By Lorraine Kay
PALMDALE, CA – Tickets for the upcoming Epic Best of PHS 1965-1975 class reunion are now on sale through the website www.bestofphs1965-1975. The first-ever mega celebration is slated for September 1, 2012 in the Amphitheater at Marie Kerr Park in Palmdale on Rancho Vista Blvd., at 30th Street West from 6 to 11 pm..
In the past there have been individual class reunions and even some other groups of classes combined for reunions, but this event includes more classes than ever before. With alumni from 11 classes attending it will be the biggest event with lots of food, music and old friends. Organized by Patty Hayman Rardon, class of ’72, the event is expected to be the greatest turnout of any reunion to date. “Wow, this is the first reunion I have ever worked on where tickets are selling early. Very exciting. In previous reunions people waited until the last minute. It is so incredible to see this event grow like a living organism. Can’t wait to see PHS grads make our mark on Palmdale once again!” said Rardon.
The early sales are being attributed to the limited tickets available. So consequently, those still wanting to purchase tickets are encouraged to purchase tickets soon, with a reminder that no tickets will be sold at the door.
“No one wants to miss out on this,” says Laura Maeder Kay, class of ‘68. “As we get older many realize this might just be the last time to see some of our friends and we intend to do it big. So anyone wanting to attend really needs to get their tickets before they are sold out.”
Adding to the uniqueness to this what is being called “an epic reunion”. Is that many of those attending are whole families of siblings or near whole families. “For me this is fun because my sister’s class is included. In the past I went to my class’s reunion and my sister, Jeannette Maeder Howard, class of ’74, went to her own reunion. This time we can go together,” says Kay. “Because this covers 11 classes – there will be several members of a family attending, as well as married couples from different classes.”
Supported by a planning committee comprised of members of several of the classes, Rardon solicits alumni to visit the official website to register and visit the Facebook page “The Best of PHS” to participate in the planning of the event by posting suggestions. Requests for alumni contact information can also be posted on the Facebook page.
“We have had responses for tickets from all over the country, even Alaska. And this just in – we just got two responses from Italy!” says Rardon. ”This is going to be great!” Reportedly, the day tickets went on sale there was a big surge of sales almost immediately.
This reunion will have a real hometown atmosphere. There will be no seating, but bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a relaxing down-home picnic and be prepared to sit under the stars. Rardon says to “make sure you also bring an appetite because our delicious barbecue includes: Tri Tip and chicken along with beans, garlic bread and salad.” There will also be a no-host bar serving beer, wine and soft drinks. This is not a fancy dress occasion, but a casual picnic where the guys can be themselves in jeans and t-shirts and the ladies can bring their dancing shoes and dance to live music of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Tickets are available only through the website at $35 each until July 31, 2012. Ticket prices will go up thereafter to $50. There will be no ticket sales the day of the event or at the door. Tickets will include dinner – a catered barbecue – and entertainment.
Entertainment will include music by alumni musicians being organized by Bobby Ormsby, class of ’69, of the Bobby O Band. Rattlesnakes and Eggs will headline the show. According to band member Marty Prue, class of ’65, at press time all members have been confirmed to participate. Alumni musicians wanting to participate in the spectacular jam are asked to go to the website and register. Musicians must register in advance to receive waivers to mount the stage and badges. Musicians showing up without waivers will not be allowed on stage
Another part of the entertainment at this time will be a custom car and bike show. Jeff Lewis, class of ’72, is organizing this and requests those wanting to display their car or bike to contact him through the website.
Golf enthusiasts are invited to participate in a PHS Alumni Golf Tournament the morning of Sept. 1, at Crystalaire Country Club. A $60 registration fee will include green fees, cart and range balls. For more details go to the website.