THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2010-5
OF MAY 1, 2010
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. PLEASE SEND
UPDATED DIRECTORY INFO ASAP. Thanks to the efforts of Pat
Becker Oles (71), we hope to have an updated Alumni/Faculty/Staff
Directory available for sale around the time of the June events.
If you would like to be listed in the 2010 Directory, please take a
moment and send the following info to Pat at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pat
Becker Oles, Surratts Alumni Directory Coordinator, 3702 Molona
Drive, Orlando, FL 32837:
Graduation Year (or years on faculty/staff):
Full Name at
City, State, Zip:
Update (30 words or less) as
to what you are up to:
2. ALL CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF EVENTS
RAPIDLY APPROACHING! There are less than 60 days
remaining until the June 2010 All Classes/Faculty/Staff events.
To assist the volunteers with their many logistical efforts, if you
plan to attend, please purchase your tickets ASAP.
As previously reported, the
events are: (a) the Golf Outing to be held Friday June 25, 2010
starting at 9 a.m. at the Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville; (b)
Surrattstock III to be held Friday evening June 25, 2010, from 6 to
11 p.m., in the multi-purpose room of the School; and (c) the All
Classes/Faculty/Staff School Open House and BYOP Picnic to be held
at the School Saturday June 26, 2010 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Golf Outing tickets, which
include the outing itself, a subsequent free round of golf at
Eisenhower, and food and drinks, are a very reasonable $67.
Tickets for Surrattstock III are a mere $5 (definitely cheaper than
Teen Club after factoring in inflation!), and tickets to the Open
House and Picnic are $10 (with guests under 18 free to Surrattstock
III and the Open House/Picnic).
Unlike the Open Houses/Picnics held in 2000 and
2005, we won't be including food and drink in the $10 Open House and
Picnic ticket price, so the 2010 Picnic will be BYOP. However,
a local food vendor, "Chuck's Wagon," will be selling hamburgers,
cheeseburgers, hot dogs, drinks and side dishes and desserts.
Also, we're delighted to report that once again we'll be running
shuttle buses from the School to the "Old School" (the building at
Brandywine and Surratts Road) which will be open for tours to those
of us who have great memories from that old building.
There are two ways to buy
your tickets. First, you may send a check by mail using the
form pasted below. Second, you may purchase tickets on the
Foundation's web site, at the "Events" button, at
how you do that:
a. Go to surrattsville.org
b. Click on "Events"
c. Find the event you wish to attend
(i.e., "Golf Outing," "2010 All Class Reunion" or "Surrattstock
III"), and click on that event.
d. Click on "Pay Now"
e. Fill-in the information on the Pay Now
page and click on "Review Order and Continue." IMPORTANT NOTE
TO THE LADIES: WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE FIRST NAME BLOCK, PLEASE TYPE
IN YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAMES WHILE AT SURRATTSVILLE. THAT WAY,
FOR NAME BADGE PURPOSES, WHEN YOUR NAME COMES THROUGH THE SYSTEM,
WE'LL HAVE YOUR CURRENT LAST NAME AND THE LAST NAME YOUR CLASSMATES
IMPORTANT: On the "Review Your Payment" section, again for
name badge purposes, in the box called "Add Special Instructions to
Seller," please type in your graduation year, or you years on the
Click on the "Complete Purchase" button.
h. Check your email, where you will
find a receipt for your purchase. Please print this off and
bring it to the event. This receipt is your entry ticket.
(Note that you'll need to
repeat the above for each event you wish to attend, and for each
person from your group attending each event.)
3. ... AND DON'T
FORGET YOUR CLASS-SPECIFIC EVENTS. In addition to the
All Classes/Faculty/Staff events above, please don't forget to check
in with your Class ORC to learn about any Class-specific event for
your Class being held during the June 25 - June 27, 2010 weekend.
