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Apr 19, 2013

Graduation News

  Catherine Pratt is graduating from Gehlen Catholic High School on May 19.  Her party is on May 18 from 5 PM to ???? at our house.  This is a general invite to all the cousins, Hentrich\'s, Kaap\'s, Murphy\'s, and Wand\'s.  Love to everyone.               Ruth

Dec 18, 2011

2012 Tacky Ornament Party

Once again it is time to mark our calendars for this special event…..THE TACKY ORNAMENT PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Yes, it’s the season to go out and get those tacky ornaments.  The stores will be busting at the seams with all those things the family loves to give but not sure if they want to get them.  This year we are heading to Naperville for the party….so here is the information and mark it all down  

Date:    Saturday, January 7th    
Place:   Brian & Megan Wand residence           
             5S621 Beau Bien Blvd
            
Naperville, IL  60540 
Time:    3:00 pm or so 

Things to bring:  Wrapped Tacky Ornament along with food/drinks to share with the family (same requirements each year) See you then!!   

Oct 16, 2010

2011 Tacky Ornament Party

Yes, it’s soon the season to go out and get those tacky ornaments.  The stores will be busting at the seams with all those things the family loves to give but not sure if they want to get them.  This year we are heading to Manteno for the party….so here is the information and mark it all down.  (NOTE:  Location of the event could be changed to Bolingbrook so Aunt Terry doesn’t have to get out….but you will be informed of any change…unless Terry Ann doesn’t want you at her house….LOL) 

Date:  Saturday, January 8th    

Place:   Bill and Rose Most residence

495 Watertower South

Manteno, IL  60950

815-468-3844

Time:  3:00 pm or so 

Things to bring:  Wrapped Tacky Ornament along with food/drinks to share with the family (same requirements each year)Feel free to contact Rose or Terry Ann with any additional questions on what to bring and all that jazz.  See you there!!!! 

Jul 29, 2010

16th Annual Oktoberfest; Sat, Oct 9, 2010

You are invited to attend this end-of-summer event.  Mark your calendar today and celebrate the Columbus Holiday Weekend in Style at the Longtin Farm.

Come for company, but stay for the activities:

Pulled Pork & Beer supplied, please bring a side dish or dessert and drinks (if you want something other than beer).  See you any time after 2:00pm.  Please RSVP if you know you are coming.  This will ensure enough pulled pork and beer.  If you forget to RSVP - please come anyway.  RSVP by calling Mary Burlace, rose Most, or Pat Longtin.

Click Here to view the official invitation.

Apr 12, 2010

John Burlace Jr. Show Choir discuss the show Glee

The hit series "Glee" returns with all new episodes beginning Tuesday that pick up right where the show left off. Passionate and caring glee club director Will Schuester (played by Matthew Morrison) begins to prepare New Directions, his motley group of athletes, divas and drama queens, for the regional singing competition.

In reality, the competitive show choir season is winding down. Like most school groups, Wheaton Warrenville South High School's show choir, the Classics, is done competing for the year. Their last official concert of the year is next week's "Seasons of Love," an evening of cabaret, theater and performance that is a fund-raiser to offset the costs of travel, costumes, music, props and entry fees for next year's slate of competitions.

The Classics' "Will Schuester" is baby-faced 29-year-old John Burlace, who has been at Wheaton Warrenville since 2002.

"I think it's a sensationalized view of high school," he says of "Glee." "It's entertaining, funny and the writing is clever, but I don't think it's terribly realistic."

Ryan Wheatley, a 17-year-old junior in the Classics, also has issues with the show.

"It gives such a false image of show choir. It's very stylized and gives viewers the impression that show choir is easy, that you can just get up onstage and sing and dance and you look great," he says. "In fact, it takes a lot of hard work."

Senior Anna Perrotti agrees.

