THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF E-MAIL NOTICE NO. 1 SENT ON 8/18/99
Greetings Fellow Surrattsvillians!
This is the first test of the official e-mail notice system for the Surrattsville, All Classes (1907-2000), Y2K Millennium Reunion.
If youre receiving this, your e-mail address has been successfully added to the broadcast e-mail list that we will use from time to time to keep folks up-to-date on news concerning the Y2K bash.
The All Classes Reunion will be held on Saturday June 24, 2000, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the School. All former Surrattsville students, faculty and staff are cordially invited to attend, and to bring their families if they wish to do so. Gathering areas will be set up in the media center for Classes 07 - 49, in the cafeteria for Classes 50 - 79, and in the gym for Classes 80 - 2000. There will be a table in each gathering area for each Class, at which the particular Class can gather, maintain sign-up sheets, maintain Class directory update sheets, and the like. There also will be a faculty/staff table in each gathering area to make it easier to find and chat with faculty/staff.
The current SHS Principal, Mr. Barnes for whose support of this rather ambitious undertaking we are very, very grateful also has graciously agreed to open the entire School so those of us in the mood for a nostalgic stroll can do so.
The traffic circle in front of the School will be the location for tents to be set up by the firm who will cater the event with picnic-style food. (Before we award the catering contract, do any of you have catering businesses or particular P.G. County caterer recommendations?)
Well have a yearbook photo company on hand to take photos of those wishing to be included in a photo book memorializing the event, and of course well have appropriate background music in the gathering areas and appropriate announcements (!) over the P.A. system.
We are particularly happy to be combining our fun with a fund raiser for the School. Specifically, when the final ticket price is established after the caterer and other vendors are arranged, we will add $1 to that price and deliver the proceeds of the $1 fund raiser to Mr. Barnes for him to use for some worthy project at the School. (Please note that advance, non-refundable ticket purchases will be a must, as well need to make some rather sincere commitments to our vendors.)
To date, the response to the All Classes Reunion idea has been great. In addition to the strong support from Mr. Barnes, we have been contacted by many Reunion Contacts from the Class of 1948 and forward, by a number of faculty and staff, and by several multi-generational SHS families. And our e-mail list grows everyday.
In addition to the event at the School, a number of Classes are planning more formal, Class-specific events for Friday June 23, 2000 and Saturday June 24, 2000. You may already have been contacted by your Class Reunion Contact about this.
If youre interested in the Reunion, heres what you should do now
Many thanks to those of you whove sent kind and encouraging words, and to those of you whove already helped with contacting folks or volunteered to help at the event. Please feel free to direct any questions to me that you have about the event, and best wishes for a pleasant and restful remainder of the summer! Henry Smith (71) firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF E-MAIL NOTICE NO. 2 SENT ON 8/25/99
The early response to the All Classes Reunion idea has been fantastic! Weve heard from hundreds of alum of all vintages, numerous faculty, a surprising number of multi-generation alumni families, and several folks who didnt graduate from Surratts but who attended for some portion of their high school careers and who are anxious to attend the Y2K event. Its too early to make any predictions, but this thing could be a blast of millennial proportions!
Ive been overwhelmed by the extra efforts many of you have gone to in the form of tracking down friends and contacts, sending in e-mail addresses and leads, and the like. I am also very grateful for your infectious enthusiasm, and for your kind words of support. Keep those e-cards and e-letters coming!
LODGING INFO: As noted in E-mail Notice No. 1 (which Ive repeated below in case any of you newcomers to the list did not receive it), it is possible that lodging in the Clinton area might be hard to come by on the weekend of 6/24/00. Therefore, those of you coming from out of town might wish to reserve a room soon.
Heres some information on lodging weve collected so far. Of course the rates quoted do fluctuate, and all of the hotels and motels seem to recognize some discounts (AAA, military, AARP, corporate, etc.):
(Could some of you Waldorf area alums e-mail some info on Waldorf area lodging so we can include it in a future e-notice?)
AIR FARE BARGAINS: In addition to the above, several out of town folks have responded that theyve already spent their Y2K travel and vacation budgets and would like to attend the Bash but fear the air fare. One idea they might want to try is the smarterliving.com or usairways.com e-savers fare things. If you log on to sites like this, you can ask to receive weekly informational e-mails offering discounted roundtrip fares from your city of origin. For example, I just got one that offered $219 round trips from BWI to St. Thomas. Hows that sound! Also, you can always log on to priceline.com or one of those type sites and make a bid for a discounted ticket. As I understand the latter, once youve bid, youre committed, so be careful.
AIRPORT TO LODGING TRANSPORTATION: Finally, we might want to think about organizing some kind of car pool service from the three area airports to the Clinton area hotels and motels, and then from the hotels and motels to and from the School, if that would help out. Well keep percolating on all these types of ideas that might reduce some of the logistical and financial hassles for those from out of town who want to attend.
OFFICIAL REUNION CONTACTS FOR EACH CLASS Were still having a hard time tracking down the Official Reunion Contacts for a number of Classes. If you know, or have a lead on, who might be the Official Reunion Contact for any Class, and you havent let us know, would you be kind enough to send an e-mail to that effect?
Still no word on final ticket prices, but well keep you posted in future e-notices. Hope the above helps, and hope to see you all on 6/24/00!
Henry Smith (71) email@example.com
p.s. NO NEED to respond to this e-mail, unless youve got questions, suggestions, leads, etc.
THIS IS OFFICIAL E-NOTICE NO 3. SENT 9/3/99
Hello Fellow Alum and Faculty!
Plans are moving forward for the All Classes Reunion on Saturday June 24, 2000. The response has been absolutely overwhelming! We may have another Woodstock on our hands! (But no camping on the football field!) Hope you all will be able to make this once-in-a-millennium event!
LODGING INFO: As promised in the last notice (and thanks to Cindy Garner), heres some info on Waldorf (and LaPlata) area lodging:
Were also trying to get some info on local campgrounds for you RVers and campers out there. Cedarville State Park might be an option, and I think theres limited camping available at Cosca Regional Park in Clinton.
Thanks to Chrissy Welch, Colony South has offered us a group discount (which might not be quite finalized yet), so mention the Surratts Y2K Reunion if you call to make reservations there.
OFFICIAL REUNION CONTACTS: Because lots of folks dont have e-mail, were still desperately seeking out the official reunion contacts for the various Classes (who, presumably, have the snail mail lists for the Classes). At last count, were still missing definitive info on a number of Classes. Any info you have that might lead us to the ORCs for the following Classes would be very much appreciated:
1907-1927; 1929-1947; 1949-1956; 1959; 1960; 1962-1969; 1973; 1981; 1983-1986; 1991-2000
ADDITIONAL EVENTS: It looks like there may be events in addition to the All Classes bash of Saturday June 24, 2000 during days surrounding 6/24/00. For example, a number of Classes are considering single Class, or clusters of Classes, reunions. In addition, there is a possibility that we might have a very special All Classes event (in addition to the gathering at the School on 6/24), either on the evening of Friday June 23 or the evening of Sunday June 25.
So, you might want to keep your whole weekend open, and those of you traveling from afar might want to arrive Friday during the day and not leave until at least Monday.
(I dont mean to be secretive about this special All Classes event, but were having some difficulty working out the plans, and I dont want to get folks hopes up for nothing. More later on this, but please keep your calendars clear from Friday through Sunday night if youd like to participate in all we might have to offer.)
Note to Official Reunion Contacts: I dont know of any hard-wired Class event conflicts for Friday evening or Sunday evening yet. Please let me know if Ive missed anything.
Finally, heartfelt thanks to the many of you who have pitched in to make this thing work, and to the many of you whose encouraging words have kept us motivated! Stay in touch!
Best wishes for a great Labor Day weekend! Henry Smith (71), firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS OFFICIAL E-NOTICE NO. 4 SENT 10/5/99
THIS IS THE E-NOTICE THAT MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR! Thanks to the selfless efforts of countless volunteers and ORCs (Official Reunion Contacts, for the various Classes), and to the kind cooperation of Mr. Barnes, Mr. Jabbie, Ms. Williams and others at the School, we now have the final line-up for the Y2K All Classes Reunion festivities. This thing looks like its going to be HUGE!
Prices are still being finalized, and plans for the various Classes are still being made, but the All Classes events are now carved in stone. Youll note that we organizers thought that, since we wont be able to do this for another thousand years, wed better seize the opportunity and really put on a major, multi-faceted shindig. Heres the order of proceedings:
1. Friday June 23, 2000: Many Classes are having Class-specific events, and many alum and faculty not attending a Class-specific event are gathering for privately scheduled dinners and get-togethers. (For example, the Classes of 70 and 71 are having a combined 30 Year Reunion -- 71 was always a little precocious! -- at the Greenbelt Marriott from 7 to midnight..)
2. Saturday June 24, 2000: As reported in previous E-Notices, the All Classes Reunion and School Fund Raiser will be held at the School from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A wide variety of activities are planned for the Saturday event, including Class, era and faculty gathering areas, a catered barbeque, door prizes, a yearbook exchange, a memory book photo area, an Alumni Directory sales table, morning announcements and Hornetman episodes, an exhibit of historical materials, an SHS Foundation fund raising table, and so on.
