The 2003 Reunion
Since I cannot figure out the right words to describe the incredible time everybody had at the reunion I have decided to provide the various messages that people have posted on the message board describing their feelings and the time they had at the reunion. This way these messages will never get lost and will remain a part of this website.
Below are the messages that various Lansmanites have posted on the Message Board after attending the wonderful 2003 Reunion. The names appear before the message they left.
Thanks to: Lois Baskin (Who seemed to be helping everywhere) , Dani Leiter, Robin Rosenblum, Susan Saltzman (Great Photo's), Kenny Weisen (Great M.C.), Lisa Ratner (Excellent CD)& Mikey Leiman (Fun Softball Game & helping organize). Hopefully I didn't forget anyone. All of you did an OUTSTANDING JOB at creating many more Wonderful Lansman's Memories for years to come.
Let us not also forget this party may have not come to fruition without Kenny Weisen, Mitchell Bilder & Adam Shapiro. These three are responsible for this great website.
SO, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!!!
It's always been my pleasure and an honor to develop the website. I had a great time at the reunion. It was so wonderful to see everyone again and I apologize to all the people I never got a chance to really chat with (such as Chuck R., Stacey E. and Liz). It just means we will have to do this again soon (hopefully before another 25 years). The Reunion Committee (Mike, Lois and Robin) did such an outstanding job of putting this entire weekend together. I'm sorry I missed the Sunday Brunch and didn't get a chance to say goodbye to many of you.
Love to all!
Driving home from Lansmans listening to the CD that Lisa Ratner made was the icing on the cake!!!! Especially the last song Kiss me in the Rain - those words certainly did sound like they were inspired by summers upstate.
It was great to see everyone after all these years and feel so comfortable just hanging out and catching up. I had the best time at the dinner, dancing to the old tunes and being in a room filled with people so happy to be with each other.
Thanks to everyone for making this an unforgettable weekend. Mike and Robin, it was so much fun working together on the committee - so when is our next conference call? Special thanks to Kenny Wiesen, Mitch Bilder, Adam Shapiro, Dani Leiter, Stacey Elias, Susan Saltzman, Lisa Ratner & Robyn Reinhardt for all your contributions - no matter how much planning goes into something - it's the people that make the event a success.
Happy 4th of July to everyone.....so who's bringing the fireworks to the ballfield this summer.
WHAT CAN I SAY???? HOW ABOUT THIS WAS THE BEST WEEKEND. THE REUNION COMMITTEE DID SUCH A FABULOUS JOB, THERE WAS NOT 1 PROBLEM, EVERYTHING WAS JUST SO PERFECT. KUDOS TO YOU GUYS, YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL WHEN SOMETHING IS DONE WITH LOVE, AND THIS ENTIRE WEBSITE AND REUNION WAS JUST THAT, A LABOR OF LOVE.
I AM SO HAPPY THAT EVERYONE ENJOYED THE PHOTO'S - IT WAS A PLEASURE MAKING THEM AND I WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGIAN.
ALL I KNOW IS THAT I DO NOT WANT TO WAIT ANOTHER 20 YEARS TO DO THIS AGAIN.
LOVED SEEING EVERYONE, IT'S AMAZING THAT WE ALL REALLY DO LOOK THE SAME- ( WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW WRINKLES AND LESS HAIR )
ONCE AGAIN, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING - INLCUDING THE LAUGHTER AND THE TEARS.
I KNOW MY MOM WOULD HAVE ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS WEEKEND.
It was really great seeing everyone at the reunion. I was only able to spend a few moments late Saturday afternoon. But taking that group picture by the craft center and talking to some of my closest friends made it all worth it. I enjoyed seeing everyone. And I agree, most of us have not changed at all. Unless my aging eyes are not as accurate as they once were. What was really amazing was the ability to step back into time for a moment where life was simpler and all you had to concern yourself with was getting up to revele!
I think that we're all so busy with our jobs and families that it becomes easy to forget what a special part of our lives Lansmans and the Lansmanites were. Those of us who were fortunate enough to be there this weekend got to experience something very special. Reliving a happy time in our lives, even if for a day or two, is worth whatever effort it took to get ourselves away from our committments. Although these sentiments are mine, I got the feeling from my conversations that many who were there share them as well.
