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  • 1.
  • 2. Prepared for Ian Williams
    On the occasion of
    The tenth Annual Jartacular
    July 2, 2011
    The Jartacular Report
  • 3. Jar tacular[jar-tak-yuh-ler]
    noun
    "Jartacular?” It comes from Jarts. Lawn darts. Horseshoe-size darts that were banned because every once and a while a kid would get brained by a horseshoe with a point. It was like horseshoes in that you would toss the theJartinto a plastic circle across the yard, except that I've never tried to see how high I could throw a horseshoe or see how deep I could sink it into a lawn.We've never actually played Jarts at the Jartacular.
    Definition Courtesy Scott Bullock
  • 4.
  • 5. The Destination
    Where old friends make new memories and
    all comers are welcome.
    - Salem
  • 6. Jartin’ in the USA
  • 7.
  • 8. The Pilots
    It's a big annual party my brother throws each year where all are welcome and there are three days of fun. I mention the quiz show, the pilot screeningsthe dance-off, the walks up the hill, the communal dinners, etc.
    -Michelle
  • 9. Best Pilots
    #3
    #1
    #2
  • 10. Worst Pilots
    ?
    ?
    ?
  • 11. The Barn
    A weekend-long bacchanalia, with every diversion an ADD type like myself could ever hope for (and more all the time), featuring the smartest people I love.
    - Seth
  • 12. Favorite Barnlor Activities
  • 13. Our Favorite Pastime
    “Any game that works in Seth losing is high on my list.”
  • 14.
  • 15. The Quiz Show
    A weekend full of fun, sun, scotch, hula hoops, a Quiz Show with buzzers and cows!
    - Danielle
  • 16. Favorite Quiz Show Categories
    Dead, Gay or Both
    Dead, Gay, or Both (or Seth)?
    Seth (Gay or Not Gay)
    Ask Chip
    Does Chip Know?
    Anything Involving Chip
    Mr. Chapman
    Our Awesome Friends
    Our Friends
    Things our Friends Did
  • 17. Best Category Ever
    “Anything that gets Tessa upset with Lindsay or Jamie.”
  • 18. Favorite Quiz Show Deciders
    Sheer Arbitrary Favoritism
    Dance Off
    Tessa
  • 19. The Harebrained Schemes
    Ian Williams presents The Agony and the Ecstasy. The agony that he's always working on some harebrained scheme that isn't quite finished by Memorial Day. The ecstasy is the hive that descends on Knob Hill Farm every summer.
    - Chip
  • 20. The Harebrained Index
    Themed scotch tastings
    5-on-5 Basketball Games
    Annual Talent Show
    Quiz Show with Working Buzzers
    Full Band Rendition of ELO Song
    Barn Skating Ring & Skate Center
    5-Hole, 3-Par Golf Course in Cow Pasture
    Completely Effin’
    Harebrained
    Slightly Crazy
    Harebrained
  • 21. The Reunion
    A reunion of old friends who are a big extension of a big wonderful smart musical interesting family.
    - Annie H.
    Kind of like a giant family reunion, except it's
    mostly friends.
    - Jordi
  • 22. How We Got Ahead in Life (Or How We Got Behind.)
  • 23. Life: Key Trends
  • 24. The Circle of Life
  • 25. We always find our bliss at the Jartacular.
  • 26. Our Feelings.
    The Quotes
  • 27. Favorite Jartacular Memories
    I loved that year (2004, I think?) that the Quiz Show tie first evolved, spontaneously, into a dance party, one of the best dance parties I can remember. -- Seth
    Having a quiz show category in my honor. Celebrating my 40th birthday at the Farm in 2007. Going on shopping trips to Jack's in Great Barrington. Going to Four Brothers for dinner. Seeing the kids in the talent show. -- Chip
    Mornings in the kitchen, every year. -- Salem
    It's always the quiet, spontaneous, late-night conversations that sneak up on me and become my favorite each year. -- Tammy O.
    Lindsay wearing sheet rock stilts walking around the barn in a psychedelic haze created by a smoke machine, a disco ball and lights. -- danielle
    The introduction of the skating rink. -- Anon
  • 28. Favorite Jartacular Memories
    Impromptu alcohol-fueled flag performance/limbo/ladder karaoke after the quiz show one year. – EhrenGresehover
    Skyping in Chip for the "Does Chip Know" quiz show? - Scott
    Watching Ben and Lucy and the other kids take over the stage and not be afraid to let their little hearts shine. -- Salem's Little Sister AKS Katie
    It's always the quiet, spontaneous, late-night conversations that sneak up on me and become my favorite each year. -- Tammy O.
