Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

July 18, 2013

Decade of the Fifties/Sixties reunion planned Aug. 23-24

We’ll celebrate our 10th annual Decade of the Fifties/Sixties over the weekend of Aug. 23-24.

Originally seen as simply the “50s,” we’ve unofficially welcomed youngsters who graduated high school during the “60s” at the past couple of events, but the time has come to merge the two eras into one singularly offered activity.

Learning from our previous nine gatherings, our opportunities to reunite with friends from our high school days are precious and not to be ignored; we’ve watched as, year by year, former classmates have become slower in their actions, disabled by infirmities or, sadly, have passed on.

Wiser now, and regretting the fact these reunions didn’t begin sooner, we’ll suggest members of area high school graduating classes from 1960 through 1969 seek their counterparts, make plans, and attend this festive celebration.

Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. at Mezzo’s on Aug. 23 in the former Elks Lodge at 114 South Centre Street. That will provide a name tag, making it easier to identify your friends from yesterday as you stroll the mall.

Signing in will provide data enabling others to note your presence; you might also enroll to receive regular internet updates regarding things of interest in the community.

Classes are encouraged to arrange their own mini-reunions over this magical weekend; those from the 50s delight in that portion of their get-togethers. If I can be of any assistance, contact me at (301) 724-3868.

Allen Haines

Cumberland

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