ORCs are listed on the "Classes" page on the web site at
4. GOLF OUTING DETAILS. Here are
some details from our Golf Outing co-chairs about the June 25
Foundation Golf Outing: Eisenhower Golf Course,
Crownsville, MD. There will be a 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start,
Captain=s Choice (scramble). $67 per person includes golf and
cart, range balls, prizes and food and drinks at the awards
reception immediately following the golf. In addition, every
golfer will receive free greens fees for a future round of golf at
Eisenhower. This event is open to Surrattsville alumni, family
and friends. Register your own foursome or sign up as an
individual. Payment can be made online on the Foundation's web
or by mail using the ticket order form below. Any questions
can be emailed directly to Alan Johnson (72) (ajohnson@DCHweb.org)
or Lauren Foley (74) (Lmfriley@comcast.net).
Many thanks to Alan and Lauren for all their hard work in putting
together this great event!
5. SURRATTSTOCK III DETAILS. A
number of our newer readers have asked for details about
Surrattstock III. As attendees of Surrattstock I and
Surrattstock II can attest, Surrattstock is like Teen Club, but
without chaperones and with old people. It is a very casual,
recurring event, held in the cafeteria at the School, and featuring
some of the great bands from "the golden era of live music at
Surrattsville" (roughly 1960 – 1980). Surrattstock III will
include performances by Maiden Voyage, The Clinton All Star
Orchestra big band, the John Previti/Mark Schultz/David Hanbury
Trio, and the truly legendary Butler's Orchard.
And if you're planning to
attend Surrattstock III, and you'd be willing to donate a half-hour
of your time to assist with the ticket table or the refreshment
table, please send an email to the Surrattstock III coordinator,
Stacey Fowler (87), at
6. MORE MEMORIES OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND.
In light of the 90 degree temperatures today in D.C., and to get us
in the mood for the All Classes events, and the other events of the
coming warm weather season, here's another interesting article from
the series in the St. Mary's County Times written by Foundation
Historian and Archivist, Shelby Lee Oppermann (79):
ACarnival Nights,@ by
Shelby Oppermann. I love this time of year when the weather
(fairly hot days and cool evenings) takes your mind back to evenings
at the local carnival. I always think of it as carnival weather.
That feeling of excitement when you are half a mile away and can see
the bright glow in the sky and the top of the slowly turning Ferris
wheel. The thrill of walking into a miniature city of brightly
strung lights, screams of laughter, lines for the children=s rides,
and amidst it all on a flawless Summer night, the pervading smells
of cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn, funnel cake, and carnival pizza.
I love carnival pizza.
Carnival nights seemed to last forever as a
child or a teenager. Some of you from up the road probably
went to the Marlow Heights shopping center carnival, nestled just
under the highway ramp. We usually ate at Steak in a Sack and then
walked over to the carnival when I was very little. I remember
my Mother not letting me get caramel or candy apples ever again
after the first carnival. The sticky candy and the apple got stuck
in my long hair and they were forever banned. I=ve solved that
problem when I found out about caramel-appletinis.
As a teenager, I think more
of the Clinton carnival at our only big shopping center, also right
next to Route 5. Candy apples were not on the agenda at that
time, other things occupy the teenage girl=s mind. The song
Frankenstein by Edgar Winter always seemed to be playing at the
Tilt-a-whirl. I believe it comes with the ride and I know I=ve
heard it at carnivals every year. Packs of teenagers made the rounds
of the circle all night only stopping for food and soda
occasionally. Isn=t that still the case?
When my sons were small, they begged to go to
carnivals and I took them to each carnival starting at
Mechanicsville, then Hollywood, Leonardtown, and ending in Ridge. I
vaguely remember one in Valley Lee, but I might be mistaken. It=s
hard to believe how the Hollywood carnival has grown from their
small firehouse and parking lot at the junction of Mervell Dean Rd
and Rt. 235 to what they have built a mile up the road. I
still look over at the old low building in the back of the parking
lot and visualize the games of chance all lit up with people waiting
to pop water balloons or kids picking up their lucky duck.
carnival has so many memories for me. Who can=t think of
Mechanicsville carnival without smiling and thinking of Mr. Younger,
or Hollywood carnival and the AMayor of Hollywood@, Jenks Mattingly.
