The Grand March Leader

Lead the Grand March on the final night of the Conference. Ideally, every conferee, adult and youth, should see or contact every other conferee. It’s a grand, formal good-bye before the more intimate farewells of the Final Party. Traditionally, the March is co-led with the current and new Chairs.

Preparation:

      Arrange for the Music Director to play the piano at the appointed time.

    Arrange for the porch’s sound system to amplify the pianist while people march through the lobby, out to the back porch, around to the front porch and into Elliot.

Procedure:

    The March culminates the Banquet at about 8:00 P.M. and runs for about 20 minutes.

    The March is driven by the tune “Marching to Pretoria,” which the conferees sing to Star’s lyrics.

I’m with you and you’re with me,
And so we are all together,
So we are all together,
So we are all together.
Sing with me, I’ll sing with you,

2nd verse: Dance with me…
3rd verse: Laugh with me…
4th verse: Love with me…
And so we will sing together,
Sta—ar is our home.

Final verse…
Work with me, I’ll work with you,
We’re birds of a single feather,
Laugh, love and live together,
Work in all kinds of weather.
Sing with me, I’ll sing with you,
And so we will sing together,
Sing a thankful song.

Star Island is our spirit’s home.
WOO! WOO!
Our spirit’s home,
WOO! WOO!
Our spirit’s home.
WOO! WOO!
Star Island is our spirit’s home.
WOO! WOO!
Star Is—land, Hoo—rah!

Here’s a cheer for all the Pelicans.
WOO! WOO!
The Pelicans.
WOO! WOO!
The Pelicans.
WOO! WOO!
Here’s a cheer for all the Pelicans.
WOO! WOO!
The Pelicans, Hoo—rah!

    People follow the leaders and the current and new Chairs by entering line in pairs and holding hands.

    The line leads from the Dining Room, through the lobby to pick up the younger children, exits onto the back porch, and proceeds around the porch and into Elliot.

    The line becomes single-file—as each person holds hands with the person in front and behind.

    The leader circles the perimeter of Elliot and spirals in progressively smaller and then, larger circles as new followers enter Elliot. Soon, the room is full of one circling line of revelers.

    Next, the group changes formation to cross hands and sway in place while singing “Auld Lang Syne.”

    Finally, the leader starts the cheer:

              • S-T-A-R! S-T-A-R!

              • Oceanic! Oceanic!

              • Rah! Rah! Rah!

              • We will come back!

              • We will come back!

              • We will come back!

Aftermath:

    The Appledore Group often leads a contest with the Duck and Smuttynose Groups on the Front Lawn.

    The Smuttynose Group will go to its Final Party from 9:00 - 11:00 P.M.

    The Duck Group will go to the Snack Bar for its Finale from 9:00 - 10:00 P.M.

    Evening Chapel will begin at 9:30.

     

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