August 9, 2012 Seaholm Class of 1962 Update


Dear Classmates,

Here are some last minute details you will want to print out and take with you to the reunion.

Driving:  Stay off Woodward as much as possible during the reunion weekend.  The road will be filled with classic cars and will be very slow.  If you are driving from the Marriott Hotel to Peabody's, the committee recommends that you take Lahser Rd instead of Woodward.  Turn right on Opdyke from Centerpoint Parkway and then take the West Square Lake Rd exit from Opdyke.  Stay in the left lane since you will have to turn left on Lahser immediately after Woodward.  Go south (left) on Lahser to Maple and then travel east (left) to downtown Birmingham.  Turn right on Chester (first street past Southfield Rd) and go past the Baldwin Library to Brown street.  Turn left on Brown and follow it to Peabody St which is the first street past "Old Woodward."  Turn left and the parking structure is the first one on your left.  It is marked "Peabody Parking Structure."  By the way, what you remember as "Woodward" through Birmingham is now "Old Woodward", and "Hunter" is now called "Woodward."  If the lot is full see below.



Peabody's Restaurant, 34965 Woodward Ave, Friday, August 17, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm - in addition to parking in their private lot (which may be full unless you arrive early) there are five parking structures nearby (A,B,C,D,E) that you might want to use. The following information is very helpful and gives you a map to all five of the structures.  The first two hours of parking in these five structures are free.  Parking structure (D) on the corner of Peabody St and Brown is the closest and is directly across from Peabody's Restaurant.    You can also park in one of these structures on Saturday if you plan on watching the Dream Cruise.  If the structures are full, you may have to find a place on a side road.  A sixth non city-owned parking structure is located on Peabody St closer to Maple but is more expensive.

Automated Parking Garages

Parking in Birmingham is now a lot easier, thanks to new and fully automated, self-serve pay stations recently integrated in downtown parking garages. The new system offers a faster, more convenient way for you to use and exit the garages.

You'll enjoy many benefits from the automated system, such as:

  • More payment options (major credit and debit cards are accepted)
    • Smaller lines and waiting time
      • Additional locations for payment, including the option to use brand new pay-on-foot pay stations. The stations, located in the stairwells and exits of the garages, offer customers the option of paying before returning to their vehicles.
        • Improved security (each pay station features intercoms for questions or emergencies)




2 hrs free parking Worried about increased rates? Don’t be!
These enhancements are offered at no
additional charge in the foreseeable future.
As always, the first two hours of parking
are free in all garages.




Deck parking is easy, convenient and much less expensive than metered street parking and there are not time limits. The first 2 hours are free, and parking is always free on Sundays.

  • Parking decks are well lit and have public telephones. 
  • The parking decks are handicap accessible with elevators.  
  • Take advantage of one of Birmingham’s 1,200 meters for quick visits or one-stop shopping.  If you plan on staying in town for any length of time, a parking deck is always a better choice.






Cranbrook House and Garden Tour, 380 Lone Pine Rd, Saturday, August 18, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

- all guests are to park in the Christ Church parking lot (470 Church Rd) at the corner of Lone Pine Rd. and Church Rd.    Those classmates who have pre-paid tickets will receive their tickets in their Welcome Bag.  Those who have not purchased tickets in advance should be prepared to pay $9 per person to Char Bosworth (Follis) or Jane Whitney (Bekolay) when arriving at Cranbrook.  Exact amounts would be very helpful.  If you arrive late, please walk across Lone Pine Rd to the gatehouse to purchase your tickets.  If the gatehouse is not open walk directly up the drive to Cranbrook House and the docents will assist you.


Seaholm Highschool Tour, 2436 W. Lincoln, Saturday, August 18, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm - If you are traveling to Seaholm after Cranbrook here are some directions:  turn right out of the church parking lot onto Church Rd.  Follow Church Rd to Dunston Rd.  Turn left at Dunston to Cranbrook.  Turn right on Cranbrook and follow it (at 25 MPH) past Quarton to the Covington stop sign.  Turn left and you will be back on Cranbrook.  Follow it across Maple to Seaholm.  Please park in the lot off Cranbrook Rd near the football field.  Enter the school through the gymnasium doors on the north side of the building.  Three students will split up the group and act as tour guides.   They will meet you in the gym/pool atrium off the Cranbrook lot.


Photography: A photographer will be at the Marriott to take individual and group pictures.  You are not required to purchase any pictures.  If you would like to purchase pictures they will be available near the end of the reunion or at a later date from their website.  Individual pictures will be taken upon arrival and a group picture of all classmates will be taken just before dinner is served.  If anyone would like a group picture of just a few friends tell the photographer during the pre-dinner reception.



