DARVONS REUNION IS NOW A GREAT DAY IN HISTORY

INTRODUCTION

Fellow hubbers and other readers, those of you who read my previous Hub, ” THE 60’S BEST BAND IN THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY-REUNION”, know I was in a band, The Darvons in the 1960’s. The reunion of all us old geezers finally occurred on Saturday, November 13, 2010 and a glorious day it was when my old buds and bandmates gathered at my house along with many of their children. I sure hope they all enjoyed themselves as much as I did because I had a blast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Can you imagine five old guys who haven’t played or been in the same place together since 1968 getting back together? Most of us don’t even own instruments anymore but that didn’t deter our fun and companionship and sharing those old memories of bygone days!!!!!!!!!! It was hard to believe we hadn’t been together just a day or two ago because we all just took to the conversation and fellowship of our love like the passage of 42 years had really never happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

OH WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY IT WAS

I previously told you I was a little anxious over planning such a momentous event because I just didn’t want to screw up our possible fun of reuniting but my fears were all in vain we all had a wonderful time at our reuniting.

Although the reunion itself was a smashing success my bumbling trying to get my house and yard presentable resembled an episode of The Three Stooges (or if you are too young to recall these slapstick comedy magicians just think of Adam Sandler). While cleaning the house everything that I touched to clean I either broke or made dirtier than before I touched it in the first place. I wished I could afford to hire it done but somehow I muddled through. I bought a set of pruning shears at Big Lots and attacked my shrubs with a vengeance and the result was wounded pride on my part as I fell in the tangled underbrush and lost my reading glasses but finally this caper became complete and the reunion was the next day and every chore was done!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On Saturday at 11 AM the first Darvon to arrive was my cousin Chris Zumbrunnen (our bassist and his family) his wife Karen, his daughters Amy, and Heidi and his son Rob we greeted each other with a hug and all was heavenly. Next to arrive was Larry Adkins our drummer and then Ed Snodgrass our sax player and finally Jim (Beef) Clark our lead singer with his son Jason. Greetings, handshakes and hugs were exchanged all around and the conversations started then my neighbor and attorney Tom White who had been in a rival band came down and joined in the conversations for about 45 minutes. It was like we had never been away from one another for 42 hours much less 42 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then at noon my daughters Tracee and Jenny arrived with my grandchildren (Tracee’s brood Kacey, Parker, and Jake and Jen’s tribe Dakotah and Kamron). Tracee’s husband Ikie came at first to help her carrying the massive amount of food the she and Jen had prepared for our culinary orgy. The gourmet grub included world famous taco dip to die for and delicious cream of potato soup along with a chicken dip along with snacks of potato chips and nacho scoops and a pumpkin cake and various beverages. The initial long range weather forecast cast a pall over the date of the festivities as possible rain was predicted but it turned out to be a warm and sunny late fall day!!!!!

The conversations and recollections that began at 11 AM and never paused or faltered until around 4 PM were priceless but details are being withheld due to the fact that in most cases the statute of limitations has yet to run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CONCLUSION? PROBABLY NOT

We’ll all be back together again on a regular basis at the suggestion of Jim “Beef” Clark were going to have breakfast, lunch or just coffee on a monthly basis. The Lord only knows we may actually beg borrow or steal instruments and make some music together once again some day in the future. Stranger things have happened but not by much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To think this event all started out by my finally deciding to have a 44 year old tape converted to a CD and sharing the magical music of the Darvons with my old friends and bandmates make me convinced I was born with and Angel on my shoulder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have to once again be the most blessed man on the face of the Earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have this final set of observations to make on the boys who formed the Darvons and the men who remain to this day Darvons forever. We worked hard, we practiced endlessly, we played hard together and we came to love each other and I could feel that love has endured over the years and we are now a band who once made music but now we are a band of brothers bonded by love for time and eternity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

ED'S SAX TRACTS

In 1998 Ed made some studio tracts on his sax and I'll share them with all who ask and I believe you will enjoy them immensely. Just let me know by email the format you desire. 

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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA

Glad you had a good time Tom, get those instruments together we want to hear you guys! Life is not about the destination it's about the journey! Keep Hubbing Lad!


