Teddy's Islettes Fantastic Reunion Appearance - July 4, 2002
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Parade Practice just before July 4th
July 4th photos - Dave Goris is driving the car with Joyce Riordan Clark and Sue Trautman McMahon riding in the back. Fred Claus Photos below
Barbi Lare Photos below
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These are just a few of numerous photos taken at the July 4th, 2002 parade. All will be posted here as time permits!!
Teddy's Islettes reunion unit will line up at Super Gas, 2024 GI Blvd. Please be there before 8:30 a.m. We can not park cars where we line up so you will need to be dropped off or park and walk to the point of our lineup. Our unit is one of the first in the parade which will start immediately after the running race which begins at 9 a.m.
From Super Gas to Baseline where we will turn and end is not a very long route. The parade (not the route) will be much longer than other years according to Recreation Director Linda Tufillaro. Girls who have volunteered young girls to march in vintage costume - you are responsible for these children at the end of the parade. You must be with them until they are met by a parent if they aren't your own children.
Please wear the short sports socks and all white sneakers.
We will not wear belts with the red shorts.
Shirts are to be tucked into shorts. For bigger girls, you may blouse the shirt over the waist band of the shorts.
Shirts have been held up. If in in time, they'll be shipped - otherwise call me 773-2436 (or 773-6789 work) for instructions to pick up when you reach the Island.
Shirts, which must be picked up before July 3rd (unless you aren't in town until then!), will be at my office, 1871 Whitehaven between DeSignet jewelry store and Hairitage Hair Salon. Please be cooperative about getting your shirt before July 3rd - at this point I will not be home the evening of July 3rd.
Batons are to have red caps on them - I have those if you didn't get them yet but they take time to put on and should be taken care of before July 3rd.
We will march past the reviewing stand by the firehall and around the corner to the firehall. Let your families know where you plan to meet them. Think ahead about your vehicles. Only Fire Co. vehicles are allowed to park in the firehall lot.
Saturday practice begins at 9 a.m.
Check the practice schedule (June 21-22, 28-29 and July 1-2 - Sidway School) and get to several practices. Please do not break out of our unit until I give a drum halt. Keep an eye on the website for last minute details.
Teddy's Islettes, 1961-1987, organized and directed by Teddy "Klingel" Linenfelser, will reunite to form a marching unit for Grand Island's Sesquicentennial parade on July 4, 2002. A planning meeting, open to any and all Islettes baton twirlers from 1961-1987, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2001 at Miss Cathy's Dance Academy studio, 2488 Grand Island Blvd. This is the former Wayside Furniture building next to Martin's Fantasy Island.
Former Teddy's Islettes twirlers are urged to contact Teddy Linenfelser immediately with addresses of other former members to assist in the project of informing all possible participants.
We will wear white knit, collared shirts which will have red embroidered "Teddy's Islettes" with "1961-1987" below. Shirts are to be ordered through Teddy Linenfelser. Email "Teddy" at teddyL@isledegrande.com or write or phone for prices, and shipping directions.
Style #1 - unisex sizes Small to 3 X Large.
Style #2 - Ladies Small to X Large and is a fitted shirt with cap sleeve.
Please send information and payment by April 30, 2002
All participants will wear the white shirt, red shorts, white sport socks, white sneakers (no color showing) and red caps on batons. Scroll up or down for further Teddy's Islettes Reunion information. SCROLL DOWN FOR OLD PHOTOS.
We will wear red shorts. Shown are the Cabin Creek shorts with front pleats, available through the JC Penney catalog ($20-$24)
(Not Shown) St. John Bay red shorts (no pleat in front) are available in the J.C. Penney stores.
Other brands in proper shade of red are Lee shorts (not a jean short) and also Liz Claiborn. Questions? Email Teddy.
All May Practices SIDWAY SCHOOL - outside, weather permitting - See below (rain place).
Fridays from 6:30-? p.m. - Saturdays 12:30 p.m.-? BAD WEATHER -- Fridays in Sidway gym -- Saturdays May 4 & 18 Middle School (bad weather only) (SNEAKERS in the gyms)
Friday, May 3 - Sidway School - outside if possible
Friday, May 10 - Sidway School - outside if possible
Friday, May 17 - Sidway School - outside if possible
Memorial Day Weekend - optional - to be announced
Friday, May 31 - Sidway School - outside if possible
Saturday, May 4 - outside Sidway School (rain place, Middle School gym)
Saturday, May 11 - outside only Sidway School (rain - no practice)
Saturday, May 18 - Sidway School (rain place, Middle School gym)
Memorial Day Weekend - optional - to be announced
Please be sure to order your uniform shirt by April 30.
