Gathering This Week!

Stop the Presses! Searching for a less noisy yet public gathering place, we’ve scheduled a get-together at the Don Tequila Mexican Grill in Upper Arlington at 3140 Kingsdale Center, 43221 (next to First Watch). And it’s this week— Friday October 29 arriving between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m., staying until ??

Optional drinks, optional food, mandatory fun.

If you’ve been to our recent gatherings this summer, you’ll know that we’ve had a fine turn-out and lots of enjoyment catching up with the greatest bunch ever… so all of us, cancel your other engagements (grab the next flight, some of us?) and come say hello. What could be better? We hope to see you Friday!

Save the Date for the 55th!

Hello classmates!

It was encouraging to have received all the positive responses from my email suggesting a Grand Reunion for next summer’s 55-year anniversary of our graduation. Thank you to all those who were able to reply so quickly! So…

Save the Date—I have now reserved the Griggs Boathouse on the Scioto River (just south of the Fishinger Road bridge) for July 9, 2022, from 5:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. It’s a great combination indoor/outdoor facility.

If you have not already, please check your calendar and email me (if possible in the next couple days) Tracie McGarity with your ability to attend and include an estimated number in your party. As mentioned earlier, our thoughts are to keep it on the casual side and to include as many of our classmates (and family) as possible. Any ideas are welcome… Thank you!

—Tracie

Dance in November, NYC

Want to see an Eagle soar? If you’re ready to visit New York City in November, come see my dance concert! Titled “POP: Then until Now: Vicki Angel, Eric Barsness, & Carol Clements in Concert,” the Gibney Dance Studio describes it, “Then until Now offers a look at a forty-year choreographic span, with past and present juxtaposed in the bodies of three “mature” dancers. Angel, Barsness, and Clements resurrect solos from the 1980s and make new dances, too. A surprise comic trio is the finale. Out with the new and in with the old!”

Tickets are (a quite reasonable!) $15 – $20; read the specifics on the Gibney Dance website »

A few classmates are already planning to attend. You know, a 71-year-old classmate can still perform!

All the best, Vicki

55th Anniversary Reunion

Hello classmates!

Next summer marks the 55th anniversary of our graduation. We are planning a grand reunion although we are planning to keep it on the casual side.

Tentative date could be Saturday, July 9, 2022, yet appropriate venues are quickly filling up. This post is just an inquiry to determine how many might attend so that we can reserve the optimal venue.

Please email (if possible in the next couple days) to Tracie McGarity with your interest in attending and the estimated number in your party. Thank you!

Monthly Gathering

Anyone present at our August late afternoon gathering will report what a great and fun time we all had. Growing each month, this seemed to be our highest turnout yet! Some faces that we haven’t seen in a while were able to make it. It was fun to spend a little time catching up with everyone.

Due to the COVID variant that seems to be determined to cause havoc, we’re not scheduling an event for September. Hopefully October will bring better days and the resumption of our time together!

On a happier note, for our 55th Anniversary Class Reunion, the weekend of July 9, 2022, is the date preferred by those in attendance at our last get-together. Any and all comments welcome!

August Gathering

Mark the date: Friday late afternoon August 27. Yogi’s Bar & Grill, 1126 W Henderson, 43220 (corner of Kenny & W. Henderson Roads). 

We start gathering between 3:30 and 4:00; people are wandering out by around 6:00— it’s informal, stay as long as you like. Food and drinks are available from the menu, optional, your call. The point is to see the guys and gals with whom we spent our high school years… share what’s been happening, what’s important. Time to renew acquaintances and relive (or not!) memorable teenage experiences. What’s going on now? Remember those who have passed before us into eternal life.

If you’re in contact with other alums, check to see whether they received this notice— if not, make sure they forward their email address for us to include. Also, if a classmate passes away, let us know and we’ll get the word out on our website. Everyone is cherished.

Rumblings are starting about how to celebrate our 55th (!) anniversary next summer— share your thoughts, join in the conversation. All ideas are welcome!

The turnout at our gatherings seems to grow larger each time, and we hope to see you on the 27th!

Mid-Summer Gathering

Our monthly get-together is scheduled for Friday, July 30, arrive 3:30–4:00 pm (or whenever you show up!) at Yogi’s Bar & Grill, 1126 W Henderson, 43220 (corner of Kenny & W. Henderson Roads). We had a decent showing in June and are anticipating even more this month… please spread the word. It’s a great time to reconnect with everyone after the “year that wasn’t” in 2020!

It will be wonderful to see any and all who are able to make it!

God’s Golden Shore, Mike Hilliard

Thomas Michael Hilliard portrait
Mike Hilliard, RIP

Our classmate—and great friend—Mike Hilliard passed on Leap Day after an extended illness. Our prayers are with, and condolences extend to, his whole family. Mike was one of the kindest and gentlest men we knew. His warmth, caring, and smile will be greatly missed. We excerpt from today’s Columbus Dispatch:

Thomas Michael (Mike) Hilliard, age 71, passed away February 29, 2020. Graduated from Bishop Watterson High School and University of Cincinnati. Preceded in death by mother, Shirley Paananen; son, Todd Hilliard; daughter, Michelle Hilliard; brother James Hilliard. Survived by wife of 37 years, Jean Hilliard; son, Jason (Holly) Hilliard and their children, Patrick, Max and Quinn; daughter Jessica (Nick) Grundy and their children, Alysha and Kenna; daughter Carly; and sister Jan Reeve. Mike had many lifelong friends and enjoyed years of touch football, golf league, and creating great memories. He loved music and dancing and trips to Canada with his family and friends. He was especially proud of his induction into Bishop Watterson’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Friends may call Wednesday [March 4] from 4-7 p.m. at EGAN-RYAN NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 4661 Kenny Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Brigid of Kildare Church, 7179 Avery Road. Private burial at a later date. Read full obituary »

February Meet-Up

New Year, holidays are over, Super Bowl will be forgotten, time for more fun with Watterson ’67 classmates.

Those of us who haven’t fled the winter weather will be meeting for lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 19, 2020, at Miller’s Ale House (1201 Olentangy River Road, 43212).

For those who haven’t been to our lunchtime get-togethers, we keep it informal; stand or sit as you please, table or bar, move around or stay put, whatever moves you. Eating is optional, beverages are optional, good times are not! Middle of the week, middle of the day, centrally located, fun for all. We hope you can make it! 

Any questions, email us from our website »

November Lunch

Hi All! We’re doing lunch in November a little different. Since some of you who no longer are in Columbus may be in town for Thanksgiving, we decided to have our gathering on Tuesday, November 26th in hopes that anyone who normally can’t make it will be able to do so this month!  Unless you hear otherwise, we’ll be at Miller’s Ale House, 1201 Olentangy River Road around 12:30.  Also, the December lunch will be on Wednesday the 11th. Again, same time & place unless another location is found. 

Last month, Larry Guglielmi brought a photo album with some old memories to share! Lots of laughs as we recalled days gone by – along with stories to the best of our abilities! So if any of you still have pictures around, please bring them along!

As usual, any questions please feel free to email me. And please pass this on to anyone not in the email. There are so many missing but we do the best we can with what we’ve got! 

—Kathy Picl Rosati