If you visited Ridge, then bless his soul it was Mr. Titus. I
still miss the Leonardtown carnival and have lots of pre-teen Camp
Maria memories from there.
There came the time when my sons hit their
teenage years and were not as interested in having Mom walk around
with them at carnivals. And I was happily content to play
bingo, which I have always loved, and eat and visit with other moms.
Then it happened where carnivals weren=t as important to them as
they still were to me. The tables turned and I had to beg my sons to
take their Mother to the carnival. AI just want to see the
lights, play a little bingo, maybe have some pizza, a little funnel
cakeYpleeeease?@ A I won=t ask to stay until it closes this time, I
promise.@ ANo, I won=t have any candy apples or ask for money for
pull tabs.@ Geez!!
Now it=s my husband and I that go to carnivals,
and make the rounds of the circle, running into friends and eating
carnival pizza. He waits while I play some bingo. We play our games
of chance, and try our hand at some of the games. There is always
the ever-present beer tent near the pull tabs and money wheels
which, for all I know, may be exclusive to St. Mary=s County. Pull
tabs, and popcorn litter the ground. Everyone is smiling and
enjoying Summer evenings that at one time seemed to last forever and
now don=t seem to last long enough. Treasure what we have while it
is still here.
To each new night=s
adventure, Shelby (Please send comments or ideas
7. CLASS OF 60 TO
HOLD FIFTIETH REUNION. The class of 1960 will be holding their
50th Class Reunion at the Holiday Inn in Solomons, MD on Saturday,
October 9, 2010 from 6 pm to 10 pm. Contacts are:
Dick Wildes, 301‑373‑5858,
Moyle Hintze and Benson Perrie, 301‑475‑0132; and Diane Kirchmer
8. COMPUTERS NEEDED FOR SCHOOL. As
many of our readers will recall, when the Foundation was first
established, our first big project was to arrange for the donation
to the School of over $250,000 worth of computer equipment.
Ten years have passed, and that equipment is now obsolete or at the
end of its useful life. Therefore, we have started a second
drive to acquire computers (and related peripherals) for the School.
If you have contacts at any employer or other organization that
donates "gently used" computers to non-profits, please contact me at
Note to federal government employees:
many federal government agencies have little-known programs for the
donation of "gently used" computers to 501(c)(3) entities like the
Foundation. If you are a federal government employee, please
consider asking around at work to see if your agency could make a
contribution toward this very important Foundation initiative.
AVAILABLE. The Foundation has a limited supply of
yearbooks from 1991, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. If you'd
like one of these yearbooks (which are available for $15 including
shipping and handling), please send me an email to
10. POSSIBLE 80/81 REUNION. The
Classes of 80 and 81 are planning a possible reunion for June 2011.
They need a contact person for the Class of 80. Please contact
Teresa Blandford Pepper at
email@example.com to provide contact
11. CLASSES OF 69-74 REUNION. The
Classes of 69-74 are holding a multi-Class dinner dance event, at
the Ft. Belvoir Officer's Club, on the Saturday evening of the All
Classes/Faculty/Staff events (June 26, 2010). Please contact
Leslie St. Clair (70), TODAY, at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you would
like to purchase tickets.
12. COMBINED 60-65 EVENT. We
received this update from Class of 62 ORCs Len Owens and Jerry
Spence: "The Classes of 60‑65 are working on a Combined Classes
60‑65 Reunion with events on Saturday evening (dinner) June 26, 2010
and Sunday afternoon (picnic) June 27, 2010. Locations still
to be determined. Please contact your Official Reunion Contact
(contact info is on the "Classes" page of the web site at
www.surrattsville.org) for more
information. Best Wishes, Len and Jerry"
13. SURRATTS FACEBOOK
PRESENCE UPDATE. The "Surrattsville Alumni" Group on Facebook
has over 1300 members, and the various Class-specific Groups
("Surrattsville 1971," "Surrattsville 1973," etc.) also are
continuing to grow. Please consider joining these free on-line
communities as a way to keep in touch and to stay informed.
