Like all Dudley extravaganzas, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But this December’s gathering in NYC of current and past Dudley/Kiniya Leaders and Staff has a history rooted in tradition that goes back more than 100 years. When Dudley’s winter home was in New York City it was the natural spot for the troops to gather in the off-season. Many of our more mature fellows will remember the years when the young college men would gather with Chief Beckman or Bob Marshall at the Yale Club for a sit-down, five-course meal. Following Stich’s tenure as Director, the crew would gather at his and Carole’s home in New Canaan for the event. And even more will remember fondly the train trips to Short Hills to the McKeown household where Joan, Sam and the army of slick caterers hosted a lasagna party to die for. Many of us see this as the official start to Christmas!
This year’s installment will begin with an unofficial gathering on Friday (12/16) night at The Bravest (700 2nd Ave. at 38th Street.) Saturday (12/17) is the main event at Connolly’s Restaurant from Noon until 4:00 PM (121 West 45th Street – third floor.) Capping the weekend off is a Sunday morning brunch at Chevy’s from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (42nd Street and 8th Avenue.) Over the years, we’ve tried to set the weekend to include venues for the adults to get together and then a full family friendly atmosphere at the brunch on Sunday. Saturday’s function is ONLY for those members of the community who have worked for one of our camps as a Cabin Leader or a member of the Staff – no significant others or extended family members unless they have achieved the before mentioned status. If you have any questions regarding the weekend, please contact Davo ([email protected]) or Ryan ([email protected]) for more information. We hope you’ll come join the gang in the City!