3. Sunday June 25, 2000: From 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., well hold an All Classes mixer/dance/sock-hop/teen club/disco/rave (pick one, depending upon your vintage!), at the School and FEATURING THE (ABSOLUTELY) FABULOUS HUBCAPS! As many of you know, The Hubcaps are the internationally renowned review band starring at least two famous SHS alumni, Dale Rocky Simon and Jim Simon. The Hubcaps play a variety of songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s that are sure to appeal to just about the entire bunch of us 1907 - 2000 graduates!
As you can imagine, tickets for each of these events will be limited and are expected to sell out, and advance purchases will be required. When we have finalized our discussions with the various vendors, well set the prices and e-mail a ticket order form to everyone on our e-mail list. Tickets will be made available on a first -come, first-served basis.
So, what should you do if youre interested in being a part of this extraordinary, history-making experience?
A. Check in immediately with you ORC, sending him or her your e-mail address, your snail mail address, and your various phones and fax numbers. Dont forget to include your full name at graduation (especially those of you now going by the Hornet formerly known as John Doe, etc.). By checking in with your ORC, youll be sure not to miss any Class-specific events planned for the weekend. (Note to 70 and 71 grads: Please check in immediately, as Greenbelt Marriott tickets are extremely limited and expected to sell out quickly.) Also, please send your ORC any leads you have on any of your Classmates. The current list of ORCs is reprinted later in this e-mail. (Please let me know if youve got any ideas where we can find the missing ORCs.)
B. Make sure to keep your current e-mail address(es) on file with email@example.com, so youll get general e-notices about the All Classes weekend.
C. Clear your calendars for 6/23/00 -6/25/00, inclusive, and take your vitamins!
Thanks for all your help and encouraging words, and I look forward to seeing you all next June! All the Best! Henry Smith (71), firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS OFFICIAL E-NOTICE NO. 5 SENT 11/5/99
Okay, this is it! Attached to this e-mail (in Word and WordPerfect formats), and reprinted in the text below, you will find the official Order Form for tickets to the Surrattsville High School All Classes (1907-2000) Y2K Reunion events!
As previously reported, the Saturday event at the School from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature many activities, including: a School open house, designated gathering areas for Classes and faculty with period music, a photo book station, door prizes, scheduled group photos in the Gym for groups ranging from All SHS Its Academic Teams Of All Times to Cheerleaders from the 50s, morning P.A. announcements and Hornetman episodes, a family cook-out, an Alumni Directory order table, an SHS Foundation fund raising table, an SHS artifacts exhibit, and so on.
The Sunday event at the School from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. will feature a sock-hop with entertainment by THE FABULOUS HUBCAPS!
Of course, tickets are limited and are expected to sell-out quickly. Absolutely no tickets will be sold on the days of the events.
SO, if youre interested, please fill-in the Order Form carefully and legibly, and send it along with your check as indicated on the Form. (And dont forget to check-in with your Class Official Reunion Contact from the list printed below.) Ticket order forms and checks received after the events sell-out will be promptly returned.
Many thanks to the 100 or so Official Reunion Contacts and volunteers who have worked so hard to make these events a reality. I look forward to seeing you in June for what promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Best regards! Henry Smith (71)
p.s. Questions? Contact me at email@example.com or 410-321-9000.
p.p.s. We still cant find Official Reunion Contacts for the following Classes: pre-28, 29-36, 38-43, 46, 47, 60, 67, 68, 92, and 94-2000. Any ideas that might help us? Any volunteers!
THIS IS OFFICIAL E-NOTICE NO. 6 SENT 11/12/99
It has been a GREAT first week of ticket sales for the All Classes Reunion! Tickets to both events are selling VERY BRISKLY, with some of the older classes the best represented. (Way to go, Classes of 48 and 51!)
The prevailing comment seems to be: This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and Im making a whole weekend of it! Should be really, really special.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
1. Children too young to eat the picnic food are free for the Saturday event. (Please use your judgment on what that means.)
2. At least two of the previously published area hotels are offering nice discounts if you mention the Surrattsville Reunion. They are the very nice Colony South in Clinton (800-537-1147) and the very nice Greenbelt Marriott in Greenbelt (301-441-3700). All the previously published hotel information is at the end of this e-mail.
3. Tickets to both events are limited, so order now if you want to be assured a spot.
4. Questions about anything? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you all in June! Have a great weekend, Henry Smith (71)
p.s to Classes of 70 and 71: Thirty year Reunion tickets are selling even faster than the Y2K events. Please send in your orders now.
THIS IS OFFICIAL E-NOTICE NO. 7 SENT 11/19/00
You guys are FANTASTIC! A heartfelt thanks to the many of you who have taken the time to send along kind and encouraging words to me and the legion of ORCs and Volunteers. It really helps to keep us motivated to continue to attack what is turning out to be a HUGE, but extremely fun, undertaking!
Tickets to all of the All Classes and Class-specific events are selling quickly, and with a great representation across all eras. (The Class of 48 is currently the best represented by percentage, and the Classes of 65, 71, 76 and 84 are leading the way in absolute numbers.) Also, the Y2K events are getting more varied all the time. Here are some miscellaneous update items that might interest you.
1. SHS OFFICIAL SCHOOL HISTORY. Shelby Lee Albertsen (79) (ShelbyAlbe@aol.com), is working with Leslie St. Clair Smith (70) and Dexter Ferris (62), as well as with the Social Studies Department at the School, to put together an Official Surrattsville High School History. This team of volunteers asks that you send any anecdotes or photos about Surratts and Clinton to Shelby over the Internet or at 21564 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. In addition, anyone willing to be an oral history interviewee should let Shelby know, because the students from the School are likely to want to pursue an oral history component.
2. OLD SCHOOL TOURS. Thanks to Jean Beardmore (58), weve added scheduled Old School tours to the Saturday line-up of events. (Some of us know the Old School as the Junior High.) This should be really fun for those of us who spent anywhere from 3 to 12 years in that great old building. (Our shuttles will run folks between the (current) School and the Old School.)
3. GROUP PHOTO SCHEDULE. Were putting together the schedule for the group photos that will be taken all day Saturday on the bleachers in the gym, and that will be included in the photo memory book for the events. Naturally, well have Class photos, and well have a series of topical photos such as Surratts Families, and so on. Please e-mail any ideas for group photos youd like to see scheduled.
4. CHINA CALLING. Farthest contact to date: Beth Kurowski Bunnell (86) corresponds from Beijing, China!
5. A PLUG FOR THE CATERER. The Martins catering folks have been absolutely great at accommodating our food needs for the picnic and giving us an outstanding price, so I wanted to give them a well-deserved plug. They sent a flyer with our contract about their New Years Eve party at the Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, and it looks pretty good for you Washingtonians looking for a way to ring in the new Millennium. Call 410-792-4832 or 301-474-8500 for info.
6. HORNETMAN REVISITED. Dan Bayne, one of the creators of the Hornetman serials, is trying to track down anyone who continued to write and produce Hornetman episodes after 1971. Please check in with Dan at email@example.com if youve got any info on this. Dan and his crew will be entertaining us during the Saturday event!
7. MIAs. Jackie Toth Wolfe (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Class of 76 ORC, is attempting to track down her missing classmates by contacting possible siblings of 76ers from neighboring classes. If the ORCs for the 70s could send Jackie their e-mail address lists, that would be a big help.
8. SMALL WORLD DEPT. True story. On Sunday night, 9/6/99, I was watching a Homicide re-run while addressing snail mail notices. Two of the detectives are investigating a murder involving a Chinese national and they drive from Baltimore to D.C. to visit the Chinese embassy to investigate. Not only had I just received an e-mail from Beth Kurowski Bunnell (86) (see above), but the two detectives stopped in front of a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, and one of them got out and, exclaiming about historical significance, pounded on a brass historical marker on the front of the restaurant and noted that it was the house where Mary Surratts (he pronounced it Sorrotts) was born, etc. He then gave a brief overview of the Mary and John Surratts involvement in the Lincoln assassination story. Must be an omen portending a great Y2K Bash!
9. SCHOOLS HOME PAGE. The Y2K events now appear on the Schools webpage at www.pgcps.org/~surratts. Thanks to Rhonda Erwin, the Schools webmaster, for this nice publicity for the events.
10. CLASS OF 81 WEBSITE. Greg Laxton reports that the Class of 81 has a website at http://members.tripod.com/~greglaxton/1981.html and a website for ordering tickets at http://members.tripod.com/~greglaxton/1981.tickets.html. Greg asks that anyone with any info about 81ers send him an email at email@example.com.
11. ERRATA. Im afraid I may have confused people with my comment on the ticket order form that your canceled check is your receipt. What I was trying to say was: Because weve tried to keep the events as affordable as possible, we didnt add amounts to the ticket prices to cover printing and mailing out tickets or receipts, so if you need a receipt for your records, just use your canceled check. Simply bring yourself and your name to the events, as we have a master alphabetical list of the names of everyone who has purchased a ticket and well simply check off your name and stamp your hand when you arrive, and your hand stamp will provide you with access to the School, the catering tents, etc. Sorry about the confusion.