14. CLASSES FROM
75-85 ERA PLAN JOINT REUNION EVENT. We received this
announcement from Evan Vutsinas, the Class of 76 ORC: "Hornets:
We hope ALL Hornets are planning to be in town for the All Classes
Reunion in June. For those SHS classes that haven't already planned
a Saturday evening, June 26th, event for their group, we have an
exciting opportunity to offer. The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
baseball team is working with many of the ORC's from the classes of
'75 ‑ '85 (but ALL uncommitted SHS classes are also WELCOME to join
in!). The entry fee of $20.00 per person for the Crabs' game
vs. Somerset on Saturday 6/26 will pay for parking, a general
admission game ticket to the Picnic/Party area AND a 2 hour ‑
unlimited dinner buffet including soft drinks. The gates open at
5:35PM and the first pitch will be about 6:30PM. Many of the
Class ORC's listed below are also working together to include draft
beer in the $20.00 per person fee. What a deal!!!
In addition, members of the
SHS family will be throwing out the first pitch and other members
will be singing the National Anthem. The SHS Class that sells the
most tickets will also be invited to select a few members to take
(throw?) batting practice with the Blue Crabs! If you are an ORC for
your SHS class and would like your class to join in this fabulous
opportunity, contact Cindy Shelton Ryan, '75; Evan Vutsinas, '76; or
Debbie O'Clair MacKenzie, '84 for further details. The SHS Classes
that have already committed to participate in this awesome event are
listed by ORC below. Join us!
Cindy Shelton Ryan, '75
Evan Vutsinas, '76
Teri Pepper Dimsey, '77
Mike Anderson, '77
Jeanne Hoffman LaRoque, '78
Marilynda Orange Macquade, '79
Teresa Blandford Pepper, '80 & '81
Karen Keys LeValley, '81
(Still searching for '82)
Becky DelVillar Levin, '83
Gary Stallings, '84
Debbie O'Clair MacKenzie, '84
MaryBeth Klick, '85
Cyndi Baker Fraley, '85
Here's how to order and pay
for YOUR tickets!
1. Go to the Blue Crabs website at
2. Click the AGroups Log In Here@ button, which
is located on the left hand side of the homepage, about 2/3 of the
way down in a big box by itself.
3. Enter your login code, which will be ASHS@
and the last two digits of your graduating year.
a. For example, the graduating class of 1976
would have a login code of: SHS76. (case sensitive)
4. Click ABUY@, enter the
number of seats you wish to purchase, and then click the ABUY
Click AConfirm Order@ and set up an online account when prompted to
We have confirmed that Coach Lew Jenkins and
Mike Cady will be on hand to throw out the first pitch and we have
also offered to RC Green, Marie Grouby and Margaret Harris. If
you have any questions about your class joining in, send me an
e-mail: Evan, at
15. ORC GROUP ON FACEBOOK. Thanks to 76 ORC Evan
Vutsinas, a Facebook Group for the Official Reunion Contacts from
each Class has been established. Please send Evan an email at
EVTiger@comcast.net if you are an
ORC and you haven't joined this Facebook Group. Or, go to
"Surrattsville HS Class ORC's" on Facebook and enter a request to
join. Evan asks that, when you put in the request, be sure to
tell him specifically what SHS Class year you represent.
Thanks to Evan for
establishing this convenient means for the ORCs to compare notes and
16. SURRATTS COOKBOOK UPDATE.
Here's an update from Leslie St. Clair (70) who is putting together
the Surratts Cookbook to be offered for sale at the All Classes
events: "Henry: Regarding the cookbook, the deadline for
submittals to June 15. So, folks, please keep them coming.
