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.
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.
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.
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:
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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