Once again the Greenwich High School Class of 1970, the last to graduate from the “old” high school (now town hall) is getting back to where it once belonged, this time for what promises to be an exuberant 45th Reunion.
Five years after the blazing success of their 40th, at which 200 surprisingly agile attendees boogied most of the night to a long list of pre-requested songs, this summer’s two-day event, scheduled for the weekend of August 15 and 16 at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club and Greenwich Point, respectively, may be smaller but not necessarily more sedate, say organizers.
“We have about a hundred confirmations so far, but we’re expecting more people to be in touch at the last minute. Some of us still prefer to be spontaneous,” explained Westport realtor Angie Stover Hinchcliff, co-chair of the 1970 reunion committee. By using Facebook to connect, as well as ongoing Google searches, there are far fewer missing classmates than in the past, she notes, with people coming from Washington State, California, Colorado, and much further afield.
“We’re all over the map now. I’ve been in contact with classmates who live as far away as Japan,” said fellow Reunion Co-chair Tim Haymon, the owner of Timberline Structures in Greenwich.
“The Main Event” will take place at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club on Saturday, August 15, with a picnic-style “Recovery Barbecue,” the following day at Greenwich Point’s clambake area catered by local restaurateur graduate Rick Marr, another GHS’70 alumnus.
The Main Event starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday night, and includes a cash bar, buffet supper, a DJ, and (hopefully) more dancing to the popular request list created for the 40th Reunion “If we can still find it!” said committee member Barbara Rose with a laugh.
For those who are hesitant about attending, Rose says, “Excuses like ‘I’m too fat, too old, too gray or too boring’ don’t cut it. We guarantee you’ll have a good time. In fact, earlier reunions have sparked some retro romances. At a telethon for the 40th Reunion, “one of our committee members was assigned his senior prom date’s name – and they have been an item ever since!”
Tickets are $160 per person for both events, $135 for just Saturday night, and $50 for Sunday’s barbecue only. To reserve or for information, email [email protected]; or contact Tim Haymon ([email protected]) or Angie Stover Hinchcliff ([email protected]) or visit Greenwich High School Class of 1970’s Facebook page.
Additional Class of 1970 Reunion Committee members include Jonathan Asch, Marylou Blume Zelenz, Jane Brown, Bruce Hudock, Laura Ierardi Pugliese, Al Morano, Philip Pinkert, Winston Robinson, Wayne Scott, Karen Smith Gattuso, Barbara Ryan Trow, Laura Ierardi Pugliese, and Kevin O’Connor.