"People watch 'Glee' and think that's what show choir is about, but the reality is more intense than what they see," Perrotti says. "The choreography on the show in particular isn't nearly as complicated and intense as in most traditional show choirs. The competition settings are also completely incorrect. A choir would never be able to listen in on the judges discussing their results, and in real competitions the whole judging panel is made up of people who are all highly qualified, not random people who were forced to judge."

'It's just so much fun to perform'

If you believe the show, teenage boys would avoid show choir. In reality, Burlace had more than 40 guys try out this year for 26 spots. Granted, a few winning seasons have amped up the group's coolness factor.

Fifteen-year-old Noah Baird says there's still a bit of a stigma attached to being a guy in the group, though.

"It's not a problem finding guys to audition, but there are always a lot more girls than guys at the auditions," Baird says. "Guys still don't think show choir is a guy thing and many guys are afraid they won't be accepted by their peers."

He adds, "My friends still make fun of me for being in show choir."

Baird endures the occasional ribbing from classmates simply because there isn't anything else he would rather be doing.

"It's just so much fun to perform. And I think this year's show for me has been the most fun," he says. "I'm personally involved in this feature song 'Get Down Tonight' that features five of us guys doing all these crazy flips and stuff. When the audience is screaming, you can't help but feed off that energy."

Danny McKee, 15, has been singing with show choirs since first grade and says his personal experiences are different from Baird's.

"My friends are pretty OK with it," he says. "They know I enjoy singing. My interests are my interests. I respect what they like to do and I expect them to respect my interests."

Junior Katie Magoon, 17, says simply just performing for fellow students has helped win them over.

"We performed for the first time at an assembly last year and again this year," she says. "A lot of guys who are separated from all this have now seen us for the first time at those assemblies and realize what we put into these performances."

Baird, who says he watches "Glee" when he can find the time, also finds some faults in it.

"'Glee' seems to be more about the featured soloists and individuals," he says. "That's not to say we don't have soloists. We do -- we just don't have anyone like Rachel Berry [the show's resident diva, played by Broadway veteran Lea Michele]."

Wheatley agrees with Baird that there are no divas in the Classics, but also admits the show gets one crucial thing right.

"People from different backgrounds can come together and make some cool music," he says. "The Classics has athletes, speech club people, drama club people, and if we didn't have show choir, we probably wouldn't make eye contact in the hallways. But because of show choir, we hang out and we're actually friends."

Hard work pays off

Like his fictional TV counterpart, Burlace has devoted much of his time and energy over the last six years into the group.

"I think every artist is, on some level, insane," he says when asked about the time commitment involved. "The beauty comes from celebrating that insanity."

In his tenure, Burlace has taken the school's 25-year-old show choir from just an extracurricular activity to national prominence.

"The kids have worked very, very hard and they deserve all the credit for their commitment to getting it done," he says.

Members rehearse at least five hours a week, but many kids admit to occasionally getting together on weekends to go over a particularly challenging piece of choreography or whatnot. And their dedication has paid off. The Classics have racked up an impressive number of wins during the 2009-2010 season, including "Grand Champion" at the Chicagoland Classics, the Great River Show Choir Invitational and the Troy Buchanan Show Choir Invitational.

Burlace doesn't expect to hear any of the arrangements from "Glee" in competition.

"Every group has to do something original if they want a shot at winning," he says.

This year, the Classics found much success in a mash-up of the classic-sounding "Navras" by Don Davis and Juno Reactor (from "The Matrix Revolutions" and featuring lyrics from Hindu scriptures) and a horn-heavy arrangement of Lady Gaga's "The Fame."

"I think it worked because we built a medley of songs around a strong message," Burlace says.

Rival team in their sights

The Web site Show Choir Rating System (www.scrsystem.net) currently ranks the Classics as tied for sixth place nationally (up from eighth place last year).

Much like the fictional New Directions group on "Glee" has a rival, Vocal Adrenaline, the local team to beat is Sound Check from Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora. Ranked the top choir last year on SCRS, Sound Check has fallen to second place and looks vulnerable.

