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If you have other ideas or are interested in helping setup or maintain this site, please let me know, and please contribute to help with hosting costs. Please let other BRS friends know about this site and encourage them to be in touch. We are developing a database for a possible future reunion and for helping people keep in touch.
Send your info (current name, family members, address, phone, email, website, current and BRS photos - scans preferred) to:
Loving (aka Will McNaughten)
Audio Downloads (MP3 files)
The Baker River School Closing Meeting, May 1983 (23.8Mb; 1 hour 26 min) The recording is not the best because of the recording device (same as below) and the position it was in during the meeting but there is some fun stuff on it, especially Bruce's special song written just for the occasion, mentioning virtually everyone there (at about 46:00).
The Lui Collins concert at Wentworth Town Hall, May 13, 1983 (25.3Mb; 1 hour 28 min) Sound quality is surprisingly good given the quality of the recording machine (a mono Radio Shack machine). I sent a copy of this to Lui last year and she was thrilled to hear songs she had forgotten and others she had been trying to remember the words for.
Reunion 2007 Recordings:
Marengo - 3 Songs
Fisher - No-Cal Cookie & Putting on a Glove
Baker River Blog
30 May 2018
Albert Bruce Bergquist
30 May 2018
I came across a pristine copy of the 1982-83 Baker River School Catalogue & Course Guide while cleaning out my mother's house. I've created the PDF below of the entire publication because it is such a powerful statement of the educational philosophy that created BRS.
25 August 2014
This will likely be the last post on this site. Due to extremely low traffic and other connection options such as Facebook, we're taking this site offline when the hosting service expires on September 14, 2014. I may post the site elsewhere as a sub-section of another site but for now I've uploaded all the "Year" and Reunion photos to the Facebook group page. I encourage you to join that group to keep in touch with other BRS folks. ~Will Loving
30 August 2010
Thanks to Betsy True and Bruce and Betsy for their gifts supporting this site!
24 August 2010
Thanks to Wil Catlin for his gift supporting this site!
23 August 2010
Thanks to Margie Geurs for her gift supporting the site. In honor of Margie, I have posted the BRS Granola recipe as I have it from the last year when I managed the kitchen. I seem to have several memories of Margie being one of the primary concocters of large amounts of this staple and my recipe card indicates that Margie may have been the originator. Note that unless you are feeding 40 people, you might want to reduce the recipe a bit... See more BRS recipes including Logan Bread, Yogurt, Applesauce, Zucchini Oat Loaf and Herbed Fish.
BRS Granola (from kitchen notes, June 2, 1983)
In large roasting pans mix together:
In large frying pan, heat:
Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients and mix. Bake at 300° for one hour, stirring every 10-15 minutes. Watch so it doesn't burn. Take out and add 4c raisins (or chopped dates, apricots, etc.)
(Editor's note: The more experienced cook in me now would probably skip the soy grits, reduce the coconut a little, and increase the liquid some...)
14 August 2010
"Up the Hill to Baker River School" by Betsy Smith Bergquist
Betsy's long awaited book is now available through your local bookstore or online. I've just finished reading it and was very much re-inspired by Betsy's story and by all that we did together as part of BRS. It also helped to fill lots of details that I never knew or had only heard in passing. Betsy has used pseudonyms for nearly all the students at the school but you will certainly recognize yourselves in some of the stories.
31 March 2010
2010 BRS Reunion Announced
The ad hoc reunion planning group (Kendra, Nancy, Michele, and us) have settled upon and made a deposit to reserve Nurture through Nature retreat center in Denmark Maine, Friday Aug 21 to Sunday Aug 23. It’s a neat place. Swimming nearby, comfortable meeting space, flexible tent sites, private, relaxed all around. Travel by car ranges from 1.5 hours from Portland to about 4 hours from the Pioneer Valley. We have hit it off with the owner Jen, who gets what BRS is/was all about. She can accommodate up to about 30 people (that’s 30 total adults and/or children).
You can either stay under cover in one of the buildings or else tent. With our cost of either $1150 (don’t exercise our option to rent the adjacent residence described in the attachment) or $1700 (rent the residence as well as the rest of the place), we have decided that to meet food and incidental expenses plus pay the rental that we need to charge $110 (this price includes food)for the weekend per adult and $55 for the weekend for 12 and under.
These prices may be subject to some adjustment based on the number and composition of attendees (age groups). If we do rent the adjacent residence which would accommodate 3 couples, we would probably charge more for that space. So you see there are some variables here. And if you can’t afford the $110, please let us know. We don’t want anyone to not be able to come because of money.
If you want to stay in a nearby motel, (see Google Maps), you will still need to pay the food charge ($45 for adults, $25 for 12 and under). The arrangements are such that sleeping privacy in the buildings will be limited, if that is an issue. When we get a sense of who is coming we will try to match everyone’s needs and preferences with what is available.
We already have the commitment of 10 people (Beeg and Perla Harris; Nancy and Phoebe Jessup; Michele, Joe and Rachel Fava; Kendra Axon; and the two of us. So there are 20 places left. To hold a place you will need to make a $25 per person deposit, first come, first served. The earlier we know, the better. We don’t want to have to set a cutoff date, but that may be necessary at some point.
