Reunion event was a success
On the weekend of June 21-23, 2013, graduates of the class of 1973 gathered for a reunion at several places to reminisce and share the past 40 years of their lives. The first gathering took place on Friday evening at the Stop 5 Tavern where snacks, beverages, smiles, hugs, karaoke, yearbook comparisons, laughter and table talk ruled the night in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
A two-man scramble kicked off the next day, with awards given for best score, longest drive and closest to the pin at Marks Par 3. On Saturday, the party was moved to the Holiday Inn for more festivities. The evening began with a sign-in table where we were given a badge with our senior pictures on it. We all agreed that in addition to having a little memory loss we had lost other things as well: Eye sight, hair, weight, strength, and on a somber note, family, more than 50 classmates, homes in storms, jobs; life had not given us a pass just because we were the last class to attend Gerstmeyer and Garfield.
We continued through the evening looking at more pictures, finding out that we had been involved with people in the past 40 years we didn’t even know we went to high school with, seeing people we attended school with K-12 and had not seen for 40 years. A silent auction was held with the proceeds going to the next reunion in 2018, and to two local community organizations, Ryves Youth Center and Terre Haute Humane Society.
We decided by a voice vote that waiting until the 50-year mark might be a push so we will meet again after 45 years have gone by.
The silent auction would not have been possible without the generous response of the following community businesses: Green Acres Dairy Barn, Fruitridge Gardens, Dever Distributing, Baskin Robbins on Wabash Avenue, Rick’s Smokehouse, Sparkle Pools, Ritter’s Frozen Custard, Pizza Hut on Lafayette, Square Donuts, HI-99 and 105.5 The River, Bob Baesler, D.I.Y. Rentals, the Tribune-Star, Atterson Tire, the Sycamore Foundation, Terre Haute Rex, Cutting Edge Salon, Dr. Beth Brown Veterinarian, Pit Stop Marathon, Terre Haute North Athletic Department, Jewelry Creations by Agnes Hollingsed (Edmonson) and many other graduates who brought items after learning about the auction, but remained anonymous.
We greatly appreciate all of our donors. The evening continued with dining and music and one more surprise. Doug Collins felt the need to gather for one last event so he announced that he was able to rent a shelter at Deming Park, would grill, furnish the table ware and those who were able to attend could bring a side dish for a family day on Sunday afternoon.
Classmates, their kids and grandkids gathered one last time to look back over the years, try to capture time in a bottle and plan for the next reunion.
The number in attendance at all of the events is not of importance but those gathered had a renewed spirit to contact more of the class of 1973 to make number 45 bigger and better. See you 2018.
— Brenda Bailey (Whitman),
Denise Crawford, Patty Love (Dean), Jim Edwards,
Mike Higar and
Donald C. Barnett
T.H. North class of 1973
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