Do any of you have a "vintage costume" to lend?
I am looking for
the red corduroy/white fringe
the red corduroy dress/white piping
the red corduroy dress with the royal blue banner and white stars
Also the small pillbox hat with eagle and chin strap (monkey hat!)
Girls! Check out the "spotlight" photos at the bottom of the page and "please" send me one of your own.
SNEAKERS, PLEASE CANCELLED Sunday, March 24 & 31 - Dance Studio
Fridays from 6:30-? p.m. --- Saturdays from 12:30-? p.m. --- Sundays from noon-?
Friday, March 1 - Sidway School small gym
Saturday, March 2 - middle school gym Sunday, March 3 - Dance Studio, 2488 GI Blvd.
Friday, March 8 - Sidway School small gym Sunday, March 10 - Dance Studio, 2488 GI Blvd.
Friday, March 15 - Sidway School small gym Sunday, March 17 - Dance Studio, 2488 GI Blvd.
Friday, March 22 - Sidway School small gym
Saturday, March 23 - middle school gym
Friday, April 12 - Sidway School small gym
Saturday, April 13 - middle school gym
Friday, April 19 - Sidway School small gym
Saturday, April 20 - middle school gym
Friday, April 26 - Sidway School small gym
Saturday, April 27 - middle school gym
Teddy's Islettes Practice Schedule January 24, 2001...Scroll down to see front page photo and one more new one (C Corps!).
Last scheduled practice for January is 12:30 p.m. this Sat. Jan. 26th (middle school gym). Practices from now on will be in the schools unless there is no school on Friday or Monday with the exception of Friday, Feb. 15: no school but we can use the Sidway gym. Please check this page for cancellations.
FEBRUARY - ???
Fridays from 6:30-?
Sidway School small gym
Due to children's basketball league in larger gym, I was advised to get there early as the front parking lot will fill up fast.
FEBRUARY - APRIL
Saturdays from 12:30 p.m.-?
Connor Middle School gym every Saturday EXCEPTIONS - NO Feb. 9, Feb. 16 - No Mar. 16 - NO Mar. 30
Practice went well as usual on Friday night (Jan. 18, 2002) and the Saturday practices (2 so far) are really great as there's plenty of room for everyone to practice double to single line and back. The routine really looks outstanding considering we have several girls who have only come out to practice 2-3 times. New Teddy's Islettes pictures have been added below.
December 20, 2001...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Our Teddy's Islettes Reunion continues to grow. At this point 50 former members have expressed interest in marching with us in the Sesquicentennial/July 4th parade in 2002. A video of the routine will be offered immediately after the holidays. For those living in the area, here is the January 2002 practice schedule.
Saturday practices will be held 12:30 p.m., (about 2 hours) January 5, 12, and 26 in the Middle School gym, 1100 Ransom Road. Enter the Middle School and go to your left. PLEASE WEAR SNEAKERS. The routine will be taught at a beginner pace, and all former members of Teddy's Islettes are welcome.
Friday practices will be held 6:30-8:15(?) p.m. on January 4, 2001 and Friday, January 18. Anyone who will be attending a Friday practice for the first time, please be there by 6:30 p.m. and please let Teddy know that you are coming.
Attending a practice for the first time??? Let me know if you will need to borrow a baton. Those still intending to order a new baton should send me their check, size and home address as soon as possible (2098 Ferry Road).
If you have not received a copy of the routine, let me know. Please keep watching the Teddy's Islettes Reunion web page at IsledeGrande.com. I've added a new section to the photos. Individual pictures will be added at the bottom of this page with your name, if you will email them to me. Take a look!
Friday, January 4, 6:30 P.M., dance studio
Jan 5, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Middle School gym
Jan 12, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Middle School gym
Friday, January 18, 6:30 P.M., dance studio
Jan 26, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Middle School gym
January 10, 2002...The Teddy's Islettes Reunion group, first announced in September 2001, has continued to grow at every practice. Kathy Pedlow Ziemer, a charter member of Teddy's Islettes when the majorette corps was formed in 1961, attended practice for the first time Saturday. Also twirling with the group from that original class of baton twirlers in '61 is Sonja Miller Hill.
