Class of 1968 45th Reunion Homecoming Weekend 2013
The Class of '68 celebrated their 45th Reunion with a series of events starting Friday night at McGonigal's. There was a little confusion when one of our classmates was directed to the Class of '78 Reunion. He was bragging all night about being taken as 10 years younger; however, his story lost some of its luster when he complained about having to go up a flight of stairs. One pleasant surprise was that a number of classmates, who weren't expected to attend, made it. Several classmates ventured over to Wool Street at the end of the evening. They found several pictures on the walls featuring Class of '68 members. They also ran into the son of Bill Graham, their former football coach.
Saturday morning started with the parade. This was the least well-attended function of the weekend, either because of the early hour or threat of bad weather. At one point, we were going to switch from a low boy and hay bales to classic cars from the 60’s to stay dry, however, the weather held. It was fun to watch classmates reacting to the kids running for the candy we were throwing them.
After the parade, some went to the tour at the High School, some went to the Alumni Tailgate at Chessie's, and some to the game. At Chessie's everyone enjoyed seeing those from other BCHS classes. One of our classmates had played in bands with some of the members of the band that was playing.
The largest event was Saturday night at Chessie's. We were in the bar area, and there was a singer playing a keyboard. It is too bad everyone was too busy talking to listen much, but she was good. Several members of the class spent time talking on the phone to two classmates that couldn't attend. Fortunately the night was very pleasant, and we could spend some time on the outside seating area. During our conversations, it was discovered that classmate Kim Hagemann was going to be playing with his band at Wool Street on November 2 at 8:30 p.m. A number of those in attendance made plans to meet that evening to hear Kim play. Everyone from the class is invited to attend.
Overall it was a very enjoyable reunion. As we age, the opportunity to spend time with those we grew up with is more valued than when we were younger. The topics of the conversations have changed also. Earlier when we were together, there was more reminiscing about high school days; now there is more talking about life: how we adjust to changes/what is important to us now/plans for the future/how to make the most of life. For some reason, it is easier to talk about these things with people you share history with than with others, even if you haven't seen these classmates in years.
About 6-8 weeks before the reunion, we decided to try to reach classmates by Facebook, so we started a group, “Barrington Class of 68.” We now have 50 members. All members of the class are invited to join and invite any other classmate they are in contact with to join also.St. Anne School ClassmatesBCHS Class of 1968 Class Reunion at Chessie's, October 5, 2013L to R: Don Voorhees, Evie Chabrian Stachura, John Withrow, Norah Murphy O'Brien, Mike RocheBCHS Class of 1968 45th Reunion at Chessie's, October 5, 2013L: Maria Walaitis Barrett, R: Kim HagemannBCHS Class of 1968 45th Reunion at Chessie's, October 5, 2013L: Ed Jacobs, R: Holly Hoffman MorganBCHS Class of 1968 45th Reunion at Chessie's, October 5, 2013L to R: John Hards, Jody Jurs Carlson, Corky CarlsonBCHS Class of 1968 45th Reunion at Chessie's, October 5, 2013L to R: Wayne Wilson, Kim Hagemann, Jon Showers