IROQUOIS – It’s going to be an unforgettable celebration.
Mark your calendars for May 26-28, 2017, and plan to join in the three day party recognizing Seaway District High School’s 50th anniversary.
With the anxieties of most of 2016 now behind, Seaway principal Don Lewis and the anniversary organizing committee are inviting alumni, teachers past and present, current students, friends and members of the community to “come home” to Seaway this spring.
The three day anniversary celebration is packed with great events for guests.
The school is arranging Decade Rooms, open throughout the school, under the leadership of decade “captains.” These memory rooms will feature fascinating memorabilia including class and activities photos, articles, sports trophies, drama productions and yearbooks from every one of Seaway’s 50 years.
“We even have the final year books from Morrisburg High School and Iroquois High School to display,” said Don Lewis. Memory rooms for those schools will also be part of the celebration.
If people are interested in loaning some special memorabilia to the displays, Seaway welcomes them to drop off labelled mementos to the school office after May 15.
Plans are underway to set up slide shows in the school gym to run throughout the Friday evening ‘Welcome Home Wine and Cheese Party’ and registration. Providing outstanding entertainment for that evening will be Seaway graduates and noted musicians, Cory Coons and Emily Millard.
Formal opening ceremonies will take place at the high school on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m.
As part of those ceremonies, Seaway is creating a Wall of Fame, honouring distinguished school graduates who have contributed to the arts, the sciences, business, sports, politics, and to our country and the greater world.
“This is a charter year for the Wall of Fame,” Don Lewis explained. “We are inviting nominations immediately of distinguished grads of the past, to get the wall started, but we plan to expand as names come in for subsequent decades.”
Saturday evening celebrants will be able to sit down to a delicious banquet, and enjoy catching up with friends.
Then it will be time to dance the night away to the music of the swinging Eddie and the Stingrays and Riffs, Kilts and Spurs, an Ingleside musical group some of whose members are associated with Seaway.
Sunday is a day for families.
Following a non-denominational service at the Iroquois Point (or at the school if Mother Nature doesn’t co-operate) there will be special kids games and events, and a big family style barbecue to wrap up the weekend.
Organizers are hoping for a massive turn-out of members of the Seaway family to remember, to relive, and to celebrate a great school in its 50th year.
There is a preferred registration link to sign up for one or all of the 50th weekend events, but people are also welcome to come by Seaway and register.
A ticket for the entire fun-filled weekend is $100, but visitors can choose to attend and pay for specific individual events as well. Reservations for events are required.
Visit the Upper Canada District School Board website, at ucdsb.on.ca/school/sda/newsmedia/UpcomingEvents/Pages/SeawayDHSCelebrates50Years.aspx for information and tickets.