Reunion Recap

 

Watsonville and Mora Central High Schools

50th Class Reunion

September 13-14th 2013

The reunion is past but those of us who were there have lots of memories that we will keep forever.  It was truly a grand weekend and we wish that all of you could have joined us. 

We will have a video of the reunion available for sale for $17 in the next several weeks.  Please send a check payable to Watsonville Class of 1963 to Barbara Corrigan Musante at 315 Jacaranda Drive in Danville, CA 94506.  In addition, check back to the web site periodically to view photos as we will get them posted there soon.

We would like to maintain our web site long after the reunion is over.  This will allow us to post pictures of the reunion and will allow you to keep in contact with your classmates in the years to come.  If you want to help us to keep the web site on-line, please send a donation to Barbara (Corrigan) Musante at 315 Jacaranda Drive in Danville, CA 94506.

Please keep your profile up-to-date so that we can let you know when the next reunion is scheduled.  Let us know if you know of the addresses of missing classmates so that we can notify them as well.

We have a new survey on the web site so please give us some feedback.  These reunions are for you and your reunion committee wants to make certain we do the things that you want.

Here are some of the highlights of the weekend for those who were not able to join us for the festivities

 Golf Tournament Friday September 13th 

There were 15 of us who went out to play the links of the Pajaro Valley Golf Course.  There was lots of fog when we teed off but the clouds lifted later in the morning and by the time we finished we had lots of sunshine.  We had classmates from both Mora and Watsonville and one teacher, Norm Haney.  Check out the gallery to see some pictures of the golfers.  Our tournament winners were:  Men's Closest to the Pin: David Miller; Ladies' Closest to the Pin: Barb Corrigan Musante; Men's Longest Drive: Harvey Thorpe; Ladies' Longest Drive: Mary Rowland Sutherland.  Congratulations to the winners.

Cocktail Party and High School Tour Friday September 13th

Under beautiful sunny skies, 85 of us met at the Pajaro Valley Historical Society's Orr House on Beach Street for a cocktail party from 3-7pm.  It was fun sitting at the welcoming desk trying to figure out the name of that person walking up the path.  We found that while some people looked entirely different from their yearbook pictures, many had not changed a bit.  We had lots of fun catching up on careers, children, grandchildren, travels, etc.  During the party, some of us took a tour of the high school with our special guest Willie the Wildcat.  Some parts of the school were the same, while many of us were disappointed about the Main Building we remembered was no longer there.  It was damaged in the 1989 earthquake and had to be torn down.  It has been replaced by a beautiful new building that houses the Mello Center for the Performing Arts.   Many thanks go out to John Scurich and Manuel Hernandez for subsidizing the beverages for the event.

Santa Cruz County Fair Friday Saturday and Sunday

Many classmates were able to make a walk down memory lane by visiting the fair during the weekend.  What fun it was to watch the kids on the rides, viewing all the products entered in the fair, the 4-H kids proudly displaying their animals and of course having some of those oh so wonderful Fried Artichoke Hearts and all the other tasty treats.

Dinner Dance Saturday September 14th

On Saturday afternoon, our room at the Seascape Country Club was ready, the banner was hung, the music started, appetizers set out and our first guests started to arrive early around 3:45pm.  We ended up with 142 people enjoying the evening of visiting, dining and dancing.  There were many of you who had not been to a reunion in 5, 10, 15, even 50 years so it was so wonderful to see many new faces coming to the reunion.

To add to the fun during the cocktail hour from 4-6pm, we had a Trivia contest which encouraged people to mingle throughout the room trying to match people with after high school life experiences that were described on the website.  Our winners, answering all 8 questions correct were Judy (Kaita) Tokubo, Mary (Villa) McLaughlin and Susanne Rosentrater (Ariel’s spouse).  Our runner-up with 7 correct answers was Susan Cleaver (Keith’s spouse).  Check out the profiles of our classmates – they have done some pretty amazing things. 

Our buffet dinner was delicious and just before dancing began we had a special announcement.  JoAnne (McGinnis) Race and Steve Silva, who had been sweethearts at Pajaro School have reconnected through our web site and announced to the class that they are to be married in 2014.  Steve and JoAnne started our night of dancing with the first dance to Etta James’ tune, At Last!!!!!  Dancing and visiting continued until after 9pm when goodbyes were said and promises made to come to the next reunion in a few years.