12. GOLF OUTING AND FOUNDATION HOME PAGE. Thanks to Bill Thomas (77), it looks like a Friday golf outing will be added to the Y2K weekend. In addition, Bill is working hard to try to put together a Surrattsville High School Foundation website, that will be used to announce alumni events, to organize fund raising, to keep alumni together and so on. More on these developments as details become available.
13. FOOD FOR THOUGHT. Philip Roths great and most recent novel, American Pastoral (a Pulitzer Prize winner), revolves largely around the narrators musings at and about his 45th high school reunion. Heres an excerpt to get you thinking before June: So you dont have to look much further than Ira and me to see why we go through life with a generalized sense that everybody is wrong except us. And since we dont just forget things because they dont matter but also because they matter too much because each of us remembers and forgets in a pattern whose labyrinthine windings are an identification mark no less distinctive than a fingerprint its no wonder that the shards of reality one person will cherish as a biography can seem to someone else who, say, happened to have eaten some ten thousand dinners at the very same kitchen table, to be a willful excursion into mythomania. But then nobody really bothers to send in their fifty bucks for a forty-fifth high school reunion so as to turn up and stage a protest against the other guys sense of the-way-it-was; the truly important thing, the supreme delight of the afternoon, is simply finding that you havent yet made it onto the In Memoriam page. (A highly recommended, but R rated, read.)
Finally, many thanks to our outstanding ORCs and Volunteers. It is a real pleasure and a privilege to work with them on this once-in-a-lifetime event. Hope to see you all in June! Best regards, Henry Smith (71), firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS OFFICIAL E-NOTICE NO. 8 SENT of 1/5/00
Welcome to the last year of the second millennium! (Or, according to the media, the first year of the third one.) Regardless of which millennium were in, things are really hopping with respect to the Surratts Y2K events. Weve got great participation across all eras, and strong interest from current and former faculty and staff. These events are going to be absolutely FANTASTIC!
The event line-up is fixed, as follows:
FRIDAY JUNE 23, 2000: Plans underway for a GOLF OUTING and fund raiser during the day. (Details to follow.)
Many Class-specific events in the evening (e.g., Classes of 70 and 71 combined Thirty Year Reunion Dinner Dance. Note to 70 and 71: it would be very helpful if you would send in any remaining ticket orders right away.)
SATURDAY JUNE 24, 2000: All Classes PICNIC and fund raiser at the School, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Many Class-specific events in the evening.
SUNDAY JUNE 25, 2000: All Classes MOTORCYCLE RIDE, from the School to Point Lookout and back, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (This is a recently organized event, and will be led by members of the Surratts-based PPMC of the late 60s and early 70s. Make plans to have your bikes shipped to Clinton!) Four-wheeled vehicles are welcome to follow along.
All Classes SOCK-HOP and fund raiser featuring THE FABULOUS HUBCAPS at the School, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (I finally got a chance to look carefully at The Hubcaps fantastic website at www.thehubcaps.com. Take a look at it if you havent, especially the White House photo of the band with the President and First Lady. Way to go Rocky and Jimi!)
Tickets for the Picnic and the Sock-Hop are still available, and a ticket order form is attached. Tickets for Class-specific events must be purchased through the particular Class ORC. Details about Golf Outing tickets will be provided later, and no tickets are required for the Motorcycle Ride to Point Lookout.
1. Most senior ticket buyer: Class of 38
2. Most junior ticket buyer: Class of 96
3. Class with best representation: Class of 49 (100% of the Class, namely, its only graduate, Paul Gwynn, has bought a ticket!). Second place: Class of 48 (approximately half the Class have already bought tickets!).
4. Classes with highest absolute number of ticket sales: 71, 65, 76, 70, 84, 85 and 66.
5. Furthest ticket purchasers: A number from California.
Some Informational Items:
1. The Class of 90 website is at http://www.dewstorm.com/surrattsville.html.
2. Some sad news: Nancy (Brown) Preston, who had been kind enough to volunteer to be ORC of the Class of 42, died on 11/16/99. Nancys daughter, Shirley McKalvia, is another Surratts grad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shirley and her family.
Also, Tommy Clark, a classmate of mine from 71, died suddenly while playing golf on New Years Eve. Tommy was a fine fellow and gentleman, and one of the great baseball pitchers in Surratts history. A viewing will be held at Lees Funeral Home in Clinton on 1/6/00, and the funeral services will be held there on 1/7/00. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tommys two sons, 8th and 10th graders, and the rest of his family.
3. We are asking D.C. area businesses to donate door prizes for the Saturday event. Please let me know if your business would like to make a donation.
4. Dont forget the substantial hotel discounts being offered by the Greenbelt Marriott and the Colony South in Clinton. Just mention the Surrattsville Reunion.
Finally, thanks again for all of your encouragement and support as we proceed with the planning of these truly unique and wonderfully exciting events. All the best to you and yours for a pleasant and prosperous 2000! Henry Smith (71) email@example.com
THIS IS OFFICIAL E-NOTICE 9 SENT 2/2/00
I hope this e-Notice finds you well and those of you in the East dug-out from the snow. Our planning for the Surrattsville Y2K All Classes events is proceeding beautifully, with the army of ORCs and Volunteers doing a wonderful job. Ticket orders are very strong for both the Picnic and the Sock-Hop, and lots of enthusiasm exists for the Motorcycle Ride, the Golf Outing, and the many Class-specific events that are being held.
Heres a checklist that might help in your planning for the events:
___1. Have you sent in your ticket order form for the Picnic, the Sock-Hop or both?
___2. Have you set aside Friday 6/23 for the golf outing, if interested?
___3. Have you set aside Sunday morning and afternoon 6/25 for the motorcycle ride, if interested?
___4. Have you made your lodging reservations? (Remember: the Greenbelt Marriott and the Colony South in Clinton will offer discounts if you mention the Surrattsville Reunion. Also, weve previously published extensive listings of other lodging choices in the Surratts area.)
___5. Have you checked in with your Class ORC? THIS IS CRITICAL, as all Class-specific event information flows through the ORCs, and more and more Classes are planning them?
___6. Have you helped to spread the word about the events by telling all of the former Surratts students and faculty who you know how to contact? If everybody receiving this email would just tell two or three people, who would then tell two or three people, etc. ...
Heres some news and miscellany that might be of interest:
1. The Golf Outing plans are now final, and the official notice and ticket order form are reprinted below.
2. Thanks to the herculean and tireless efforts of Bill Thomas (77), our newly established Surrattsville High School Foundation now has a web site, at www.surrattsville.org. The web site contains complete information on the Y2K All Classes events, links to the ORCs for the various Classes, and so on. Check it out! Many thanks to Bill for the beautiful job he did on the site. (Note to ORCs: Send Bill an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if youd like to establish a page for your Class on the web site. This would be an outstanding place to post a list of your MIAs, plans about your Class specific events, and so on.)
3. We still need several volunteers to fill-up the ticket table and refreshment table slots at the Sock-Hop. Please send me an email at email@example.com if you can cover one of these.
4. At the events, well have a message board on which well post messages sent in by former students and faculty whod like to attend but cannot. Please feel free to send a message for posting on this board.
5. Similarly, if you cannot attend the events, but would like your personal information included in the Alumni Directory that will be sold at the events, please fill out the attached ticket order form so noting.
6. Heres a cool one for you: Greg Laxton (81) has arranged for the Sunday morning Motorcycle Ride to Point Lookout to have a police motorcycle escort!
7. Theres a new winner in the farthest ticket purchaser contest. Diana (Mills) Peacock (85) ordered her ticket from South Korea!
8. Small World Dept., cont: Beth Kurowski (86), our fellow alum living and working in Beijing, recently ran into Rob Pauling (88) in a tavern there!
9. If you have any old photos of Surratts or Clinton, and wouldnt mind taking them to Kinkos and having them copied, our Official Historians would love to have the copies for a display theyre working on.
10. Several attendees have requested ideas on how they might have their motorcycles shipped to D.C. for the event. Heres some info weve collected: Motorcycle Express, 800-245-8726, mandelinc.com, H.O.G., Warren Motorcycle Transport, 800-443-7519, firstname.lastname@example.org, AMA Travel, 614-856-1900, Liberty Moving & Storage, 888-330-5599, www.libertymoving.com, Federal M/C Transport, 800-747-4100. (If you have nowhere local to ship your bike to, please feel free to send me an email if youd like to arrange to have it shipped to my house.)
11. Kim Williams (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org) asks if anyone might have a lead on James Woodrow Smith, Sr., who married Elizabeth Mae Grigsby and who attended Surratts sometime around 1940.
12. Hint from Heloise: If you alum from the 60s and 70s need some visual nostalgia to get in the mood for the events, rent the absolutely beautiful A Walk on the Moon (not to be confused with The Man on the Moon).
13. History buffs planning to be in Clinton for the Reunion might want to consider A Ride into History, On the Trail of an Assassin, a 12 hour narrated bus tour tracing the route of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. The ride is operated by the Surratts House, now a full-blown museum, and they can be reached at www.surratt.org, or 301-868-1121.
