Potomac Revisited. Again. May 13-15, 2016. Class of 1963.
by Judith Levy Leipold
I just returned from the Stang’s SHS mini-reunion in Potomac, MD.
We numbered about 20 people who came down from New York, up from Florida, and over from a variety of other states. Attendees included: Susan (Price) and David Pople, Judy (Limouze) and David Price, Roger Newhouse, Karen (Dacek) and Lee Brandt, John and Diana Heinlein, Pat (Blawn) and Tom Inman, Susan (Peters) and Ralph Ranghelli, Nancy (Van Schaick) and John Thomas, Bob Schaefer, myself (Judy Levy) and our hosts Jeanne McManus and David Stang.
The weather threatened us with two days of deluge, but we had scattered sprinkles alternating with sunshine. Many of us stayed at the Marriott in Bethesda. David negotiated a bunch of suites at bargain prices.
Days were filled with visits to David’s horse, Great Falls National Park, and a trolley ride from Potomac, MD, to Washington DC (where we hopped off to visit the King Memorial, FDR Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial and a picnic lunch at the George Mason Memorial. Evenings were spent with good friends sharing memories and great food. Jeanne always prepares too much. Thankfully, we worked up an appetite to indulge in all kinds of specialties. The feasting seemed to never end, nor did the laughter.
Some informal business discussions centered around our 55th 2018 reunion, a 2017 winter cruise, and the 2017 Potomac mini reunion. David suggested that we could double our numbers for next year’s mini-reunion if we each brought another person or couple. Next year it will take place the weekend after Mother’s Day, May 19-21. Could you pencil in the date now? Come alone, with a friend, or partner…truly it will be a highlight of your Spring.
Book:We also discussed ways of getting the Classes of 1962 and 1964 involved with some of our activities (hence the 2017 winter cruise which is the ’62 55th anniversary). The Classes of ’59, ’60, and ’61 have quite successfully joined forces for reunions, activities, and the book, Sea Spray – Recollections of the SHS Classes of ’59, ’60, ’61. We all read it and remembered the contributors as well as many of the events. We would like to copy their idea and create a 1963 version of “Sea Spray”. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, they contacted class members and invited them to share their hometown memories of special times. It centered about friendship, work, holidays, hurricanes, beach time, playtime, risks, and more. Some people wrote a few pages, some wrote a few paragraphs, some wrote a few lines. Also included were short stories, poetry, recipes, and two poignant obituaries. The collection of works was self published a few years ago and is available through Amazon for purchase. At this time we are in the beginning stages of organizing. Susan Pople, John Heinlein, Rosemary (Westray) Repeta and David Stang have volunteered to help edit. More information will be soon sent out by the committee of “Sea Spray ’63” Also, information will be sent out within the next month to two for Cruise 2017.
We need your help! If you would like to get involved with any of the above projects, let us know. If you know of any email addresses for members of the class of ’62 or ’64 please send them in or let them know that we would like to contact them. If you care to write an article for the website, contact David Stang at David@biorational.solutions. Many of us are retired with some extra time on our hands (ya think?). Let us know your thoughts, suggestions about any of the above or better yet, new ideas. Whenever I get an email from a classmate I am indulged. Perhaps we weren’t best friends 53 years ago, but today I look upon each and every email as being special. Truly, we have an opportunity for 100% inclusion of all our remaining classmates. All it will take is for you to reply.
Potomac Revisited. May 16-19, 2014. Class of 1963.
When Sayville High School’s class of 1963 held their 50th class reunion in October, 2013, it had been 30 years since the last one. Judith (Levy) Leipold and her committee put on a memorable reunion weekend in Sayville that has had unexpected results: three mini-reunions before the big one – in Sayville, Florida, and Maryland, and two more since.
The most recent little reunion happened in Potomac, Maryland, May 16-18, hosted by classmate David Stang and his wife Jeanne McManus. Seventeen classmates and spouses gathered at the Stang’s lovely, wooded home for delicious meals, wildlife watching and good conversation. The relaxed schedule included a picnic lunch and tour of Mt. Vernon, a Sunday brunch, and optional outings to a stable, scenic Great Falls, and some of D.C.’s historic sites.
What prompted these spin-off, mini-gatherings? Simply put, there’s joy in reconnecting with those who share our history. I (Jacquie Tate) got to spend three days with my best friend from SHS, Judy Limouze. Two thousand miles separate us now limiting the time together. Over the weekend, I met a few high school buddies I hadn’t seen in over fifty years. It’s hard to describe the warm feeling you get when friendship rekindles in an instant. There was an added bonus to the weekend. Spouses and classmates I had not known before became new friends.
I attended SHS only one year and I wasn’t sure I belonged at this reunion. I went anyway and I’m so glad I did. It’s fun to catch up, share memories, laugh about our youth, and feel the sense of belonging that comes with shared experiences. I encourage you to do the same.
— Jacquie Tate Huffaker, Class of ’63