To register: Send a check made payable to Betsy Bergquist for $25 per person to 1010 Deerhaven Terrace, Stewartsville, NJ 08886.
11 September 2008- 10:48 pm EDT
9 September 2008- 7:50 am EDT
5 September 2008- 11:22 am EDT
Motherhood vs VP - I've posted Betsy's recent thoughts on motherhood and the Vice Presidency here.
16 June 2008- 8:46 am EDT
2008 BRS Reunion Cancelled
Thanks to Bruce Harris for another generous contribution to the BRS website which paid for two more years of website hosting.
21 April 2008- 10:30 am EDT
Letter from Betsy - "Thinking of You"
Dear friends - I’m thinking about all of you especially today, because this afternoon, I took the time to view the DVD Will made for us of our reunion last August. There you all are laughing with each other, reminiscing, sharing and talking opening in “morning meeting” (Saturday morning of reunion) about your lives and what has taken place for each of you on your journey post BRS. For some the journey has not been easy, for others, good mixed in with the bad. You all have your stories... (more)
19 January 2008- 2:10 pm EST
Pictures of Doug Fontein and family are now posted on the People page, and special thanks to Wil Catlin for his donation in support of this website!
9 January 2008- 1:08 pm EST
BRS Reunion 2008: August 22-24, 2008 (Cancelled)
Facebook Group for Baker River School
17 October 2007- 2:27pm EDT
Peter Birckhead has joined us from North Carolina with pictures of his family.
17 September 2007- 11:17 am EDT
Lots of news today:
14 September 2007- 11:39am EDT
We have a new posting from Mike Jackson about his life since BRS. Thanks Mike!
7 September 2007- 10:41 pm EDT
I've just uploaded three Audio files from the Reunion in MP3 format so you can play them in iTunes or your favorite audio player. They include a set of songs from Tammy Marengo, a sing-a-long time with Sam Bergquist and Peter Fisher explaining how to burn as many calories eating a cookie as it contains.
The BRS SmugMug photo galleries are filling up with pictures from the Reunion. Macy has been working on editing the galleries and adding titles and comments, but you are welcome to add comments too. SmugMug has the full resolution images of all the pictures we've received as well as of the scans of all the photos shown here on this site from Years 1-5 and past reunions. You can order high-quality prints or download the images and print your own.
Planning for the 2008 Reunion has already begun. We are presuming to hold it in the same location around the same time. Dates have not yet been confirmed but we'll let you know soon! If you are interested in helping plan, please join the BRSTalk Google Group and express your interest or contact one of the people who worked on it this year. If you need an invitation to join the Google Group, just go to the BRSTalk home page and request one.
27 August 2007- 4:13 pm
Thanks to Bruce "Beeg" Harris for his very generous contribution towards support of the website. At Macy's suggestion we are subscribing to smugmug.com for their excellent picture hosting which allows for upload of high resolution versions of photos as well as the purchase of prints. We slowly adding and arranging picturees as we go. Feel free to add and edit captions to the photos that are arleady there. Go to http://brs.smugmug.com.
27 August 2007- 4:13 pm
I've started to add pictures from the Reunion to the BRS People Page along with new listings including Aldona Shumway, Betsy True and Anne True. I'll do a full posting of all my Reunion pictures soon, but I encourage anyone who has pictures from the Reunion to send them to me. I'd like to have the full size original images if at all possible (not scaled down) and those tend to be fairly large, so my suggestion is that you either burn them to a CD and mail them (see address at left) or if you know how, put them into a folder and Zip them. Then use YouSendIt.com a very reliable service that allows you to send attachments up to 100Mb for free. If you need to know what email address to use, send me a line.
26 August 2007- 4:56 pm
The BRS 2007 Reunion is over but it is abundantly clear that the spirit lives on and is being carried forward in people's lives. There is much to tell and show and I'm hoping to post pictures, audio, and eventually some video clips soon. Please check back in the next day or two!
Thanks to Marty Sartwell, Mike Jackson and Michelle (Gold) Fava for their recent contributions to support this website!
23 August 2007- 9:50 pm
The Reunion begins tomorrow with people coming in from all over including some last minute entries. It's not too late to come if you want to just let us know so we can plan bedding. I'll post pictures as soon a I can.
9 June 2007- 1:18pm
Added picture and weblink for Chet Keefe and added revised text for Georgia's entry.
16 May 2007- 7:20pm
9 May 2007- 2:37pm
30 October 2006 - 9:39 pm
2 October 2006 - 11:21am
Ash Eames has sent us a note from Wentworth and we have some new pictures from Henley (KT) Eames to go with her update. And, Google has now indexed the site, so anyone doing a search should find it easily!
21 September 2006 - 11:48am
We now have a Google Group discussion area. If I already had your email, you should have received an invitation. If not, just go to the BRSTalk home page and request one.
17 September 2006 - 2:53pm
Macy Coffey has sent us a note from Moscow, Russia where he is currently living.
14 September 2006 - 2:23pm
BakerRiverSchool.org is now live! To help pay the annual fees for domain registration and hosting, please click the button below and contribute via PayPal or credit/debit card. Thanks to Nancy Jessup, Wil Catlin, Macy Coffey, Sam Bergquist and Maria Van Liew for their financial support!
13 September 2006 - 11:09pm