"I have mixed feelings about using competition success to justify support or even success," Burlace says. "Of course kids and parents want to be a part of a winning group, but you can't expect to build a program on championships. They're just too subjective. Competitions and judges change every year."

Dec 01, 2009

2010 Tacky Ornament Party

In the true meaning of “tacky”….once again it is time to mark our calendars for this special event…..THE TACKY ORNAMENT PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, it’s the season to go out and get those tacky ornaments.  The stores are busting at the seams with all those things the family loves to give but not sure if they want to get them.  This year we are heading to the “burbs” for the party….so here is the information and mark it all down.

Please remember Rose and Terry Ann picked the date so I hope it is open for everyone.  And they did do a “tacky job” with their assignment.

Date:  Saturday, January 9th    

Place:  Kaap and Burgard residence
            2 Palmer Court
           
Bolingbrook, IL  60490-6568

Time:  3:00 pm or so

Things to bring:  Wrapped Tacky Ornament along with food/drinks to share with the family (same requirements each year)

Since last year I could not give correct directions to the party (not my strong point), you are all on your own to find the location.  But everyone should know how to get to this location as it is one we have visited a time or two.

Feel free to contact Rose or Terry Ann with any additional questions on what to bring and all that jazz.  See you there!!!!

Nov 03, 2009

Welcome Sophia Marie Most

Sophia Marie Most has arrived!!!!!

Born @ 8:02am on 11-02-2009 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, IL
Weight:  7.5 lb
Length:  20 inches long           

Parents:  Jeremy & Kim Most           
Big Brother:  Brodie
           
Grandparents:  Bill & Rose Most

Nov 21, 2008

New Feature: Upload Photos!

Upload your photos to the Photo Album page!  When you're logged in, a link will appear to upload your own photos to the web site for everyone to enjoy!  I expect some will be taking advantage of this opportunity for revenge on me as I was the only person previously able to post photos on the Photo Album page...

Nov 17, 2008

Tony's "Bolt" movie opens next week

The latest Disney Animation movie that Tony worked on -- "Bolt" -- opens next week on November 21st.  This one actually even has Tony's name in the credits (for the first time ever)!  That's only the 2nd time ever (that he knows of) that someone from his company has gotten their name in the credits of one of their customer's films!

In addition to having Tony's name on a ridonculously large screen, the movie itself is really great, as well.  It's really a huge step up in quality (yes, even from Meet the Robinsons!) and the beginning of the real return of Disney's magic.

So if you're looking for something to do while the turkey is cooking, spend some time with Bolt the dog, Mittens the cat, and Rhino the...hamster....

Available in 3-D, and the non-fat 2-D version with 33% less 'D'.

Look for Tony under the "Strike Team" category in the credits.

Nov 15, 2008

Tacky Ornament Party 2008

Mark your calendars as it's the season to go out and get those tacky ornaments.  The stores are busting at the seams with all those things the family loves to give but not sure if they want to get them.  This year we are heading north for the party….so here is the information and mark it all down.

Date:  Saturday, January 3rd
Place:  John Burlace Jr. residence
Time:  2:00 pm or so

Things to bring:  Tacky ornaments along with food/drinks to share with the family (same requirements each year)


For directions to the party, please do not call me as I could not tell you how to get there.  Give John Jr a ring or email him and I'm sure he can help you out.

Please RSVP so we know how many to expect.

(For details on the Tacky Ornament Party, check out the Tacky Ornament Party page.)

Nov 14, 2008

WandFamily web site opens

After many many months of putting nearly NO work into it, I have determined that the Wand Family web site is ready to open its doors.  So welcome everyone, take a look around.  Let me know what you think, or just get down to business.  I have many many plans, most of which I probably won't get to for some time, so if you know of something you'd like to see, let me know!  That way I can prioritize such that the web site can best benefit those who are using it.

I hope everyone has fun with this.  Please let me know if you have any questions, problems, or concerns.

    Ben Kaap