June 14th to 17th, (official portion)
June 12th- 27th- (other events, please see below)

Hinrichs' Property
2634 Bernardo Ave.
Escondido, CA, 92029

For directions, see

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This year’s Fling will be a wonderful four days of academic and spirited fellowship.  

Students are encouraged to come with their families.  If you have a local family who will sponsor you, you may come without your family.  If you would like to be hosted or to host a family, please contact gbt@gbt.org Any student who has completed his first year in ETS is welcome along with his family. GBT I students from new families need to wait until after they have complete GBT I to come.

There is a charge of $200 per family to participate in these four days if a parent will be in attendance for at least half the event.  Students who come without a parent are $250 each.  All attendees will have a fling job (see below).  All parents will have one shift on parent patrol. When sending in payment, please remember your payment for the potluck buyout option if you will be using that.  Please have your payment in along with a list of those attending by May 18th   We will not allow registrations at the Fling.   Please send to ETS at the address above.  Please do not combine payment for other events or tutorials. To register, please use the REGISTRATION FORM before May 18th.  After June 1st there is a $25 late fee.

Students who come must attend all events.  Some events outside the official portion of the fling are optional and are marked as such on the schedule.  Please do not sign up for the fling if you are not able to set aside the time to be with us for all events.  The only exceptions to the attendance policy are funerals, weddings and your own graduation ceremony All current students of ETS and their families are welcome to come.  

A note about younger siblings:  All younger siblings planning to attend the Fling for any portion of time MUST be in attendance on Wednesday when the boundaries and rules are explained.  If you need to have your children on the property, they may either sit with you and read a book or be part of the organized children's activities.  Parents who bring younger children will be helping with the children's activities- please use the sign-up genius to find when you will be helping with the activities. Sibling Activites at the Fling If your child plans to dance or sit quietly throughout the day, he or she will be a welcome addition, otherwise, please have them at the organized children's events.     

Choral singing is a large part of the fling.  We will all be singing together - particularly those who have never sung harmony before and don't think they can do it!  In order to create the most harmony possible while we gather, please practice our songs before you come.  You will first need to install the free finale notepad on your computer.  You can find details on where to find this and the finale files for all the songs we will be singing at music/.  Below is a list of the songs we will work on.  The more you work beforehand, the more fun we will be able to have when we gather.  You can easily hear most of these songs on the fling play list.

Angels We Have Heard On High
Fairest Lord Jesus
Dona Nobis Pacem - Palestrina
Choral 72 Saint Matthew Passion - Bach
Dies Irae - Mozart
Gloria - Vivaldi
Hallelujah Chorus - Handel
For Unto us a Child is Given - Handel
He Shall Purify - Handel

Sicut Cervus - Palestrina
Jubilate Deo - Orlando di Lasso
Angel's Carroll - Rutter
Stanford- Beati Cuoram Via

If you would like to see pictures of our past Flings, please see the ETS yearbook or the fling promo video.

Please acquaint yourself with the
ETS dress code before coming.  It will be enforced, so please err on the side of modesty as you plan your wardrobe.  We will have t-shirts to hand out to those who come inappropriately attired.  Please carefully read over with your children the fling rules and study the fling handout so that you can get through the potluck line quickly.

Everyone at the fling needs to have their own non-disposable water bottle.  Disposable water bottles are not invited to the fling. The plastic cups will not be out this year.  There will be water to refill your bottles.  Please make sure to make your bottle clearly labeled.  Getting to eat lunch each day will depend on your knowledge of Greek.  Please make sure you can read the back of your ETS t-shirt as you will be test on it.  Here is a
helpful video  
Go to 5:30 for the back of the t-shirt.

We will need to meet in front of the hall for larger events and sun cover would be very helpful.  If you have a beach umbrella that you could bring, that would be very helpful.  You can place an umbrella in a 5 gallon bucket filled with rocks to hold it up.

To register, please use the registration form before May 18th.  Please remember to include the shirt size of all current students on the form (Adult S,M,L,XL).  Each current student  at the fling gets a free T-Shirt .  If you would like extra t-shirts, please email seperately by May 18th. Please watch the fling introduction video before coming.