14. URGENT: Unfortunately, we still have no Official Reunion Contacts for the Classes of : 94-00, 92, 67, 60, 55, 46, 42, 39 and 38. Do any of you have a line on folks from these Classes who might know who their reunion person is, or better yet, would any of you be willing to volunteer for one of these spots?
15. Answering questions weve received: we will have substantial amounts of preferred handicapped parking at the School on the day of the events, and we will have veggie burgers at the Picnic.
16. Remember: Absolutely no tickets will be sold at the events.
Many heartfelt thanks to the ORCs and the Volunteers who have worked so hard on making these events a reality, and many thanks to those of you who have sent along words of encouragement and support. Were on a roll now! Hope to see you in June. All the best, Henry Smith (71), email@example.com, 410-321-9000.
THIS IS OFFICIAL E-NOTICE NO. 10 SENT 3/1/00
Hello Surrattsville Alumni and Faculty!
Happy March! Heres wishing you each a warm and early Spring. Thanks to the work of the legion of ORCs and Volunteers, plans for the Y2K All Classes events, and the many Class-specific events, are coming along very nicely. Weve sold hundreds of tickets to the All Classes events across all eras, with extraordinary representation from the 40s and the mid-60s through mid-70s, and strong representation from virtually every other Class from 1938 forward.
Here are some tidbits that might be of interest.
1. PLEASE GET OUT YOUR ADDRESS BOOKS AND TELL ALL YOUR SURRATTS FRIENDS AND RELATIVES ABOUT THE EVENTS. Were still finding folks who havent yet heard about the events, and who are very interested (and others who are procrastinating and who may not get tickets because of the likely sell-outs).
2. WEBSITE. Dont forget to visit the new website of the Surrattsville High School Foundation, at www.surrattsville.org. Thanks again to Bill Thomas (77) for his extraordinary efforts in establishing and maintaining the website.
3. BONNIE BALDERSON MAINS (sp?). Does anyone know how I can get in touch with Bonnie Balderson Mains (sp?), 65? She left me a voice mail message that was cut-off after giving only her name.
4. MORE LODGING INFO: Thanks to Joan Owens Preslar, heres one more Clinton motel:
Thanks to Donna Rice, here is some additional info on Waldorf area lodging:
Those of you still looking for camping and RV facilities for the big weekend can call the Maryland Association of Campgrounds at 301-271-7012, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, and ask for a copy of their very nice directory.
5. ORC TIP RE: MIAs: Kevin Caillouet (80) reports the following about the KarenKay Internet reference that some ORCs have been wondering about as an internet source for tracking down missing classmates. Kevin accesses the site by typing KarenKay in his browsers search box and hitting search. Next there is a list of possible sites that match the search. Choose KarenKay Home Page. There you will find a menu list. Scroll down and choose Alumni Registries. This should bring up the list of alumni sites. Click on the sites to access each one.
6. LIGHTER SIDE. Just to prove that less young Hornets dont lose their sense of humor, Homer Revis (ORC for 56) provides the following list of Top 10 Party Games for the 1957 Y2K High School Class Reunion: 10. Musical Recliners, 9. Spin the Bottle of Mylanta, 8. Hide and Go Pee, 7. Simon Says Something Incoherent, 6. Doc, Doc, Goose, 5. Red Rover, Red Rover, the Nurse Says Bend Over, 4. Kick the Bucket, 3. 20 Questions Shouted in Your Ear, 2. Pin the Toupee on the Bald Guy, 1. Sag, Youre it!
7. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. We still need volunteers for the ticket table and the refreshment table at the Sock-Hop. Please send me an email if you can help out with this.
8. A TOUCHING BIT OF HISTORY. Maryland Senate President Mike Miller (60) took time out of his incredibly busy schedule to send me one of the most interesting pieces of Americana I think Ive seen. Its a history of the Class of 1911 of Surrattsville High School, written by an unknown author, and apparently delivered as a speech just before graduation day for that Class. The Class of 1911 included some of the Senators ancestors, and maybe some of yours. If youre at all interested in history, and would like a real treat, take a look at this document, which Ive attached to this email.
Finally, thanks again for all of your enthusiasm and your kind words of support. These events are going to be ABSOLUTELY OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD! And remember, in the words of Donna Kessler Hunsicker (84), its never too late to have a happy childhood! See you in June! All the best, Henry Smith (71), email@example.com
THIS IS OFFICIAL E-NOTICE 11 OF 4/2/00
Thanks to the legion of ORCs and the Volunteers, the logistical planning for the All Classes Reunion Weekend is coming along beautifully, and ticket sales have far exceeded our expectations. While the Classes from the 40s and the mid-60s through the mid-70s led the pack until March, last month saw a huge surge of interest from the late 30s, the 50s and the 80s. (In fact, the great Class of 84 has raced to fifth place in ticket sales, overall.)
As it turns out, we will have great attendance at all the events from Classes spanning a SIXTY YEAR PERIOD!!
If you havent yet ordered your tickets, please do so NOW. (The ticket order form is embedded in this email below, and is attached.) Both major events are fast approaching a sell-out. Dont miss this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience! If you have already ordered your tickets, please pass a ticket order form along to some other Hornet and encourage him or her to attend.
Here are some items that might interest you.
1. BACK E-NOTICES. Several of you have asked for copies of back e-Notices (to extract previously published lodging info and the like). If youd like copies of e-Notices 1 - 10, just send me an e-mail letting me know.
2. MOTORCYCLE RIDE. The All Classes Motorcycle Ride from the School to Point Lookout, to be held on Sunday June 25, 2000 starting at 10 a.m., has generated a lot of interest, from both two wheelers and four wheelers. We now need to get a head count, so please send me an e-mail if youre planning on participating. (If youve already sent me one, Id appreciate another to get a very current count.)
On a related point, Michele (Gank) Hale (84) (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been kind enough to offer her garage as a storage facility for folks bringing their bikes in from out of town. Feel free to drop her an e-mail if youd like to take her up on this very nice offer.
3. PEARLS OF WISDOM. These items that will ring true for many of us were sent in by Sandra Simmons: Great Truths About Life That Adults Have Learned: 1. Raising teenagers is like trying to nail Jello to a tree. 2. Families are like fudge: mostly sweet with a few nuts. 3. If you can remain calm, you just dont have all the facts. 4. You know youre getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while youre down there. 5. Laughing helps; its like jogging on the inside!
4. INFO REQUEST. Can anyone identify the Classes for the following individuals? Dave Moniz, Joseph Gray, Madge Moore, Beverly and Dale Bauer, Don and Cheryl Starr, and Jim Fenton? (We need to know how to file their ticket orders.)
5. MAY ORC/VOLUNTEERS MEETING. ORC and Volunteers: Please let me know immediately if you have not received an email (or a snail mail) about our upcoming, and final, May organizational meeting. (If you have not, it indicates that your information is not properly entered in our system, and we want to make sure you know the details about the meeting.)
6. SLIDES WANTED. Were trying to put together a slide show to be presented at the events. Do any of you have slides from your high school days that youd be willing to lend to this cause? (Or photos that we could convert to slides.) If so, please send me an e-mail.
7. SHS FOUNDATION. The Surrattsville High School Foundation, Inc. has now been chartered, and its tax-exemption filing is pending with the IRS. Bring your checkbook to the Picnic on 6/24/00 if youd like to become a charter donor to this most noble cause.
8. CLASS-SPECIFIC EVENTS. Please dont forget to check in with your Class Official Reunion Contact, both to find out about any Class-specific events going on, and to make sure that your information is up-to-date in your Class data base.
9.YEARBOOK EXCHANGE. Several more of you have floated the idea of setting up a Yearbook Exchange sheet at the Picnic on which alum could offer to trade their unwanted yearbook for someone elses unwanted yearbook. Well set up such a sheet at the sign-in table, so, if youre interested in making such a trade, you might want to bring your unwanted yearbook with you.
Thanks again for all of your support and encouraging words. Thanks also for sharing the many stories about how these events have served to reattach or retighten bonds from the past that had become unattached or slackened. It wont be long before we embark on an extraordinary weekend adventure, with pleasant repercussions sure to last a life time! See you soon.
All the best, Henry Smith (71), email@example.com
THIS IS OFFICIAL E-NOTICE 12 OF 4/25/00
ABSOLUTELY NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE EVENTS!!!
Greetings Surrattsville Alumni, Faculty and Staff!
I hope this e-Notice finds you well and enjoying the beautiful Spring weather. Here are some tidbits that might be of interest.
1. ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY. Weve noted prominently above that ABSOLUTELY NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE REUNION EVENTS! (Apparently, some folks erroneously believe to the contrary.) Please order your tickets IMMEDIATELY, using the form reprinted below and attached, if youd like to attend the events. Also, if youd like your name included in the list of those whove ordered tickets that well be publishing soon, be sure to order your tickets NO LATER THAN MAY 7.
2. ITS GONNA BE HUGE! Weve sold over 1,300 tickets to the events. All eras, from 1938 on, are well represented, as are former faculty and staff members. At the current rate, the Sock-Hop is likely to sell-out any day now, and the Picnic will likely sell out in the next several weeks. So, as noted above, order your tickets IMMEDIATELY if you dont want to miss out on these once-in-a-lifetime events.