What a weekend! To see multiple generations sharing the same memories was truly amazing. No where else does time stand still as it does on the campgrounds at Lansmans. My brother, Marty, called last night wanting to hear all the details and hopes we schedule another reunion next year so he can attend. I enjoyed re-connecting with old friends and even making a couple of new ones. As my parents always said - "It must be something in the mountain air" because we all looked terrific. Thanks again to all who worked so hard to make this reunion possible.
I think I finally stopped crying somewhere around Delaware. And, yes, I have no voice today. An amazing weekend. I know I thanked everyone responsible but now I need to add one. LISA -- that CD made the 7 1/2 hour drive home seem like 7 1/4 hours. No, seriously, I listened to it 7 times and smiled every time it came around to Society's Child.
To those of you who weren't there -- yes, you were talked about!
Thanks again to Mitch, Adam and Ken for getting the website going and to Mikey, Lois and Robin for giving me something I thought I would never have again -- more great Lansman's memories.
This Reunion was SO special! It really went off just as I'd hoped...better, actually. It's great to hear how much people enjoyed it...the phrase has been used a whole bunch of times, but it REALLY was a labor of love...and Lois and Robin ARE the BEST.
It's going to take me some time to get my thoughts about the weekend in order. But I can't tell you how delighted it made me feel to see the happiness this reunion has brought to so many people!
This weekend was so incredible that I am speachless, and you guys know that I am never speachless. The Reunion committee did an awesome job. I had so much fun seeing everyone again. It was really special to have my family all there, especially my father, "Fast Eddie Lederkramer". My memories of this weekend will shine with all the great memories of Lansmans in my heart! I love you guys!Lois,Mikey,Robin, Susan,Dani,Lisa,Stacey,Mitch, Adam, and most of all, Kenny, as Jackie Gleason once said,"Baby, You're the Greatest!"I can't wait untill the next Reunion because I need to see more slides of Karne Lansmans.
Having a big smile on everyone's face was what the weekend was about. Just reading the posted comments makes you feel like you were there! It really was a very special weekend, but then again, that's what Lansmans was always about - special people and special memories. Thanks to all who did such an incredible job organizing everything - you really did create wonderful new memories.
Sorry I didnt get to say goodbye to all, but it was the hellos that were special. Hopefully it won't be another 25 years between hellos. To those who couldn't or didn't attend you were all missed!! It's difficult to explain what you missed other then to say it was a once in a lifetime event that exceed all expectations, it was awsome!!! The reunion commitee did and outstanding job, all our thanks. I do want to extend a special thanks to Kenny who I know was the glue that kept things together and the driving force behind everything, his love for Lansmans, and all of us is quite obvious, and Lois who I rememeber as a special young girl, who reminded me this weekend of the wonderful times we had at the chairs, late night, long ago, talking and laughing, and today as in incredable woman who made sure everything came together so seemlessly and flawlessly, a labor of love. I know she did with only our good times, and memories motivating her. Love you all
Wasn't aware of your sensitive side despite all that time together on the fields and courts, but your words are so true. Despite being back at work on a Monday morning, it was really not that bad, as I spent more time talking about the weekend and feeling so good, that the day moved pretty painlessly. What was really so incredible about the weekend was that no one wanted to leave the cardroom or casino on Sunday morning, despite the fact that it had stopped raining. The casino door was like a time portal leading back to the present and nobody was ready to return just yet. It was also great catching up with "old" friends and even making new friends. No counselors or groups. We were all on the same page. I thank the Lansman family for creating the place for us to have these memories. Much deserved praise to Mikey, Robin, and Lois for their labor of love and to Kenny for all his assistance ( I owe you $12 dollars for a hat and I'll get it to you this weekend). Thanks also to Mitch and Adam for the website and to Lisa for the CD.
So, when is the next softball game?
The scenes seemed so familiar. Kenny Wiesen's mad dash(He was always running from something.)...Mark Lederkramer's trash talk(I think he invented the term.)...Barry Moskowitz smashing my tennis return at net (His height advantage is so unfair!)...Robin Rosenblum Rehders laughing at jokes(Her epidermis is still showing!)Mitchell Regenbogen marvelling about Buddy Rich (Who was that guy??)...Stacey Elias singing color war songs (How does she remember all the words?)...My brother Martin making a diving catch (I taught him everything he knows!)....I could be talking about the summer of 1973! Is it incredible that I can so enjoy hanging out and playing with you all after 30 years? No. That is the uniqueness of Lansmans! And that is why I always looked so forward to my summers.
