A big, multi-class reunion of the Cedaredge High School Cubs became an occasion for sharing memories, renewing friendships, and building community at Cedaredge Town Park last Saturday.
As the more than 275 people attending the afternoon picnic event visited and reminisced, a typical conversation overheard might have gone something like: "I went to school with a 'Bill' who had the same last name as you. Was he related to you?"
"Yes, he was my uncle and his brother, Dave, had the place north of town."
And so it went throughout the afternoon with the classic picnic luncheon of pulled pork barbecue sandwiches and sides including lots of sweet corn from Olathe.
Classmates from every decade of the school's history since the 1930s were present.
Two representatives of the class of 1938, Mary Grace (Perrigo) Farmer of Cedaredge and Alice (Hirt) Watson of Montrose represented graduates of the earliest class in attendance.
A class of 1976 graduate, Becky (Hamilton) Cole, came from Alaska for the reunion.
A similar multi-year CHS reunion had taken place a number of years ago.
The inspiration for this year's event began when Anne (Ballard) Reed, class of 1977, decided a couple of years ago that she wanted to locate a friend from high school days. Reed now lives in Grand Junction. When the two classmates finally made contact, the idea of a reunion came up. After that, one thing led to another.
Reed contacted classmate Kevin Fisher, class of 1976, who lives in Cedaredge. Reed said that Fisher brought his organizational skills and long list of contacts to the project. Reed's husband, Calvin, remarked that his wife and Fisher "got hold of that project and would not let go."
Making contacts and getting the word out was helped by the Internet where social networking was utilized to spread the word rapidly.
The result of their efforts on Saturday in Town Park was a gathering estimated at more than 275 classmates. There were several teachers also attending.
"We have all lost touch over the years," Reed said. "It is really good to get together again and touch base."
She said she would like to see the Cedaredge Cubs reunions become a more regular event and hopes to be attending another one in a couple of years.
As part of the event, on Friday evening preceding the picnic, a gathering of at least 100 classmates, Reed estimates, joined for a good time of getting acquainted at Cedaredge's Pondy on Main Street.
In 1981, Cedaredge High School moved to its new building on Deer Creek Drive and the school's mascot changed from the Cubs to the Bruins.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.