There will be a display set up at the All Classes/Faculty/Staff
events and at the multi-class reunion for 69-74. We will take
orders the entire month of July and then can send the book out to
the publisher. Also, please send suggestions for a title for
the cookbook to me at
Finally, there is a chapter the publisher puts in the book called
"This and That," so I need folks to send me their kitchen short
cuts. It's like a Heloise type chapter. Thank you to
everyone who has contributed so far -- not a boring recipe in the
17. HORNET ART FEATURED AT NATIONAL
HARBOR CENTER. We just learned that
Foundation volunteer Laurie Martin Roberts (74) has some of her
stained glass artwork featured at The Art League at the massive, new
National Harbor project located at 120 American Way, Oxon Hill, MD
20745. The Art League is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. -
7:00 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6:00pm. Laurie's
work will be on display until May 8, and one of her pieces won the
"Best in Show" award – congratulations, Laurie! Laurie's
husband Glenn also has a piece on display at The Art League.
18. GET WELL ANN! We recently learned that perpetually
young Foundation supporter Ann Weaver Pelle (71) had a benign, golf
ball-size tumor removed from her brain on March 30. As we
should have guessed, Ann has already returned to attending practices
of the Village Twirlers, and still plans to attend the June 25 –
June 27 events. We all wish Ann a speedy conclusion to any
remaining steps in her recovery!
19. SEEKING BOOOMERANGS. Dan
Saporita (81) is looking for yearbooks from 1979-1981. If you
have any leads that might help out, please send Dan an email at
20. TIP ON BOOMERANGS. Apryl Yates
sent along this tip that might be of interest to folks seeking
yearbooks: "Henry: Please get this info out to alumni.
There may be someone interested in getting these 82 and 83
21. SEEKING LOST HORNET. Juan
Tauler is trying to contact Cheryl Kittredge (71). Please
email Juan at
if you have any contact info that might be helpful.
22. ANOTHER REPORT
FROM ACCOKEEK. We received this blast-from-the-past email from
Larry Carter (70): "Hey Henry: I had occasion to be in the Accokeek
area recently and noticed that B&J’s Carryout is still there and
still in operation. I decided to stop in for lunch and was amazed to
find the place completely lost in time. It still looks exactly the
same as it did in the late 60s. Even the bar-b-q sandwich and onion
rings tasted pretty much like I remember them. I was also very
pleasantly surprised that the menu signs behind and over the counter
are still the same, though the prices on them sure aren’t.
B&J’s was the “Mel’s” drive in for a lot of the kids in that area
and I thought you might like to pass that along to visiting Hornets
in town for the upcoming all class reunion. Larry"
this finds many of you finalizing your plans to attend the various
events of June 25 – June 27!
All the best, Henry Smith (71)
DENNIS M. OVERSTREET (70) died on July 10, 2008
from injuries he received when a car hit him while he was on his
motorcycle. His survivors included his brother Terry (69), his
sister Patsy, his brother Brian, his mother Mathilda, and his
daughter, Mellissa Persil. A Facebook Group,
"Remembering Dennis Overstreet," has been started in Dennis' memory.
Friends and classmates are invited to join and post remembrances.
MANY THANKS TO THESE (EARLY) DONORS TO THE 2010
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Steve Profilet (71)
James Coffren (68)
Margaret Edmondson Loveless (39, and former
School Nurse), In memory of Truman S. Klein
Dan Bayne (71)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Vicki Forsht Williams (65, and former faculty),
In memory of Eugene Colgan and Mildred Biedenkapp)
Susan Curtis Sturgill (65), In memory of Greg
Zinneman Antonioli (70)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54), In honor of Band
Director John Mathena
Victor Negron (71)
Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (60)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54)
J. Paul Rickett (69)
Gloria Blandford Rickett (71)
Jean Hurley Wilhelm (39), In memory of members
of the Class of 39
Carol Fite Mothershead (65)
Larry Mothershead (65)
Edward Webster (65)
Sharon Till Webster (66)
Jaquie Goss Leach (65), In memory of Fred Goss,
brother, and Class of 70 valedictorian