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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Utica Free Academy Reunion - UFA

Well, here we are back at UFA - how many years later ? Gosh, can't say it seems like yesterday... Click on photo to enlarge

Our first stop was a mixer at Vista lanes. I have to say, I'd never been in there before but, I'd guess it hasn't changed much in those years. A few of us in the photo- Jacki Glinecki (me), Candy Meyers, Karlene Bulcinski, Elaine Ciccone and Fred Carncross
Then there was Jeff Jones and his wife enjoying the really loud music. It was good to see Jeff.
Forgive me for the names left out of photos - this is Fred,again and Sandy Zimmerman.
We were able to do a tour of the old building - now on the registry of Historic Places but being used as an old age home.A few of us were able to get the $1.00 tour and were allowed into some of the older parts of the building. Here's Candy, Polly Nolan and myself in the old choir room.

Part of the old building going into the gym/auditorium which is still there but, will soon become a storage room.
And the gym - what memories walking in here !
Geez, this place used to look so much bigger !!
Frank Marrotta in the old gym locker corridor .
Some of the other places we were allowed to go in for the 'private' tour were so dark and we had only one flashlight, so no really usable photos there. We went down to the little theatre used for drama productions - it was dark even then but, now had refuse all over and construction debris. Still an interesting tour.
See if you recognize any of us in this photo ?

This was a group discussion session at the Sunday picnic with some of the grammar school gang from Holy Trinity on Lincoln Avenue. Jim Chmielewski,Roman Kulik, me,Walter and just out of the shot Christian Wojchiehowski. (hope i spelled these right)We were given a set a questions and each group from different grade schools had an interesting discussion about what it was like during those years for each of us.

Roman,Christian,Christian's wife and Richard.

Here's Fred with (I think) Barb Stoio, Linda Feole and ?
Here's the gang from Holy Trinity again. Me,Walter(last name?),John Swiecki, Chritian Wojciehowski, Richard Chimelewski,and Roman Kulik.
OK, where were the rest of you guys? I know you get together in Utica once in awhile.
This was one of the photos at the reception. Polly Nolan was kind enough to ask me if i wanted to show a few of my paintings at the reception. Just happened that 2 large ones were shipped back to my sisters place from the Karpeles Museum, as I live in Niagara Falls Canada now, and was taking them back with me ( border customs for shipping -
is a nightmare, so I said 'sure, great idea'

Thanks, Polly, it was fun to share !
If you'd like to see paintings on my website click here

The alumni association was also at the reception and I have a video upload here for you to join in and sing the UFA song ...one more time.

No, I'm not singing...thank goodness.
Anyway, hope to hear from some of you, if you see this blog. You missed a good time!

aka Jacki Glinecki

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