See you in Escondido!

Mr. and Mrs. Hinrichs



  • Monday, June 12th

 Getty Villa in Malibu ** Optional ** (Mr. H will not be visiting this year.)

10:00 AM The finest collection of ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan artifacts on the West Coast are in the newly refinished Getty Villa in Malibu.  The Villa itself is modeled after a villa uncovered in Pompeii. 

           Tickets are free but parking is $10. You will need to book your tickets yourself at - http://www.getty.edu/visit/ Make sure to book for the Villa, not the Getty Center.  There is some nudity and sexuality in the Greek art, so please be discerning regarding whom you bring.   

           There are also some Getty tours you can find out about at http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/exploreArt?sub=2031358

            No backpacks, water bottles, food, pens etc. inside the Villa.  Clipboards and pencils are available for use in the Villa. 

Please bring some money and save some time for the wonderful bookstore!   You will need to bring a bagged lunch to take in with you to the Museum if you do not want to eat in the expensive café.  There is a nice seafood restaurant just down the road from the Villa where I will have dinner with whoever would like to wait for the traffic to die down before driving south and enjoy conversation with fellow ETSians.
    There are a number of videos that I have made to guide you through the Getty and bring to your attention the items that relate to our GBT readings.  You can find them on my youtube channel at gbt.org.   You might watch these videos before you go or watch them on your smart phone while at the getty.


  • Tuesday, June 13th
    ** Optional **

           Dinner for GBT IV Students ** Optional ** 

Information emailed.

  • Wednesday, June 14th

8:30 - Arrival Time

9:00 - 12:00 Fling orientation, group photo, name game, sports introductions, Greek lesson, singing practice

12:00 - 2:30 Lunch- Potluck, Sports and Play Practice

Potluck- Please bring your own drinks, plates and utensils.  Please see the signup genius for details. Please note that the the BBQ will be available, as well as plugs for crockpots.  We do not have a microwave in our kitchen, so if you are used to depending on one, remember that we do have a wonderful regular oven and plan accordingly.

Sports- Please be sure to wear shoes that will be suited to some physical activity.  We will have volleyball, croquet, basketball, bocce, badminton and garden chess.

Play Practice- If you sign up for the play, please be ready to spend time at lunch practicing for the performance.

Potluck Buyout Option. If you would not like to bring food for the potluck, simply include $20 for each of your family members coming to the fling and we will purchase hamburgers and hotdogs to supplement our feast on your behalf.

Baking Contest- Here is an ETS opportunity for those with a culinary bent.  On Wednesday, after the potluck, esteemed judges will taste whatever is entered into the conquiz and will select the winning entry. 

  If you would like to enter, please bring your entry on Wednesday (which should be a dessert) into the Hinrichs’ kitchen when you arrive in the morning.  Label it clearly as an entry for the contest, so that it does not end up on the general potluck table accidentally.  Make sure to talk to Mrs. Hinrichs and I will assign you a number for your dessert.  Absolute secrecy is vital!  No one should know what you have made until everything has been judged.   Do not put your name on this label and do not attempt to bribe the judges to choose your entry. Any attempts to sabotage competitors’ desserts will result in an afternoon or morning in the ETS stocks.  (Whoops—we don’t have any.  Don’t worry—we’ll think of an appropriate punishment.)

  If you would like to judge, please contact Mrs. Hinrichs at: Christy@hinrichs.org

  Thank you for your interest—happy baking!

  Mrs. Hinrichs


Morning Tea
  We are planning to offer bagels, cream cheese and tea again this year for those early-risers coming to the Fling.  If you could bring your own mugs, this would ensure that whoever wanted tea would have a mug.  We have some mugs for out of town guests, but a limited number of them. 

  Thank you for your consideration.  We look forward to seeing you bright and early on Wednesday morning.

2:30   Platonic Read-a-thon- TBA

If you would like to read a part, please contact Mr. Hinrich

Socrates- Mr. H,

5:00-7:00 Dinner - If you would like to bring a sack dinner or pick up food from town (Felicita Town Center on the corner of Felicita and Centre City Parkway has a Trader Joe's, Major Market, Pick Up Sticks, sushi restaurant, and a Starbucks.), you may eat on the Hinrichs grounds.  Our barbeque will be available during this time, as well.

