Greenport to host school reunion for graduates from all classes

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03/30/2012 12:00 PM |

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | More than 150 alumni of Greenport High classes from 1958 to 2009 have expressed interest in attending a multi-class reunion.

A plan to reunite all Greenport High School graduates for the first time ever is set for this summer, just in time for the district’s 150th anniversary.

Tom Krumenacker, who graduated from Greenport in 1982, is organizing the free event, open to all Greenport graduates and their families.

Mr. Krumenacker said he decided to put on the event after he found out no one was planning his 30th class reunion this year.

“It sounded like no one was going to organize it,” he said. “So that’s when I thought about having an all-class reunion.”

Mr. Krumenacker described the planning process as “a living salad” since launching a website to garner feedback on his idea. So far, over 150 alumni of classes from 1958 to 2009 have expressed interest in attending, and many have offered to provide grills, food and other party supplies. Mr. Krumenacker expects about 300 people to attend.

“This is important because Greenport is a very small school, the classes are small,” he said. “I’ve lost quite a few friends in the past few years. We’re a tight group of people. What a great idea to meet people from your past and even make new friends.”

Mr. Krumenacker is seeking village approval to hold the reunion at the Fifth Street Park, known as Al Herzog Park, on July 14. Mr. Krumenacker said he will be responsible for cleanup.

In addition to food and games such as horseshoes and volleyball, live music will be provided.

The East End band Beau Hulse, as well as a Doors tribute band called L.A. Woman and singer/guitarist Josh Horton, are expected to perform.

Mr. Krumenacker said he’s hoping to secure hotel discounts for visitors and is soliciting donated raffle items from vineyards and local businesses. In addition, he’ll be selling purple and gold T-shirts, caps, mugs and other promotional items commemorating the “GHS 2012 All-Class Reunion.” Proceeds will go to Greenport schools.

“What a marvelous way to spend a day with Greenport High School classmates from all years,” he said. “It will truly be a multi-generational event.”

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