Bob Barnett hosted a Fatherâ€™s Day gathering at his home, an event shared with his companion, Joyce Rayno. There were approximately 40 people when I was there enjoying Bobâ€™s backyard with tables of goodies, meats, salads, sweets, chips, dips and other good things. This is an event that was started about six years ago, and most of the folks there were members of Bob and Joyceâ€™s families as well as close friends.Â
I spoke to Darlene Coffey. who took the photo shown here.
â€śWe are honored to be invited to Mr. Barnettâ€™s Fatherâ€™s Day event,â€ť she told me in also speaking on behalf of her husband, Bob. â€śWe were happy to wish all those who died a happy Fatherâ€™s Day,â€ť in remembering the deceased fatherâ€™s of those who were in attendance.
You may recall in a column that I wrote where I deemed the Barnetts as Bristolâ€™s No. 1 military family, having served in many wars while Bob lost a brother, George, who was serving during the Korean War. Joyce not too long ago was listed as the No. 1 story teller in the state.
(Photo L-R: Joyce Rayno, Bob Barnett, Dave Peplau, Carolyn Koboski and Jay Barnett.)
Paul DiNoia had one on Sunday, Lydia Rydel celebrated on Monday, yesterday Michael Connolly, George Pahl and Dan Scoppette shared the day and today itâ€™sÂ
Donna Shackettâ€™s turn.
Rewind 2002 - A â€śbitâ€ť from this column 20 years ago:
â€śTheÂ Bristol German American Society hosted the 2002 New England Saengerfest at the clubhouse of the society and their good neighbors, the Franco American Club. The celebration got underway with a morning songfest competition, but most of the partying began around noon in the facilities off of Barlow Street.
â€śIt means a bit of getting back to history for me,â€ť said retired pharmacist John Hartmann, who acted as the event committeeâ€™s recording secretary. â€śIt touches your musical roots and the musical history that goes along with German history.â€ť (Bob M. note: I was there and although not German, truly enjoyed the goings-on.)Â
Many folks know Carolyn, and I am one of them going back to when she was Carolym Harding in high school, as one year my senior. She was a key Bristol Press employee way before I became a columnist there, and later in both of us being longtime members of Prospect Methodist Church.
Our most recent common interest is with the Korean War Veterans Association, where she is now the female companion of high school classmate, Dave Peplau, who was our 2016 â€śHometown Heroâ€ť and last that I knew was the assistant chaplain of the Bristol American Legion Post 2.
Contact Bob Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 860-583-5132