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Peggy Gillahan Voumard and Cathy Scoggins Weirich comprise half of the committee for the All ‘60s Class Party. Not pictured are Teresa Judkins Powell and Linda Harder Basden.
ALTON — Every five to ten years seems like a lifetime to wait and reconnect, and one decade of graduating classes has figured out the perfect solution.
The All ‘60s Class Party will be held Saturday, Sept. 26. Unlike the last four years, the fifth annual event will take place outside.
“The old people will show the young people how to party,” said Peggy Voumard, one of the administrators of the Facebook group.
The class of 1967 began meeting up in 2010 after a classmate posted a memorial video on Facebook for their deceased classmates. The first party was born soon after, and Cathy Weirich started the “All 60s Class Party” group on Facebook. The group includes students from Alton High School and Marquette Catholic High School.
“We started with 200 members,” Weirich said. “Now it’s over 1,100 members.”
The street party will be on Belle Street between Third and Fourth streets. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. and the party officially starts at 6 p.m. The band NightLife will perform outside. This year also introduces a military tribute. Both women say the tribute was necessary because of the treatment of those who served this country.
“(They’re) pretty much forgotten,” Voumard said.
“They were treated badly; it was not a good time,” Weirich added. “It’s time to say ‘thank you.’”
VFW Post 1308 will perform the ritual and the 21-gun salute. The pledge of allegiance will be led by five members of the class, all from different branches of the military. Robert Motors has donated a flag for display as well. 100 white balloons will be released in memory of those who did not return from service and those who have passed away.
The party also will feature a performance from Elvis impersonator Steve Davis. Vintage cars owned by class members will be on display in front of Mac’s Time Out Lounge, which will be serving the retro “Mac’s Redbird Special” (hamburger, fries and beer for $3.99), an ode to the “Redbird Special” from Logan’s Morning Star Dairy Drive-in.
“This is the adult version,” Weirich said.
The party is free, but in order to be eligible for the prizes and raffle, guests must be registered by 8 p.m. and have ticket and wristband. Vendor food will be available for purchase and there will be tables and chairs outside. There will also be a golf cart available to assist people from the parking lots farther away from the street party.
“I get so excited to see it all come together,” Voumard said.
An after party will be in the reserved room of Mac’s after 10:30 p.m. In case of rain, the entire celebration will be held there. Each class is asked to bring a list of deceased to honor on the memorial wall that will be on display in Mac’s.
“We’re celebrating life,” Weirich said.
A “warm-up” party will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Elijah P’s, with live music from The Owlz.
“We turned this into an all-weekend party,” Voumard said.
The party is open to anyone who attended Alton High or Marquette. For information, visit the Facebook page at “All ‘60’s Class Party.”