55th Class Reunion, July 2015
"You "can't go home again," but we sure can give it a good try. In some ways, we might find it better now - the people we grew up with, and new friends, or deeper friendship, than we ever had in those teen years. The conversations go deep, personal and significant. Gone is the posturing, the bragging, the "popularity" issues, the angst of trying to grow up. Honesty prevails. We go deep into issues such as purpose in life, faith walks, dealing with aging and dying parents, and more. We have lost 74 classmates to date. 178 are getting this email, and 6 more have requested snail mail. Unless notified, we'll leave the rest be. Some simply "cannot go home again" and we respect that. It seems there is never enough time to just sit and talk, and invariably I leave reunions feeling I needed more of each person's time. We will do the best we can finding the spaces and time for sharing. Read this long email as you find time, and stay tuned, responsive, and engaged in helping us come together. We have a bond like no other to celebrate.
January 5, 2015
Ithaca High School Class of 1960 – 55th reunion – July 17-19, 2015 – Ithaca.
Mark your calendars now and watch for reunion details in future emails and on the class website www.ithaca1960.com. Your classmates would love to see you. The schedule of activities is varied and flexible, allowing for personal preferences and time.
If you have been able to attend recent reunions, or the Birthday Bash in 2012, you will note here that we are doing many of the same things that were enjoyed before. This time however we are adding a picnic on Sunday at Stewart Park and it will be catered by our very own Bernie Cook! That delicious Cornell basting sauce on the barbequed chicken is worth the trip!
If you are looking forward to attending a reunion for the first time, or for the first time in recent years, we welcome you! We’ve been looking for you! The most requested activity is always “time and place to sit and chat – catch up with someone”. We honor that and are providing for that experience.
Some like to hike in the area, as we did so many years ago. We have experienced hikers ready to lead the way – Keith Bruckner and Dave Wilson. Other activities you might enjoy are shopping downtown Ithaca, and the Saturday Farmer’s Market; Cornell attractions, nature trails at Stewart Park.
If you have some additional suggestions for us, please email Phyllis McLaren Sommerman at email@example.com.
If you have some pictures you’ve uncovered as you de-clutter an old home, share them with Steve Beaulieu – he is always happy to put them on the website. He can be contacted at SAANYSCOR@aol.com.
A registration form indicating your best intention to attend will be sent out in March, as a .pdf attachment to my email. The cost per person will be determined by that time and you may pay ahead, send a deposit, or pay closer to the event. We need to plan carefully on numbers for the meals – I’m sure you can appreciate that. We always try to keep the plans simple and affordable, as we DO NOT want the cost to be a determining factor for not attending.
Several classmates have made contributions to our reunion and web site expense accounts and this has allowed us to make some required advance deposits to reserve space for us. If you have been interested in keeping our Web site and Reunions going, but have not sent a check yet, please know there is an additional way you can support your class. The Stewart Park Carousel is being renovated, and we are hoping to add our donations together and offer a $500 gift to the Stewart Park Committee. As recognition, our class will be noted as the donor of a new horse on the carousel. So please, if you send a check to me, make it payable to:Phyllis Sommerman, and indicate in the memo section how you would like that donation allocated – web site? Reunion expenses? Carousel at Stewart Park? All to one, or split?? Our classmate Beverly Brink Hillman has worked very hard on the steering committee to update and preserve the park area we love. Let’s leave our footprint as a class, and enjoy a great time together.
This and all class emails are sent blind copy in respect of your privacy. You may reply directly to me at any time with questions, suggestions, and your intentions. I’ll be looking for your email. There are over 150 classmates we have no email for. Some may have passed away and we are unaware, and some no longer feel ‘attached’ to our class. On August 1st I sent a snail mail letter to all on that list asking them to get back to me any way they could if they want me to continue mailing a letter to them. I was delighted to hear from six!! I will send this and future updates to them by mail.
Watch for another email in March, and I will keep hoping to see you in July. Review the class website for updates and other information as well.
Best wishes from Phyllis McLaren Sommerman and Steve Beaulieu.