May 28, 2019
1959 Wa-Hi 55th Class Reunion
Sept. 10 and 11, 2019
It has been nearly four months since we sent our first letter telling you about our plans for a gathering to celebrate our 60th year since graduating from Wa-Hi. Final plans are being done for the above dates, and we hope to hear from you soon with your reservations.
Date: Tuesday, Sept.10, 2019 5:30 – 10:00
Place: The Big House, formerly Mill Creek Brew Pub & Restaurant, 11 S. Palouse - (Corner of E. in/Boyer & Palouse)
Food and Drink: No host – they have a large menu (available to view on line) of both food and beverages.
Attire: Casual – there is an outdoor area we plan to use if the weather is favorable. The restaurant is quite large inside, so seating should not be a problem.
This is a very informal & fun gathering.
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – Casual – Ladies, No-host luncheon
Place: El Sombrero Restaurant – North Second Street
Time: 11:30 AM - ?
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – Golf outing being arranged by Bud Kinzer and Roger Muller – Please contact Bud at 509-301-0600 or Roger at 509-525-9339 for times, etc.
Place: Walla Walla Country Club, 1390 Country Club Road.
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – 4:30PM – 5:45PM
Place: Dick & Mary Ann Gray’s Home – 1225 Lancer Drive - informal gathering prior to the evening event.
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 6:00 PM – No host cocktails
7:00 PM –Buffet Dinner & Music
Place: Walla Walla Country Club, 1390 Country Club Road
Food: Italian Pasta Bar, Marsala Chicken, assorted salads, and an Ice Cream Bar.
Drinks: There will be a bar set up for cocktails, wine, or soft drinks for purchase. If you choose to bring wine with you, there is a $13.00 corkage fee per bottle.
Music by the Gems (Jim Reid from our Wa-Hi Class of ‘59 is a member of this group!)
Charge: $45.00 per person or $90.00 per couple
Attire: Business casual (Khaki pants, nice jeans, golf acceptable shorts, collared shirts)
As mentioned above, Jim Reid, one of our classmates, is a member of a band that continues to perform together, and we are able to hire them to play for us at the Wednesday evening affair. These fellows have been friends and fellow musicians for the last 60 years and have returned from time to time to Walla Walla and entertained at the Elks Lodge, as well as other locations. Their group is called The Gems and they play the 50’s songs and rock and roll music we all love so much. More information on their group is on the last page of this letter.
There are many activities we could plan in addition to the events we have listed; however, if anyone would like to volunteer to put a plan together for a tour of Walla Walla, tour of the wineries, tour of Fort Walla Walla Museum, Whitman Mission, or any other tour you might be interested in, we ask that you contact us soon and we can give you names and numbers of a bus company or limousine service that specializes in that sort of thing. We are happy to assist, but we ask that others come forward to help. With the internet so available it is much easier now than ever to be a helper from a distance, and it is very appreciated by those of us who have been doing most of it here. New ideas are always welcome!
Golf is being organized for Wednesday morning at the Country Club. Please contact Bud Kinzer or Roger Muller to make golf arrangements.
In the past we have found the next morning event – usually a brunch – to be very enjoyable. We have decided not to do a planned brunch on Thursday morning, but we would certainly suggest many of our wonderful restaurants where groups or couples could plan to enjoy a nice breakfast before heading back home.
The Maple Counter 209 E. Alder (509) 876-2527
Bacon & Eggs 57 E. Main St. (509) 876-4553
Clarette’s 15 S. Touchet (509) 529-3430
Shari’s 814 W. Chestnut (509) 522-1975
Tommys Dutch Lunch 1203 W. Pine St. (509) 527-0600
Smiths Family Rest. 1425 W. Pine (509) 529-3800
Walla Walla has numerous motels available, but they have a tendency to become filled early due to the colleges and wineries and many other events in our area. We would suggest making your reservations early to avoid any disappointment of being unable to stay where you desire.
Elaine and Steve Knapp have been in contact with the Walla Walla Suites and have reserved a block of fifteen rooms for the Wa-Hi Class of 1959 classmates at a discounted rate of $118.15 per night for King room (regular rate is $139) and $109.65 per night for one queen bed (regular rate is $129). If classmates are interested, they should call soon to make a reservation, specifying they are with the Class of 1959 and Steve Knapp has them spoken for and put that room in their own name. We do have to use these fifteen rooms or the rate will not be discounted. Steve will need to take his name off the reservation probably a month prior to our reunion date, so we encourage everyone to make their reservations early.
