So, we had our first planning/organizational meeting Wednesday (2/27) night. The goal this year is to keep it simple, low key, and fun. We want to see everyone!
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 Center 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 will come at a later date.
Friday night the 16th will be your basic bonfire. We’ll provide the 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 have the bonfire and we’re still toying with whether or not to have a pig roast or have a variety of meats provided, i.e., pulled pork, brisket, chicken, etc. We’re checking prices and date availability. Again, we’ll provide water, iced tea, soda. We did our own salads and desserts for the Birthday Bash and it worked out well. Way too much food, but it was all yummy! Please BYOB and maybe bring a bag of ice!
We will be providing: food on Saturday, music, water, iced tea, soda; a place to keep your beverages cold; 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.
Our thoughts right now are to have this weekend be paid for on a donation basis. That donation, of course, can always be paid ahead and sent to our PO Box. That is: 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 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 a reminder postcard 6 to 8 weeks in advance of the reunion.
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 email@example.com
Hope to see you soon!
Liz, Char, Mandy, Phil, Kathy, Diane, John, Danny