A New and Exciting Tradition

Crescendo issue: July 2014
On Sunday, June 29, Interlochen kicked off a new tradition: Interlochen Generations Day.

The Interlochen community gathered to honor and recognize extended families with multiple Interlochen ties, families that have grown and flourished at Interlochen through the decades.

“Interlochen has so many wonderful multi-generational families with roots and branches that span over the decades,” says Interlochen’s stewardship coordinator Kate Olson. “This is an outreach effort to start bringing them back to visit Interlochen at the same time. The alumni and advancement staff is working to connect all the dots in order to build the Interlochen ‘family tree’ and the stories and interconnections are quite fascinating.”

The day included music on the Kresge stage, in Dendrinos Chapel, tours of campus, meals, a closing performance by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the sharing of countless Interlochen stories.

“We had at least ten three-generation families with us, and two four-generation families - the Beery Family and the McGinley/Woods family,” continued Olson. “The McGinley/Woods are the daughter, granddaughter and great grandson of George Wilson. George was the Director of the National Music Camp for decades. So many of us at the event had performed Les Preludes under his baton.”

Olson encourages interested families to keep their eyes on the Interlochen website. Once the 2015 date is set, the announcements will begin in earnest.