    Reconnecting with my now-husband, Jon Vaden. -- Michelle
    The first quiz show dance off. -- Jordi
    Performing "Blue Sky" with Ian, Sean, Michelle, Block & Scotty. -- Annie H.
    Hanging out late night with Ian and just a few other friends after everyone else has called it a night. -- Bud.
  • 29. Favorite Jartacular Memories
    1.) My first Jart when I met everyone and saw the Williams family perform Mr. Blue Sky. I knew I was witnessing and part of something amazing in that moment, and to this day when I hear the song I feel unbelievable.
    2.) In general: The freedom of doing anything you want whenever you want. The joy of being around funny, brilliant, open people. Feeling safe, loved, and part of a clan. -- Katie Kosma
  • 30. How Do You Describe the Jartacular?
    Where old friends make new memories and all comers are welcome. -- Salem
    a memorial day tradition of a (sprawling) group of unc alum who convene on a most lovely farmhouse in up, up, upstate new york for sunshine, recreation, quiz shows, dancing, golf, beer, talent shows, sneak previews of fall television, great food and heaping spoonfuls of affection. it’s a dream. really, truly, a dream. -- Tammy O., from a blog post in June 2008
    A weekend-long bacchanalia, with every diversion an ADD type like myself could ever hope for (and more all the time), featuring the smartest people I love. -- Seth
    Kind of like a giant family reunion, except it's mostly friends. -- Jordi
    A Park Slope Burning Man without the playa grit. -- Anon
    A reunion of old friends who are a big extension of a big wonderful smart musical interesting family. -- Annie H.
  • 31. How Do You Describe the Jartacular?
    A weekend full of fun, sun, scotch, hula hoops, a Quiz show with buzzers, and cows!. -- danielle
    This is what I say: Every year about 30 of us gather in the Berkshires at our friends' farmhouse. It's pure joy, and pretty much the best time of my year. When I was a kid, my days revolved around Christmas. Now, it's Jartacular. -- Katie Kosma
    The perfect party and if I invite you it's going to be just you, not 10 of your friends - got it? -- Anon
    Ian Williams presents The Agony and the Ecstasy. The agony that he's always working on some harebrained scheme that isn't quite finished by Memorial Day. The ecstasy is the hive that descends on Knob Hill Farm every summer. -- Chip
    I tell them it's like a brain trust on vacation. -- Anon
    It's a big annual party my brother throws each year where all are welcome and there are three days of fun. -- Michelle
  • 32. How Do You Describe the Jartacular?
    An annual long weekend with 25-40 friends at an Upstate farmhouse with a tricked-out barn. The 2nd floor of the barn can hold a modest basketball game or a pig-pickin' and has also been turned into a roller rink, complete w/disco lights and fog machine. Yes, the roller rink was a dangerous as it sounds. "Jartacular"? It comes from Jarts. Lawn darts. Horseshoe-size darts that were banned because every once and a while a kid would get brained by a horseshoe with a point. It was like horseshoes in that you would toss the the Jart into a plastic circle across the yard, except that I've never tried to see how high I could throw a horseshoe or see how deep I could sink it into a lawn. We've never actually played Jarts at the Jartacular. -- Scott
  • 33. Thank you, thank you, thank you Ian & Tessa for being such amazing hosts and friends. You've brought us and kept us together so much, and that is an invaluable gift. We love you. -- Katie Kosma
    I look forward to the jartacular every year. I am so happy to be a part of it. -- danielle
    There are times in our lives when we are surrounded by by the most peculiar characters and precious friends. Whether it was the Pink House, the Purple House, or your first trip to the Farm, Ian and Tessa make it happen again, every year. I cannot think of a gift more dear. Lots of love and many thanks. -- Salem
    The Jartacular is my favorite holiday. -- EhrenGresehover
    Ian, Tessa, and Lucy's openness, effort, and tolerance are greatly appreciated. The Jartacular is a huge production that they've knocked out of the park for nine previous years and, assumedly, for as long as they want. Huzzah! - Scott
  • 34. The 10th Annual Jartacular Report Committee:
    Tammy Oler
    EhrenGresehover
    Seth Shelden
    Team Corolla
    Team RAV4
    Cover & Logo Design:
    Seth Shelden
    Special Thanks:
    Tessa Blake
    Lars Lucier
    Everyone Who Took the Survey
    The Internets