...And what a reunion it was!!!
Isabel tried...but with a class
weaned on Agnes and inspired by the strength and courage of our own
Sprinkle Durham...Isabel just couldn't keep us down. Despite the
closings of the golf course and State park, despite Nancy and Ron
having to drive up from Florida right through the heart of the
storm's fury; They made it...and so did we! Was it worth it? You
better believe it was. Did we have a good time? You better believe
we did! As one of the committee members said, "I had such a great
time this weekend...what a terrific success. I'm just glowing today
with thoughts of all the people that came, and what a great time we
had. I'm so happy it turned out so well, with all the obstacles
thrown our way."
The final count was 216 for the reunion itself, dozens scattered
throughout the Holiday Inn afterwards and a couple of dozen more on
Sunday for the picnic.
Our 30th Reunion - A Recap
Our 30th Reunion was held, as
planned, on Saturday night from 7PM until Midnight? We use a
question mark after midnight because very few of us were willing to
call it a night at the stroke of midnight.
The attire was "Dressy Casual" and as the evening proved beyond any
doubt; no one knows what the heck that means. There is a growing
suspicion that our dear Dr. Dan Muffoletto is involved somehow.
Danny it's time to come clean, fess up brother. You invented Dressy
Casual didn't you?
The reunion began on time but it wasn't until almost 8pm before
everyone was registered. The crowd was that big! The evening
included music played at a delightfully low volume enhancing the
ability to hold a conversation. Some classmates hit the dance floor
while others reminisced and renewed friendships. The food and drink
were excellent although many didn't take the time to eat. They
preferred to spend time with their friends. Speaking of which,
anyone ever remember being in a room with so many good looking
people? And we're not just talking about physical beauty here. The
hugs, the kisses, the smiles and laughter continued unabated
throughout the evening - proclaiming the genuine, heartfelt
affection we have for one another. It really was an amazing thing to
To many, it seemed like the evening had "only just begun" when the
clock told us it was time to go. We celebrated our lives together,
apart, and now together again. And, we weren't ready to call it a
night, not by a long shot. We worked too hard, traveled too far, and
overcame too many obstacles to let go so soon.
The hospitality room was a great idea as it turns out, because the
party migrated to it, as well as to many of the alumni's own rooms
at the Hotel. We heard times ranging from 3 am to 5 am as to when
people finally called it a night. We simply didn't want to let go!
of the evening were:
- The presentation of the scarf
tree to Nancy
- The awards to the winners of
the various contests
- The passing of the Boones Farm
bottles for safekeeping until the 35th
- The Westview Dogs'
presentation of food (Alpo), clothing (T-shirt) and a photo of
his new home (dog house) to Rick Griffith. Move over Rick,
that's a dog house we all want to be in!
The Golf Outing
Unfortunately, Isabel had her way.
The Woodlands course was closed due to the damage done by the storm.
Some of the Alumni, spearheaded by our own indomitable Camille
Goldberg, are attempting to get a make up round going, on the 18th
of October. Email Camille if you're interested.
An Afternoon in the Park
On Sunday, the 21st, we all made
due over at the CCC campus under slightly overcast skies. We now
know, from email, that many who planned on attending the picnic on
Sunday failed to do so because they couldn't make it out of bed. Or,
they went home to change with every intention of attending, but made
the mistake of laying down - for just a couple of minutes mind you.
Been there; done that. Guess we have to face it; we aren't 18
The picnic was a more intimate gathering than the reunion but
enjoyable none the less. Mike Lewis fired up the grill, while others
came with selections from the Colonel's or Subway. Conversations
continued from the previous evening and new ones started. The last
to leave were a handful of committee members and there was a certain
amount of sadness as we hugged goodbye knowing the labor of love
we'd shared for the past year and a half had come to an end. Until next time.