Others who joined the practice this past Saturday (Jan. 5, 2002) in the Connor Middle School gym were Julie Linenfelser Dee, Kathy Snelling Milkus, Dawn Gworek Becker and Sue Anstett.
Among those who have been practicing together since the reunion's inseption are Debbie and Cindy Bleich, Nancy Sasala Aydelotte, Valerie Buckley Swain, Marcia Witte Robison, Cheryl Goris Kloesz, Karen Macumber Scalise, Diane Gollwitzer Doane, Sally Gollwitzer Goris, Danielle Soluri, Cindy Birke Gorko, Lynn Gaydica Wuertzer, Diane Gaydica, Susan Smyth Hahn, Amy Blundell, Kim Thaler, and Barbara Roehrig. Many twirlers from out of town, as far away as China(!), have indicated interest in being a part of the marching unit, which will appear in the Grand Island Sesquicentennial/Independence Day Parade.
Plans are for most of the women to twirl batons with accompaniment of a drum line. Teddy Linenfelser, teacher/director of Teddy's Islettes which marched for the last summer in 1987, announced that her former advanced twirlers will be showcased with a fire baton performance.
Former members interested in joining the group are always welcome, said Mrs. Linenfelser. "Basic instructions are gone over slowly at each practice to accommodate newcomers," she said.
Last practice Before Christmas
Teddy's Islettes Reunion practice will take place 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2001 at Miss Cathy's Dance Studio (2488 Grand Island Blvd.).
Saturday practices will begin in January 2002. Twirlers interested in the Saturday practice are asked to contact Teddy immediately so that time and date may be forwarded.
We are trying to contact as many former members of T.I. as possible so that no one will be dissappointed in not being notified for the July 4/Sesquicentennial parade next summer. Among those we are trying to contact are Kim Duermeyer, Shannon Murdock, Wendy Warmus, Holly Sharon, Jennifer Galbo (Przybylski), Jennifer and Karen Samrany, Pat and Lisa Rodriguez and Kathy and Janice Harris. Can you help?
At the bottom of the page, just below the photos, I will be adding links to individual pictures. Be sure to send my your favorite! Baton Twirlers to Practice Friday Night
Baton twirlers from Teddy's Islettes Baton and Drum Corps, 1961-1987 will be practicing at 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2001 and Friday, December 14 at Miss Cathy's Dance Studio (2488 Grand Island Blvd.). Latest to join the class were Susan Smyth Hahn, Amy Blundell, Kim Thaler and Barbara Roehrig. Saturday practices will be set up for those unable to attend on Fridays. For more information and old photos, see above or scroll down.
Teddy's Islettes Next Practice Nov. 30th - Additional Old Photos Added This Week
Teddy's Islettes baton twirlers from 1961-1987 will practice 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2001 in Miss Cathy's Dance Studio, next to Jaco's Pizza in the old Wayside Furniture building on Grand Island Blvd. A Saturday practice will be announced shortly.
Out-of-town twirlers interested in receiving a copy of the parade routine for the July 4, 2002 Sesquicentennial/Independence Day Parade are asked to email "Teddy.". Batons may be ordered and picked up at a practice or may be delivered to your home if you are not in the area. Send check for $15.50, arm measurement, name and address to 2098 Ferry Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.
The Friday, November 9th practice was very successful in that all twirlers were performing in unison. Among the long list of names of those who will be part of the marching unit are Debbie and Cindy Bleich, Nancy Sasala Aydelotte, Valerie Buckley Swain, Marcia Witte Robison, Cheryl Goris Kloesz, Karen Macumber Scalise, Diane Gollwitzer Doane, Sally Gollwitzer Goris, Danielle Soluri, Cindy Birke Gorko, Lynn Gaydica Wuertzer, Judy Lovelee Kenyon, Tamara Haag Proctor and Julie Linenfelser Dee. Don't be shy - come out and join us!
Additional photos have been added below. Teddy's Islettes To Practices Nov. 9th
Teddy's Islettes twirlers will practice tomorrow night (Nov. 9, 2001) at 6:30 p.m. at Cathy Thomas' dance studio. Several former members of Teddy's Islettes have expressed interest in practicing on a Saturday afternoon. If there is enough response in favor of this, a practice will be set up. Batons ordered at last week's practice are in and may be picked up tomorrow evening (Nov. 9). For more information, e-mail Teddy. This "new" marching unit of "old" twirlers" will perform in the Sesquicentennial Parade down Grand Island Blvd. on the 4th of July 2002.
