45th Reunion Photos

2017 45th Reunion Recap Message:  (scroll down for photo collections)


Well, our 45th Reunion weekend has come and gone ... we now return to our normal, busy lives with some good memories and warm feelings from having spent a lovely weekend with old friends.   We have that common bond of having come of age in the early 70s, a much simpler time and place.  It's amazing how easily we can fall back into conversation with people we haven't seen in 5, 10, 20 or more years. 

The universal response from those who attended was that it was a wonderful weekend.  Everyone seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves and liked the daytime, casual nature of the indoor/outdoor picnic theme.  There were lots of laughs, hugs, memories, good music, and catching up.  For those who wanted to attend and couldn’t, we missed you.  For those of you who thought about it, but, just couldn't commit....you missed out.  For those of you who aren’t sure that reunions are for you…try it some time!!!   We will probably have one more big reunion for our 50th then, who knows???

The Friday night mixer at the Live! Lofts hotel was attended by about 40 people.  It was a fun, casual, “show up if you want to” kind of night.  Lots of conversation, squinting at name tags, liquid refreshment, and laughs.  The somewhat remote location coupled with DC area Friday night traffic might have held down our numbers a bit.

There were 68 people at the Saturday afternoon Picnic/BBQ at Camp Letts in Edgewater, MD.  We had an air conditioned (thankfully) indoor facility called the "boathouse".  It was surrounded by a large wooden deck with views of the Rhode River and Chesapeake Bay.  A lovely, serene setting.  We also had a large outdoor picnic area, nestled under a canopy of trees.  Everyone wandered around from inside the boathouse to the deck to the picnic area as they pleased. 

We had people travel in from California, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, Florida, New York, and South Carolina, as well as locals from Maryland and Virginia.

Bob Collins, a college friend of Phil Homan, set up his music/sound system on the boathouse deck and played a great selection of oldies music from the early 70s.  I think we all knew all the words to the songs he played.  Thanks, Bob, for a great job...you can't get a 70s group of people together without having our music there. 

Patti Walter again did a great job with decorating both the Friday and Saturday venues....lots of red and gold to be seen.  We had a memorabilia table with yearbooks, past reunion photos, and an  "In Memory List and Photos". Thanks to Kippy Callahan cleaning our her basement for a move, a bunch of old reunion keychains, wineglasses, and TShirts were given out.

After mixing and mingling for awhile, the food arrived.  Mission BBQ, owned by military veterans, provided 3 types of BBQ and various side dishes.  For those wanting a Maryland crab picking fix, we had hot steamed crabs delivered.  A canoe, filled with ice, provided all the beer, wine, water, and soda you needed to stay hydrated on a warm day.  The meal was topped off with a delicious Costco Reunion Cake.  No one left hungry or thirsty!!!

We still had a number of folks at the Camp as the sun began to set and this beautiful day came to an end.  We all have our memories and look forward to gathering again in 5 years for our 50th Reunion at a time and place to be determined.  Until then, please stay healthy.

To close out the weekend, we had a pleasant brunch at the Live! Lofts Hotel, attended by about 15-20 people.  It was an ample buffet of breakfast foods to give us a hearty start to a day of traveling or gambling at the nearby casino.  With a final round of goodbyes, we parted ways.

A special shout out to Nancy O'Bryhim for all her help setting up Friday and Saturday rooms, Karen Weightman for always being there for '72, Sandra Estes for taking a bunch of photos, and DJ Bob Collins for the great music.  We had a record number of donors and donations this year…please accept our genuine appreciation for your generosity. And finally, to all of you who came, thank you for attending and making this a successful event.

There was some discussion about organizing a fall leaf-peeper New England cruise in 2019.  Patti Walter is a travel agent and will spearhead any such effort.  Also, the Watson girls, Nancy(’72) and Gail (’68) are discussing a “Cavaliers in Florida” get together for some time in 2019 in The Villages, FL (a mega-retirement community about 60 miles NW of Orlando).  We will keep you informed about these and other CHS events via our www.crossland72.com website.  As always, send any questions or news reports to our email address crossland72@yahoo.com


Until we meet again...

Your CHS 72 45th Reunion Committee

Phil Homan, Patti Walter, Nancy Watson, Randy Weightman, Alan Mills, Randy Gann

Friday Night Mixer
25 Photos  9/29/17
Saturday Picnic/BBQ
67 Photos  10/2/17
Sunday Brunch
14 Photos  9/29/17