The Riverhead High School Class of 1961 recently gathered for a 50th reunion weekend.
More than 50 alumni were in Riverhead for the reunion, with some coming from as far as California and Nevada. A portion of those classmates have been friends for more than 60 years, since their time in first grade together at Aquebogue School.
The weekend was planned by a committee of classmates that included Starr Martensen Ryder, Pat Maks Bloss, Sandy Snell Shydo, Arthur Atkins, Jim Zaleski and Richard Schaeffer. Mr. Schaeffer even designed a booklet for the reunion.
The weekend kicked off Sept. 16 with a dinner at Digger O’Dells on Main Street, where classmate Leslie Reeve’s brother performed with his band “Who Are Those Guys.”
The next day the class met at noon on the steps of Pulaski Street School (the former high school) and posed for pictures with classmate Tommy Fabb’s 1964 Pontiac convertible. The class then met later Saturday for dinner at Calverton links.
The weekend concluded Sunday with a tasting at Martha Clara Vineyards.
“It was great fun for the Class of ’61,” Ms. Bloss said in a letter to the News-Review.