7:00-9:00 p.m. Dance Practice:

Feel free to dress semi-formally or casual for this event.  We will be teaching: country dances (i.e. Virginia Reel), swing, polka, German dances, Regency dances and any other dances we forgot to mention but have time for.

8:30 - Arrival Time

9:00 - 12:00 Shakespeare Readers' Theatre- TBA

If you would like a part, please contact Mr. Hinrichs

Mr. H



12:00 - 2:30 Lunch- Potluck, Sports and Play Practice

** 2:30-5:00 Debate-


5:00-7:00 Dinner -If you would like to bring a sack dinner or pick up food from town (Felicita Town Center on the corner of Felicita and Centre City Parkway has a Trader Joe's, Major Market, Pick Up Sticks, sushi restaurant, and a Starbucks.), you may eat on the Hinrichs grounds.  Our barbeque will be available during this time, as well.

7:00 Movie and discussion: TBA
Younger Movie: TBA

        Parent coordinator: NEEDED

9:30 end

8:30 - Arrival Time

9:00 Contemplation of Gratitude

10:00 Septathalon - Please make sure to have shoes that allow athletic activity.

12:00 - 2:30 Lunch- Potluck, Sports and Play Practice

2:30- 4:00 Free Afternoon

Good time to get ready for the ball and practice for Saturday.  The San Diego Wild Animal Park is twenty minutes from the Hinrichs' home-- this might be a good time to visit it, if you are so inclined: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/wap/homepage.php3  

4:30 - 6:00  Portrait time

Each family and each student will receive one free portrait. 

5:00-7:00 : If you would like to bring a sack dinner or pick up food from town (Felicita Town Center on the corner of Felicita and Centre City Parkway has a Trader Joe's, Major Market, Pick Up Sticks, sushi restaurant, and a Starbucks.), you may eat on the Hinrichs grounds.  Our barbeque will be available during this time, as well.

7:00 – 9:30 Ball

Dress code- Formal/Semi formal.  Please bring your favorite dessert or snack.  We will be using our lawn for some of the dancing, so please wear shoes that will allow you to dance on the lawn.

Ball musicians: piano, flute, violin, guitar, bass are all needed.  Please contact Mr. Hinrichs if you can help.  The more musicians we have, the more musicians will have the opportunity to dance.


8:30 - Arrival Time

** 9:00  Homeric Read-A-Thon Odyssey

If you would like to read a book, please contact Mr. H

11:00 Reports from ETS Alumni on Various Colleges - Please contact your alumni friends who might be interested in participating.
12:00 - 2:30 Lunch- Potluck, Sports and Play Practice

2:30 Recital Music and Poetry Recital at the Hall

If you would like to play a piece of music or recite poetry for the recital, please contact:(TBA)  Only live accompanists are allowed during the recital- no canned (recorded) music please.

Please take note of the following guidelines. Please let the coordinator (TBA) know by the evening of Monday, June 7th.  Also, please sign up to perform only if you are sure you can do so--if at all possible, we would rather not have to remove anyone from the program. Mr. Hinrichs also asked that the recital not be any longer than 2 hours, so we will need to know how long your performance will be. He also said that music of any style is welcome, so long as there is no need of electronic amplification.  At present there is no time limit, but if the recital gets too long I may have to remove some numbers (i.e., ask some students to play only one piece instead of two or three. ;)) We will also need the name of the piece and the composer's name.  Please do not sign up until you are sure of those details.  Thank you all for your cooperation--we hope to make this recital as enjoyable as possible!

5:00-7:00 Dinner -  If you would like to bring a sack dinner or pick up food from town (Felicita Town Center on the corner of Felicita and Centre City Parkway has a Trader Joe's, Major Market, Pick Up Sticks, sushi restaurant, and a Starbucks.), you may eat on the Hinrichs grounds.  Our barbeque will be available during this time, as well.

