We’re in Hamilton New York this weekend for Shannon’s 10 year College reunion (Class of ’97). Hamilton is about 45 minutes from Syracuse, New York (central New York).
Two of Shannon’s best college friends are here, Shannon McIntosh-Brownstein and her husband Greg, along with her friend Kristin Butler-McCall and her husband Jonathan and son Duncan. We were fortunate to be able to attend both of their weddings and it is great to now meeet baby Duncan who is nothing short of brilliant!
We arrived yesterday afternoon and spent a good seven hours hanging out at the reunion bar-b-q! Too bad our allergies are horrible. Lots of beer as one would imagine. We took part in the Colgate Torch Light ceremony. As Freshmen one of the student’s first acts together as a group (once the parents have all gone home) is to light the torches at the top of the hill and then walk in procession down the hill and toss their torches into a bonfire. They repeat the ceremony when they graduate. Plenty of people to recognize and swap life stories with.
Today we got over to downtown Hamilton where I finally got to see the outside of the bar (The Hour Glass) where Shannon learned to tend bar when she went to school and lived here. Tonight is the main cocktail reception and dinner and tomorrow we head home. So far mostly good times.