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Hmrjmr1,

I agree with your suggestion we aren't getting any younger and the time is now to use the time the Lord has given to us and for us to bring the music to life once again!!!!!!!

Thank you for your supportive comment.


SusanP 5 years ago

I find myself wishing I could go back to my past for an afternoon as you seem to have gone back to yours. What a joyous day you must have had, recapturing the moments and rekindling the friendships. THIS story is very precious.


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

SusanP,

Making such a trip is a blessed event and I wish you well in your quest for such a journey!!!!

Thank you for your kind comment.


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Jolly Rogero 5 years ago

Your ending paragraph about the love between the boys-to-men-brothers says it all. A meaningful relationship then....... AND even more meaningful now! I've enjoyed this journey with you. Keep on living to the fullest!!


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan

Tom this is great! It's interesting how your blogging on Hubpages brought you to now have this reunion regularly. I want to hear recordings of the 2010 Darvons! When is that going to happen??

Really neat Hub - so glad you had this happen!


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Jolly Rogero,

All the Darvons are glad to share this journey with you also. It's been a blessed event and speaking for me I have always felt like I have an Angel on my shoulder!!!!!!!

Thank you for your heartfelt comment.


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Carol,

I had the strangest experience after the reunion it felt like it had happened a week ago and that's a new experience for me.

I'm not sure when future recordings will occur but check back and we'll offer free CDs just like we offer Ed'd CD with this hub.

Thank you for your kind comment.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Tom, It sounds like you had a grand time and why not continue to meet as regularly as possible? As you said we're not getting any younger, Have fun.


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Pamela,

I sure as shootin' hope we old geezers keep getting together on a monthly basis and even play music together once again like Ed did in the studio in New Martinsville!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your kind comment.


TimBryce 5 years ago

Tom -

Sounds like it was fun. You should include some photos or videos.

All the Best,

Tim


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Tim,

It was a blast but as for photos or videos I have two problems I don't own a camera of any type and I can only use text modules in Hubs!!!!!!!

Thank you for your comment.


chris zumbrunnen 5 years ago

Great write up Tom and I feel the same way it was a great day and one I will remember forever. For anyome who wants to hear the Old Darvons from the 1960's just go to www.youtube.com/1234uz ( That is my channel there) All the Oldies are posted


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Good you decide to keep it up.I regret many things I left behind, including people, that will never be the same.Sometimes I wonder how we could be so dumb when we were young.


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Chris,

Thanks so much for stoping by my hub. It is nice to hear from you anytime and it was even nicer having you and all the guy here Saturday with the families too!!!!!!!!!!

FYI any fellow hubbers or other readers the comment above is from my cousin Chris and a guy who was like a little brother to me long before the Darvon ever existed!!!!!!!

Thanks Chris for everything!!!!!!!!


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

dahoglund,

I have wondered the same thing myself maybe a million times and that's why I had the tape made onto a CD in the first place. I got tired of waiting for the World to come to me so I went out after the World myself!!!!!!!!!!!!


SusanP 5 years ago

Love your last sentence. We should ALL go after the World instead of waiting for it to come to us! What a piece of good philosophy!


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

SusanP,

Sometimes I even amaze myself and actually have an original thought if that's philosophy I guess I'm a philospher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your complimentary comment.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

In cases like this, time can be somewhat brought to a standstill. Great memories and fun. It really sounds like you enjoyed it immensely. You guys really should try to play again...that would be fantastic! WB


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Wayne,

I've been time traveling to the tape of the Darvons for decades and I wanted to share the whole experience with my bandmates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think and hope they all had as much of a blast as I did!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your kind comment.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

This is awesome, man! And you got the house clean too!! :-)

I enjoyed reading this story. A band. A band of brothers. You gotta love it. Thank you.


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

James,

You should have seen the ineptitude on display while I was cleaning the house and trimming the shrubs!!!!!!!!!

The Darvons are a band of brothers for now and evermore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank your for your supportive comment.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I am so happy you had a great time.


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Pop,

We had a total blast and wish you'de have been here with us it would have made a perfect day even more perfect if that's possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have tracts Ed made in 1998 if you're interested let me know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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