Perhaps a sign of the turbulent economy, an event scheduled on September 18, 2010 at Northeast Park, commemorating the Twenty-fifth Reunion of the Northeast Guilford High School Class of 1985, was officially canceled due to poor response. According to organizer, Gary Smith, “We only had 52 adults total to pay and only 32 of those were classmates. We needed 100 people to register in order to cover the rental, food, and band costs.”
Some alumni went ahead with existing plans to attend the Northeast vs. Page football game on September 17 while Lyndi Griffin Forehand suggested meeting at Green’s Supper Club. Gary Smith found that Green’s would provide space for the group at no cost, reserved it, notified classmates, and thus established a viable alternative to the previously scheduled event at Northeast Park.
Lyndi’s prescience and Gary’s tenacity provided a fun and successful reunion for the Northeast Guilford Class of 1985. Just prior to 7:00 P.M. on Saturday night, former classmates (some who had not seen one another since graduation) began gathering in the parking lot of Green’s Supper Club, greeting one another and, as old friends generally do, began taking up where they had left off. Butch Reid, Terry Kennedy, Joe Hodgin, Angela Bridges, Theresa Burke, and Wendy Skipworth Hayton (among a host of others) were responsible for infectious good humor that lasted through the night.
Jeff and Patti Lambert Starkey, perhaps the most memorable and timeless couple from the Class of 1985, shared their characteristic, gregarious good nature which was appreciated by all. Other fun loving couples, including Tony and Sandra Apple Martin and Brad and Donna Hood Spivey, ensured that the event remained entertaining as it went beyond schedule. When closing time approached at Green’s, many who were reluctant to see the night end elected to continue their fellowship at another location and ultimately enjoyed hot dogs purchased from a colorful sidewalk vendor.
The Northeast Guilford High School Class of 1985 was honored by the presence of a very special guest. Leslie Bray Evans is a talented news reporter who delights others with her optimistic insight, unwavering faith, and perennial love of the natural beauty of Stokes County. She was also a favorite teacher of the Class of 1985 and several memorable occurrences from her English class were fondly recalled. All of Leslie’s former students were excited to see her and the fact that she has obviously found the Fountain of Youth was not unnoticed.
More than one classmate lamented the lengthy time between reunions and indicated that regular gatherings should be pursued; Wendy Johnson Hill took action the very next day by making contacts to keep this genial spirit alive. Though daunted and perhaps less heavily attended than other reunions, the Twenty-fifth Reunion of the Northeast Guilford High School Class of 1985 took place despite initial cancellation, many relationships were renewed, and, by virtue of social networking, will likely flourish. The class that was “Alive in Eighty-five” indomitably thrives in 2010 and it has not lost its goodwill towards one another.