September 10, 2001
Dinner with Oldies Music
Time: 5:30 pm - 12:00 midnight
5:30 pm - Cocktail Hour
6:30 pm - Opening Program
7:00 pm - Dinner
8:15 pm - Main Program
8:45 pm - DJ
10:00 pm - Trivia Game
11:55 pm - Last Dance
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blue Ash, Ohio
The feature event of the reunion was the Saturday night dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blue Ash. We started gathering around 5:30 pm in one of the hotel ballrooms. Until 6:30 pm, we greeted those we had seen on Friday night once again and warmly welcomed several classmates who were unable to attend the Friday night event as we enjoyed cocktails. The flashes from cameras were going off all over the room.
At 6:30 pm, Alan Siebe and Linda (Brumley) Paul led a brief opening program which included introduction of the Reunion Planning Committee, the honoring of those from our class who are deceased, and a summary of the program for the evening. After that, we all enjoyed a great dinner buffet.
A brief program followed dinner. It was kicked off by a very special "dance" performance of seven former Sycamore Flyerettes (Pat Traud Sweet, Diane Taylor Prince, Sharon Mulligan Foley, Martie Arbic Young, Chris Oppen Hall, Carol Vanover Shorter, and Connie Stradtman Harbron). The routine was performed to our school song.
Linda then honored all of our classmates who served in the military over the years with a special tribute. This was followed by some "special awards" such as longest distance traveled to the reunion, class sweethearts, most grandchildren, etc. Jerry Walker presented special awards to the members of the award winning high hurdles team (John Foley, Alan Siebe, and Neil Strawser). The awards consisted of a section from one of the original hurdles. Jerry Walker then introduced our DJ for the evening and the oldies music followed. Dance highlights were "The Twist", "The Stroll", "Jitterbug", a return performance of the "Macarena" by the Siebe's, and several other dances which may not have been totally recognizable.
During a break in the music, Alan and Linda led a "green team" and a "gold team" in an exciting trivia match. The event went to a final tie breaker which was won by the "gold team" --- although the decision was vigorously protested by the "green team".
The evening was scheduled to end after the last dance at 11:55 pm. The dance was held but the conversations continued until approximately 12:30 am when the wonderful evening ended with so many new memories to last a lifetime.
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