GLOVERSVILLE - Nearly 80 members of the Gloversville High School Class of 1962 gathered for a weekend of activities, July 20 to 22, to celebrate their 50th reunion. There were more than 120 classmates and guests who attended over the course of the weekend.
On July 20, an informal pizza party was hosted by classmate Jim Taylor in Gloversville. A toast to the class featured champagne supplied by class member Tom Frederick, owner of Capay Valley Vineyards, Brooks, Calif. The guests also viewed nostalgic school photos and memorabilia in a display organized by classmate Stephanie DeSimone Bollam.
On July 21, attendees were given a tour of the Town Line Museum, Johnstown, featuring an array of rooms displaying vintage memorabilia from 1962. In the evening, a dinner-dance took place at the Holiday Inn with DJ Steve Hentnick providing music from the 1960s. Classmate Chuck Howe offered the blessing and classmate Neil Evans, who traveled from Panama to attend, offered an inspiring keynote speech.
Classmate Geri DeRosa Venneman led the group in singing the GHS Alma Mater and "America the Beautiful." Directories, compiled by classmate Consiglia Marotta Rozycki, were distributed along with a souvenir packet of notecards designed by classmate Liz Mraz Lis. The notecards depict both the old and new high schools in ink sketches. Classmate, and master of ceremonies, Russ Barter, announced the class of 1962 participated in a "revitalize Gloversville" effort, a news release said, by assisting the Fulton County Historical Society and Museum in selling copies of its DVD set, "A Pictorial History of Gloversville."
On July 22, an outdoor farewell brunch, catered by Union Hall Inn, was hosted by Johanne and classmate Mario Papa at their home on Sacandaga Lake.
The committee members for the reunion events were Linda Baird Patterson, Barter, Conniejo Betor Dicruttalo, Gil Brookins, Bollam, Barbara Dicruttalo Dietrich, Linda Heacock Anderson, Rozycki, Lis and Ann Marie Paciolla Connolly.