It took a global pandemic to slow us down. But we’re not out.
On Wednesday, the planning committee for our “Long and Winding Road” Class of 1970 50th Reunion decided to postpone our celebration for a year, to September 2021.
This was a sad decision to have to make. But after everyone had pressed their unmute buttons and had their say, it was a unanimous one.
Our primary concern was health, of course. This much is certain: The virus will still be with us in September, and we are all at higher risk for its worst effects. We do not want to expose any of our classmates to those risks.
Whatever the status of the pandemic and business conditions this September, we expect that social distancing requirements, recommendations to wear masks and other means of preventing spread of the virus will remain in effect for a long time. We have four days of great events planned, and all of them would be impacted. We were planning for a record turnout for the Saturday night gala at Dye’s Walk Country Club, but restrictions on large crowds would have forced us to limit the gathering to one of our smallest ever.
In short, if we continued on with reunion plans for this year, it wasn’t going to be safe, and it wasn’t going to be any fun.
Postponement will enable us to plan a reunion that fits into whatever “new normal” will emerge in the coming months. We’re all hopeful that in a year we’ll have one or more effective vaccines, and more effective treatments, so we can give ourselves the celebration we want.
We know this decision will disrupt plans some people may have already made to travel to Indianapolis in September, and we are sorry for that.
The reunion planning committee will resume meeting in the fall to begin work anew. We have a good blueprint for a great event next year, and have built up momentum and excitement we don’t want to lose – if you haven’t already, check out our “Southport High School – Class of 1970” page on Facebook and our web site, shs1970.com.
We will consider new options for a Gala location that would give us more room. We will want to be respectful of the class of 1971 who will be holding their 50th, so we will make sure we clear dates and activities to not interfere with their plans.
But we will have a 50th reunion celebration, even if it takes us 51 years to do it!
To you and your families and friends, stay safe and well!
Your Long and Winding Road 50th Reunion Committee