Reunion Dinner, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Saturday, August 18, 6:30 pm to Midnight - A pre-dinner reception will take place from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at the Ottawa Foyer/Terrace.  Anyone who did not register at the Meet and Greet will need to register at the hotel.  If you did attend the Meet and Greet don't forget to take your nametag with you to the Marriott!  Complimentary Hors d'Oeuvres will be served beginning at 6:30 pm and the bar will be open.  At 7:45 pm the doors to the Ottawa ballroom will open and meal chimes will signal guests to take their seats.  At this time the photographer would like to take a group picture.  There will be round tables of 10 and you may sit wherever you wish.  There will be a short presentation following the dinner. 

To get to the Marriott from Birmingham we recommend traveling north on Lahser to eastbound Square Lake Rd and then take a right (east) on Square Lake to the Opdyke exit (will be on your right).  The exit will end at westbound Square Lake Rd.  Turn right on Square Lake to Opdyke and then another right on Opdyke.  Then turn left on Centerpoint Parkway to the Marriott.  The below map shows the Marriott Hotel area.




Brunch at Greg and Pat Frontier's home, 1829 Watkins Lake Rd, Sunday, August 19, 10:00 to 4:00 pm -please park on the grass in front of the house and across the street by the red garage and on the east side of Watkins Lake Rd (opposite the house).

Directions from the Marriott Hotel:


1. Head east on Centerpoint Pkwy toward S Opdyke Rd  0.2 mi
2. Take the 1st right onto S Opdyke Rd   335 ft
3. Turn right onto the I-75 BUS W ramp  0.3 mi
4. Merge onto I-75 BUS N/W Square Lake Rd  
    Continue to follow W Square Lake Rd   1.9 mi
5. Turn right onto US-4 N/S Telegraph Rd   4.3 mi
6. Turn right on cloverleaf to go west on Pontiac Lake Rd   0.2 mi
7. Continue straight on Pontiac Lake Rd  0.6 mi
8. Angle right onto Watkins Lake Rd  0.7 mi
9. Right turn at Scott Lake Rd  417 ft
10. Take 1st left back onto Watkins Lake Rd  0.7 mi
11. Turn right to stay on Watkins Lake Rd  
       Destination will be on the left;  5th house from the corner  207 ft
       1829 Watkins Lake Rd  



Cash bars:  Peabody's and the Marriott will both have cash bars available.  Prices at Marriott range from $6.50 - $7.50 for mixed drinks;  $6.00 - $7.50 for wine;  $4.50 - $5.00 for beer; $3.50 for soft drinks; and $3.25 for mineral water or sparkling water.  You must purchase drink tickets at the Marriott.

Dress Code: The dress code for the Reunion Dinner at the Marriott is "dressy-casual."  This means no shorts, no tee shirts, no jeans, no sandals, but coats and ties are NOT required.  The other events are casual.

Wi-Fi is not available in the Marriott dining room but will be available in the lobby.

Display table: if anyone would like to bring some Seaholm memorabilia there will be a display table available at the Marriott Ottawa ballroom.

If you would like to know who is coming to the reunion, go to the website and click on "50th Who's Coming."  You may want to check their profiles for pictures and comments.  Several classmates may have changed a bit since high school.

Any last minute questions should be emailed to

See you all soon!

Your Seaholm 50th Reunion Committee

Char Bosworth (Follis)

Greg Frontier

Pat Gordon (Frontier)

Sandra Dalka-Prysby

Francie Quillian (Oehrlein)

Jane Whitney (Bekolay)

Sue Peters (Glassford)

Linda Vinton (Harrison)