3. FRIENDS FROM A DISTANCE. Reprinted at the end of this e-Notice is a very partial list of some of the folks wholl be traveling to the Reunion events from quite a distance. Dont miss out on this rare opportunity to see these travelers from afar!
4. GOLF OUTING AND MOTORCYCLE RIDE. Over 70 golfers are signed up for the 6/23 Golf Outing, and over 30 bikers are signed up for the 6/25 Motorcycle Ride. Please contact Jackie Toth Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the Golf Outing, and please contact me at email@example.com to register for the Motorcycle Ride.
5. STEVE KIDD (54). I am very sorry to report that Steve Kidd (54), a great supporter of the All Classes Reunion events, lost his long battle with cancer and died last month. Steves fiancee, June McMillen, kept Steve in touch with our Reunion efforts until the end, and her consideration and assistance is much appreciated. Well miss Steve at the events.
6. VIDEO RECORD OF EVENTS. I am thrilled to report that Patricia Nuge Nugent (71) has volunteered to make a videotape record of the reunion events, and to find a way to have it duplicated at cost and made available. This is way above and beyond the call of duty, and very much appreciated. Details will follow.
7. CLASS-SPECIFIC EVENTS. If you havent done so lately, please check in with your Class Official Reunion Contact (or ORC). Many Classes have just recently planned events for the All Classes Reunion weekend, and we wouldnt want you to miss out.
8. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. Please encourage your Surratts friends and relatives to order tickets for the events before they sell-out.
9. CLASS OF 58 REUNION. June Shifflett Mitchell, ORC for 58, wants her Classmates to know that the Class of 58 has just organized a dinner get-together for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday June 24, at Mama Stellas Restaurant on Old Branch Avenue. June adds that folks from other Classes are welcome to join the Class of 58 at this dinner. Please send June an e-mail at AJMitchell@aol.com if youd like to attend.
10. MIKE MILLER (60). Im sure some of you noticed one of Surratts most prominent grads, State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (60), prominently featured on the ABC Evening News on 4/11/00 in connection with a story on the recently enacted MD gun safety legislation. The Senator and his Administrative Assistant, Tim Perry, provided invaluable assistance to us in our planning for the big events, much of it during the very busy legislative session. Thanks Mike and Tim, and way to go, Mike!
11. SURRATTS WEB SITE. Dont forget to check out the fabulous work of Bill Thomas (77) on the Foundations website at www.surrattsville.org.
12. ENTRY TO EVENTS. As you know, were not sending out event tickets. Theres no need to bring your canceled checks to the events. Just bring yourself and your name, well check you off of the list of names of ticket order purchasers, and well stamp your hand giving you access to the events.
13. MISSING CLASS INFO. Can any of you identify the Classes for the following individuals: Joseph and Ella Gray (probably 56 or 57), Madge Moore, Beverly and Dale Bauer, Don and Cheryl Starr, Trish Foley Ventre and Tony and Madalin Ventre, Walter, Sandy and Stuart Sargent, Justin Cremisio, Ryann Sargent, and Keith Holbert? We need to know where to file their ticket orders.
14. BACK E-NOTICES. Please send me an e-mail if youd like to receive copies of e-Notices 1 -11.
15. SLIDES/PHOTOS NEEDED. We still needs slides, or photos that can be turned into slides, for the slide show were trying to put together to be shown at the events. Please let me know if you have any slides or photos you could loan to this cause.
16. WWW.YEARBOOKFINDER.COM. Maria Gilcrest passed along this web site address. Apparently, its a yearbook swap kind of thing for folks that might want to track down a copy of a yearbook they would like.
Many heartfelt thanks to the ORCs and the Volunteers for their tireless efforts. Thanks also to those of you who have sent such nice words of encouragement and support it really helps to keep us motivated. See you in eight weeks! Best regards, Henry Smith (71), firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS E-NOTICE 13 OF MAY 12, 2000
Hello All (and a Very Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers Among You)!
There are just six weeks until our truly remarkable All Classes Reunion events. So far, weve sold over 1,800 tickets, spanning the faculty and staff and the Classes of 1935 through 1996. Although the Sock-Hop has sold-out, and the Picnic is expected to sell-out in the next week or so, spaces are available for the Golf Outing and for the Motorcycle Ride. Also, many of the Class-specific events also have some tickets remaining.
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. ALUMNI DIRECTORY. If you havent sent in a fully completed Section III, entitled Your Information, from the Y2K events Ticket Order Form, you wont be listed in the Alumni Directory. If youd like to be listed in the Directory, and you have any doubt about whether youve sent this information in, feel free to send it again and well double check. (This issue came to light when a number of folks coming from afar noticed they werent listed on the coming from afar list in e-Notice 12, or discovered that they werent listed under their Class. This is because we dont have all of their Section III information.) A copy of the Ticket Order Form is included below, and the completed Section III should be completed and sent to our Alumni Directory Coordinator, Leslie St. Clair Smith (70) at email@example.com.
2. DINNER DANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE. Some folks were disappointed by the sell-out of the Sock-Hop. If you werent able to purchase Sock-Hop tickets, and if youre looking for some nightlife and a dancing opportunity, several dozen tickets remain to the Thirty Year Reunion to be held on Friday night, June 23, 2000 at the Greenbelt Marriott. This event started out as a combined Thirty Year Reunion for the Classes of 70 and 71, but has grown by popular demand to include folks from 69 and 72, as well. Wed be happy to have folks from any Class attend. If youre interested, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ill send you a ticket order form.
3. ANTIQUES ANYONE? If you ever find yourself near Atkinson, NC (26 miles from Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach), be sure to stop in the old Atkinson High School. Glen Jenkins, who taught Chemistry at Surratts for 25 years just couldnt get schools out of his system, so he bought the Atkinson High School and now runs Angels Antique Auction House out of it. (Some of you may remember Glens Avenue Oddities shop on Pennsylvania Avenue in the 60s and 70s.) Donna Rae and I stopped by and had a wonderful visit with him last month. (Of course he doesnt look a day older, and isnt a step slower, than he was when he arrived at Surratts in the early 60s!) The number for the Auction House is 910-283-3000, if youre in the neighborhood.
4. SLIDES STILL WANTED. Were still collecting slides for the slide show to be shown at the events. (Its too late for us to accept your photos. Slides only, please.) Several of you have asked how you might convert your treasured old photos to slides so you can send them in. Its easy, and cheap. Simply look in the yellow pages and find a professional photo lab in you area. Then drop your photos off and, in a day or two, youll have your photos back and the slides. (In our area it costs about $2.50 per slide.) Wed love to have your offerings to include in the show.
5. BULLETIN BOARD. Well have a bulletin board set up at the Picnic and the Sock-Hop on which well display notes, photos, and the like sent in by folks whod like to attend the events but cant make it. Feel free to send any such stuff for posting to me at 815 Stoneleigh Road, Baltimore, MD 21212. (Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if youd like your stuff returned to you after the events.)
6. WEBSITES. Suzanne Gerczynski recommends www.highschoolalumni.com as a good, free website that you can use to find and communicate with lost classmates. Kevin Caillouet also recommends members.tripod.com/karen_kay_sloane/highreg.htm
7. CLASS OF 81. Class of 81 members will want to be sure to check out the Class website at http://greglaxton.tripod.com/1981.html.
8. NO SMOKING. In answer to an inquiry, there will be no smoking at any of the events.
9. CHECK IN WITH YOUR ORC. Some of you have not yet checked in with your Class Official Reunion Contact. More and more Classes are planning Class-specific events during the All Classes weekend, and you wouldnt want to miss them. If you have any question about who your ORC is, see www.surrattsville.org or send me an email at email@example.com.
10. PARKING LOTS. For the Picnic, parking in the School lots is for vehicles with handicapped plates and for individuals with permits only. Satellite parking, with a constant shuttle service, will be available at the Clinton Boys and Girls Club facility which is behind the County Library in Clinton about one-half mile past the School on Piscataway Road, and in several other lots well tell you about in a future e-Notice.
11. PHOTOS FROM GOLF OUTING AND MOTORCYCLE RIDE. Gill Thompson Harry (71), whos coordinating the Photo Book that will be available commemorating the events, would like photos from the Golf Outing and Motorcycle Ride to include in the Photo Book. If youre attending those events, and will be able to take and submit some photos, please send Gill an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. PROCLAMATIONS. I am proud to report that Governor Glendening has proclaimed June 24, 2000 to be Surrattsville High School Day across the State of Maryland. Similarly, County Executive Curry has proclaimed June 23 - June 25, 2000 to be Surrattsville High School All Classes Reunion Weekend in Prince Georges County. Finally, the Senate of Maryland, in Resolution 88 sponsored by the Senate President and all Senators (and signed by our own Mike Miller (60)), and the House of Delegates of Maryland, in Resolution 575 sponsored by the Speaker and all Delegates, have offered their congratulations to the alumnae, faculty and students of Surrattsville High School in recognition of past accomplishments, present and future achievements, and the honor of this truly special reunion event. We really appreciate these gestures from our public servants, and well display the actual proclamations at the events.
