Cheerio! It is time to cheer for London and the opening ceremonies tomorrow for the Summer Olympics. Get out your banners and biscuits and be prepared to have a jolly good time cheering for the Americans – especially kayak team member and Davidson College student Caroline Queen. We wish all the athletes the best – and hope some of our readers will be there in person to take photos and report back to us on their adventures in London!
Today Around Davidson visits with a benefit lemonade stand, a wedding for Stephanie Bosak and Chad Johnson and an update on a former Davidson resident, Polly Griffin.
COOL DRINKS ON A HOT DAY
What do you do with your time when the heat overtakes you? Some look to the babysitter for creative ideas. This was the case for Molly Goode, rising Davidson College freshman and Concord Road resident, who was in charge of Alexander Hazel and Louisa Terry for a few days this week. How about a lemonade stand for a good cause?
Alexander and Louisa got busy making a sign telling customers that all proceeds would go to Ada Jenkins Community Center in Davidson. That accomplished, they found pitchers for regular lemonade, pink lemonade, and peach iced tea. With a table positioned on the corner of Concord Road and South Thompson Street, the lemonade stand was ready for business during noontime hours through today.
Around Davidson stopped for a cool sip of pink lemonade and met out-of town-customer, Tom Gilchrist of Mooresville, who ordered an “Arnold Palmer” (half tea and half lemonade). Business has been brisk for Alexander and Louisa and we applaud their generosity to support Ada Jenkins. They are “making their last stand” today through early afternoon so be sure to stop by and enjoy a refreshing drink.
WEDDING BELLS – STEPHANIE BOSAK and CHAD JOHNSON
Congratulations to Stephanie Anne Bosak and Chad Andrew Johnson who were married on June 23 in the sanctuary of the Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Stephanie is the daughter of John and Genny Bosak of Davidson. Chad is the son of Rick and Patti Johnson of Statesville. The 3 p.m. ceremony was performed by the Reverend Lib McGregor Simmons with music provided by organist Michael Rowland and trumpeter Mark Dulin. A reception followed at the church’s Congregation House on Concord Road.
On Friday before the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a Rehearsal Dinner at Lone Star Restaurant in Mooresville. Stephanie and Chad met some three years ago when Stephanie had a dental appointment in Davidson office of Dr. Brian Seese and the receptionist, Brian’s wife Courtney Johnson Seese, mentioned that Stephanie might like to meet her brother, Chad. Amazing how these random connections turn out! Stephanie, with degrees from UNC-Charlotte is a CPA in Charlotte while ASU grad Chad works for Time Warner. The couple lives in the Bailey Springs neighborhood of Davidson.
Stephanie chose her sister, Colleen Bosak, to be her Maid of Honor in the wedding while Chad asked his Dad to be Best Man. Bridesmaids included Courtney Seese, Anna Kate Roche, Jackie Murdock, Miki Payne and Rubia Martin. Groomsmen were Keith Bosak and Kevin Bosak (half brothers of the bride), Tim Martin, John Gentry and Johnathon Sells. Four year old Quinn Bosak was Ring Bearer while Cary Anne Melton was Greeter for her Aunt Stephanie. Additional ushers were Connor Bosak, Will Roche, Matthew Roche, Brian Seese and Mike Banner.
It was a busy few weeks prior to the wedding when the bride’s mother broke some bones in her hand requiring a cast that made final preparations difficult. As Mom Genny remarked, it “took a village” to complete all the tasks from final touches to the reception food, decorations and flowers. Friends from the Geneva Choir at DCPC, her tennis group and her family formed a team to make sure that Genny had everything done in time. Thankfully Genny had finished sewing Stephanie’s wedding gown before her car accident.
Genny’s mother, Cary Johnston Townsend and her husband, Ed, live at The Pines and were available to run errands. Genny’s sister, Cary Anne Melton, lives in Huntersville with her family and was close by. Her sister, Kathy Roche came from Macon, GA, with her family. Her brother, Bert Wolf, lives in Durham and was on a church mission trip with his son, Paul, and daughter, Elise, and did not get to Davidson until after the wedding but sent his wife, Karen and daughter, Monroe, early to help. Since the newlyweds did not leave for their honeymoon in Charleston, SC, until Monday, Bert and Kathy were able to host a dinner for family at the Bonefish Grill in Huntersville on Sunday evening following the wedding.
It was a wonderful and memorable wedding weekend for all members of the Bosak and Johnson families. We congratulate them and wish the new Mr. and Mrs. Chad Johnson the very best as they start their married life together.
CATCHING UP WITH POLLY GRIFFIN
When news came across the email that Polly Griffin, former Davidson resident, was celebrating a birthday this Saturday, it seemed a perfect time to reconnect with the Griffin family and see what Polly and sons, Page, Daniel and David, were up to.
Polly was the Registrar at Davidson College before taking on the same assignment at Dartmouth College in 1999 in New Hampshire. Now she keeps things in good order as the Registrar at Princeton University where she has worked since 2006. David Griffin, the youngest, was born while Polly and Keith lived here and many will remember him as well as older brothers, Page and Daniel. Page graduated from Davidson College (Class of ‘02) and married Piper Isles (Davidson ’03). Page has since earned a law degree from Tulane (’11) and practices law in New Orleans with Poskauer Rose, a large New York firm with an office in New Orleans that handles employment law – Page’s area of interest.
Daniel (Davidson College ’08) graduated this past spring from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ, and has begun his orthopedics residency in Bethesda at Walter Reed National Medical Center. He expects to be there for probably the next six years. Since Daniel was honored with a Navy Health Sciences grant, he is also a lieutenant in the Navy. Busy days ahead for Daniel.
Another graduation in the family as David Griffin graduated last month from the University of Oregon with a degree in Economics. He is currently working in Princeton but as an original Tar Heel hopes to return to North Carolina in due course. Nice to catch up with Polly. We are hoping that she may return to Davidson in retirement so we can wish her a Happy Birthday in person on a future July 28th!
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