After stints in New York, Connecticut, Canada and now Atlanta, Betty Brewer Williams is looking forward to coming home. And if all goes as planned, the Dublin High School Mega-Reunion will be bringing lots of people to the area as it will encompass classes from 1960 to 1970.
The Mega-Reunion, brainchild of John Reed Deemer, will be held November 9.
Williams, Class of 1966, is helping organize the event and said response from classmates has been great. She added that she feels today’s times have prompted an interest in becoming more connected with the past.
“Sept. 11th last year created a desire to re-connect,” she said.
The weekend long event should offer plenty of opportunities to do just that.
On Friday, November 8, registration will begin at 5 p.m. There will be a meet and greet with light refreshments at Best Western. From 5 until 6 p.m., Alan Thomas will speak on his book “Dublin Then and Now.” Scott Thompson will provide an overview of the history of Dublin and Laurens County. Music will then be provided by The Knights of Darkness. Dublin High School will play Southwest at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Ma Hawkins. From 9 until 10 a.m. coffee and Williamson’s Bakery donuts will be provided at the Dublin-Laurens Museum. Thomas and Thompson will again be the featured speakers. A tour of the old Dublin High School will begin at 1 p.m.
There are several activities planned for specific classes during the afternoon. Preregistration will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Best Western. Registration at the country club will be held from 5 until 8 p.m.
Class pictures will begin at 1 p.m. and continue through the afternoon.
There will be a dinner, program and dance at the Dublin Country Club at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by The Band of Oz.
Events will end with a brunch at the Dublin Country Club Sunday at 11 a.m. Tickets for this event may be purchased during preregistration activities.
Williams said the task of organizing the event has been monumental, but having representatives from 10 classes has made it manageable.
“We broke it down into subsets of classes,” she said. Williams added that computer technology has made the planning much easier.
Williams said she volunteered to help with planning after seeing an internet message posted by Deemer. A planning meeting was held shortly after and garnered a great turnout.
“The reunion really began then. The opportunity to communicate has already arisen,” she said.
Williams said she is hearing positive comments about the event on a daily basis.
“We have contacted people all over the U.S.,” Williams said, adding that classmates have been tracked down as far as Hawaii, New York and California. A classmate from Brazil will not be able to attend, but has contributed information to share with her fellow DHS alumni.
Williams said a complete directory spanning the decade from 1960 to 1970 is being complied and several classes are working on individual booklets.
Williams said her class has not had a reunion since 1981. She said through recent efforts, 96 percent of her class has been located.
“I feel really good about that,” she said.
She encouraged everyone who attended DHS during the 1960’s through 1970 to attend the event.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
5 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Pre-registration including meet and greet with refreshments, Best Western Hotel Conference Room
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Clerk of Court Alan Thomas, will speak on his book “Dublin Then and Now” and Laurens County Historical Society Director Scott Thompson will provide an overview of Dublin and Laurens County history
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Music by The Knights of Darkness
8 p.m. - until: Dublin High School vs. Southwest (Macon) Football Game
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
7:30 a.m. until: Breakfast at Ma Hawkins
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.: Coffee and Williamson’s Bakery donuts at Dublin-Laurens Museum (Alan Thomas and Scott Thompson will speak)
10:30 a.m. – noon: DHS Classes of 1960 – 1963 Bus Tour of Dublin
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Class of 1966 Brunch, First Baptist Church Family Center
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Pre-registration, Best Western Hotel
11:30 a.m. - until: Class of 1964 lunch at Sonny’s Barbecue
Noon – 2 p.m.: Lunch at the Elks Club for classes of 1960-1961-1962-1963
Class Pictures (Old Dublin High School):
1:00 p.m.: Class of 1960
2:30 p.m.: Class of 1966
1:15 p.m.: Class of 1961
2:45 p.m.: Class of 1967
1:30 p.m.: Class of 1962
3:00 p.m.: Class of 1968
1:45 p.m.: Class of 1963
3:15 p.m.: Class of 1969
2:00 p.m.: Class of 1964
3:30 p.m.: Class of 1970
2:15 p.m.: Class of 1965
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Tour of Old Dublin High School
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Registration at the Country Club
6 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.: Mega Reunion Begins
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Dinner
7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.: Desert
8 p.m.: Program
8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.: Dance
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
11 a.m. - until: Brunch at Country Club (purchase ticket during pre-registration activities)
WHERE TO STAY?
The Best Western Hotel, 2121 Highway 441 South, has been chosen as host facility. Reservations may be made by calling 1-888-274-6491 or 478-275-2650.
ON THE WEB: You may sign-up on-line at http://www.dhsmegareunion.org. You cal also link to this registration site through the Dublin High School Alumni site http://www.geocities.com/dhsalumni and through the Go Irish site http://personal.atl.bellsouth.net/atl/h/i/hipgabby/goirish.html where you may register online