Oops! What happened to July? Must have been too involved watching the Olympics to know that August crept in yesterday. In a few short weeks the freshmen class will be arriving at Davidson College and the new Book Store will have its doors open.
Today Around Davidson checks with Mike Kessler about the College Store, has a trip report from the Barkemeyers and marvelous wedding news from Matthew Nelson and Pamela Love.
HEY, LOOK US OVER!
Indeed we have been looking over the new site of the college bookstore for months now. So glad to see Depot Street returned to two lanes once more – until the moving trucks took up residence and traffic played stop and go again. But according to Mike Kessler, Director of Property Management for Davidson College, things will soon be in “apple pie order” both inside and out with an expected grand opening of the Davidson College store on Monday, August 13. (A “soft opening” will probably occur the week before.)
We caught Mike hauling storage containers along the Depot Street sidewalk while a very naked fella and a just as unclothed lady kept a watch on the proceedings from their air conditioned spot just inside the window. No doubt they will be a bit more respectable by August 13 – and Mike just might find time to relax for a moment and wipe the sweat from his brow. Lots of work to get a business moved and everything up and running (even if only a few doors away). Can’t wait to visit the new space. (Read more in our July 31 report, “Signs of an opening ahead at campus store”)
CRUISING THE RHINE
June 3 was the 40th wedding anniversary date for Nancy and Eric Barkemeyer. To celebrate these four decades of marriage, the couple flew to Berlin, Germany, on July 4, where they toured the city for a few days before heading west to Cologne to join other passengers on a UniWorld river cruise on the Rhine River in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. During their week long tour, they stopped at Konigswinter, Venlo, Maastricht, Antwerp and finally Brussels.
Nancy and Eric loved touring the many cathedrals along the route and also a Roman castle. They were especially impressed with a side trip to the only WWII American cemetery in the Netherlands, just east of Maastricht. Eric mentioned that this was well worth the visit. A highlight of the cruise was a docking in Venlo so the passengers could spend a day at Floriade, an international exhibition of flowers and gardening, held every 10 years in the Netherlands.
The Barkemeyers flew home from Brussels on July 15 with lots of wonderful photos and great memories of a special anniversary trip.
WEDDING BELLS – Matthew Nelson and Pamela Love
Congratulations to Matthew Jamison Nelson and Pamela Ellen Love who married on May 12. Matthew is the youngest son of Randy and Susan Nelson of Davidson. Pamela is the daughter of Dr. Joyce Love of West Palm Beach, FL, and the late Dr. Douglas Love. The outdoor ceremony took place on a beautiful spring afternoon at Ruschmeyer’s, a 1950’s summer camp turned into a resort, located in Montauk, Long Island. It was performed by the couple’s good friend, artist Francesco Clemente, for whom Pamela had been a painting assistant early in her career. Appalachian quilts representing Matthew’s Southern roots covered the birch chuppah symbolizing Pamela’s Jewish heritage. Wedding music was performed by guitarist Bo White, a Charlotte musician who is a friend and earlier “Yardwork” band mate of Matthew’s. The bride entered the gathering of 150 guests to Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.”
Pamela wore an off-white chiffon dress, designed by Mara Hoffman, with a faint mauve print. She carried a bouquet of wild flowers with additional flowers in a garland accenting her long hair. Matthew’s bespoke suit was made by Billy Reid. Matching white gold wedding bands with turquoise inlays were designed and made by Pamela as well as the wedding jewelry she wore and the blue lapis and silver cuff links Matthew wore.
Following the marriage vows, guests enjoyed dinner in the restaurant on the grounds of the Ruschmeyer’s resort. Guitar music played, wild flowers in mason jars decorated the tables, wooden swings hung from the trees and a relaxed atmosphere prevailed. Pamela commented, “It was perfect, like hippie summer camp. We were having a wedding in the country; I wanted to be able to run around barefoot if I wanted to!” The couple’s free spirited approach made the wedding unique and memorable for all who attended, especially their only surviving grandparent, Nadine Nelson of Mooresville, NC. Matthew’s older brothers, Ian (from Asheville) and Miles (from Charlotte) were on hand to offer support to the groom; Pamela’s brother, Josh Love who lives in Wisconsin was also there. To begin the festive weekend, Randy and Susan Nelson hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Navy Beach Restaurant in Montauk.
Following a wedding trip to Morocco touring the Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, and Agadir, the couple is making their home in Brooklyn and Patterson, NY. Pamela is an artist and jewelry designer. Matthew works as an illustrator. More details and pictures from this unique and delightful wedding can be found at http://www.vogue.com/vogue-daily/article/flower-child-pamela-loves-wedding-in-montauk/
Best wishes to this talented young couple and their families.
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