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46th Reunion Info

The "When I'm Sixty-Four" Reunion

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a 46th reunion for our class. Look to this page for all updates for the event, although most of the details are already set.

45th Reunion Group Picture The reason for the odd-year reunion is several factors:

  • This reunion is basically a repeat from the 45th reunion. Same venue and nearly he same time of year. From our experience from last year the venue was as perfect as could have imagined.
  • Because of concerns over COVID, it affected our attendance. Though COVID technically is not gone, most are now acting that way. But just like last year, a lot is mitigated because this is an outside event.
  • Many of the participants from the 45th asked us to put on another event this year. One went as far as saying we should do this every year!
  • We received quite a few regrets from classmates who wished they could have attended, but had prior obligations.
  • Post reunion we discovered that many of our email announcements were never seen by too many classmates! The problem was determined to be a spam filtering and blocking. Many of our emails landed in spam folders, but, even worse, were blocked altogether. Since then we've added another email blast provider to assure better delivery.
  • Finally, it seemed fitting to have a reunion to celebrate most everyone in our class turning 64. So this is the "When I'm Sixty-Four" reunion.

 

Save The Date: September 10, 2022

Overall view of the Hoyt Park pool and Picnic Area 2 We will be holding this event on Saturday, September 10th. A good reason for this choice was that it corresponds with Tosa Fest which occurs on Friday and Saturday. We expect many will want to attend both events. The venue of Hoyt Park was overwhelmingly preferred our poll for the 45th and our experience from that event confirmed what we thought.

We have reserved Picnic Area 2 in Hoyt Park for our scheduled get together for 2:00PM thru at least 8:00PM (times still a bit tentative). A great aspect for this venue is the close proximity of the pool area, now known as the TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park. This offers us a number of amenities: 3 concession stands (with 2 different menus), a stage which we expect have music from 5-8 that evening, 50 large picnic tables, and restroom facilities. Of course, in the picnic area it is wise to bring your own food and drink, but it is great to have this alternative. After sundown we will migrate over to The Landing area where there is lighting and picnic tables.

Our Reservation Document

Details and Miscellaneous

Weather can be an issue. If it looks like it might rain we are asking for anyone who has one to bring a tent. However, staking is not allowed.

Because we have a permit for our picnic area, we are allowed to have beer (cans or bottles) at our picnic site so bring what you'd like. This also means that you can also purchase beer at The Landing and bring it back to the picnic area.

There are no longer grills in any of the county parks, but you are permitted to bring your own. There is a container available on our picnic site for disposal of hot coals, although they do request that they be dowsed in water beforehand.

It might be a good idea to bring camping chairs and possibly camping tables. 

Amplified music is not permitted. But we will probably hear the sounds of the band from The Landing as the stage is fairly close. But it won't be too loud because those bands don't play very loud and the stage is pointing away from our picnic area.

Parking is available along Menomonee Pkwy or in the Hoyt Pool parking lot.

Here is a link to the Milwaukee County Park picnic policies.

This is free event! That means the only cost to our classmates will be for their own food and drink. The only hard cost is the picnic area reservations and that has been donated.

Hoyt Pool - Concession stand menu To the left is a photo of one of the two concession stands that serve both the pool area and the outside areas. There is one on the women's side and the other on the men's side. Note: there are no alcoholic beverages! You will need to go to The Landing concession for those items.

Click/tap here to see The Landing menu which includes beer and wine.


We have a whole page dedicated to the Hoyt Park venue which you can see here.

As updates become available and other get togethers decided, we will update this page, but also look for announcements to the Google Group.

 

What's An Informal Reunion?

To answer that question it is helpful to define a Formal Reunion. That is the typical reunion where there is a lot advanced planning. We rent a hall, provide a meal, hire a bartender, and sometimes hire a band or disc jockey for entertainment. All of this incurs a cost which can be considerable which in turn requires we charge a fee to those attending. For the 20th and 25th reunions they were held at hotels while the 30th and 40th were held in the Mueller Building at Hart Park. A huge issue a formal reunion becomes the problem of numbers. We need to predict ahead of time the approximate attendance as that will dictate the size of the venue and the amount of food we need to purchase.

George & Amy Karioris, Eileen Keyes, Gene Hanson, Barb Schroeder, and Juliana Spring at The Landing, 2016

George & Amy Karioris, Eileen Keyes, Gene Hanson, Barb Schroeder, and Juliana Spring at The Landing in 2016

An informal reunion is one where we simply provide a gathering place (usually public venues) and decide on date and time. There is no need to know exactly who's coming although it is always great to know. The whole class is invited and whoever can make it, make it. There is no obligation and can literally be a last minute decision. Every formal reunion has at least one other informal activity such as:
  • Tosa Fest
  • Tosa East tour
  • Colonel Hart's (Pep's Place)
  • Summerfest
  • Hoyt Park

In other words an informal reunion is simply a formal reunion without the formal event.