New Names on the Memorial Page
Since our reunion, we've learned of several deaths:
50TH REUNION INFORMATION
School Tour NOW OPEN TO EVERYONE!
This information is being posted on this page AND the "Breaking News" page to make sure eveyone sees it.
The school engineer has asked us to park in the Staff Parking Lot on the 50th Street side of the building. The driveway into the lot is located on Pleasant Avenue, and the exit from the lot leads to 50th Street.
We anticipate the bus tour will be returning to Washburn around noon on that Saturday, and the riders will pause briefly for a box lunch at the picnic tables near the entrance to the football field. When you arrive at the school you can look for the group at the picnic tables. We'll be going into the school through Door 10 on the 50th Street side around 12:30 pm, and think we'll be inside from 30 to 45 minutes..
John Tietz and Tom Crouch (member of the Washburn Foundation and husband of Paula Eliason Crouch) will be at the school to conduct the tour. Tom will be telling us about the school today, and how the Washburn Foundation is helping students and teachers.
Saturday Night Event
As at our past reunions, our Saturday night meal will be an APPETIZER BUFFET with smaller plates. Your Reunion Committee organized it this way to encourage you to get up periodically, to mingle, and to keep you from staying planted at one table all evening. If you move around, you're sure to bump into someone you haven't seen for a while (maybe, for a very long while).
Our evening at the Officers' Club runs from 6:00 pm to midnight, and we know that's just not long enough to visit with everyone who will be there. Do your best to circulate and you'll see more people.
Our dance floor will be set up on the lower level of the Officers' Club with a bar and additional seating. The DJ has promised to play songs we remember, and will be open to requests. We're hoping the separation will work downstairs for dancers, as well as upstairs for classmates who want to talk.
Sometime during the evening we will be entertained by the WHS 64 Alumni Rock Band, “The Tzatskees”. Joel Seltz, Gerry Clark, Tim Mungavan and Dan Ling have been coerced to perform again after their band retired 46 years ago. This will be fun!
People Staying at HotelThe special Hilton rate night ended on Friday, August 22 at midnight.
Here's the list of classmates who booked rooms at the Hilton as of Monday, August 25.
Joanne Digree Fritz
Gerry Harding Cronquist
Patty Hove Cross
Janie Howdeshell Cronin
Sharon Huso Taylor
Carol (Kelly) Johnson Johnson
Dan Ling & Marge Fechner Ling
Linda Rasmussen Neudecker
Connie Rondeau Johnson
Evy Swan Genereux
We know some people are sharing rooms, so additional classmates may also be staying at the hotel.
People have asked about dress code, and we're pointing them to the photo from ten years ago on the "Welcome" page of the website. You can see a wide variety of clothing choices in the photo, and we expect the same this time. Suits or sport coats are definitely not required for men for this event, and the women are invited to choose what they want to wear as well to be comfortable. At our last Reunion Committee meeting the women were polled and said they'd be wearing "a dress", "slacks and a top", "a skirt and a top". Hope that helps.
The Officers' Club will be crowded and it's possible it might be a little warm once we get all the bodies in. There's a beautiful deck on the east side of the building, and if the weather cooperates, we plan to use it. The Officers' Club is an older venue and it's a little on the "vintage" side. The committee's consensus was that the reunion is less about a swanky location and extravagant food, and more about getting together to reconnect with each other.
Ramsey Jr High Ninth Grade Photo
Things to Do While You're in Town
Mall of America It's the largest shopping center in the country with more than 400 stores and 35 to 40 million visits each year. Families love to visit Nickolodeon Universe, the huge indoor amusement park. There are also at least 50 restaurants on the property. An expansion of MOA is currently under construction. Remember, there is no sales tax on clothing in Minnesota. The hotel's courtesy shuttle makes regular trips to MOA. www.moa.com
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge It's just outside the door and across the road from the Hilton Hotel. There are only four urban wildlife refuges in the country. This one has a Visitor Center within walking distance and it's open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm while you're here.
Twin Cities Premium Outlets This is the area's newest shopping destination, and it just opened on August 14. It's located in Eagan, only three miles south of the Mall of America. If you want to go, take the hotel's courtesy shuttle to the MOA Transit Station, and then catch the Red Line bus service to Twin Cities Premium Outlets. There are 100 designer and name brand outlet stores, and there is no sales tax on clothing in Minnesota.
Gophers Football The Gophers are playing the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at the TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus at 2:30 pm on Saturday, September 6. You can get there by taking the Blue Line light rail to the Green Line. But if you stay for the whole game, you'll be late for the Reunion Dinner.
Minnesota Twins The Twins are playing the Angels at Target Field on Friday, September 5 at 7:10 pm. Ellen Goldenberg expressed interest in going, and can let you know if plans have come together to attend. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ellen was out of town for awhile, but is hoping to organize the group going to the Twins game in the next week. The Light Rail Blue Line begins at the Mall of America and ends at Twins Stadium, so it's easy to get there. Take the hotel shuttle to the MOA Transit Station and hop on the Light Rail.