They came from every corner of the country—New Hampshire, California, Mississippi, New Jersey, Washington, Florida and all points in between—to savor a special return to the campus of their alma mater.
Reunion Weekend 2011 at Marietta College featured not only outstanding attendance, but also prime weather conditions all combining for an enjoyable trip down Memory Lane since Fifth Street had somehow become the Christy Mall!
More than one Pioneer was heard to exclaim, “This is the first time I’ve been back in 50 years and I can’t believe how much things have changed even though it feels just the same!” Visiting the Legacy Library and Anderson Hancock Planetarium while walking along College Way in front of historic Erwin Hall, scores of members of The Long Blue Line reconnected not just to a very special place in their lives, but with very dear classmates and friends at the same time.
The first two people that Jim ’61 and Alison Buckwell saw, they immediately recognized from their Class of ’61 and the “Remember when’s” stretched from arrival on Friday morning until farewell on Sunday at breakfast. Along the way, some Pioneers relived their days in the residence halls by staying the weekend in the restored Fayerweather Hall while others caught glimpses of their freshman dorm rooms and roommates during a trip to Special Collections.
Tours of Marietta landmarks such as the Campus Martius Museum, The Castle and the town’s Historic District provided background information that one-time students often missed the first time around and the popular Valley Gem Riverboat Dinner Cruise got some others out on the water who’d never left dry land in their four years by the Ohio and Muskingum.
Generous with their memories and their time, visiting Pioneers were also extremely supportive of the College participating in the Class Gift Giving Program affiliated with the event. Announcing a total that eclipsed $16,000 directed to the Marietta Fund during the President’s Reception at the home of Dr. Jean Scott on Saturday afternoon, the Class of ’61 and other Golden Pioneers demonstrated a loyalty and commitment matching their determination to reunite with those who shared their college experience.