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MVHS Chapter Feeds Long Riders

Long Reach Long Riders and student chapter members of the Mt. Vernon Senior High School Chapter relax outside of the shelter house at Otis Park in Bedford, Indiana after the riders took a refreshing break on their journey from Philadelphia to South Dakota.

Photo/ Dana Taylor

On July 10, seven members of the Mt. Vernon Senior High School Chapter drove to Bedford, Indiana to cook lunch for the Long Reach Long Riders. The Long Reach Long Riders, who first road coast to coast ending at the USITT Annual Conference in Long Beach in 2004 recently concluded their third motorcycle journey. This year's ride supported both Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Behind the Scenes. In addition to chapter members and sponsor Dana Taylor, also helping out were Charles Julius, technical director of Evansville Civic Theatre, and Jenni and Katie Taylor.

Bill Sapsis noted in his blog, "The ride over to Bedford was longer than we anticipated, (It felt like the closer we got to Bedford the longer it took to get there) and we were an hour late. But the food was delicious and the break in the ride was greatly appreciated. They had rented a picnic shelter in the Otis City Park. We ate; we hung around; we relaxed. Many, many thanks to all of you for such a good time."

The chapter makes a donation each year to the ride and is pleased to have been able to do a little more this year.

Lea Asbell-Swanger Joins Board

Lea Asbell-Swanger has been appointed to the Board of Directors as a Director at Large to fill the term of Cynthia Poulson. She will serve until June 30, 2006. The appointment, approved by a vote of the Board of Directors, was announced during the Executive Committee meeting in Phoenix, Arizona in early August. The Executive Committee also observed a moment of silence in honor of Ms. Poulson,

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Service for Richie Spencer

A celebration service for Richie M. Spencer, University of Southern California School of Theatre Associate Director, Director of Production, and Head of Costume Design, will be held at 4 p.m. September 6, 2006 at the Bing Theatre. Mr. Spencer, a long-time USITT member, was 67 when he died on May 7. He was formerly head of the costume design department at Ithaca College and designed costumes at Bard College and Seattle Repertory Theatre, among other places. His credits included many stage productions as well as designs for movies

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Alan Symonds Service

Harvard University will hold a memorial service for Alan Symonds beginning at 3 p.m. November 1, 2006 in Agassiz Theatre. Mr. Symonds was working at the theatre, which he loved, when he died June 20. For more information, e-mail

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Calendar Features Costumes

Texas Tech has used Costume in Performance as the theme for the latest in its Historic Fashions Calendar series. The 2007 calendar includes a forward by USITT Fellow Joy Spanabel Emery, and selections from a broad variety of sources including the San Diego Historical Society and the Cosprop Exhibitions in London. For a preview, or information on ordering a copy, visit here.

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