The weather was absolutely perfect for our third Annual Picnic in Newport News Park—a sunny blue sky with mild temperatures. This year CNC’s First Decaders (FDs) had Shelter 20, identical to Shelter 19 but without a water connection. Once again Wade Williams was in charge of the meats and the grilling, and Chairman Dave Spriggs was responsible for everything else except sides and desserts contributed by the attending FDs, who provided a wonderful variety of foods. Chef Wade’s teenaged granddaughter Savannah Elliott and her boyfriend, Matthew Meyers, voluntarily did most of the cooking of the burgers, hot dogs, and chicken breasts. Their reward was being excused afterwards from spending the rest of the afternoon with the Old People.
First CNC graduate (1962) Lois Wright (L, front) heads the near end of this table, while 2nd CNC President Jim Windsor commands the far end. Photo by Charlie Snead.
Early 1970s FD couples wearing (L) Dot & Mike Beard & (R) Lewis & Linda Phillips. Snead photo.
Second CNC President Jim Windsor & our chef, Wade Williams (FD 68). Photo by young Jim Windsor.
We missed those retired faculty who usually attend our picnics but this year had medical problems or conflicting obligations--including Sam Bauer, Jim Hubbard, Mario Mazzarella, Jane and George Webb, and Barry Wood. However, Harold Cones and Jim Windsor were there. Former CNC President Windsor was a major attraction. Some FDs who came to the 2012 and/or 2013 picnics couldn’t attend this time, but some who had never been able to attend before came this year—including the Stanleys and Blankenships. Recently located 1965 graduate Sally Krym (now Dafashy) and her husband, Wagih, joined us too. And for the third year, Annie, our unofficial mascot, was there-- sweet three-legged dog belonging to Cissy Wilkinson (FD 65).
Jim Windsor the Elder and Jim Windsor the Younger. Photo by Charlie Snead.
Jim Windsor and Dalton Blankenship (AA, 71; BA, 85). Photo by Young Jim Windsor.
Our unofficial mascot, Annie, is right at home at her third FD Picnic. Photo by Kay Rinfrette.
Cap’n Dave & Chef Wade with Annie, who is enjoying a little treat. Snead photo.
Some of our members traveled from out of state to be with us for this this year’s picnic, including Norman & Dalton Blankenship, who live in Honea Path, S.C. (a small town near Greenville, SC) and Bill and Nita Smith, who live in Williamston, NC (on the Roanoke River, near Greenville, NC). Both families have contributed to our collection of CNC memorabilia.
The Blankenships with (middle) Kay Rinfrette & Jane Chambers. Blankenship photo.
Wade Williams (FD 68), Dalton (FD 66 & 71), and Norman (FD 66). Blankenship photo.
Bill Smith (FD 67) with Dr. Windsor and Dalton Blankenship. Photo by Young Jim Windsor.
Bill Smith’s wife, Nita. Photo by Kay Rinfrette.
Enough people took photos this year for a two-part posting of them, so we’ll continue the 2014 Picnic Photos next week. Meanwhile, if you want to know the history of the CNC Banner, go to ARCHIVES (left margin), click the subtab Second Decade History, and scroll down to the piece by Harold Cones. Pictures from the 2012 and 2013 picnics, as well as our other events and the big 2011 reunion, are in REUNIONS & EVENTS (left margin).
FD Bill Crute (BA 71) & Barbara Trippe-Crute (FD 68). Photo by Kay Rinfrette.
Our CNC Banner, paid for by Dr. Jean Pugh (deceased) and passed on to us by Dr. Harold Cones (still kicking). Are YOU in this picture? Snead photo.
This candid photo is a gem, even if all you see of Ellen Wirt (FD 65) is her back. Jim Windsor is caught laughing loudly. In virtually all photos of him, he seldom even smiles. Photo by Young Jim Windsor.
Picnic 2014 Continued
A birthday surprise for our Treasurer, Sonny Short (FD 64), who turned 70 on Picnic Day, was arranged by his sister, FDCecelia Short (AA 71, BA 72), who brought a large birthday cake to the party. Not wanting to risk setting our shelter on fire, Cecelia wisely chose to put only two candles on it, in the shapes of the numbers 7 and 0. She also surprised her brother with a card secretly signed by all of us present and a display of a vintage photo of him as a baby. These 4 photos by Charlie Snead capture that event.
FD Chairman Dave Spriggs announced Sonny’s special birthday as Cecelia prepared to light the candles.
Among those listening to Dave’s announcement were (L- R) Ellen Babb Melvin (FD 66), Karen (64) & Claude (63) Stanley, & (back view) Jo Berry Sinclair (63).
