I hope everyone enjoyed the Mid-Summer Festival this year! It’s always been a great place to meet up with old friends. There has been a growing trend to hold class reunions during the event, even including a “Reunion Tent,” sponsored by Fritz Enterprises and Huron Valley Steel, where classmates and families can meet up.
Three years ago, after learning there were no plans for the Class of 1984’s 25-year reunion, a few friends and I decided to plan one. We had the idea that the weekend of the Mid-Summer Festival would be ideal.
We rented the American Legion Hall on West Jefferson and planned a very informal and fun event. We had a great turnout — with many out-of-towners traveling in — and we think we were the first to formally start this tradition!
This year, the Classes of 1982 and 1977 held reunions at TV’s Grand Event during the Festival. The class of ’82’s planning committee was kind enough to let a few of us underclassmen “crash” the party.
Classmates Curt Cole, Pam Pischke Kennedy and Elaine Liverance-Hayes planned the event. Cole said he thought that since planning it during the Festival worked so well for the class of ’84 that they should try it, and then Pam Pischke-Kennedy came up with the idea to use the Grand.
“The turnout was great!” Liverance-Hayes said. “With a graduating class of over 400 we had just over 100 classmates who bought tickets. Even more turned out after 11:30 to join us when the cash bar commenced. I’ve attended all of our reunions to date and I believe this one was the best! I think that being in our hometown during the street fair was perfect! I really must commend Pam for obtaining The Grand for us! … I couldn’t think of a better place to have our reunion! Everyone I spoke to that night was very happy with the event.”
Cole said that they did have some complaints about the event being held during the Festival. I can say that those people really missed out. The planning committee and the Grand did a fantastic job. Everyone who was there was having a blast in a way I have rarely seen at the more formal class reunions, and at a fraction of the usual reunion ticket price.
The Mid-Summer Festival can be the perfect place and time for a reunion, whether you use TV’s Grand Event, the American Legion Hall, or other nearby venue. A lot of people come in to town that weekend. You have a place to enjoy air conditioning, convenient bathrooms, food, and an open bar. With a wristband, you can come and go as you please. Afterward, it’s easy to keep the party going in the tent area of the Grand. Most importantly, it’s a way to keep your reunion in Trenton, instead of a hall in another city!
The Trenton Historical Society would like to remind us about a book signing by the authors of the “Coney Detroit,” which tells the story of the history of the Coney Dog in the area, as well as the Greek families who made the Coney Island restaurants famous, at Mom’s Restaurant, 2691 Fort St., at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. (Please note the date change from what was previously reported.)
Meet the authors, Katherine Yung and Joe Grimm, and hear about the history, rivalries and secrets of the Coney. In addition, the authors will be selling signed copies of the book, which was published by Wayne State University Press.
The owners of “Mom’s,” Gus and Sia Dimopoulis, are Greek and know a lot about the history of Greek emigration to the area. They will offer a special menu that evening, since you are bound to be craving some Coney!
For more information, contact Carol Hendricks, president of the Trenton Historical Society, at (734) 676-4375.
Email Terey DeLisle at firstname.lastname@example.org.