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Ray Conniff Fan Convention in Essen and Düsseldorf (September 4 6, 2015) Participants: Warren, Rick (USA), Igor (Russia), Nimfa (Philippines), Sue, Trevor, Steve, Brian (England), Theo, Adelbert (The Netherlands), Claudine, Frank, Guy (Belgium), Otto, Irmi, Barbara, Bernd, Ingo, Irmgard, and Manfred (Germany) Photographs taken by Claudine and Igor; a short report by Manfred Friday, September 4, 2015 This is the hotel we stayed at: The Mintrops Stadthotel Margarethenhöhe in Essen. Great rooms, excellent service, wonderful facilities. We started the 2015 Fan Convention with a reception at 4 pm. We had drinks and finger food, and watched a slide show of 45 minutes that featured photographs of all conventions. In the background you could hear songs by Ray Conniff which all dealt with the theme Memories. This year s Conniff Quiz was a crossword puzzle. All its solutions could be found on a 3 CD set, titled Girls, Girls, Girls, produced by Jürgen Klaus, who sadly passed away a week before the convention. At 5:30 pm we left the assembly room for a short walk to a blacksmith shop ( Halbachhammer Ruhrmuseum ). There we were shown how horseshoes were made. Here you can see Bernd as a helping hand to the smith. After that most interesting demonstration we walked back to the hotel. At 7:45 pm we were taken by maxi taxis to a wonderful restaurant named Villa Vue, from where you had an impressive look at the city of Essen and a water reservoir nearby. Barbara had the best room reserved for us (a year in advance!). The food was unbelievably gorgeous, too. Claudine and Manfred Irmgard and Igor Theo and his brother Adelbert Guy and Frank Barbara and Ingo Steve and Nimfa Warren and Brian Sue and Rick At 11:30 we were taken back by taxis to the hotel. It was raining cats and dogs. Other than that, the weather god was in a relatively good mood throughout the weekend. Some of us took a nightcap or two at the hotel bar. All I can say is, we had lots of fun. Saturday, September 5, 2015 After a rich and tasty breakfast we were shown around the city of Essen by coach. Here you can see our driver with Trevor and Adelbert. The tour included the famous Villa Hügel, which used to be the residence of the Krupp family / dynasty. We also paid a visit to the Gruga-Halle, where Ray Conniff gave a concert in The big billboard showed Conni the Musical. Some of us thought they had forgotten the double-f. (Quite an idea, right?) The tour revealed many faces of Essen. It was greener than most of us had thought. Our guide explained the coat of arms. A huge canary one of many leading the way to the station. You know, miners used to carry canaries down into the mine tunnels. If dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide collected in the mine, the gases would kill the canary before killing the miners, thus providing a warning to exit the tunnels immediately. The first part of the sightseeing tour ended at the café/restaurant Die Kokerei, where we had lunch. It consisted of a typical miner s meal, traditionally still served in that area, especially on Saturdays: Potato soup. You could add sliced sausages or salmon, and croutons. This was followed by another traditional dish, named Kalte Schnauze meaning cold snout. (Don t ask, why it is named this way!) It consists of layers of butter biscuits and chocolate, served with fresh fruit. Next we had a guided tour through Zollverein with a geologist whose command of English was excellent. He showed us around this unique Unesco World Heritage Site. We learned a lot about coal mining, coal washing etc. There are three parts in the Zollverein area: Coking Plant, Shaft 1/2/8 and Shaft XII. Here you can see the old machinery used for taking miners deep down. At 4:15 pm the coach took us back to our hotel, where we could relax for a little time. In the evening we were taken to Sportlertreff am Baldeneysee by taxis. This is a beautifully located restaurant. Again, we had excellent food, a buffet this time. We watched some more videos, such as Laurel and Hardy dancing along Ray Conniff s Paradise and a video collage of famous paintings (along with Ray s rendition of To All the Girls I ve Loved Before ), titled Girls, Girls, Girls. Otto gave Barbara a clock made of an LP copy of Ray Conniff s It Must Be Him. Again, great food Here you can see the happy couple, Barbara and Bernd. They had reason enough to be that way, because this convention was just fabulous due to their organization and in spite of the fact that the number of participants was lower than usual. Sunday, September 6, 2015 Some of us had to leave after breakfast, but others spent the day in Düsseldorf. Here you can see Bernd, Steve, Warren, Barbara, Nimfa, Rick, Trevor and Sue, waiting for their train. Still in Essen on the way back from Zollverein to the hotel, Bernd asked the driver to stop the coach for a minute. Everybody got out and posed in front of this Coca Cola advertisement that originally showed a picture of Ray