A very pleased Sonny hugged his sister while admiring his big cake.
Cecelia explained the history of Sonny’s baby picture.
We were pleased this year to have James L. Windsor (Young Jim) attend our gathering, accompanying his dad, our beloved former professor, dean and second president of CNC, Dr. James C. Windsor, who enjoys attending all of our events, from the annual picnics to the 50th class reunions. Several of Young Jim’s photos are in the group above. Here are 4 more.
Wade Williams (FD 68) and Dr. Jim Windsor.
Charlie Snead (FD 66) and Dr. Jim Windsor.
L-R: Dr. Harold Cones, Dr. Windsor, Candy Hixson Whitley (BA 75) & Dr. Jane Chambers.
L-R: Ellen Wirt (FD 65), Cissy Wilkinson (65), Dr. Windsor & Dr. Jane.
Here are 4 more photos by Charlie Snead (AA 66), some posed, some “Candid Camera.” Charlie, who lives in Hendersonville, NC, has not missed a CNC FD Picnic yet. He is one of our most dependable photographers.
1966 classmates (L-R): Ellen Babb Melvin, Norman & Dalton Blankenship--“triplets” in their CNC First Decaders tees.
Foreground: Pam Agnor Robertson (66), getting some veggies, and Sonny & Cecelia Short enjoying that steamed corn.
Foreground: Ellen Wirt (65) & husband, Johnny. Further down the table, Tucker Carwile (BS 72) & Becky Brown Scott, 1972 nursing student.
These next 4 photos are by Claude Stanley (63), who has made possible our CNC First Decaders T-Shirts and Caps. He and his wife, KarenGraeb Stanley (AA 64) live in Midlothian, VA. This was their first Picnic, but they attended the 2011 Reunion as well as the 1963 and 1964 50th Reunions.
Foreground: Karen Stanley. Behind her shoulder, Lew Phillips (72) in the straw hat. Others at distant tables include Linda Wilson Phillips (back), Dot Beard, Donna Lonce, Johnny Wirt, & Pam Agnor Robinson.
(L - R) Back of Linda Wilson Phillips (FD 70), Dot Beard (71),talking to her, Donna Worsham Lonce (67), Johnny Wirt, & a little tad of Pam Agnor Robinson (66).
Dr. Windsor and Dalton Blankenship, who credits him with saving her life when she was at CNC.
Dalton and her husband, Norman, thought so highly of Jim Windsor that they give their baby daughter “Windsor” as her middle name.
As our third annual FD Picnic was winding down, we were visited by Amie Graham Dale, CNU’s Director of Alumni Relations and University Events, who has become a real friend to our group. The few of us who were still there when she arrived were happy to see her. She’s on the far left in the first photo below. The first two photos in this closing group were made by Kay Rinfrette. The last two were made by Claude Stanley, at my request. Those of you soon celebrating your 50th CNC Reunion will be interested in the pin shown here, a replica of the second CNC seal, adopted in 1970.
(L – R): Amie Graham Dale, Dr. Jane’s back, & the Blackenships.
Close-up view of our CNC First Decaders cap.
Close-up view of the Stanleys’ decorated CNC FD caps. Notice the wheel-shaped pins.
This 50th Reunion pin is given to class members during the Golden Reunion of their classes and signifies their membership in the CNU Alumni Society.
I would like to thank all the Decaders who shared in my 70th birthday.
My father [James C. Windsor] thoroughly enjoyed himself on Sunday and it was so nice to see so many old friends from “back in the day” Thanks again, Young Jim [James L. Windsor]
Special thanks to Dave Spriggs and Wade Williams--who both gave so much more than was expected to make our annual Picnic a great success. Dr. Jane
We had sooo much fun at the picnic and were glad we came. Was so sorry Barry couldn't make it. I do hope he got clearance on his surgery and that it goes well. I'm also glad that Jim the Younger took the time to bring Jim the Elder. It was good to get those precious hugs once more. Dalton Blankenship ____________________________________________________________________
Thank you for keeping us together. I really look forward to seeing you and our and our friends from CNC. Take care my friend. Charlie Snead
Please forgive me for not doing this sooner: telling you thank you for all of the work you and the "crew" did for all of us decaders. Johnny and I had a great time seeing you and others in this elite club. The picnic was a lot of fun. Truthfully, I did not know if I was going to be there or not. Johnny's A-Fib has caused him so much trouble lately. But we made it there and am so glad we did. Enjoyed the pictures. Under the banner pic is the question about who is in the picture. Well, Johnny and I are at the table, sitting at the table closest to the edge of the shelter. The picture with Dr. Windsor laughing, that is my back to the camera.
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