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September 2007 Newsletter

Dear Lincoln Table Members:


            Only 20 people attended the races at Harrah’s Chester Downs, but what a good time we had.  It was pay as you go so every one ate and drank where and when they wanted.  We were seen inside on our own terrace or outside with the railbirds cheering on our picks whether or not we bet on them.  All in all a delightful afternoon, which we all promised to do again some day.




1.      Halloween Costume Party in Woodlands CemeteryOctober 27, 2007 will be the must attend party of the year.  Dinner and drinks for $60.00 per person.  Masks mandatory, costumes preferred.  Come early at 5:00 for a tour of the grounds with Jim Mundy or at 6:00 for cocktails and dinner at 7:00.  The party is in the Woodlands mansion a National Historic Landmark on the western bank of the Schuylkill.  Originally owned by Andrew Hamilton, The Philadelphia lawyer, the grounds purchased in 1735, include the federal style mansion, matching carriage house and stable. Hamilton’s son inherited the property and passed it to grandson William, who designed and built the mansion after studying the architecture of Robert Adams in London.  William was a botanist who worked with neighbor Bartram. Today 720 historic trees and plants survive on the grounds.  Jean Wolf, the Director, just returned from a trip from London studying the architectural styles which gave rise to the design of the mansion.  She will be available to speak with us.  Bring friends for an unforgettable evening (limited to 60 people).  Plenty of free parking. 4000 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4560

2.      Annual Meeting: Monday December 10, 2007.  Our annual Holiday lunch and business meeting.  Details later, but mark your calendar now.

3.      Holiday Party: Wednesday December 12, 2007 Carols both amateur and professional, good food and great friends you all know this event so put it on your calendar. Details later.

To register for any or all of these events please contact Laurenn Strabone in the Activities Department.  Her phone number is (215) 587-5565 or you can email her at [email protected]




The Rev. Phillip D.W. Krey, Professor of  Early church History of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, was featured in  the Inquirer column “Brain Food” outlining what he likes and dislikes in literature, TV etc;

Joe and Shirley Laird were pictured in the July 19, 2007 Mainline Times celebrating Bastille Day aboard the Mushulu with the Alliance Francais.

Ann and Lonnie Patton are pictured at the “Let Freedom Ring” celebration of the Pennsylvania Society Son’s of the Revolution held July 4th.  Lonnie is President of the Philadelphia Continental SAR.  

Barbara and Bob Ryan were featured in the July 26, 2007 issue of the Main Line Times, arriving at the Philadelphia Country Club for the first Jazz Brunch to benefit the Dream Camp Foundation and children of St. Francis Inn.

Bob Gill’s Son was featured in a recent Inquirer story about the die off in honey bees.  He is the Director of Harriton, the historic house in Lower Merion and was our guide when we visited.  The story was about him as a bee keeper.

Rick Furia proposes Suzanne Fairlie for membership in the Table.  Suzanne is President of ProSearch, an executive retained search firm specializing in information technology.  She is on the Board of the Opera Company and serves on the Membership Committee, Business Network and Public Affairs Committee of the League.

Greg Montanaro proposes Cailin W. Langan, the Executive Director of the Republican Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth.  She has her masters in strategic communication from Villanova, where she received her bachelors after attending Franklin College in Switzerland.

Suzanne and Cailin will be members in 30 days if no serious objection is received.


NOTE: This the time of year when we think about giving to the Lincoln Foundation.  We have won the award, for donations to the Foundation, every year since we created it.  This year confidential sources indicate that the Benson Table is mounting a campaign to take it away.  Now is the time for all good Lincoln tablites to step up and give to maintain the award.  There will be more next month, with a designation of the piece of art to restore, so keep the Lincoln Foundation in your giving plans for the year.               


            SALE:  There are still a limited number of Lincoln Table Throws (blankets to you designer challenged) available for purchase at $30.00 a throw.  They really are attractive and warm and cuddly.  Hatman Rick Ackourey has the throws.  Nancy Pignotti has Lincoln ties both silk and polyester, 4 in hand and bow, you tie or pre-tied.

September 19, 2007


Joe Prim President  

Mark Lupke  Secretary -Treasurer                     Spencer A. Manthorpe           

Management Committee:   Spencer Manthorpe,                                Newsletter Editor

Betsy Fineburg  & Greg Montanaro

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