Wow, I leave for five hours to go to Matins and everyone starts planning without me. :'( :cheeky:
I'm thinking the best structure for planning a get together would be to center it on a Saturday. Not everyone works a monday through friday job and might not be able to get several days off. If we base it on Saturday, then those of us who can make it early can drive there on Friday(maybe we'll have a beer and talk theology!) then saturday morning we can have a good meal, talk, and then go to vespers together. Maybe one or two will stay saturday night and go to liturgy in the morning.
As far as a place, St. Tikhon's would be fine with me. It is a bit of a drive, but I've driven there before, and probalby will again. Perhaps a few of us in the South might want to carpool...I know long drives are a lot easier when you have someone to talk with. It would also give me the chance to visit Igumen Tikhon and Hieromonk Juvenaly again, which would be nice.
I would rather wait for at least a month or two, as personally my life is kind of mixed up right now(and being in the midst of Holy Week isn't giving me the best chronical perspective) but I would think July or August would be best. If we want to do it earlier, perhaps it could coincide with the St. Tikhon's 99th Annual pilgrimage with the Miraculous Tikhvon Theotokos icon being available for veneration. Like I said, I prefer later, but if sooner is better with everyone I can probably do it.
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