This is it: the final letter from your Class of 1969 50th reunion co-chairs and committee. Reunion weekend starts on Thursday, May 16 and extends to Sunday, May 19.
How do I register? More than 100 of you have registered already. If you haven’t, please register by April 15. All of the fees for the weekend, which we have worked very hard to keep as low as possible, are shown on the registration site. You can register after April 15, but there’s a late fee. If you’re on the fence, we hope that this letter will entice you to come.
What will we do? The entire reunion has been planned to help us connect with one another; to reflect on the past, present and future; and to inspire each other. The attached complete schedule for the weekend includes a number of special events for our class planned by the College. The unique part of the reunion, however, will be the events developed by our dedicated reunion committee: lively Griffin Talks, celebrations of our diverse stories, scrumptious meals and social events with 60’s music — including a dance party with a band (our vintage!) on Saturday night. For those who need an early boost, you can join the Get Up and Go activities each morning.
The Griffin Talks will provide a forum for us to have real conversations about the topics that you most wanted to discuss. So that you can collect your thoughts ahead of reunion, we’ve included descriptions of each talk, along with the names of the classmates who have volunteered to set up the discussions.
Where will we be? We’ll stay in the Abbey-Buckland dorms. For anyone who prefers informal mingling, there will be plenty of opportunities and comfortable places for Cafe ’69’s. Between the two dorms, where the dining hall used to be, is a large open space, which we’re calling the Uncommons. It will feature a 1965–1969 timeline of events, memorabilia, a happening wall and examples of classmates’ personal creativity.
What do we need to bring? Most important: yourself … but you’re also welcome to bring your significant other or any member of your family. Don’t forget a white outfit for the parade. For our Saturday night festivities, 60’s dress for the dinner and/or dance party is encouraged but definitely optional. Please bring a souvenir or memorabilia from your MHC days: for example, a sticker, button, photo, article, poster, black arm band, tee shirt or mini skirt. It would also be great if you can share your own creativity: a painting, photograph, sculpture, pottery, publication, quilt or something else! If these are impossible to “carry” to Reunion, such as a musical composition, contact Trudy Levy at email@example.com and she’ll add it to the virtual display that we’ll show during reunion weekend.
What if I can’t come? It depends on why. We’ll have golf carts and other assistance if you’re concerned about health or mobility issues; just indicate your needs when you register. We’re also offering financial assistance; contact Luisa Tavares at the Alumnae Association. Your request will be completely confidential. If we can do anything else to support your interest in attending, please contact either one of us. Also, our 50th reunion book, completely underwritten by a generous classmate, includes personal essays and photos from 140 classmates, the intriguing results from our class survey, pictures and a class directory. If you can’t come to reunion but would like a book, send a $10 check (payable to MHC Class of 1969) to cover the shipping costs, to Judy Oliver at 61 Hamilton St, Hamilton, NY 13346.
How much will our class contribute to the College? That will be a closely held secret until reunion weekend. Thanks to all who have contributed generously over the last five years. All gifts made until reunion weekend will be counted. Even more important is how many of us participate in the gift; any amount is very much appreciated.
That’s really it! If you have any questions or if we can do anything further to encourage you to join us, let either of us know or ask any member of our list of stupendously engaged and super fun reunion committee members.
It’s been an adventure and a privilege to lead the reunion planning effort. We can’t wait to see you all and see how it all turns out!
Until May 16,
Sally Gisel Green Ginna Holmes Moore