Grainger High School
Class Of 1964
Wow! I can’t believe that our 50th high school reunion has come and gone. Did I say 50th? As Cecilia Moore-Cobb said, “It was a mountaintop experience.” In fact, I think the food and fellowship were at least as good, if not better, than any reunion before. But like the last fifty years, it went way too fast.
We were especially blessed this year to have one of our high school Latin teachers in attendance. Anne Tesch and her husband Dirk French attended. Dirk taught several of us Latin at UNC Chapel Hill. They attended every event and really seemed to enjoy themselves. In fact, Anne said attending and seeing us all grown up meant as much to her as attending her own high school and college reunions. She certainly represented a faculty connection to our high school years. Anne has joined our website, so feel free to visit her profile and send her a message.
The weekend began with a special gathering at the nationally known Chef and the Farmer. It was a great start and the food did not disappoint. If you are unfamiliar with The Chef and the Farmer, google their website.
Saturday began with a pig-pickin’ at the Neusiok Cabin on the Neuse River, hosted by Bruce Parson. It was well attended. Kay Lipscomb Johnson’s mother and George Tennille’s mother attended. The lunch was catered by King’s and was as good as I have had. The setting with tables inside and outside was very casual and allowed for great conversation.
On Saturday evening we all dressed up a little and gathered at the Kinston Country Club. Once again, the food was excellent and the socializing was even better. Some even danced the Twist as the DJ played tunes from the sixties. Over one hundred folks attended the Saturday night event.
The weekend ended Sunday morning back at the Neusiok Cabin with a breakfast buffet catered by The Folded Napkin. Our own Rev. Bob Koehler offered us a thought-provoking message on “Time.” We sang a few songs, and then we all said our very nostalgic good-byes.
Throughout the weekend, we enjoyed beautiful fresh flowers arranged and donated by Evelyn Rider Mozingo (Gary’s wife) of Rider’s Florist. We are most grateful for her contribution as well as the contributions of many others. In fact, I call your attention to the acknowledgement page at the back of the “Friends Before Facebook Directory” put together by Allyson Bullock Sugg.
Allyson and her daughter, Grace, made a DVD of class memories. One was included in everyone’s gift bag. Frances and I have just finished looking at it , and we are blown away at the time and effort it must have taken to create such a tribute. Please do make sure you take the time to enjoy this!
Allyson also put together a photo book, “Fifty Years of Memories.” I hope you have had an opportunity to enjoy it. We are so fortunate to have Allyson who is so willing to take the time to put together these treasures for us.
Frances is working to get photos of the weekend on the class website. Be on the lookout for them. They will be labeled "50th Reunion..." in lefthand column on the Home Page of this website. Also, check the “Message” board on the Home Page to read comments various classmates have made about the weekend.
The Reunion Committee plans to meet in the next few weeks to recap the weekend and to discuss what we do next. Your feedback, comments, and suggestions will be appreciated.