Thanks to the reunion committee trio of Mike, Robin, and my not so little sister, Lois for making it all happen.It was an "amazin" weekend.
Come back anytime to visit me in Bungalow 58(the one with the downstairs).
Robin Rosenblum Rehders
Thank you to everyone who called or posted a message expressing their gratitude to the planning committee.
Although planning the reunion required lots of hard work, having a great time once we arrived couldn't have been easier! There was so much joy, enthusiasm, love & affection all around that it was impossible not to feel great. This was the best NATURAL high that I ever experienced at Lansmans Campgrounds!!!
xoxoxo to all, Robin
P.S. Thanks to Lois & Mike this "labor of love" couldn't have been more enjoyable. You guys are the best!
What an amazing weekend the reunion turned out to be. I was glad to be a part of it and so happy that all of you are enjoying the CD. Flossie and I had an incredible time seeing all of you and hope that it will not be too long before we do this again. The reunion committee did a spectacular job of keeping the flow and going back to Lansmans itself is truly a time warp. Everything seems just like we remembered it. But the best part was the people. The warmth and love that we all felt was truly amazing. It is hard to describe to anyone what we all experienced. To all of you who missed this for whatever reasons, do yourselves a favor and don't miss the next one if there is one. You will find yourself with even more fond memories to carry you through the next 30 years of your lives. I will post my pictures as soon as they are ready. As that old Bob Hope song says, "Thanks for the Memories".
Love to all my fellow Lansmanites,
Karen Morse Maher
Just wanted to thank all of you who sent me a message via phone during the reunion. Hearing your voices put a big smile on my face. Thanks Bobbi for following thru with that request!
Receiving the color war songs was awesome. The Juke Box CD is also great.Love to all.
Being part of the reunion was as if I crossed over into another dimension of time. So many years had passed but it was as if no time had elaspsed. It was surreal, standing at the campgrounds seeing people from my childhood and realizing this was not a dream was an incredible experience. I don't think words can even describe what was in our hearts at the time. We were all "one" again, even if it was only a few hours- one big joyous happy Lansman family! Thank you all who worked so very hard to make this the success it was and thanks to everyone who came from near and far. I apologize to some of you whom I didn't have enough time to talk to or even finish a conversation, but I saw you and you all remain forever in my heart! You're all still beautiful, yes years have passed & everything does change but our love for one another has remained the same. Let's all keep in touch. Be well everyone and let's hope it's not another 30yrs. before we meet again.Peace & love to everyone!Brandi
I have been thinking of the right words to express my feelings about "the weekend". I must say that Brandi's words hit the mark and say it better than I ever could (this is probably why I was never asked to write Color War Songs...!)
Love to all of you.
It was wonderfull. It was a joy to see all you kids grown up and so beautiful. It was with great pleasure that I caught up with all my friends of summer. My sincerest thanks to the great committee that made this all happen. You all did a great job.
It was an incredible weekend and made more so by the people who worked so hard to organize it. It really showed in everything that was done. The best part was seeing everyone and feeling the warmth and love that just emanated at the campgrounds, the dinner and entertainment and the brunch. It was hard to say goodbye to everyone.
It was a happening. It was like a special episode of "The Twilight Zone." Seeing everyone in today's world was awesome. I expected everyone to break out in song, and they did. It was wonderful. See you all in five years like you promised.
Hi guys. It has been a full week since the reunion and I am still reflecting on how wonderful it was to see everyone.To walk around the colony was like going back in time...It was especially good to see the benior soys.. it has been around 25 years you know. I really loved talking to my buddy Liz....and my friends from the last cool senior girls, and so many more...The best part would be to pick up some of these old dusty friendships and create new ones...Love to you all, Robyn P>S. thank you all for working so hard on the reunion. especially to my dear friend Lois. It was fantastic seeing you and what a super job you did planning this event and coordinating it...You missed your calling...social director.And yes I recieved the check yesterday thank you .p.s.s Are there anymore pictures posted from the reunion?