February 2012 Seaholm Class of 1962 Update

Dear Classmates,

It has been a busy month for our reunion team. Here is some important information we would like to share with you.
Seaholm Class of 1962 Website:  If you have not yet joined the Seaholm Class of 1962 web site, please do it now. Here is the problem. We have a dedicated group of your fellow classmates working very hard to find missing classmates. When we send an email to a classmate and they do not register on the website there are several possibilities: the classmate has no interest in the website, we have a bad email address or we have a good email address with a spam filter blocking the message. We have no way of knowing for sure why a classmate has not registered. We must presume they are not getting the message. Thus we keep looking.
So even if you have no interest in our 50th Reunion, please update your profile on the web site so that your fellow classmates know what you have been doing for the last 50 years. We can then direct our resources to finding real missing classmates. Just go to, select "Join", find your name and update your profile. That's all it takes. After our reunion we will be publish details of the reunion on the website. So even though you may not attend, by registering on the web site you will see all the great pictures and video from the event in August. It is our intend to keep the website going for a long time.
If you have not been back to the web site lately, you should take another look. Nearly half the class has updated their profiles. You will find some very interesting and entertaining content. Take a look at the Notable Classmates page to see a list of classmates with unusual profiles and notorious careers. 
We have also updated the profile questions since the website was launched in December. If you registered early please go back and freshen up your profile with answers to the new questions.
On a sadder note you may be interested in visiting the "In Memory" page where we have identified 44 classmates who have passed away. We are reviewing records suggesting that number could be 47 classmates.  With over 100 classmates still missing and at least 50 classmates not returning to the website after sending emails, our "In Memory" section will likely grow as the reunion approaches.
In most cases we have very little information about our deceased classmates. If you have any information please leave a comment in the space provided in each classmates listing.
An Army of Sleuths - There is a very enthusiastic and relentless team of "sleuths" who are trying to track down missing classmates. Those folks are listed at the bottom of the home page of web site.  They have had excellent success using the Internet to locate some of the missing, but we still are missing over 150 classmates, evenly spit between classmates who disappeared "Without a Trace" and classmates identified but not yet registered.  Please click on "Missing Classmates" when you visit the site. If you know the whereabouts of any of the missing, please contact them and ask them to join the site.  Any clue at all about one of the missing would be appreciated - last known address, college attended, married name.  Please send that information and any of those clues to Bob Anderson
New Reunion Weekend Activities  - Your reunion committee has added a couple of optional tours to the reunion weekend in August.   A Cranbrook House and Garden tour is scheduled for Saturday morning at 11:30 am and a Seaholm high school tour immediately following at approximately 3:00 pm.  The Cranbrook House and Garden tour is $9.00 and the Seaholm tour is complimentary.  The committee would prefer advanced payment for the Cranbrook tour; however, tickets can be purchased at the event.  In either case please let us know before July 1 if you plan on attending the Cranbrook tour since they need to know how many docents will be required.  Please mail your checks to:
Greg Frontier
1829 Watkins Lake Rd
Waterford, MI 48328-1429
The Reunion Committee is also working on some Sunday events.  Those will be communicated to you in the future once they are finalized.
Cranbrook House is Detroit’s oldest English manor home, built in the
Arts and Crafts style, and the home of George and Ellen Booth designed by architect Albert Kahn in 1908.  The Booth home contains beautiful furnishings, tapestries, paintings, and works by world famous artists. Guests are able to stroll through 40 acres of gardens, which surround Cranbrook House. The 40 acres contain a wide variety of gardens, fountains and sculpture.
Tour Date:                                               Saturday, August 18th, 2012
House Tour (walk  through):               11:30am
Garden Tour with docents:                 After House Tour  approx. 12noon/12:30pm
Cost:                                                       $9.00/person
All guests are to park in ChristChurch parking lot at the corner of Lone Pine Rd. and Cranbrook Rd.
Please walk across Lone Pine Road to the gatehouse to pick up your tickets.  If the gatehouse is not open walk directly up the long drive to Cranbrook House and the docents will assist you and your guests.  No large vehicles or buses may come through the gates as there is a low bridge over the drive.
If you have any questions or concerns please call the House & Gardens Office at:  248.645.3149
The Reunion, Who is Coming? -  Your committee would also like an accurate current count of those who are planning on attending the reunion.  So far 63 classmates have indicated they are coming to the reunion. Another 40 classmates have indicated that they "may" come to the reunion in their profile. With spouses, it is likely we could have a very large crowd. So to make sure we have the right size facility for our reunion, it is important that you register to attend as soon as possible.
Just go to the link on the left side of the web page called 50th Reunion 2012. Scroll to the bottom of the page and register for the reunion.  Be sure to include the name of each attendee. In order to register for the renunion, you need to register and update your profile by logging into the web site. So first you register and update your proflle on the website, then you register to attend the reunion. That is two registrations if you plan to attend the reunion.
In the "Classmate Profiles" section a question is asked whether you are "Attending Reunion". The question in the profile is just an indication of interest, it is not the formal registration for the reunion. If you are coming to the reunion YOU MUST REGISTER at the 50th Reunion 2012.
Have You Registered for Our 50th Reunion?
If Not Go Here Now and Sign Up.
Details Here!. Sign up Now.
Friday Night - Meet & Greet -Aug 17, 2012
Peabody's Resturant - 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Saturday Cranbrook House and Garden Tour - Aug 18, 2012
Cranbrook House and Garden  11:30 - 2:30 PM
Seaholm Highschool Tour - Aug 18, 2012
Seaholm Highschool 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Saturday All Day - Dream Cruise - Aug 18, 2012
Saturday Night - Reunion Dinner - Aug 18, 2012
Auburn Hills Marriott Hotel - 6:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Seaholm Class of 1962 Reunion Committee
Web Site Volunteers (sleuths)