40th Reunion Dinner Banquet Venue Change!

Although we had hoped our 40th reunion dinner banquet would be a night spent on the shores of Oneida Lake, we have had to change our venue because of circumstances beyond our control. We were unable to meet the minimum requirement for the use of DiCastro’s Private Beach Club in Sylvan Beach.

The original caterer from Dibble’s Inn has generously offered us the use of “The Mason Jar” on Route 5 in Vernon for a very reasonable fee and will offer the same menu offerings as we originally set forth for DiCastro’s Private Beach Club. Check out The Mason Jar on their website found here: https://tinyurl.com/themasonjar

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Due to this change in venue and fees, we are able to offer a $20/person refund to all who have previously paid for the dinner banquet at DiCastro’s Private Beach Club.
If for any reason you are not happy with the change in venue and would like to cancel your reservation and receive a full refund of your dinner banquet reservation fee, that option is also available up until July 26th.

In the next week, via Postal Mail, you will be receiving a form to return to Lance Williams:

  • If you have not yet mailed in your reservation form, this will be the new reservation form for the new venue at the new lower rates.
  • If you have mailed in your reservation, this form with be your refund request form, with options on how to disperse your overpayment.

We are hoping this new semi-casual venue will entice more of you to come and share a night with friends near and far, take a walk down memory lane, renew old friendships, show off your life’s battle scars, share some laughs, tell some old stories, and simply put… “make it a night to remember”.

We hope to see many of you there!!
Your Class of 1979 40th Reunion Committee

Lance Williams, Chairperson
Brenda Patsy Prue, Secretary
Deanne VanDresar Suits, Treasurer
Linda Barrett Coriale
Lisa Crawford
Donna Harrington Johnson
Linda Jones LaRobardiere
Sandra Narolis Maloney
Deborah Mulvaney
Nancy Fox Prusack
Jennifer VanSchoick Reed

40th Reunion Plans Well Underway!!

After last night’s meeting of the 40th Reunion Planning Committee, we are happy to report that the plans are well underway. Our plans are to have the registration materials in the mail to all alumni within 7 to 10 days. To give you a “heads up” on the information, here are the details on the pricing and specials:

Friday, August 16th

Friday Night Ice Breaker at Nicole’s in Camden is a free event, with a cash bar for drinks and food. This will be a great place for everyone to catch up and talk to old friends that we have not seen in 5 or more years since our last reunion event.

Saturday, August 17th

Saturday evening we will have a dinner banquet at DiCastro’s Private Beach Club in Sylvan Beach. Social hour with appetizers and cash bar will be followed by a buffet style dinner with great views of a summer sunset on Oneida Lake.  DiCastro’s was formerly Phol’s Beach House, and has been renovated back to it’s 1930’s grandeur as a premier banquet facility. DJ services will be provided by Jim Nutting, who will be accepting requests, details to follow…

The cost for the dinner banquet has been set at $65 per person or $125 per couple with an early reservation discount rate of $60 per person $115 per couple for reservations postmarked no later than May 3rd.

Saturday, June 15th – Camden Alumni Association Annual Banquet

Finally, if you are within a reasonable driving distance of Camden, we highly recommend attending the annual Camden Alumni Association Banquet on Saturday, June 15th at the Camden High School Cafeteria. This event is well received every year, and as the 40th Year Class, it is a good time to make a great showing at the banquet.

You will receive a separate mailing from the Camden Alumni Association in late April to make your reservations for the annual banquet at the high school. For around $20 per person, this is a great informal catered event for all alumni & friends.

Another Classmate Lost….

Sad to report the loss of our classmate, Brian Sauer. Apologies for not getting this out to the class sooner, but I only got the notice late Wednesday night, and Thursday was a busy day for me…  Hopefully some of you were able to make the memorial gathering at the Grape & Grog yesterday afternoon….

Here is link to Brian’s obituary:


Pictures, Pictures, Pictures…..


If you took pictures during any of the recent Class of 1979’s 35th Reunion Events, please share them with me so I can post them here on our class website!  I have a few pictures I took at the Ice Breaker, School Tours and the Dinner Banquet, and have created a Photo Gallery for each event:

Friday Night Ice Breaker at The Sunset Grill in Sylvan Beach:

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Saturday High School Tour:

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Saturday Middle School Tour:

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Saturday Evening Dinner Banquet at Delta Lake Inn, Rome:

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DJ for Dinner Banquet Canceled…

Due to very low responses to the 35th Reunion Dinner Banquet at Delta Lake Inn, we have had to cancel the DJ entertainment. Our reservations have not been sufficient enough to generate the money we need to pay for the DJ, and at the current rate of responses, we highly doubt we will be able to meet the minimum number to cover that cost.

We don’t want to wait until the last minute and not give him a chance to book another event, so we are canceling the DJ services now.

Cover Art for 35th Reunion Class Directory

A couple weeks ago, I sent out an email looking for a classmate to design the cover artwork for the new Class Directory being printed for the 35th Reunion.  To date, I have received no replies of interest.

If no one steps forward, our only option is to just re-label the 30th Reunion Class Directory cover to apply for the current 35th Reunion.  Fortunately, I still have the original artwork files for this cover, and can make this change easily, but I was hoping for something new for this year’s edition….

35th Reunion Site Update Complete

I have worked on our class site most of the afternoon & evening today, and I think I have just about everything updated for the 35th Reunion in August.  All of the information pages are relatively complete, and will be updated as things change.

You can find information about all the 35th Reunion Events and updated attendance lists on this website.  The attendance lists will be updated regularly once reservation forms start coming in to me….

Shortly, I will look into online registration and payment options, so you can register and pay via PayPal, but I have to do a little research on how to do that from this newer website….

35th Reunion Approaching Fast….

Today, you should receive an email about the plans for our 35th Reunion. The reunion committee is working on finalizing the plans for our reunion weekend over the next few days, and at that time, I will update this website with all the information about our upcoming 35th Reunion.

For now, the plans are:

Friday, August 1st:

7pm: Ice Breaker Event at The Sunset Grill in Sylvan Beach

Saturday, August 2nd:

11am-3pm: Family Style Picnic at Forest Park & Tours of the High School & Middle School
6pm-11pm: Dinner Banquet at Delta Lake Inn, at Delta Dam, north of Rome.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion!  Look for your information & reservation package in the mail soon!