There is something for EVERYONE in our Class of 1985 - and those visiting with our class - during our 25 year reunion gala weekend!
Friday, Aug 6
Tommy Harrington is hosting an informal, unofficial, casual dance that evening at The Ballroom on Hamlet Avenue in Hamlet. The cost of that event is NOT part of your registration fee for the official events.
Meanwhile, now for a special message from Karen Strong Allen, Misty Britton Barnes, and other women from the Class of 1985 who are having a "Ladies' Night Out" in Pinehurst:
"Misty Britton Barnes, Kim Payne Leberth, Robin Thrower McRae, and Karen Strong Allen are having dinner at the Bell Tree downtown Southern Pines on Friday, August 6th at 7:30! Please come join us if you'd like."Check in with any of them via their email or Facebook accounts for more information, or I can put you in touch with them. This is also an unofficial event..
I've heard of other small groups of classmates getting together. As I get the specifics on those and if the organizers would like those gatherings publicized, then I'll update the blog post here.
Saturday, Aug 7
A casual Picnic in the Park will be from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 pm until at Castlewood Park, right off of Ledbetter Road in Rockingham, not far from the high school. Light lunch available for $7 per person. Family and children are welcome. Rain or shine, unless really really bad weather. This is an OFFICIAL event of the Class Reunion Planning Committee.
(I understand that there are some groups of classmates going golfing or shopping or otherwise enjoying the day in Pinehurst/Southern Pines/Rockingham/Hamlet. These are unofficial events and are coordinated by various folks.)
Reception at historic Pinehurst Hotel from 6 pm til 7 pm. This is also the time for registration/check-in for later events that evening at the hotel. No charge for the reception except for adult beverages. This is an OFFICIAL event of the Class Reunion Planning Committee.
Seated Richmond Raider Reunion Dinner at historic Pinehurst Hotel in the Carolina Ballroom, starting at 7 pm. The cost of the dinner/program/photo/dance is $80 per person, which includes a photo CD memento of the evening. Richmond Raiders from other classes graduating between 1982 and 1988 are welcome to attend the dinner and/or the dance, below. No matter what class you are in, it is highly encouraged that you give us a heads-up that you're attending, if possible, before the weekend so we will have enough dinners prepared by the chef. This is an OFFICIAL event of the Class Reunion Planning Committee.
The official Reunion Program begins approximately 8 pm at the Pinehurst Hotel. We will recognize all classmates in attendance and special guests. We will also have a moment of silence for classmates who are deceased, and begin a series of awards and door prizes. This is an OFFICIAL event of the Class Reunion Planning Committee.
Approximately 8:30 pm we will take the official Class of 1985 Reunion Photo. Only persons who have registered for either the dinner or the dance are eligible for the photos and CD memento from the reunion. This is an OFFICIAL event of the Class Reunion Planning Committee.
The 80s Reunion Dance begins right after the class photo, approximately 8:40 pm and lasts until 1 a.m. As you'd expect, and by special request, we will be highlighting a lot of 80s music for our listening, dancing, and reminiscing pleasure! For those persons who did not attend the dinner, the cost for attending the dance only is $25 per person. This is an OFFICIAL event of the Class Reunion Planning Committee.
Sunday, Aug 8
Our classmate, the Rev. Kirby Woodard, has invited those classmate who will and are able to attend his church for Morning Worship Services. (After the reunion gala the night before, church may very well be a better idea than normal!) Kirby's church is St. Stephens AME Zion Church, 407 West Avenue, in Hamlet. The time is approximately 11 a.m. More details at the reunion. This is an unofficial part of the gala weekend, but is recommended by the Class Reunion Planning Committee.