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Bourne High School Alumni Gather in Fun, Friendship

Class of 1954

Bourne Courier

Posted Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM


It was a perfect summer evening last Saturday as the Bourne High School Alumni Association hosted 90 graduates, spanning seven decades of life’s experience, at the Canal Club off Trowbridge Road, hard by a wistful memory lane.

The group, many pushing their twilight years aside for a night of dancing and dining, dressed in summer casual and reminisced about those schoolyard days so long ago; many renewed old friendships that had withered over the years when time, distance and events when life got in the way.

But the grads also discussed the upcoming Falmouth Road Race, how the town has changed, heroin problems among young people, Israel, Iraq and, especially traffic on both sides of the canal.

There were smiles, delightful moments, and surprises all around. There were stories from yesteryear always embellished in the retelling, and a moment of silence for classmates who are gone.

The annual affair this year featured special invitations to the BHS Classes of 1964, 1954 and ’44; the oldest alumnus honored was from ’42 Christine Milliken Farber fashionably attired in a summer white jacket.

The music took the gathering quickly back to “those days of old.” Back to “A Summer Place,” “Unchained Melody,” “Moon River,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Blue Velvet” and more.

The new association president is Dave Gibbs, Class of ’62. He took the microphone and worked the ‘alums’ like a new version of Phil Donahue. The evening attracted attentive graduates from across the country, stretching from the Cape to Vermont, New Hampshire and New Jersey to Colorado.

The Class of 1954 was front page news in the Bourne Courier that special June 60 years ago. “Can you imagine?” Judy Sorenti Papi of North Sagamore said Saturday night. “Sixty years. So fast.”

This year, six 1954 grads attended the alumni gathering.

The BHS Class of 1943, meanwhile, gathered again early Sunday evening at the Marshview home of Dudley and Vivien Jensen at County Road, overlooking Back River.

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