Well, with only a week to go before our 50 year Reunion Dinner, I thought I’d provide a little more information to you in the hope that it will make for a really enjoyable event.
Our Class Reunion, at the Manly 16 foot Skiff Club kicks off at 6.00 pm (28/10/2023) and no doubt there’ll be much to look forward to as we see old faces and try to re-connect them to memories of long ago. Luckily, to assist, we’re providing name tags to help connect the dots, so to make it easier for all – get your’s upon arrival and put it on! It will help everyone, as, like they used to say each Sunday night on TV’s ‘Disneyland’ – there will be many “tall tales and true, from the legendary past” and knowing who is telling and who is hearing will be vital!
Whilst we will no doubt be gathering around the outside Harbour View deck bar meeting everyone on arrival, we will be moving into a private dining space for dinner at 6.30 pm – this area is called the Harbour View Room and Atrium. There will be a series of 5 large round tables (each with 10-11 places) plus 3 long tables (each with 14 places, or so) for groups to dine. No specific seats have been allocated to individuals and we’re hoping that this more ‘informal’ approach to seating will promote more interchange. With the age and maturity we’ve now derived from our life experiences, it will be no surprise that old ‘cliques’ will be more inclusive than perhaps during our School years. Make an effort to find out people’s stories even if you weren’t close back in the 1970’s – you be delighted when you do, trust me!
Except for those with special dietary requests (who I have arranged specific meals for) our dinner menu selected will be:
ENTREE - - Salt & Pepper Calamari, Chipotle Mayo (gf/df) or, Salmon Sashimi, black bean ponzu, green chilli (df)
MAIN COURSE - - Slow Braised Lamb Shoulder, mint yoghurt & gravy (gf) or, Oven Roasted Barramundi, salsa verde, (gf/df) ---------- SERVED WITH - - Roast Chats Potatoes, garlic, feta & rosemary (gf) - Baked broccoli, ginger soy, fresh horseradish (df)
DESSERT - - Lemon lime curd, meringue or, pistachio & shortbread crumble
Just a reminder that drinks (except H2O) are to be at our own individual expense. Generosity to one’s fellow men and women is encouraged!!! We only see each other infrequently and as there are only so many summers ahead of us, don’t begrudge buying a drink or two and sharing it as the lubrication will free-up some long forgotten stories,I'm sure!
During dinner we will have some great speeches to entertain and help you realise that with few exceptions, we are all mortal but with many and varied experiences. After dinner there will be plenty of time too, to make the effort to find out new stories from some alumni who you may have had little to do with in Class. I’d encourage you all to make the effort to renew old friendships as well as create some new ones. You know you’ve probably not got the next half-century to make the most of them!
I look forward to a great catch-up with everyone over the coming weekend of celebrating our 50 year anniversary since leaving School! Enjoy it all! Don't be a stranger!