in
> writing while it was all still so fresh.
> Kathyguest.... beautiful music still ringing in her ears

Kathy -- Thanks for your rich description of what must have been one of
the most delightful iris society meetings ever experienced. Wish I had
been there!

Griff Crump  jgcrump@erols.com

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