CLEAR SPRING — The Clear Spring High School Class of 1961 recently celebrated its 50th reunion with a weekend of events that included a Friday evening presentation from the class of $3,619.61 to the high school scholarship fund at the annual Alumni Association Banquet, an event that has been ongoing for 36 years.
On Saturday the group enjoyed a picnic lunch and tour at Plumb Grove and an evening dinner at the Elks Lodge on Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown.
The first two events were held in Clear Spring.
At the alumni banquet, the group was joined by teachers Barbara Allison Gaddis, Dorothy Sites and Joan Rockwell. Faculty members for the Saturday events included Joan Hull at the picnic and Phil Poffenberger, Sylvia Shives and Morris Lay for the evening event. Jack Manuel joined the group for the social hour.
Gifts to the class included a 1961 silver half dollar, a CD with selected musical hits ranging from 1957 to 1961 and a class booklet of up-to-date stories about class members and notations about the high school years. Displays of remembrance for deceased classmates and school days memorabilia were on view during the evening social hour.
A number of spouses pitched in to help make arrangements and desserts for the picnic and Saturday dinner, including a cake with the school emblem in the icing. Class pictures were taken at each venue and individual photos taken at the Saturday dinner.
The class has had a reunion every five years since graduation and, beginning in October of 2008, now meets every six months for Dutch treat lunch and conversation. Planning for the 50th reunion came out of those semiannual sessions, and everyone who attended had input to the weekend arrangements.
To raise funds for the scholarship donation, the class made contributions, held a 50/50 raffle and auctioned off items that were donated by class members. The next gathering will be Saturday, Oct. 22, at Windy Hill in Clear Spring.