Interview with Randyl Appel, Host of the New York EDL Family Reunion last weekend


This is the first question for Randyl, and I’ll post his thoughts throughout the week:

Sandy Brown Jensen: Randyl, When did you first get the idea for this New York EDL Family Reunion? Do you remember what you were doing when inspiration struck?

Randyl Appel, Host of the New York EDL Family Reunion

Randyl Appel August 9 at 10:43pm

About two years ago, long lost Emissary friends began popping up on Facebook. It was nothing short of a miracle as I figured we’d really never see each other again.

But everyday, someone else seemed to reappear in my life. The timing was perfect. I was ready to enjoy this amazing community again.

I love to plan and host parties. Did a big 50th for my folks a few years back and then just did my Grandmother’s 100th birthday in Los Angeles. So when all of these old EDL friends started rushing back into my life via Facebook, I began to wonder if there was a party in all of this.

For me, any chaos and rancor and confusion around was long gone. There truly wasn’t a lot for me ever. But I felt nothing but love and I like to turn love into parties. Food, drink, dance, kisses, and party!

Then 18 months ago, I began to post on Facebook the notion of a reunion of sorts that could happen here in my local village of New York City. I didn’t know who. I didn’t know how. I’m not even sure I knew why. But I kept at it and the interest was there immediately!

I got help spreading the word and soon there was critical mass to make this thing happen. I was vigilant about what I wouldn’t tolerate…it was not an event about working out unresolved issues. It was just a party.


EDL Party in New York

This is a new blog dedicated to celebrating the best of intentional community living, past, present and future! What better way to start than by bringing news of the reunion party in New York over the past weekend bringing Emissary of Divine Light members from many decades together?

The host was the ineffable Randyl Appel, who worked long and hard to make this event the success it obviously was.

Here in Oregon, I poured through the photos going up on Randyl’s Facebook site, looking for beloved faces from my past.

Lisa Campana; Randyl Appel

Lisa Campana and Host of the NY EDL Family Reunion, Randyl Appel

New York Group Shot

Cher Skoubo, Maria Jimenez Frid, Jim Frid, Keith Fairmont, Michael Baim, Trevor Baim, Mary Shannon Baim, Greg Botz

Greg Botz; Michael Baim

Skip Pizzi (I don't know him), but there's Greg Botz and Michael Baim, both of whom lived at Glen Ivy Community back in my day!

If you are an Em or Ex-Em, go to Randyl’s Facebook page to see his entire album.

If you were there, please leave a post and tell us what went on or how you liked the party.