It's Alumni Weekend!
Donna Turner Judd
Photo by Donna Turner JuddDana Fisher, Class of 1980 and Diane Hillyard Brown, Class of 1977 belt out a Karaoke tune for the Friday night kick off of Alumni Weekend.
The Alumni Hall opened Friday for registration and alumni ate BBQ sandwiches from the smoker made available by Big Rob's, folks performed Karaoke and the band, the Sock Monkeys, took the stage to entertain the downtown crowd. Last night's event was held in the empty lot at the corner of Central and Broadway.
Today, from 7 am to 11 am the Lions Club are hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast, a long standing tradition for the members. The cost is $5 per person.
The Alumni Hall opened up at 9 am for registration and the American Legion members have a table set up for brick orders for their project at the American Legion Donaldson -Walker Post 108 of Cushing to honor the veterans of this area, their family and friends with a "Walk Of Honor" in recognition and memorial for their service to this country. Bricks honoring and memorializing veterans are only $50. The Bricks will be laid on each side of a new sidewalk that will lead to the front door of the historical building. If you would like more information on this project call Farrel Kleckner at 225- 4854 or Carey Seigle at 225-4802.
Unrelated to the Alumni weekend, but something of interest, is the Lions Club Golf Ball Drop. Folks are buying numbers that will be on golf balls for $10 per ball and Saturday at 1 pm, a Cushing fire department truck will drop the balls on to a special green prepared by Lions Club members at the same lot that the Friday evening mixer was held. If your numbered golf ball drops in the hole, you will win 3,000 and if more than one ball drops in the hole the prize money will be split. If no balls land in the green's hole, then the ball closest to the hole will receive the prize money. You can contact any Lions Club member during the pancake breakfast for tickets.
This afternoon, Dora's kids return and celebrate Dora Hobb's teaching career at the Cushing High School. The Auditorium will be officially dedicated to Hobbs. Memorabilia will fill the auditorium area, DVD's will be available for order, stories will be exchanged and wonderful memories of Dora will fill the auditorium as her drama students gather to pay tribute to her. This event will begin at 2 pm and will run until 6 pm at the CHS Auditorium located on the high school campus.
Alumni coming home will find a few changes in the event schedule. It has been tradition to hold a dance directly after the Awards Banquet on Saturday night, but this year, there will be no dance at the Elks Lodge. The Association feels that classmates will want to be with their respective classes doing individual class events. Some of the Classes celebrating monumental reunions include: Class of 1960, Class of 1965, Class of 1970, Class of 1980 and Class of 1995.
Steer Inn will cater the dinner which will begin at 6:30 pm Saturday night at the Elks Lodge and the awards event will begin approximately at 7:30 pm. This year's theme is, There's No Place Like Home, fashioned after the famous movie, The Wizard Of Oz.
The Hall of Fame recipient, Jim E. Hunter, will be honored with Clayton Vaughn and Alumni President Sean Kelly heading up the festivities including some of Dora's kid's taking the stage to share memories of Dora Hobbs.
The Alumni Association now has a email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org and for the CHS official website for the latest alumni news:
Go to www.cushingalumni.com
CHS Alumni will make their way back to their old stomping grounds once again this year during Memorial Day Weekend, because there truly is No Place Like Home, no matter where they may roam.