55-YEAR REUNION IN 2019
We started the process of thinking about our next reunion which will occur sometime in the fall of 2019. Previous reunions have taken place in September. Travel and hotel prices usually drop at that time of year, the weather becomes pleasant, and people's calendars usually have more open dates.
We know people have been visiting this reunion website because there's a Hit Counter at the bottom of the main page. Here are some recent counts:
October 21 43150
November 9 43563
November 13 43649
November 27 44410
December 20 45692
Our Committee last met on December 10 to talk about our reunion and the kind of event we want to have. Here are some of our previous thoughts:
We want to keep the event casual, low-key, and friendly. There's never enough time for talking and catching up, and we're going to do everything we can to make sure we've got plenty of time to sit and connect.
We're looking at one night only that will cost around $25-$30 per person. We want to keep the cost down. We've been searching for a venue with plenty of room and seating that would allow us to order and pay for our own food (and drink).
At this point we're still searching. Here are some of the venues we've discussed:
The Woman's Club on Loring Park
American Legion Post 435 in Richfield
The Parkway Theater / El Burrito Mercado
Lost Spur Golf and Event Center in Eagan
Event Space at St Mary's Greek Orthodox Church
Elm Creek Chalet in Three Rivers Park District
Holman's Table at the Downtown St Paul Airport
Minnesota Valley Country Club
Can you help us add places to this list?
People from our committee plan to visit some of these places after the holidays to check them out. So far we haven't located that magic place that will allow us to keep our price low by ordering our own food. We're looking for that rare combination of a good gathering spot, good food, and low cost. So far, each of our suggestions has only met two of the three criteria.
If it's a good gathering spot with good food, it will cost more. If it's low cost, either the food or the gathering space lack something.
If you have attended an event and have any ideas to share about a possible venue, please send a message using the Contact Us tab. We'd like to stay near the airport or somewhere in South Minneapolis if possible. We want to enlist your help to come up with a creative venue idea. We talked about restaurants or bars with a private back room, community centers, church gathering spots, etc. We know there's a place out there for our Reunion and we just need to find it.
We're thinking about the month of September and about a Friday or Saturday night or even a weeknight like Monday. We'd like to start as early as 4:00 pm and maybe go until 10:00 pm.
We hope to attract 100 to 150 people. Anyone with a connection to our class or to Washburn is welcome to attend. We're looking forward to seeing our classmates, and all guests are welcome. If you're interested in coming, let us know.
Our NEXT Reunion Committee meeting will be on
Monday, January 14 at 4:00 pm
The earlier start avoids rush hour.
6601 Lyndale Ave S
Richfield MN 55423
If you would like to be part of the Committee, please use the Contact Us tab. Your email will be sent to Judy Vicars and Paul & DeeDee Sand.
Here's our current Committee list:
Paul & DeeDee Sand
Sandi Spell Brown
Pat Taillefer Erickson
Joy Lawrence Cabillot
If you don't live in town or aren't able to attend the Committee meeting, please feel free to offer your suggestions by using the Contact Us tab. Hopefully you'll still be able to join us for the Reunion.
Please keep checking back to this site for future updates.
SEE WHAT'S ONLINE
A 50-Year Video shot by Dick Sigurdson has been uploaded, and you can find it on the "Photo Albums" tab.
Photos taken by the photographers we hired are also online. You'll find them on the "Photo Alums" tab in files named Reunion Photos, Part 1 and Reunion Photos, Part 2.
And if you took photos during any part of the reunion, please upload them on the "Photo Albums" tab.
Thanks for continuing to visit our site. The profiles currently here are from 2014. You'll see a notification when new profiles can be uploaded.
We entered Washburn in 1961 in button-down shirts and knee ticklers, wingtips and flats, but before long we changed to blue jeans, sandals and beads. We wore crew cuts and bubbles as the decade began, but the Beatles changed everything and before long hair was hanging down to our shoulders.
We will have graduated fifty-five years ago this coming June. Now it's time for a party, and we’re looking forward to seeing as many WHS grads as possible.