7:00 - Theater Night- PLAY CONTEST

Everyone in attendance will vote at the end with a
bottle cap to be given to the director of the favored play.  Please do not submit a play if you are not willing to direct it at the fling.


9:30 End




        Hotels :

Comfort Inn

Motel Mediteran:  This is the closest (and also appears to be the cheapest in our area) motel to the Hinrichs' property.  ETS families who have stayed there have said that it isn't fancy, but very clean.

Off-site camping
- http://www.escondido.org/dixon-lake.aspx

There are many details to remember the week of the Fling.  Hopefully, this checklist will help simplify things.


1. Your contribution to the daily potluck.  We have an oven, lots of plugs for crockpots, and a refrigerator available for use.    ***Please note: We do not have a microwave, so plan accordingly. You may also choose to do the potluck buyout option.  Please see the Fling webpage for more information. 

2. Dishes to use during lunch and/or dinner potluck for four days.  (Plates, forks, napkins)

3. Non-disposable water bottles (Please do not bring disposable cups or water bottles.  People are wonderful about cleaning up after themselves, but somehow, we continue to find disposable plastic and paper cups (and disposable water bottles) in unusual places around the property after most events.)

4. Sunscreen and hats. (It was in the high 90's and as high as 113 degrees one year)

5. Jackets, sweatshirts, and/or blankets in case it is cold.  (It was in the low 60's and drizzly another year)

6.  Lawn chairs identified with your family name.  We have a number of folding chairs, but not enough to accommodate the amount of people on the property.  Many lawnchairs are left after each Fling, so it is nice to know who they belong to so we can get them back to you.

7. Please remember to bring copies of all texts that we will be using for reader's theaters. 
Label all jackets, lawnchairs, water bottles, dishes, etc. so that your things do not end up being taken to Goodwill after two months of not being claimed.



   Fling jobs - Please check back for more details on these positions.  All fling attendees must volunteer for a position.  It is helpful if you can signup for a position that you have already done.

Job Duties Duration Family    
Breakfast tabler Hand People bagels in the morning. Please arrive at 8:30.   Orr
Potluck organizer Make sure the potluck happens each day 4 Days Johnson
Kitchen Cleaner Clean the House Kitchen each day after lunch 4 Days Rhodes
Salad Maker Make salad for potluck each day- materials provided 4 Days La Bonte
Bathroom cleaner Clean the bathroom after lunch and dinner time 1 day Main-
Wed:  Livingston
Thurs: Hartsell
Hall Blower  Blow the Hall and surrounding patios at dinner time.  Please close windows!!

4 days Michael
Hall Sweep Sweep the Hall before dinner 4 Days Albao
Ice Getter Keep the ice cooler full of ice each day 4 days
Water Fillers Keep the water jugs full each day 4 days Shue
Trashman Keep the trashcans emptied and lined with fresh bags. Break down pizza boxes and stack each day. 4 days Ramelli
Afternoon cleaner Walk the property each afternoon to pickup trash 4 days Falls, Hassani
Parent Patrol  Parent patrol to periodically walk the property during activities.
    Please make students are attending all scheduled activities.
    Please make sure rules are being obeyed on the property.
4 days Organizer: Powell
Prefling clean Clean the hall and property and move machinery-
Tuesday before fling, 9-12noon
1 Morning Hanson, Jackson, Cochrane
Postfling clean Clean the hall and property and move machinery-Monday after fling
9-12 noon
1 Morning Hammerling, Corse, J Hinrichs
Snack person Help Mrs. H with extra snacks that are served. As needed Wed, Sat:
Bagellady Signature Bagel- pickup times, 1:55, 1:55, 1:55, 2:25 (760) 834 2226. Starts Tuesday afternoon! 4 days
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
Parking Attendant Please help people unload their cars in the circle so that they can quickly move their cars along and let the next person unload.  Please arrive at 8:20  4 Days
Captain Fun Organize kids activities 4 Days Evans
Fun Assistants Help children's activities 2 Mornings
See singup genius
Fling Photograher Take pictures 4 days
Costco Runner Make runs to costco as needed ? Days  
Recital coordinator Coordinate music recital   Woods
Video Please take film with Mr.Hs camera 4 Days