Defining aspects of past experience would certainly include the food we ate, especially since we were hungry young people.  The reunion staff, ably lead by Tim McGill, made certain that foods were available to take us back.  Those staying on campus had a dining room breakfast, while the hotel provided a traditional Taiwanese breakfast, complete with shifan (rice congee), pickles, peanuts, powdered beef and appropriate vegetables.  A western breakfast was available.  

Lunch was prepared by the campus chefs and served picnic style.  The food has improved considerably over the years, but that elicited no complaints, even from those who were seeking an authentic Morrison experience.

Uwe Maurer, Amy Keith, Doug Habecker, Debryn Webster, Kaizen Webster(first banquet), Sam Webster

Betty Baehr Lopez, Barbara Sweeny, Greg and Nan Scott, Gordon and Sarah Herring, Phil and Lorna Chandler

A banquet was held on the 17th floor of the Howard Prince Hotel, with sweeping views of Taichung and the central mountains.  The Bob Jones family emceed the evening, interspersing skits and performers with tremendous multi-media presentations which included photographs spanning the years of Morrison along with period music.  The 12 course Chinese feast was of an unaccustomed quality to our humble Morrison experience.  However, skills learned in the dining room years ago, ensured that platters were emptied quickly and efficiently.  Doggie bags were not required.

 

A highlight of the weekend was the bazaar held on campus.  Merchants sold jewelry, handcrafts and toys.  Restaurateurs from Taichung steamed jautzes, served Taiwanese steak on sizzling platters, and made shaved ice concoctions to die for.  One tiny improvement over the years is that shaved ice no longer has a deleterious effect on regularity.

Conversation was interrupted suddenly by the penetrating sound of drums and cymbals.  A haiku drum troupe performed rhythmic interpretations, then added the frenzy of lion dogs, which pranced, leaped and rushed at the children sitting in the circle. 

An integral part of the Morrison experience included praise and worship of our Heavenly Father.  Several opportunities were provided for the Morrison family to lift voice in song and to share through prayer.  The synergy of coming together to share our faith has been an important part of each reunion, and this one was no different. 

The form of worship has migrated over the years, and nowhere so much so as in the form of music.  The Sunday morning service traced a medley of audience, vocal and instrumental music from traditional hymns to the most contemporary choruses.

 

This school, which started in a bamboo shack, has produced men and women who now work in virtually every corner of the world.  Morrison alumni are serving as teachers, ministers, businessmen and professionals of every description.  The percentage of those working overseas as expatriates far exceeds customary demographics.

My deepest appreciation goes to Tim McGill, who coordinated the reunion, Dan Robinson, who emceed most of the activities, Karen Neff, who ran the business office, and the very many other volunteers who put a fabulous reunion together.

I hope that this description of the Morrison Academy 50th reunion has given a small sense of the fun and excitement which we felt in June of 2002.  Most of the alumni were unable to attend for various reasons, so perhaps this will help to include them in a bit of the experience.  Please feel free to email me with questions, or stories.

Don Webster, class of 1964                   websterdr@yahoo.com 

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