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Thanksgiving, Guy Fawkes and 50

Welcome to our 200th post!

This evening we joined nearly 800 people in a celebration at Katelyn’s ISZL school campus. It was a combined Thanksgiving meal and Guy Fawkes Night. A somewhat strange combination, but they coexisted for a few hours tonight.

We started out with a nice meal of turkey, smashed potatoes and many side dishes provided potluck-style by participating families. The food was quite good.

Then, we went outside and walked around a bit with Katelyn, met up with some of her friends and watched the creation of the “Guys.”

Not familiar with Guy Fawkes Night? In a nutshell, it is a British remembrance of a failed King James I assassination attempt in 1605. Since then, people have celebrated by lighting bonfires and burning the “Guy” who was caught guarding gunpowder that was to be used in the assassination. So, these days, the building of the “Guys” is an event in itself – complete with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place judging for the most well done straw-stuffed likeness.

It began to get dark around 5 o’clock so everyone went to the back field, a bonfire was lit, “Guys” were thrown in and, wait, there’s more…


The 50th anniversary of the International School of Zug and Luzern was also celebrated, so a full pyrotechnic display ensued. Loud, colorful and joined by caramel apples and giggles as Katelyn and her friends enjoyed the evening while Kim and I had some conversation with new friends.


  1. Cal Rossmann
    Posted November 6, 2011 at 3:26 am | #

    Every post has been great.

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