McPherson High School alumni will celebrate their memories at this year’s reunion weekend, which is being held Aug. 4 and 5.
“We had just over 180 students graduate from our 1997 class and expect most of them for the reunion this year,” said 1997 class representative Jennifer Flood.
The multi-class gathering will be meeting from 6 to 11 p.m. at a new location — the McPherson Museum, located at 1111 E. Kansas. There will be areas set up for each class to register and visit with snacks provided. The McPherson Trolley will provide free shuttle service to the museum, stopping at Days Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, Econo Lodge, Hampton Inn and the McPherson High School parking lot.
“We toured the museum during a meeting about the reunion,” Flood said. “It’s going to be a fun place to host everyone.”
The class will continue its activities on Aug. 5.
“During the day beginning at 10 a.m., we are hosting golf at Rolling Acres north of McPherson. We already have a large group signed up, so we are excited about that,” Flood said. “During the evening, we are having a barbecue at a classmate’s farm just outside of town.”
Event details for the class of 1997 reunion can be found on the city’s reunion website as well as its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/McPherson-High-School-Class-of-1997.
Flood recently moved back to McPherson, enabling her to assist in class events.
“We have several people from our graduating class that helped organize class events in the past, so I’m happy I can help with such an active group,” Flood said. “Many people who are helping live in the area and are opening their homes for gatherings and working to make this a great event for us.”
Alumni who communicate regularly can make planning reunions simpler than needing to reconnect first.
“Many of us are still friends, work together or have stayed in touch over the years,” Flood said. “We have always been great at throwing a good party, so I think our 20-year class reunion will be no exception. I look forward to seeing everyone!”
If anyone from the McPherson High School class of 1997 has questions, wants to help or needs to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 620-504-2058.
The class of 1982 had around 90 alumni at its last reunion and class representative Lori Koehn hopes to top that number this year.
“The class of 1982 will gather at the museum in the Expo Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m. for socializing, class photo, and a dinner provided by Knackies BBQ of McPherson,” Koehn said. “We are very excited to have ‘Grin and Share It’ photo booth for our classmates to have a creative and fun time together.”
A slideshow will be played throughout the evening to feature photos from past reunions of the class of 1982 and classmates that have passed will be honored on a memorial board.
“We are fortunate to have an awesome reunion committee,” Koehn said. “In fact, we have as much fun at our planning meetings as at the reunion weekend. Everyone on the committee is great at pitching in to help so that the planning is not up to just one or two people.”
CJ Conard has organized the reunions for the class of 1967 for the past 20 years.
“Being one of those who moved away from Mac, I enjoyed coming back and catching up with classmates,” Conard said.
Conard still recalls his experience at McPherson High School as a positive one.
“I found these classmates to be good hardworking people, good students in high school,” Conard said. “We had fun at games and school events.”
Other activities on Aug. 5 include tours of McPherson High School from 1 to 4 p.m., McPherson Museum from 1 to 5 p.m. and McPherson Opera House from noon to 2 p.m. The Cherokee Maidens and Sycamore Swing will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the McPherson Opera house, 219 S. Main. Tickets are $15 and $20. The movie “Sing” will be shown starting around 9:15 p.m. at the Lakeside Park Bandshell.
For more information about the McPherson High School reunion weekend, visit http://www.visitmcpherson.com/570/MHS-Class-Reunions.
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