13. UNSPECIFIED CLASSMATES. Can anyone identify the Classes of the following individuals so we can properly file their ticket order to the events? Beverly and Dale Bauer, Cheryl and Don Starr, Linda Savage, Sara and Jimmy Carroll, James Howison, Madge Moore, Mark Mottern, Carol Hellwig, Terry and Joe Cook, Ken, Julie, Amanda, Erin and Rachel ?, Debra Thomas, Joan and Sam Nutwell, and Kimberly Clingman.
14. MOTORCYCLE RENTALS. Jean Beardmore (58) passed along this info about an outfit in Clinton, no less that rents Harleys. This might be the answer for those of you who wanted to participate in the 6/25 All Classes Motorcycle Ride but dont have access to a bike. STREET EAGLE of Washington, DC‑Baltimore, MD., 6200 Coventry Way Clinton, Maryland 20735, Tel: (301) 868‑9100, Toll Free (877) RIDE MD‑1 (743‑3631) , Fax: (301) 868‑9168, Store Hours: Mon. ‑ Sat. 9am. ‑ 6pm. / Sun. 12pm. ‑ 5pm. Washington, DC Web Site, email@example.com. Manager: Eddie Cizewski.
15. COLONY SOUTH. The nice folks at Colony South, who arranged for us to have a very attractive discounted room rates, report that 61 rooms have been booked and that the deadline for getting the discount is 5/22. Order now, mentioning Surrattsville Reunion, if youd like to take advantage of this nice offer. (The Greenbelt Marriott also has a nice discounted room package to those mentioning Surrattsville Reunion.)
16. MARTINS AND A-PLUS RENTALS. Our caterer, Martins, and our rental company, A Plus Rental Company, have bent over backwards, for months, to accommodate our needs (and to give us excellent prices). They were also kind enough to send representatives to make presentations to our organizational meeting on May 1. We are very grateful for their consideration and their assistance in making our event very special. Please take this as a strong recommendation to use Martins if you need a caterer (theyre having a Taste of Martins open house at Martins Crosswinds on 5/15 (301-474-8500/410-792-4832), and to use A Plus for your party rental needs (Cecelia Fairchild at 703-451-6060).
Finally, thanks once again to the over one hundred Official Reunion Contacts and Volunteers who have worked like crazy to bring this massive, multi-faceted, international party for approaching 2,000 people to fruition. Their efforts have been truly herculean. Thanks also to all of you who have sent encouraging words to keep us motivated as we enter the home stretch. See you very soon, and have a great weekend and a lovely Mothers Day! All the best, Henry Smith (71), firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS E-NOTICE 14 OF MAY 19, 2000
ONLY FIVE WEEKS TO GO UNTIL THE BIG EVENTS!!! Folks of all ages are traveling from far and wide to join us in what is certain to be a truly once-in-a-lifetime event. There is great representation across 60 YEARS OF GRADUATES, and the faculty and staff are also well represented. (Mrs. Holland, who spent 36 YEARS in the Guidance Dept. called me last night to say she had just one request that we all keep our name tags on throughout the event, because she fears she might not recognize some of us!)
Although the Sock-Hop is sold-out, just over 100 tickets remain for the Picnic. So, get out those address books and give a nudge to your friends and relatives who might not have purchased a ticket and encourage them to get their orders in RIGHT AWAY!! (We actually sold over 50 tickets one day in early May, so its likely that these remaining tickets will go FAST.)
We also have been having sporadic cancellations, so feel free to send me an email if youd like to be put on the Sock-Hop waiting list. Spots still remain for the Golf Outing, for the Motorcycle Ride four wheelers welcome and many of the various Class-specific events.
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. SOME TRIVIA. Most senior attendee: Margaret Gray Brown, Class of 1934! Ten best represented Classes (in absolute numbers): 1971, 1965, 1976, 1970, 1984, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1968 and 1972. Best represented Class (in percentage terms): 1949 (100%), and 1948 is way up there, too. Total attending Picnic: Approximately 1,400. Total attending Sock-Hop: 500.
2. GATHERING AREAS. For the Picnic, the entire School will be open for folks to take that proverbial walk down memory lane. However, the following designated gathering areas will have tables marked for specific Classes to gather around to touch base with one another and share artifacts and memorabilia: Media Center/Library: 1934-1963, inclusive. Multipurpose Room/Cafeteria: 1964-1974, inclusive. Gym: 1975-2000, inclusive.
3. DINNER DANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE. As reported in the last e-Notice, if youre looking for some nightlife and a dancing opportunity, tickets still remain to the Late 60s/Early 70s Year Reunion Dinner Dance to be held on Friday night, June 23, 2000 at the Greenbelt Marriott. (Tickets are $32.) This event started out as a combined Thirty Year Reunion for the Classes of 70 and 71, but has grown by popular demand to include folks from 69 and 72, as well. Wed be most happy to have folks from any Class attend. If youre interested, send me an e-mail at email@example.com and Ill send you a ticket order form.
4. UNSPECIFIED CLASSMATES. Were still looking for the Classes for the following individuals so we can properly file their ticket order forms: Dale and Beverly Bauer, Madge Moore, Sharon Hilman, Sherry Wray Robinson, Debra Thomas, and Sue Ellen Ponton Pavelka. Got any ideas?
5. BACK E-NOTICES. If youd like to receive an email of E-Notices 1 - 13 (which contain lodging info and other items of possible interest), just send me an email to that effect.
6. MUSICIANS WANTED. Completely unrelated to the Reunion events, Im looking for musicians to re-form a recreational, but musically serious, Baltimore-Washington-area-60s classic pop band. Anybody out there interested?
7. PICNIC PARKING. For the Picnic, parking in the School lots is by permit only. Satellite parking, with a constant shuttle service, will be available at the Clinton Boys and Girls Club Sports Complex, which is behind the County Library about one‑half mile past the School on Piscataway Road. (I know: lots of us didnt even know there was a Clinton County Library, and we thought the Boys and Girls Club was still at Millers Field!) There will be traffic signs and personnel to direct you to the parking area. Sock-Hop parking is at the School.
8. MOTORCYCLE RIDE ROUTE. A number of you have asked about the route well take to Point Lookout for the Sunday All Classes Motorcycle Ride. Our spiritual leader, Greg Laxton (81), and our police motorcycle escort will lead us down Route 5 South all the way to Point Lookout, passing some Amish and Mennonite country, old churches, gas stations, the waterfront at St. Mary's City and more. Well stop at Berts Diner for an early lunch on the way down. Should be a lovely ride. Dont forget that folks on four wheels whod like to travel with us and enjoy an afternoon at the beach are more than welcome.
9. OLD SCHOOL TOURS. Dont forget that Dr. Reed of the Grace Brethren School (the Old School or the Junior High School, depending upon your vintage) has been kind enough to open the School for us to tour on Saturday June 24, 2000. Half hour tours will proceed through the Old School at 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m.. Well provide regular shuttle bus service between the front door of the New School and the front door of the Old School between 9:50 and Noon, or you can simply stop by the Old School on your way to the Picnic. For those of us who spent up to three years in that great building, this will be a real thrill. (Be prepared for some changes: the great, old, high-ceilinged library is now a pre-school and indoor playground!)
10. FAMILY WEBSITE. Donna Kessler Hunsicker, 84 ORC and source of our Reunions official motto -- Its never too late to have a happy childhood! reports that there is a website called myfamily.com where one may create a free family website that can be used to stay in touch with family and friends. The website is found at http://www.myfamily.com. Sounds like fun.
11. OFFICIAL REUNION CONTACTS. Please dont forget to check in with your Class ORC to make sure youve got the latest information on any Class-specific events that your Class is putting on. If you have any questions about who your ORC is, visit the new Foundation website at www.surrattsville.org or send me an email.
Many heartfelt thanks to all of you who have helped to make this rather ambitious undertaking a reality. See you soon! All the best, Henry Smith (71), firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS E-NOTICE 15 OF MAY 30, 2000
ONLY ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO GO UNTIL THE BIG EVENTS!!! As you know, the Sock-Hop sold-out about a month ago, and only 35 tickets remain for the Picnic, so, if youd like to attend the Picnic, send your order in IMMEDIATELY!
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. OLD SCHOOL TOURS. Just a reminder: Many folks dont want to miss out on any of the fun at the Picnic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday June 24, so theyre planning to stop by the Old School/Junior High School for their tour of that facility at 10 a.m., on their way to the New School and the Picnic. (The Old School/Junior High School will be open for touring ONLY from 10 a.m. until Noon.) If youre interested in revisiting that fine, old building, you might want to consider taking that approach.
2. BACK E-NOTICES. Please send me an email if youd like to receive copies of e-Notices 1-14, which contain information about lodging and the like.
3. DINNER DANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE. As previously reported, if youre looking for some nightlife and a dancing opportunity, tickets still remain to the very nice (and very affordable) Late 60s/Early 70s Year Reunion Dinner Dance to be held on Friday night, June 23, 2000 at the Greenbelt Marriott. (Tickets are $32.) (This is the event that started out as a combined Thirty Year Reunion for the Classes of 70 and 71, but has grown by popular demand to include folks from 69, 72, and other Classes, as well.) If youre interested, send me an e-mail at email@example.com and Ill send you a ticket order form.
