Full Lineup of Events Celebrates 1971's 50th Reunion Year!
By Geoff Smith '71, Class Vice President
With the receipt of our incredibly interesting and thorough 50th reunion yearbook assembled by Chris Connell and Ray Ollwerther, and fresh off the immensely successful Fall Retreat created and executed by Jeff Hammond, Jack Hittson, Stu Rickerson and Alan Usas, we are still only half way through the continuing celebration of our 50th reunion. Please feast your eyes on the brief descriptions of the events still to come and try to fit these gems into your plans.
It has been my repeated experience that sharing time with a small group of interesting Princeton classmates at a venue that celebrates natural beauty, history and local traditions generates a friendship bond among the participants that is warm, humorous, strong and lasting. The tremendous reviews from the Fall Retreat attendees certainly confirms that. Such opportunities are not to be passed over lightly. We are in our 70’s now and our time to enjoy such gatherings has a finite shelf life. So shake off the inertia that seems to inexorably pull us inward and step into an adventure that you will share with classmates for many years to come.
San Diego Mini Reunion
January 15 – 16, 2022
Alumni Day in Princeton
February 19, 2022
Second Voyage of the Whalers to Baja California
February 24 – March 5, 2022
Locals Tour of New Orleans
March 20 – 24, 2021
71’s 51st Extended Reunion
May 18 – 22, 2022
Mississippi River Cruise
October 9 – 15, 2022
Class Zoom Meetings
Any group, anytime, anywhere
A brief description of each of these events follows. For more event details, visit the class website at http://princeton71.org.
All the very best to all of you!
Geoff Smith '71
Class Vice President
WILD LIFE in the Big Easy. New Orleans Locals Tour
March 20-24, 2022
Hey 71! Where y’at?
(An old New Orleans expression by local musicians inquiring where other musicians were playing that night.) What better way to experience the unique, national treasure that is New Orleans than a four-day Class of 71 mini-reunion orchestrated by lifetime resident classmates who know the city like the back of their hand. The venerable Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter will be our headquarters and provide walking distance access to art galleries, music venues, the famed WWII museum and the Audubon Aquarium, as well as restaurants and shopping. A swamp tour, lunch and a visit to the a nearby plantation will be included as well as a tasting at the Sazerac Company of the world famous New Orleans cocktail and two Class dinners that will expose attendees to the fine parts of traditional New Orleans cuisine. The combination of free time and scheduled events are bound to make this visit to the Big Easy a memorable event.
Please email Geoff Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a detailed itinerary and sign-up form. We hope to see y’all in March.
The Class of 71’s Extended 51st Reunion
May 19- 22, 2022
Incoming Reunions Chair Jeff Hammond is working hard to plan a special 51st Reunion as we enjoy the return to classic in-person Reunions. Stay tuned for details as the event draws near.
Please note that lodging will be very tight around Princeton in May 2022. You should consider reserving a hotel now with a good cancellation and change policy. There will be few or no beds available to 1971 on-Campus as a satellite reunion class. Many hotels will require a 3-day minimum stay and be sure to check their cancellation policies.
Mississippi River Cruise
October 9 - 15, 2022
We have reserved a group discounted rate on an American Cruise Line ship for an 8 day / 7 night cruise on the Lower Mississippi from New Orleans to Memphis. This is a popular time for Mississippi River cruising and cruises often fill up 6 to 8 months in advance, so I recommend that you book your stateroom by the end of December. There are a good number of classmates who have expressed interest in this event.
Please contact Geoff Smith for a brochure and pricing via email at email@example.com.
At any time just get together with a group of your local Classmates, or sign on to one of the many affinity group Zoom calls that started up before or during our Virtual Reunion and hoist a glass to our 50th. Send a picture of your group to Rob Slocum, our new Class Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in hosting a Zoom meeting with other members of '71, you can reserve a time on the Class Zoom account by contacting Technology Chair Alan Usas at email@example.com.
You can visit the class website for more details regarding these events: princeton71.org
Upcoming EventsClick on date for more info
Class of 1971's 50th Reunion Year
50th/51st Class Reunion
May 19-22, 2022
Football vs. Stetson
Class event in planning
September 17, 2022
Mississippi River Cruise
October 9-15, 2022
Future Class Reunions
52nd Reunion, May 25-28, 2023
53rd Reunion, May 23-26, 2024
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