Teddy's Islettes Practices
Teddy's Islettes twirlers will practice tomorrow night (Nov. 2, 2001) at 6:30 p.m. at Cathy Thomas' dance studio. For more information, e-mail Teddy. This "new" marching unit of "old" twirlers" will perform in the Sesquicentennial Parade down Grand Island Blvd. on the 4th of July 2002.
Some of the following photos may also be viewed on the Isledegrande.com "Old Photo Album" where all of the twirlers are identified. Click photos for larger view
and email "Teddy" with additions and corrections to names.
Amy Valone, in left photo, arrived last week from New Mexico and has been among the 25+ women who have been attending Teddy's Islettes Reunion practices this week in preparation for the July 4, 2002 parade. The photo was taken in 1970. On the right are Amy and Valerie Buckley Swain posing in 1971, possibly at the lineup area for the Brighton Fire Company parade. Val will also be marching with the Islettes on the 4th of July. (Be sure to click the photos for a larger view.)
Click photo for larger view Teddy's Islettes Senior Twirlers - 1984
Teddy's Islettes Senior Twirlers pose before a summer parade in 1984. They are front left: Deanne Monti (Giambra), Lynn Gaydica (Wuertzer) and Karen Macumber (Scalise); (back) Lynn Janowsky and Heidi Mumm.
Click photo for larger view Teddy's Islettes B Corps - 1980s
Can you identified these members of the "B Corps?" Note the white shako hats, first worn in 1962 with gold braid and white plumes, and later changed to red. Click "Teddy" to email me with comments! And be sure to send your favorite pictures (names and year) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes July 4th - 1973
In the summer of 1973 Teddy's Islettes had a good sized rifle corps who performed a routine of gun manuevers during the parades. This photo of Grand Island's Independence Day Parade that year shows (left front) a little Sullivan, Gary Reese, banner carrier Sue Black (Utz), unknown banner carrier, Jimmy Stewart, Sullivan boy and behind him, Miss Teddy. Others shown but not in this order are Lance Kohn, Pat O'Hara and David Vanthoff. Please e-mail "Teddy" if you can identify the American flag carrier or anyone else.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes July 4th - 1971
Marching down Grand Island Blvd. on July 4, 1971 are (left) Holly Smith and Karen White, unknown and Robin Schendel, Jacqueline Barker and unknown.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes Last Photo - 1987
Standing in full uniform on the Town Hall steps in June 1987 are just some of the members of Teddy's Islettes Baton and Drum Corps. On the left in front are Marcia Witte Robison and her son, Eric. In the second row is Katie Krause, Carrie Lynn Harding, Annie Linenfelser (unidentified); 3rd row: Heather Kaiser, (unidentified), Marla Greco; and top: (unidentified), Amy Dzierba and Amy Blundell. This was our last summer of parades. Let me know if can identify any of the girls or correct any of the names.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes C Corps - 1985
I've identified Shani Smyth (Hunt) (center) and Cheryl Janowski who is to her right. Directly behind Shani is Laura Connell with her arms outstretched. Can you tell me who the other little twirlers in the C Corps are in this mid 1980s photo?