4. UNSPECIFIED CLASSMATES. Were still looking for the Classes for the following individuals so we can properly file their ticket order forms: Dale and Beverly Bauer, Madge Moore, Florence Middleton and John and Sharon Cooper. Got any ideas?
5. PICNIC PARKING. Remember: For the Picnic, parking in the School lots is by permit only. Satellite parking, with a constant shuttle service, will be available at the Clinton Boys and Girls Club Sports Complex, which is behind the County Library about one‑half mile past the School on Piscataway Road.
6. OFFICIAL REUNION CONTACTS. Please dont forget to check in with your Class ORC to make sure youve got the latest information on any Class-specific events that your Class is putting on. If you have any questions about who your ORC is, visit the Foundations website at www.surrattsville.org or send me an email.
9. MOTORCYCLE RIDE. The current sign-up list for the All Classes Motorcycle Ride leaving the School for Point Lookout at 10 a.m. on Sunday June 25, 2000 is included below. If you think you have signed up, and you dont see your name, please send me an email right away. Remember: Four wheelers are welcome to join us for a lovely ride and a few hours at the beach.
10. GOLF OUTING. Attached is a document listing the folks who have signed up for the Golf Outing. (Please note that the pairings are preliminary and to be determined slots have been purchased by team captains but not yet assigned.) Also attached is a document showing the sponsors for the Golf Outing. Several sponsorship opportunities remain, for both businesses and individuals. This is a great way to do a good deed and show your Hornet spirit at the same time. Contact Jackie Toth Wolfe (76), firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bill Thomas (77), email@example.com if youd like to become a Golf Outing sponsors.
Many heartfelt thanks to all of you for your extraordinary support. See you very, very soon! All the best, Henry Smith (71), firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS E-NOTICE 16 OF JUNE 4, 2000
Hello Hornets and Friends of Hornets!
JUST OVER TWO WEEKS TO GO UNTIL THE BIG EVENTS!!! As you know, both the Picnic and the Sock-Hop are sold-out, so an absolutely splendid time is guaranteed for all! Alum and faculty from all eras are really, really excited about these events.
I thought you might get a kick out of some of the things folks have told me in emails and letters that theyre looking forward to about the events:
- Folks coming in from out of town are dying to see how Clinton has changed. Boy, are they in for a surprise! (Theres a McDonalds, a Taco Bell and a Pizza Hut, and Branch Avenue has an overpass over Woodyard Road!)
- Many alum are very anxious to talk with their former teachers, administrators and staff in many cases to apologize for their behavior as students!
- Former teachers, administrators and staff are genuinely anxious (maybe literally!) to see how we alum have turned out.
- Folks from Classes that are extremely well-represented at the Reunion (e.g., 74, 48, 84, 71, 65, 70, 76, 75, etc.) are looking forward to wandering the halls and getting the feeling that theyre right back in school again.
- Folks from Classes that arent so well-represented are looking forward to some quality time with those from their Class who are attending, whether they knew them well in School and are just catching up, or whether they didnt know them so well in School but are just going to enjoy seeing where their paths have led them.
- All alum seem to be looking forward to checking out alum from their surrounding Classes folks who they worshiped/feared from below or patronized/abused from above -- and who they assumed they might never see again in any context.
- Folks from multi-generational Surratts families are looking forward to seeing their parents and grandparents, and childrens and grandchildrens, classmates and friends.
- Lots of attendees are looking forward to sharing Surrattsville artifacts with each other. Please consider bringing your old photos, yearbooks, school newspapers and the like.
- Many young alum are looking forward to talking to less young alum to see what the School was like in the olden days. Us whippersnappers could learn a heck of a lot from those alum from the great Class of 1934 who will be attending!
- Some alum are anxious to catch up with their former babysitters, their former babysittees, their former neighbors, the kids they used to work with at the Loco Sunoco or the Ranch Drive-in or Shulers or Merrymount Horse Center, regardless of what Class they were in.
- Everyone seems to be looking forward to treading the halls where they spent anywhere from 1 to 12 of their formative years. Outside of the Old School library being a pre-school gymnasium, and the Senior Court in the New School having disappeared, I think youll be amazed by how little the buildings have changed. (But they do seem smaller!)
- Many folks and this is especially true for the Classes that might not be quite as well organized as some others are looking forward to getting together with their classmates who are attending to talk about ways to get more of their Class members involved with future reunion events.
- And, finally, just about everybody seems proud to be attending, merely to show support for their Alma Mater and the over 100 ORCs and Volunteers who have put their hearts and souls into putting this weekend together, to help get the new Surrattsville High School Foundation off to a rousing start, and to spend a weekend giving back a little to the School that gave them so much.
Okay, enough nostalgia. Here are some logistical items that might be of interest:
1. INCLEMENT WEATHER. The Golf Outing, the Picnic and the Sock-Hop go forward rain or shine. (Pray for bright sun, 78 degrees and no humidity!) The inclement weather drill for the Motorcycle Ride is discussed below.
2. NO MORE REFUNDS. No more requests for refunds, please. Weve had to give final numbers and final payments to our vendors, so we dont have any money to refund to you anyway!
3. SIGN-UP LISTS. We are putting the finishing touches on the sign-up lists for the Picnic and the Sock-Hop that well publish in the next e-Notice. When that next e-Notice is published, PLEASE CHECK IMMEDIATELY TO MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS ON THE LIST(S) IN THE PROPER PLACE(S), IS SPELLED CORRECTLY, AND SO ON. The State Troopers who are providing security for the events will not let anyone on the premises whose name is not on the appropriate list. So, please check for errors and send me an email (email@example.com) IMMEDIATELY if you see one. Also, if you did something hinky like buying a ticket in your name for someone else, correct that immediately by sending me an email.
4. OLD SCHOOL TOURS. Just a reminder: Old School tours are from 10 a.m. to Noon ONLY. So, why not stop by the Old School on your way to the 11 a.m. Picnic so you dont miss any of the action at the New School? Dr. Reed, the Principal of the current tenant of the Old School, has gone way above and beyond the call in permitting us to tour his building. Therefore, Im asking each of you who tour the Old School to have a dollar or two ready to put in a contribution box well have in the lobby of the Old School to show our gratitude to Dr. Reed and his colleagues and students.
5. BACK E-NOTICES. Please send me an email if youd like to receive copies of e-Notices 1-15, which contain information about lodging and the like.
6. ALUMNI DIRECTORIES, T-SHIRTS AND FOUNDATION DONATIONS. Dont forget that you can order Alumni Directories at the Picnic. Please bring a check if youd like to order one. Also, snappy commemorative T-shirts will be available at the Picnic, the Sock-Hop and the Motorcycle Ride, so bring some cash if youd like one of these. Finally, please consider making a contribution - whether modest or substantial - at the Foundations table at the events. Being a charter contributor to this most worthy cause is a great way to show your School spirit.
7. DINNER DANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE. There are still tickets available for the very nice (and very affordable) Late 60s/Early 70s Reunion Dinner Dance to be held on Friday night, June 23, 2000 at the Greenbelt Marriott. (Tickets are $32.) If youre interested, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ill send you a ticket order form.
8. UNSPECIFIED CLASSMATES. Were still looking for the Classes for the following individuals so we can properly file their ticket order forms: Dale and Beverly Bauer, Madge Moore, Florence Middleton (54?), Bruce A. Johnson, Jr., Michael and Cam Wagnon, Steve and Carole Swadley, Connie, Michael, Sean and Rachel Grabill, and Erin Fredericks Cope and Robert Cope. Got any ideas?
9. PICNIC PARKING. Remember: For the Picnic, parking in the School lots is by permit only. Satellite parking, with a constant shuttle service, will be available at the Clinton Boys and Girls Club Sports Complex, which is behind the County Library about one‑half mile past the School on Piscataway Road.
10. OFFICIAL REUNION CONTACTS. Please dont forget to check in with your Class ORC to make sure youve got the latest information on any Class-specific events that your Class is putting on. If you have any questions about who your ORC is, visit the Foundations website at www.surrattsville.org or send me an email.
11. MOTORCYCLE RIDE. The updated sign-up list for the All Classes Motorcycle Ride leaving the School for Point Lookout at 10 a.m. on Sunday June 25, 2000 is included below. If you think you have signed up, and you dont see your name, please send me an email right away. Remember: Four wheelers are welcome to join us for a lovely ride and a few hours at the beach. (Heres the drill for the Ride if the weather looks questionable (heaven forbid!): Call 410-321-9350 Sunday morning after 7 a.m. and listen to the recorded message. If the Ride is canceled because of inclement weather, it will be rescheduled to 10 a.m. on Sunday July 30, 2000.)
12. GOLF OUTING. Several sponsorship opportunities remain for the Golf Outing, for both businesses and individuals. This is a great way to do a good deed and show your Hornet spirit at the same time. Contact Jackie Toth Wolfe (76), email@example.com, or Bill Thomas (77), firstname.lastname@example.org if youd like to become a Golf Outing sponsor, or if youd like to check on the availability of tickets for the Golf Outing.
