Well, the weekend is ending on the FCHS 30th reunion weekend. I've been getting messages from folks returning back to their normal world from the time warp we've all experienced. Facebook is filling up with reunion photos here and there.
Friday night at the Rio was a huge success (again!) and this time we had a house band (courtesy of a Paisley Daydream reunion) and we were even such a success, the class of '87 ROCKY folks crashed our party!
Saturday at Panhandler's as relaxing and fulfilling (or is it just filling?). Sadly within the next two months the establishment will be closed for good to make way for dormitories on that location.
Saturday evening we took over the Island Marina for Nordy's BBQ, Subway sandwiches an open bar and spent some quality time with everyone in attendance.
For all of you who joined us - thank you for coming! It was great seeing old friends and classmates alike.
Video of Friday night:
For those of you who couldn't attend, please feel free to check out the YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmf-vguqfK5ItANL85wyuWw) where we live-streamed the reunion. The pictures a bit fuzzy and broken at times. We were streaming over the public wi-fi in the restaurant, so it was saturated at times causing the video to drop off.
For those of you who were in attendance and did take pictures, if you chose to contribute your photos to the group effort (i.e. share your photos with everyone), please feel free to either drop there here on my Google Drive (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B-SIjuGZIWBuME5VNDVNVkxFRWM) or if you aren't sure how to do that, you may text me the photos and I'll get them routed where they need to go.
I received a great many thanks from those in attendance for all the work I put in - I assure you that this was a team effort and I merely was a cog in the wheel. Many MANY thanks go out to Denise Dickinson, because without her organizing the entire events activities I wouldn't have had anything to email out. She pounded the pavement to set up the venue's, she fronted the money necessary to reserve the spaces and she added all the special touches to make it uniquely our reunion. Molly Reed and Mike Gardner (who also coordinated the golfing on Friday) provided guidance and a sounding board to make sure we all stayed on track. And finally, everyone attending - because what's a reunion without the classmates!
Going forward - at least for now, I'm going to re-jigger the RSVP database to be a "I'd like to stay in touch" database. I assure you that I hold your security in high regard and this information is ONLY for our classmates and for any future reunion communications. It will not go any farther than myself and if someone is looking for someone else, I'll merely pass this along to the party being sought - it's up to you to respond at that time. If this is a problem, definitely let me know and I'll be happy to remove your name from the database. You're not likely to hear from me again for any reunion events until the (gulp) 40'th reunion.... by the way - that's in 2027. I'm sure we'll have flying cars by then - right?
Also on the web page, I will attempt to keep up the "Remembrance" page at http://www.fchs1987.org/remberance.html as I learn of anyone else from our class passing. Denise and I threw down the gauntlet and stated that no one else is allowed to pass from our class in the next 10 years... so you're going to need to hold up that end of the bargain - capiche?
In closing, for those of you would couldn't make it this year (teachers and students alike), you were not forgotten. A great deal of the conversations are about reconnecting with everyone, including those who are not present. You were all remembered with high regard and your absence was felt, after all - we are Lambkins!