Walla Walla Suites (509) 525-4700
Here are a few more lodging suggestions:
LaQuinta Inn (509) 394-8815
Hampton Inn (509) 525-1398
Holiday Inn Express (509) 525-6200
The Marcus Whitman (509) 525-2200
Comfort Inn & Suites 888-775-4252
Mariott Courtyard 888-780-7925
We would also like to remind you our website is still up and available. We have tried to keep things updated on it but it’s difficult when we aren’t always aware of news or other information that should be entered. You are all still welcome to go in and update anything on your profile or add pictures, comments, guest book, etc. The website is: http://bluedevils59.com/. Go into the Classmates section and search for your name and picture. Click on Edit and a box will come up asking for username and password. If you have forgotten, just click on the box provided and another box comes up asking for your email address. Fill that in and send it. The company who owns the website will then email you your information. If you are still unable to access it, give me a call and I will attempt to help you. (Pat Herring Lucarelli, 509-525-2821)
We are trying to make this gathering a fun and easy time to get together and just catch up with good friends. We are sad to say that many more of our good friends and classmates have passed away, and it reminds us how important it is to enjoy one another while we are able.
We have already had some notes from classmates saying they will not be able to attend because they have various “issues”. Believe me, you are not alone – remember, we are all the same age and most of us have various “issues” as well – from hearing loss, mobility, health, medical, etc…… Growing up in Walla Walla was pretty special to most of us, and our friendships continue to be very important. We have offers from people who will assist if needed, so please don’t hesitate to call one of us to ask questions.
We have tried to keep our costs as low as possible. We ask that you pay in advance for the Wednesday night event so we have a firm number for reservations. We have to guarantee our numbers to the Country Club by Saturday, August 31, 2019. Send your money to Wa-Hi Class of ’59 – 752 Blalock Drive – Walla Walla, WA 99362. Again, the cost is $45.00 per person or $90.00 per couple, which includes a little extra to help pay for the band, cost of room rental, paper, ink, & postage. We will talk more at the Wednesday night party about whether or not we want to keep the website up for another five years.
Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions. We are always happy to hear from you and would love other ideas and suggestions on how to make this a fun reunion. Our mailings are costly and a lot of work, so please watch our website, (www.bluedevils59.com) and we will try and keep changes posted there.
Contacts: Pat (Herring) Lucarelli
PLEASE SEND YOUR RESERVATIONS & MONEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
December 11, 2018 - Wa-Hi Class of 1959 - 60th Reunion Plans
The Reunion Committee met on November 30th in the Board Room of the Walla Walla School District. Decisions were made as follows:
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 -The Big House, formerly Mill Creek Brew Pub, located on the corner of Palouse and Main Street. Casual gathering - No Host - (outside, weather permitting) - Time to be determined.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - Casual Ladies No-host luncheon at the El Sombrero Restaurant located on North Second Street - 11:30 AM.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - Bud Kinzer and Roger Muller will be planning a golf outing for anyone interested in playing golf that day. More info to follow.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 5:00 ish - Dick and Mary Ann Gray will host an informal gathering at their home prior to the evening event at the Walla Walla Country Club. Details to follow.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 6:00 - Walla Walla Country Club - social time, dinner, program, dancing, visiting, etc. Jim Reid, member of our class and his Band, The Gems, will entertain us with their wonderful music from 7:30 to 10:30.
Elaine and Steve Knapp have been in contact with the Walla Walla Suites and have reserved a block of fifteen rooms for the Wa-Hi Class of 1959 classmates at a discounted rate of $118.15 per night for King room (regular rate is $139) and $109.65 per night for one queen bed (regular rate is $129). If classmates are interested, they should call soon to make a reservation, specifying they are with the Class of 1959 and Steve Knapp has them spoken for and put that room in their own name. We do have to use these fifteen rooms or the rate will not be discounted. Steve will need to take his name off of the reservation probably a month prior to our reunion date, so we encourage everyone to make their reservations early.
We will be emailing this information soon to those who have email addresses. For those who do not, but have a physical address, we will be mailing to you as well. If you have had cnanges in your profile, or know someone from our class who has, please notify us and we will update our master list.
We hope you will share this website with others so we can keep in touch with one another.
October 29, 2018
I know it is hard to believe, but time has passed quickly and we are once again planning another fun reunion. This time it is our 60th. We had a meeting last Monday and actually set the date. I'm hoping we can get a letter out to everyone within the next month with more details. Until then, here are the dates we have reserved.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - casual event - visiting, etc.....
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - casual event with dinner and possibly music by Jim Reid and his band.....and lots more visiting!
You are probably wondering why we would choose to do a midweek party. Other classes who have done this recently have shared very positive comments with us. So we decided to try it too.
Please mark your calendars and save these dates so we can gather once again and share friendships, stories, and updates about our lives. If you have any news and would like to share it, please feel free to add something to our website. Any questions, please give me a call or send an email. Also any updated email addresses, phone numbers, or physical address changes.
Patty Herring Lucarelli