North High Class of 1961 gathers for 50th reunion

84 class members, guests attend weekend event that included `oldies┬┐ dance at Fountain Head Country Club

December 19, 2011

The 50th reunion for the North Hagerstown High School Class of 1961 was recently celebrated. Eighty-four class members and their guests attended the weekend event.

On Friday evening, classmates gathered at Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion on Northern Avenue for a meet and greet. Fortunately, name tags were worn, as many members had not seen each other in 50 years.

There was a joyous feeling of camaraderie in the air. As “oldies” played in the background and cries of recognition could be heard, the years melted away and it was as if they had all come to a sock hop after the game.

Fountain Head Country Club was the venue for Saturday evening. Decorations of red and white, accented by arrangements of red roses and white lilies, set the theme. Tables of memorabilia, dating from a kindergarten class photo, were scrutinized. Name tags showing the senior portrait helped to identify everyone. Class members paused solemnly at a votive lit display of remembrance containing photos of the 47 deceased classmates. The memorial table was created by Terry Hull.

Bruce Brown served as the announcer and a deejay played high school-era tunes.

The Rev. Carl Synan invoked the blessing. Class members who traveled great distances were from Colorado, Minnesota, Florida, Texas and Massachusetts. Several couples are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year, as well. Then the dancing began with “The Stroll.”

 Sunday morning featured a breakfast buffet. Talk lingered over last cups of coffee, goodbyes were said, and everyone agreed, “a good time was had by all.”

The reunion committee included Deanna Babb Garver, Kristine Grice Bowen, Terry Hull, Linda Helfrich Stotler, Terry Shepherd, Donna Williams Schlotterbeck, Sandy Shilling Babinau, Tina Samios Angle, Bob Davenport, Dick Hammer and Becky Spielman Sweeney.

 — Submitted by Tina Angle

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