Friday, August 16th, 2019 through Sunday morning, August 18th. The goal this year is to keep it simple, low key, and fun. We want to see everyone! Details follow.
The reunion is going to be at Phil Niedzielski’s home at 7515 S 25th St, Kalamazoo, 49048. If you remember Kalamazoo/Portage much, it’s the road east of Sprinkle, between Centre St and Bishop Rd. (Think Upjohn, Pharmacia, Pfizer) Maps will be provided as we get closer.
Phil has an above ground pool, and we will have yard games (corn hole, volleyball, badminton, and whatever else we can come up with between now and then). Some of us played a hilarious card game at the Birthday Bash so that’s always a possibility! There will be large awnings as well as Phil’s pole barn in the event of inclement weather. A list of local events and places to visit will be made available as well, i.e., the Kalamazoo Air Zoo and the Gilmore Car Museum, in case there’s a lull in activity on Saturday.
There is room for tents, campers, RVs and for those who don’t want to rough it, there are a handful of new hotels in the area. A couple at Sprinkle and I94, and a couple at Westnedge and I94. Names and contact info are available on request.
Friday night the 16th will be your basic bonfire starting around 6pm. We’ll provide burgers, brats, music, the fire, and light beverages: water, iced tea, soda. Please BYOB and bring a bag of snacks or treats to share.
Saturday the 17th we’ll start with coffee & doughnuts in the morning. The bonfire will still be going, and later in the day we’ll have pulled pork and pulled chicken. We are making salads and desserts, much as we did for the Birthday Bash. It worked out well and we had way too much food, but it was all yummy! Again, we’ll provide water, iced tea, lemonade, soda. Please BYOB and maybe bring a bag of ice!
Sunday morning we’ll have doughnuts & coffee again for those who have stayed.
We will be providing: food, beverages, a place to keep your BYOB beverages cold (unless you have your own cooler available); a few chairs in case someone forgets; and a great place to hang out for the weekend with old friends and memories. Oh, yes, we will also be providing porta-potties.
Costs are as follows: $15 per person or $20 per couple, Paid Ahead $20 per person or $25 per couple, Paid at the door RSVP info and $$ goes to: Class of 1974, PO Box 74, Portage, MI 49081. We really are trying to keep the costs down, especially for those of you who travel. That being said, our 50th (wow) is sort of right around the corner. We don’t want to find our bank account empty when we begin the plans for that. We have had some wonderful donations to support the class this year. We would like to encourage those who can’t attend to make a donation, not matter how small. We are keeping an eye to the future!
We would appreciate an RSVP as soon as you know what your summer plans are, but sooner than later… and no later than the end of July, first week of August. We’ll be sending out an informational mailing the first week of June.
As always, information on other classmates, suggestions, and assistance are always welcome! You can reach out on Facebook, to each of us individually, or to our firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you soon!
Liz, Char, Mandy, Phil, Kathy, Diane, John, Danny, Chriss