Winter Retreat 2015 – Sunriver, OR

We had a fantastic Grebes Winter Retreat this January 2015 in Sunriver, OR! After packing up all of our snow equipment, musical instruments, and personal selves in the vans we set off on the rainy road over the mountains towards eastern Oregon on Saturday morning. We started to get a little worried when we saw very little snow cover while winding through the pass, thinking that winter sports might not be on the agenda for Sunday. But before long we began to see blue skies and sunshine and our spirits lifted once more! Helped probably even more by a free beer tasting at the Deschutes brewery before stopping at the Pub House for a delicious lunch. After filling our bellies, we scurried off to the grocery store in Bend to pick up the necessary items for our group meals. The individuals in charge of the planning and execution of these meals did a super job! After getting to the rental cabin we fired up our first group meal of the day on the grill, and spent the evening playing games and charades. After a big breakfast and packing lunches, many of us set off to Tumalo Falls trailhead for a 3 mile round trip hike. It didn’t rain at all and although we didn’t need snowshoes, it was great to be outside in the sunshine. Some folks relaxed back at the cabin. The evening featured another fantastic group dinner, an all-important Grebes business meeting where we went over some general business items for the rest of the 2014-15 school year, and most memorably, enthusiastic rounds of Karaoke were had by all. Everyone did a great job on clean-up and a quick breakfast the next morning, and we got back on the road to Eugene by 11am.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this year’s Winter Retreat- many hands truly make light work.

Already looking forward to our in-town retreat next year!

Ashley Bateman





Karaoke Highlights:

Anya – Baby got Back (Sir Mix a Lot)

Kyle – Fashion (David Bowie)

Allison – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cindi Lauper)

Roo – Iron Man (Black Sabbath)

Steve – Sweet Home Chicago (Blues Brothers)

Thom – What’s My Age Again? (Blink 182)

Ashley – White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)

Graham – Lady ’95 (Styx)

Felipe & Marco – My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)

Robert – Girls (Beastie Boys)

Braedan – Sold (Grundy County Auction) (John Michael Montgomery)

Keyyana – Come See About Me (The Supremes)

Marco – What I Got (Sublime)

Felipe – Cher (Strong Enough)

Kyle, Keyyana, & Anya – Under the Boardwalk (The Drifters)

Ashley – The Wall (Pt. 1) (Pink Floyd)

Graham – Mary Jane (Rick James)

Robert – Paul Revere (Beastie Boys)

Marco – House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)

Thom – Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen)

*1000 apologies if I missed anyone! Just going by the official list.


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