Charles. Well, thanks to Photoshop we came up with this souvenir photo of this wonderful get-together. Ray would have been pleased like all of us. Trevor, Sue, Nimfa, Steve, Rick, Adelbert, Igor, Frank, Barbara, Warren, Guy, Theo, Manfred, Claudine, Irmgard, Ingo, Bernd, and Brian Photo taken by Bernd THE RAY CONNIFF QUIZ Would you have been able to fill in all boxes (see next page)? Across: 3 The female form of the Spanish name Ramón 5 Last track on Siempre Latino 7 Ray s recording features Tamara s giggling at the end 8 A four-letter Dixieland lady 10 This married lady seduced Dustin Hoffman in This lady is called that way because she looks pretty in it 14 Weather-wise always on the bright side 15 Pet name for Germany s chancellor 16 Before they break down the door, forgive me! 18 French for an unmarried and innocent (?) girl 19 Long Disco number on Ray s album Fantastico 24 A type of fungus that can cause an infection, e.g. in the mouth 26 She can be found on Hollywood in Rhythm 28 Not the one from Gone with the Wind, whose name is spelled with a double-t 29 The name Judith would not have fit the rhythm of the song 31 Barbra Streisand played this role in her second movie 32 Name of Ray s wife 33 Not a tribute song to Ms Allen but to a blue lady 34 Name of one of Ray s wives 35 Cole Porter wrote this song, Ray recorded it twice 38 Name of Ray s second daughter 39 This girl is swinging down the street so fancy free 40 Tamara s pet name Down: 1 This lady gets too hungry for dinner at eight 2 This girl is sweet 4 A film and now a musical, too 6 This may be a girl s name, but in Gone with the Wind it s the name of the plantation 9 A Spanish girlfriend 11 Simply by Starlight 12 Short form of Emanuela 13 Spanish for lady 17 A girl s name as well as an album title and a song 18 French name given by the Fab Four 20 Second track on Ray s Latinisimo -album 21 The president s wife 22 This lady can make you tipsy 23 Title of an unusual Conniff recording, using a harpsicord 25 Name of Ray s first daughter 26 The first name of the president of the first fanclub in French 27 Billy and Ray commonly played a song with this name 28 This lady can be found on Rhapsody in Rhythm 30 Not a song written for Ms Fitzgerald, but part of a title in Spanish meaning for her 35 The name of Vera s mother 36 Beethoven wrote this short piece for her 37 Most women are like that or? 41 Can be both a girl s or a boy s name not suitable for the president GOOD LUCK! Name: Score: /46 Girls, Girls, Girls The Ray Conniff Convention-Crossword Puzzle (Essen, 2015) SOLUTIONS: Rosalie / Cole Porter wrote this song, Ray recorded it twice Mame / A four-letter Dixieland lady Manuela / Short form of Emanuela Rosa / The name of Vera s mother Jean / A girl s name as well as an album title Louise / The English version of this name belonged to the president of the first fanclub Ramona / The female form of the Spanish name Ramón Tammy / Tamara s pet name Marianne / The president s wife Delilah / Before they break down the door, forgive me! Sunny / Weatherwise always on the bright side Michelle / French name given by the Fab Four Gigi / A film and now a musical, too Popsy / Title of an unusual Conniff recording, using a harpsicord Brandy / This lady can make you tipsy Laura / She can be found on Hollywood in Rhythm Clair / Ray s recording features Tamara s giggling at the end Magdalena / Second track on Ray s Latinisimo -album Gloria / Long Disco number on Ray s album Fantastico Mandy / Can be both a girl s or a boy s name Scarlet / Not the one from Gone With the Wind, whose name is spelled with a double-t Candida / A type of fungus that can cause an infection, e.g. in the mouth Adelita / Last track on Siempre Latino Tamara / Name of Ray s second daughter Angie / Pet name for Germany s chancellor Caroline / This girl is sweet Sue / Billy and Ray commonly played a song with this name Dolly / Barbra Streisand played this role in her second movie Georgy / This girl is swinging down the street so fancy free Jude / The name Judith would not have fit the rhythm of the song Robinson / This married lady seduced Dustin Hoffman in 1967 Jackie / Not a tribute song to Ms Allen but a blue lady Stella / By Starlight Mamselle / French for an unmarried and innocent (?) girl Vera / Ray s wife Ann / one of Ray s wives Tara / This may be a girl s name, but in Gone With the Wind it s the name of the plantation Elise / Beethoven wrote this short piece for her Patricia / Name of Ray s first daughter Senora / Spanish for lady Ella / Not a song written for Ms Fitzgerald, but part of a title in Spanish meaning for her Pretty / Most women are like that or? Amiga / A Spanish girlfriend Tramp / This lady gets too hungry for dinner at eight Moonlight / This lady is called that way because she looks pretty in it Spain / This lady can be found on Rhapsody in Rhythm Ah yes, the winner was: The first prize was a musical toy, which plays Somewhere My Love when you turn the handle.
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