Matt & Gretchen's Groom's Dinner 10/1/2004

The groom's dinner was held in the small dining room at the Crawford Notch Highland center. It was a tad on the small side for the 30-some people we had there, but it worked out fine, if a bit on the loud side.

Judy Explains the Nalgenes

The guest-favors were Nalgenes created by Gretchen's parents Judy and Bill Braham. They sported a wedding sticker on the side, and various treats on the inside including a New Hampshire quarter minted at the Denver mint.

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Groom's dinner tables

To break the ice, folks were supposed to sit with their nalgene color, which mixed things up a bit

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da leaf

The leaf has a long story behind the short presentation. It was a retirement gift for my grandfather Burton B. Knapp Sr, who was a metallurgist for International Nickel. Somehow he figured out how to nickel electro-plate a maple leaf, most of which were given to members of the company board (a Canadian company, hence the Maple leaf bit), and the last given to him on retirement. I had long had my eye on the leaf and asked that, whenever it was no longer wanted, that it be passed my way. Thank you Grandma!

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singing

There's no real piano at Highland Center, so we had to make do with a rental electric keyboard, but Peter made a goodly amount of noise anyway pounding out the show tunes.

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