We made the road trip! During 9-12 November 2021, the Lamar High School Class of 1959 held a
casual reunion in Fredericksburg, Texas. Most relaxed and informative reunion yet!
Johnson Bednarski (and Fred), Mike Blackledge (and
Bonnie), Maria Burke Butler, Carol Sue
(Sukey) Fenoglio, Larry Hitt, Nick Kuntz (and
Rick McDowell (and Donna), Mary Austin Moody,
Kathleen Much (and Stanley Peters), Pat Shannon Needleman, Sharon
Anderson Rose (and Dr. Joyce Maldonado), Karen Ashmore Taussig, Jeremy
Wicker, Malcolm Bell, James Davis (and Martha), Rick Lilliott
(and Gwen), Elbert Coker (and Peggy Jo), Judy Siracusa (Class of '61), and Kay Clark Daigle. Great group to gather with! The grads who participated in Thursday's Memory Roundup are shown below. Plus here is the link to Larry's Photos. And here is
the link to James Davis' photos. Got a good photo? Share it! Got a good story? Send it!
Here's what we did!
Tuesday, November 9
We held a casual welcome reception/cocktail
starting at 6 pm in the hotel's Brodbeck Room with a cash bar and, in lieu
of a dinner, a selection of delicious hors d'ouevres provided
by Feast & Merriment,
an excellent local caterer. We
picked up our name tags which were attached to a complimentary Lamar Redskins Mug and Pen.
day with an optional 1:30 PM visit to sample the wines at the
spectacular Signor Vineyards,
scouted and highly recommended by Mary Austin Moody who lives in
reservation has been made at 1:30 for the 17 of us who have signed up
for the wine tasting. Some of us had lunch there before the tasting. Click here to
see their menu. There were also some shopping opportunities. Signor is 11 miles from Fredericksburg off
of HWY 290 East. Here is a map.
Thursday, November 11
dinner at 6:30 pm at Fredericksburg Brewing
Company where they provided a
German buffet in the biergarten which has been reserved for
us. Prost! The address is 245 E. Main St.
Blackledge moderated a Roundtable Octogenarian Memory
Roundup in the dining room right after breakfast!
is a session for classmates while our guests go shopping! Elbert
Coker suggested that we begin by having everyone take a minute each to
summarize the highlights of their Life After Lamar. This will give us
another chance to catch up on each other's lives and may lead to
interesting follow up conversations! Here is a question to think about:
What is it about Lamar High School that brought us all together
once more, some half a century later?
- Elbert Coker’s icebreaker: each attendee provide 90 seconds on Life After Lamar (lead off with your name and where you live now)
would you offer as your Wisdom of the Ages: health tips or best pithy
saying. It used to be “All You Can Eat”; now it is “Where Is The
perhaps “Do you have a Senior Discount?”
are we all here today, more than 60 years after we left Lamar? What was
it about our three years - and it was just three years, yes? - of
experiences that brings us To Fredericksburg?
Is it all worth it?
- Now Here This (documentary on PBS - Pat Shannon’s son’s documentary)
- Jeremy suggested that we Google: Harry Lynch Jr. Interview
- Capture your own story! Maria suggests StoryWorth.com
- Larry suggests LastPass.com which is free and will capture and populate all your on-line passwords.
Friday, November 12
out of the hotel. Some enjoyed lunch at one of the local spots before
heading home, such as the Airport Diner, Red Bird Grill, Sunset Grill
or the Old German Bakery and Restaurant.
There was much to see and do in Fredericksburg! Check out https://www.visitfredericksburgtx.com/ for
a complete guide to activities, restaurants, shopping (retail
therapy?), wine tasting rooms and museums.
Your mini-reunion team, Maria Butler, Jeremy Wicker, Mary Moody and
Larry Hitt, enjoyed seeing you in Fredericksburg!