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Class of 1966 to hold 50th reunion Apple Festival weekend

From Staff Reports

Alumni of the Unicoi County High School Class of 1966 are counting down the days to their 50th Class Reunion which will be held on the weekend of Oct. 7-9. Capitalizing on the traditional family reunions that surround the local Apple Festival, the class will have several opportunities to connect with old friends.

The weekend will begin with a check-in and family greeting time with lemonade and cookies at the A.R. Brown House at 241 S. Main, just across from the First Baptist Church on Friday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. A weekend schedule and T-shirts which have been pre-ordered can be picked up at that time or on Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and noon. 

Class members who have not yet registered or ordered a royal blue shirt, featuring a drawing of the old high school building, should do so by contacting either Twerpy Stromberg (743-5795) or Michael Phillips (914-2913) immediately.

The final deadline for shirt orders will be Sept. 16 and there will not be extra shirts at the reunion. 

On Saturday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m., there will be a reception for the Class of 1966 at the new Unicoi County High School Commons Area. There will be refreshments, a dedication and unveiling of a large photo of the old high school, and a tour of the new school.

This will give class members a chance meet the current principal, Dr. Chris Bogart, and to see and hear about the new beginnings taking place in this 100th year of the school. Please enter from the back of the school.

The main event will be an old time country barbecue dinner at The Bramble (formerly Brown’s Store) on Gay Street on Sunday, Oct. 9. It will begin with a “meet and greet” at 4 p.m., a class photo at 5 p.m., followed by dinner featuring Hawg ‘N’ Dawg barbecue.

Deceased members of the class will be remembered, those who have served in our nation’s military will be honored, and all of our accumulated years of life since 1966 will be celebrated. Fred Congdon, former Unicoi County Clerk, will serve as master of ceremonies. There will be 60s music and plenty of time to share memories and catch up with old friends.

More than 100 people have already signed up and the planning committee, headed by Brenda White Shaw, urges all class members to attend to join in the celebration.

If you are a 1966 graduate of UCHS and have not yet registered, please contact Stromberg or Phillips as soon as possible.