There had been a few less formal Saginaw Alumni gatherings in the 1980’s and 1990’s, but the notion of reunions on a more regular basis was hatched in the summer of 2001 by Ira Deming and Curt Heffler in Ira’s living room. Their idea was Saginaw Alums getting together every three years to kibitz and share memories of their good times at Saginaw. The two of them stewarded more formal attempts in 2002 and 2005 but the most ambitious event to date was three years later on the campus of the old place in Oxford, Pa in the fall of 2008.
Alumni reunions really jumped to a new level in this 2008 iteration under the assiduous direction of Ira, Curt, Brian Redman, and Alan Harris. Some 200+ folks showed up from literally every generation that ever attend Saginaw and they enjoyed as much of three days of nostalgic revelry as they could handle in September of 2008. It was like a giant Hill Party with a full crop of the Acropolis in attendance as well.
The common denominator throughout the weekend was catching up with old friends, telling big fish stories, participating in camp style activities, and partying with the help of an ample stock of adult beverages.
There were campfires, stage entertainment, sing alongs, softball games, field activities, color war (The Red Peckers against the Blue Balls), even the Medley Relay with the rope burn.
The commitment to do this every three years hence was made as people realized how important it was to keep up with those with whom you made lanyards, canoed, swam, and showered in your formative years.
These reunions remind us that there is just something special about the relationships created and fostered at a place like this.