13. CLASS OF 58 EVENT. June Shifflett Mitchell (58 ORC) and her classmates cordially invite any interested alum and faculty to join them at Mama Stellas for dinner on Saturday night. Please send June an email at email@example.com if youd like to attend.
Many sincere thanks to all of you for your extraordinary support as we brought this gigantic undertaking to fruition. See you any day now! All the best, Henry Smith (71), firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS E-NOTICE 17 OF JUNE 9, 2000
NOW IT IS TIME TO GET PSYCHED!! Just 2 weeks to go to the Big Events! Take those vitamins! Do those push-ups! Get stronger glasses! Study those yearbooks!
This is likely to be the last e-Notice (I can hear the cheers!) before the events, so here are some last minute items that might be of interest:
1. NO MORE REFUNDS OR WAITING LISTS. No more requests for refunds, please. Weve made final payments to our vendors, so we dont have any money to refund to you anyway. Also, please, no more requests to be put on waiting lists. They are closed.
2. ENTRANCE TO EVENTS. As noted on the ticket order form and in many e-Notices, we are NOT mailing out tickets to the events. Instead, you need only appear at the events, give your name, show some form of photo I.D. to the State Troopers providing security for the events, and get your hand stamped. PLEASE DONT FORGET TO BRING SOME FORM OF PHOTO I.D.!! (And please email me immediately if you dont own any form of photo I.D. and well work out a secret password or something. Yes, you can vouch for your kids who are too young to have photo I.D.s. A note on kids: remember, only babes-in-arms are free. All other kinder must have purchased tickets.)
3. CROWD CONTROL/SECURITY. Some of you have asked how we plan to handle crowd control and security at events so big. Im thrilled to report that, thanks to the kindness of Col. Mitchell, the Commander of the State Police, and Lt. C. W. Bell, the Commander of the State Police barracks in Forestville, and the great work of Volunteer Laurie Martin Roberts (74), we have a contingent of over 30 from the State Police who will be helping out at the events. Also, thanks to Cpl. Kelley and others from the County Police, well have a County Police presence, as well. Finally, weve got our own Volunteers assigned to crowd control and security jobs, so the School might be the most organized, safe and secure place in the D.C. area on the days of the events!
Also, as noted many, many times previously, we have always said there will be ABSOLUTELY NOT TICKETS SOLD AT THE EVENTS, and the Picnic and the Sock-Hop are sold-out, so any trespassers will be dealt with by the Police and prosecuted. So, were confident that the events will be pleasant, civilized and worry-free for those in attendance. (p.s. Thanks to the State Highway Administration, well also have electronic directional boards along the roads in Clinton pointing the way to the satellite parking lot.)
4. MOTORCYCLE RIDE SEATS NEEDED; PT. LOOKOUT FEE. Several alum have expressed an interest in being passengers on motorcycles with empty passenger seats participating in the motorcycle ride. If youre driving a motorcycle and wouldnt mind going two-up, please bring an extra helmet along. Also, please note that there is a rumored $5 admission charge per vehicle at Pt. Lookout, so please bring money for lunch plus that admission fee.
5. A MESSAGE FROM HORNETMAN. This message has just been received from the secret hive of the creator of Hornetman: Calling all Cars, Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Ships at Sea, and fellow Hornetman lovers. This is an open casting call to participate in the production of HORNETMAN 2000. We are especially interested in hearing from those individuals who have written or performed in Hornetman episodes since 1971. We have at least 4 roles to cast, but will write additional roles to accommodate as many who wish to participate as possible. Of course, you must be attending the Picnic, and willing to be available for about 30 minutes starting at 11:30 AM. Those interested should contact Dan "The Man" Bayne via one of the following methods (email is the preferable method!). EMAIL: DAN_THE_MAN3@HOTMAIL.COM. HOME PHONE: 301‑206‑2170 OR 410‑792‑8015. WORK PHONE: 301‑443‑9911. CELL PHONE: 301‑646‑9191. Time is a factor, so dont delay, volunteer today! (Sounds like a prime opportunity for some of you former thespians!)
6. INCLEMENT WEATHER. The Golf Outing, the Picnic and the Sock-Hop go forward rain or shine. (Remember how the crowd at Woodstock willed the rain to stop!) The inclement weather drill for the Motorcycle Ride is to call 410-321-9350 at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning to get recorded information on whether the ride will proceed or be postponed until Sunday July 30.
7. OLD SCHOOL TOURS. Just a reminder: Old School tours are from 10 a.m. to Noon ONLY. Also, please have a dollar or two ready to put in a contribution box well have in the lobby of the Old School to show our gratitude to Dr. Reed and his colleagues and students.
8. BACK E-NOTICES. Please send me an email if youd like to receive copies of e-Notices 1-16, which contain information about lodging and the like.
9. ALUMNI DIRECTORIES, T-SHIRTS AND FOUNDATION DONATIONS. Dont forget that you can order Alumni Directories at the Picnic. Please bring a check if youd like one. Also, snappy commemorative T-shirts (with, of course, the stylized Hornet) will be available at the Picnic, the Sock-Hop and the Motorcycle Ride, so bring some cash if youd like one of these. Finally, please consider making a contribution - whether modest or substantial - at the Foundations table at the events. Being a charter contributor to this most worthy cause is a great way to show your School spirit. (Several alum who cannot attend the events have asked about making Foundation contributions. Simply make a check payable to SHS Foundation and send it to Henry Smith at 815 Stoneleigh Rd., Balt., MD 21212, and Ill make sure youre listed among the Charter Donors of the Foundation.)
10. DINNER DANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE. There are still tickets available for the very nice (and very affordable) Late 60s/Early 70s Reunion Dinner Dance to be held on Friday night, June 23, 2000 at the Greenbelt Marriott. (Tickets are $32.) If youre interested, send me an e-mail IMMEDIATELY at email@example.com and Ill send you a ticket order form. For the several hundred of you attending this event, the directions are: from the North, take Beltway exit 23, go left off the exit, go left on Ivy Lane to 6400; from the South, take Beltway exit 23, go right off the exit, go left on Ivy Lane to 6400.
11. UNSPECIFIED CLASSMATES. Were still looking for the Classes for the following individuals so we can properly file their ticket order forms: Dale and Beverly Bauer, Madge Moore, Rick Albert, Kathryn Keough and Les Illinski. Got any ideas?
12. PICNIC PARKING. Remember: For the Picnic, parking in the School lots is by permit only. (Someone asked me how he could tell if he has a permit. He has a permit if a numbered, signed permit was mailed to his home by the Reunion Committee. Permits went to handicapped, ORCs, Volunteers and graduates before 1961, by the way.) Satellite parking, with a continuous shuttle service, will be available at the Clinton Boys and Girls Club Sports Complex, which is behind the County Library about one‑half mile past the School on Piscataway Road. DO NOT BOARD THE SHUTTLE BUSES (OR OTHERWISE ATTEMPT TO ATTEND THE PICNIC) UNLESS YOU HAVE PURCHASED ADMISSION TO THE PICNIC IN ADVANCE. ALSO, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PARK ON THE SCHOOL LOTS WITHOUT A PERMIT.
13. OFFICIAL REUNION CONTACTS/WEBSITE. Please dont forget to check in with your Class ORC to make sure youve got the latest information on any Class-specific events that your Class is putting on. Also, dont forget to check the website (www.Surrattsville.org) regularly for updates on future events and the like.
14. GOLF OUTING. Several sponsorship opportunities remain for the Golf Outing, for both businesses and individuals. This is a great way to do a good deed and show your Hornet spirit at the same time. Contact Jackie Toth Wolfe (76), firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bill Thomas (77), email@example.com if youd like to become a Golf Outing sponsor, or if youd like to check on the availability of tickets for the Golf Outing.
15. CLASS OF 63 EVENT. Jeanette Goldsmith McKenna (63 ORC) reports that the great class of 1963 is having its class‑specific activity (a dinner and social) on Friday, June 23, 2000, at Mama Stella's, from 6‑10 p.m. Contact Jeanette at Jeanette.McKenna@worldnet.att.net if youd like more information.
16. SIGN-UP LISTS. PLEASE CHECK THE SIGN-UP LISTS BELOW IMMEDIATELY TO MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS ON THE LIST(S) IN THE PROPER PLACE(S), IS SPELLED CORRECTLY, AND SO ON. Because the State Troopers will not let anyone on the premises whose name is not on the appropriate list, we need you to check for errors and send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) IMMEDIATELY if you see one. Also, if you did something unconventional like buying a ticket in your name for someone else, correct that IMMEDIATELY by sending me an email.
Ill tell you: Ive been very blessed to have had a really varied and interesting life, and these events still stick-out for me as extremely unique and extraordinarily special. THIS WILL BE FUN!! All the effort we organizers have expended will be repaid in spades when we first spot an alum from the Class of 1934 chatting with Margaret Schuler Miller who taught in the mid-40s and an alum from the Class of 1995! Thanks again for supporting the cause. I look forward to seeing you very soon! All the best, Henry Smith (71), email@example.com