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes - 1985
Shown practicing just before an "off Island" parade in the 1980s are, from left up in front,Mary Smyth, Bonnie Janowsky and Barb Gill. Darlene Russell ( Passarelli) is to the left of Richard Lozo in the second row. Last row are Tim Dzierba (only his bass drum is showing in the photo), unidentified, Jan Boyd, Terrie Samrany and Shirley Russell (dark glasses). Please email "Teddy" if you can name those not identified.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes - 1984 (Left) Senior twirlers Jean Willer (Pecorraro), Lynn Janowsky and Lorrie Pownall (Savas) performing in the Grand Island Independence Day Parade.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes - 1983 Senior twirlers Karen Macumber (Scalise) and Kim Duermeyer in the Memorial Day parade on Baseline Road in 1983.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes - 1981
Senior twirlers Lynn Gaydica (Wuertzer) and Kim Duermeyer with banner carriers Nicole Millar (King) and Danielle Tsikalas in the 1981 Grand Island parade.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes - 1984
Teddy's Islettes B Corps members practicing before the Brighton Parade in July 1984 are (left) Sue Smyth (Hahn), Jennifer Galbo, Julie Linenfelser (Dee), Sandra Viavada and Jennifer Samrany.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes - 1987 Flag carrier is Shawn Juhre, banner carriers are Robert and Christopher Soluri. (Front) Angela Amato, unknown, Margaret Webb, unknown, Elizabeth Blundell, unknown, unknown, Kari Harding and Ann Linenfelser; (2nd row) Carrie Herrmann, unknown, unknown, Tanya Juhre Amenta, unknown, unknown, unknown, Lisa Linenfelser, unknown; (3rd row) Drummer Chris (Cricket) Gworek, unknown, unknown, unknown, Molly McMahon, Amy Blundell, Amy Dzierba, Marla Greco, Danielle Soluri, Jill Corson; (4th row) Drummer Barbara Gill, Rayleen Tolejko, Kim Thaler, Christine Lozo, Stephanie Beyer, Jennifer Weis (Loder), Leah Hill, Bridget McMahon, Esther Sanborn, unknown; (5th row) Drummer Richard Lozo, Shannon Murdock, Nicole Millar (King), Jennifer Hoerbelt, Karen Macumber (Scalise), Deanne Monti (Giambra), Lisa Lozo, Jennifer Galbo, Marie Klocke. Bell players top right to bottom are Sue McMahon, Joanne Lozo and Sandy Gworek. Please e-mail corrections/additions to the list of names.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes - 1964
Shown in front of the fire hall in 1964 are (left) Valerie Buckley Swain, Susan Job, Cindy Smith, Gayle Aydelotte, Jamie Card, Bonnie Smith (Trottnow), ? Culver, Marty Donavan, Lela Coulter Mancuso, Molly Pedlow, Gail Hoag Ide, Mary Stricker, Kathy Pedlow, Pat McDonnell Colosi, Diedra Pedlow Gagner, Joyce Riordon, Gail Riordon, Valerie Culver, Dottie Stricker, Joanne Trautman Lozo, Susanne Trautman McMahon, Marilyn Boehm, Arthura Haller VanHeerde and Teddy Klingel Linenfelser.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes - 1964
Beginner twirling students shown at a baton lesson in the fire hall in the mid 1960s are (left) Kathy Ballester, Ruth Dettman, Susan Thompson (Judson), Debbie Bleich and Joyce Jones. Instructor Teddy Klingel Linenfelser is on far left.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes - 1966
Practicing their routine before a summer 1966 parade begins are Valerie Buckley Swain, Sandy Huer, Patty Spadaro, Marty Donavan, Kathy Harris, Sharon Dingey Ullrich, Diane Gollwitzer Doane, Kathy Swain Benton and Marie Foote Long. The girl on the left (click for larger view) holding the banner is probably Kathy Downs.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes Senior Twirlers twirled hoop batons, two batons and fire batons in the summer of 1974. Shown left are Linda Littlefield, Debbie Bleich and Robin Schendel.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes Twirlers Gather For '65 Picnic
Teddy's Islettes baton twirling recital 1965
Teddy's Islettes - 1966
Teddy's Islettes baton twirlers, who marched in a dozen or more parades in the summer 1966, started off their Western New York appearances with a June recital in the Kaegebein School auditorium. Shown from left are Debbie Bleich, Lori Burrows-Mason, Robin Schendel, Kathy Schendel and Teddy Klingel (Linenfelser), teacher/director.
Click photos for larger view Teddy's Islettes -1961 The original group of Teddy's Islettes baton twirlers pose in front of the fire hall on Baseline Road in the summer of 1961. The group was formed in January of that year. Shown front are Delorous Watkins (Cudmore), Cathy Trautman (Kaegebein), Joanne Trautman (Lozo), Cheryl Cutonelli (Roeder), Rita Saterlee (Rosensteele), Kathy Pedlow (Ziemer), Mary Linenfelser (Cooke), Kathy Hickman (Kaiser), Susanne Trautman (McMahon) and Debbi Robinson. Standing in back (left) are Teddy Klingel (Linenfelser), Sheila Bilson (Cessna), Barbara Barnes (Bucknam), Janet Huff (Martin), Mary Braidich (Jaron), Kathy Butler (Treadwell), Cathy Haller (Contino), Pam Thorne (Toenniessen), Kathy Williams (Davis), Sonja Miller (Hill), Donna Pollock (Johnson) and Barbara Fox (Smith).
Twirlers - send me your favorite photo to be added here!