50th Reunion Info

Last updated 5/16/22

Crossland Class of 1972 50th Reunion

A Golden Opportunity to Reconnect

September 8-11, 2022

 

It's that time again....another 5 years has almost gone by and it's time to gather once again with our high school friends and reminisce, brag, compare aches and pains, discuss retirement, and just have a good time. This is a momentus occasion...50 years since we said goodbye to the Halls of Crossland and moved on with our adult lives.  This will no doubt be our last big reunion event, so, please make every effort to attend and spread the word to fellow alumni that you still talk to.

We are basing our operations in the Annapolis MD area.  We will start with a happy hour/mixer on Thursday evening at the Ports of Call Bar/Restaurant, then have our main dinner/dance on Friday at the Annapolis American Legion Hall, followed by a big outdoor catered picnic at Camp Letts on Saturday, then wrapping things up with a Sunday Brunch at the Double T Diner.  This should accommodate those who want a traditional indoor event and those who prefer being outdoors...and, those who want it all!!!   It's not too early to start making your travel plans!!!

 

Thursday evening 9/8. Happy Hour/Mixer at Ports of Call Restaurant/Bar located in the DoubleTree Hotel at 210 Holiday Ct in Annapolis.  This is just across the street from the Best Western Hotel where we have our block of rooms...an easy crawl back!!!  Event begins at 5:30pm and goes to ???.   This will be a non-ticketed, pay as you go, event. Click ---> for Ports of Call Website

Friday evening 9/9- dinner/dance at the American Legion, post #7 at 1905 Crownsville Rd in Annapolis MD.  Hours will be 6-11, with a happy hour from 6-7.  There will be a cash bar with beer, wine, and mixed drinks.  We will have a buffet dinner with beef brisket and smothered chicken entrees, charcuterie board, salad, rice pilaf, green vegetable, and custom cake for dessert.  Our classmate, Ron Thomasson, has offered and donated the services of his band,  "Centerfold", to provide music to dine and dance by.  Your reunion committee is working on a fun and entertaining program and themed decorations.  Dress is Business Casual.   American Legion website.  

This will be a ticketed event... you must pre-register. BUT, the great news is that through careful funds management and generous donations, we will be able to offer FREE admission to approximately 65 Class of '72 Alumni.  Guests and other classmates will pay $30 to attend.

Saturday, 9/10, 1pm-7pm -  afternoon/early evening indoor/outdoor barbecue/picnic at Camp Letts in Edgewater, MD.  The address is 4003 Camp Letts Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037.  This is where we had our 45th Reunion and was well-received by all who attended.  It's about 8 miles or 20 minute drive from Annapolis and is located on the Rhode River that leads into the Chesapeake Bay.  We have the indoor air conditioned Boathouse facility and an outside, tree-covered picnic area.  We plan to have a BBQ meal with all the fixins catered by Mission BBQ.  We will have music and games, beverages (alcohol and non), cake, etc.  Some beverages (beer, soda, wine, water) will be provided, but, you can also bring your own drinks into the camp.  No pets and not really suitable for children.

This will be a ticketed event... you must pre-register. BUT, the great news is that through careful funds management and generous donations, we will be able to offer FREE admission to approximately 65 Class of '72 Alumni.  Guests and other classmates will pay $25 to attend.

Camp Letts website:  www.campletts.org

Sunday morning 9/11 - Brunch at the Double T Diner at 12 Defense St in Annapolis (close to intersection of 50 and 450 for those escaping town!!!).  We will meet there at 10am, giving folks time to check out of their hotel.  Things will probably wrap up by noon so you can make the trek home with warm thoughts of a memorable weekend still dancing in your head. This will be a non-ticketed, pay as you go, event.  Click here ---> for Double T website 

Lodging - We have reserved a block of rooms at the Best Western Annapolis Hotel, 2520 Riva Rd.  410-224-2800.  Group Name:  Crossland HS50th Reunion.  King bed or 2 Queen Beds is $149+tax or $168/night;  Make your reservation by calling the number or using this direct link. You can cancel up until a few days before the event, but, your reservation must be made at least 45 days prior to the event.

We may provide other suggestions for lodging, but, do be aware there is Navy football that weekend and rooms are scarce and somewhat pricey.

Flying In?  BWI is the closest airport but you can also come in thru DCA.  You are on your own for ground transportation. There may be some extra rides with other classmates available to the Friday dance and Saturday picnic event if you would rather not rent a car.  Otherwise, you may need a car to get around, especially for Saturday.

What's next?  It's time to save the date on your calendar,  make your travel plans, and start that summer diet to get down to 'reunion weight'!!!  Please help us get the word out to our fellow classmates and let's have a good turnout for this event.  Make sure everyone you are in contact with is aware of the event and please encourage them to participate.  Some people just need a little nudge. As you can see from this latest update, we are NOW taking reservations.  The 'free' classmate tickets are first come, first served, so register early.

Who's Invited?  Obviously, all CHS 72 alumni and their spouses/significant others are invited.  We are also opening up our event to alumni from other "close by" CHS Classes - those from 67-75.  The more the merrier.  However, this is an adult event and probably would not be suitable for young children/grandchildren.  Please note...the Friday and Saturday events are ticketed events and must be prepaid and pre-registered.  Only those who have paid or snagged one of the pre-paid classmate slots will be admitted.  There are a number of costs beyond just the meal that have to be covered by the event fee.

Donations.  Some have asked how they can help.  We will be spending down our funds leftover from prior reunions in order to keep the ticket prices as low as possible.  Donations are always welcome too!!!  Donations will help to pay costs and keep this an affordable event.  At this writing, we've had a couple of sizable donations and are able to offer this as a no cost event for a large number of '72 Classmates (not their guests or other classes)!!  Donors will be recognized on the website.  Donations can be done by check payable to "Crossland Class of 72 Reunion" in care of Nancy Watson, 1814 Poppy Cir, The Villages, FL 32162 or done by credit card during the registration process.

I'd like to volunteer.  We have our core Reunion committee working the logistics and details.  We can always use more help, especially since many of us are no longer in the DC area.  If you would like to help with any of the events, decorations, entertainment program, getting supplies to the events, or locating classmates, please let us know at crossland72@yahoo.com 

Questions?  If you have any further questions or we left anything out, please let us know via email to crossland72@yahoo.com and we will get an answer to you/everyone.  This event is for you, let's make it as much fun as possible!!!

 

Your Crossland Class of 1972 Reunion Committee

Phil Homan, Patti Walter, Nancy Watson, Randy Weightman, Nancy O'Bryhim, Donna Kenney, Randy Gann