Are You Ready For The Big Reunion?

Decades of Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs are gathering this weekend for the Remembering Martinez Reunion.

It is, without question, one of the biggest events in the history of Martinez. What began as the seed of a good idea last year at Art in the Park has become, through the efforts of alumni Ray Gentry (class of '64) and Mary Perez (she's not saying), an Alhambra High School reunion party of memorable proportions. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend. 

The festivities unofficially started last night with a party at Perez's house, but things begin officially today with a catered dinner at the Boys and Girls Club and City Hall Plaza from 6 to 11 p.m. There will be live music, dancing, and a great deal of catching up as people who haven't seen each other in many years rekindle old friendships and relive precious memories. 

There will also be a Memorial Board to honor and remember those who have died. 

If you're planning to attend the dinner, parking is limited. Use the upper lot of St. Catherine's on the corner of Ferry and Henrietta streets, the parking lot of the old Laird's store (alumni will know where that is), or the parking lot of the Martinez Unified School District, 921 Susana St. Otherwise, there should be on-street parking available. 

Saturday is the big day. It begins with an open house at the Martinez Museum, featuring a light breakfast and a display of items, photos and memorabilia from years gone by, from 9 to 11 a.m. 

Afterward, there is a giant picnic at Rankin Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buses will be available to transport alumni to the site. The picnic will be catered by Kinder's. And sadly, Humpty Dumpty will not be able to attend the festivities. The former Rankin Park icon has been retired once and for all, according to city officials, and will not be making any further appearances. 

At 6:30 p.m., get ready for some serious nostalgia as Alhambra Avenue, Pacheco Boulevard and various side streets once again, for the first time in many years, become the scene of a classic car cruise. The starting points are Foster Freeze (now Boscoz's Burgers) and Wink's (now Fresh Start Cafe). 

Starting at 7 p.m., there will be a street dance on Main Street, between Ferry and Castro streets. Alhambra alumni Robert Perry (class of '72) will be providing the sounds as alumni gather to dance, chat and enjoy the variety of restuarants up and down Main Street. A no-host bar will be available at the Veteran's Hall.  

On Sunday, there will be a farewell breakfast at the Boys and Girls Club beginning at 9:30 a.m., courtesy of Christmas for Everyone. From 1 to 4 p.m., the Martinez Museum will be hosting another open house, and finally, for those who can stay, Art in the Park will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring live music, arts and crafts and food. 

Every reunion event requires registration and a wristband. Those without a wristband will not be allowed to attend the events. 

To all of you who are coming home for the first time in a while, welcome back. It's the same old place, but it's better because you're here. 

Chris Kapsalis August 17, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I heard 2800 all together. Don't quote me. But at any rate this is huge. Already, dozens of helpers are getting it all ready. If you drive by the plaza at city hall you can see how big just this part is going to be. Hundreds of chairs, tables, a stage, you name it. It is the biggest event I have ever seen put together in Martinez.. So many coming from out of town. Ease dropping you hear some great old stories and so many great people are part of this.
Gay Gerlack August 17, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Chris, it's 1800!
Chris Kapsalis August 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Is that counting all the events? But Robert Perry made an observation, many people will be gong to more than one event so you can't count them twice, like I did. lol. Your right Gay, I stand corrected. Lots of people though !!
Vicky Adair August 19, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Wish I would have known. :-( Sounds like it was a great event.
Tamara Gerlach August 20, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Awesome event! My favorite connection was with Kay from the class of 1939 <3
Chris Kapsalis August 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I would est. some 3,000 people on and around Main St. and in the Plaza Saturday night. It was incredible. Everyone had a blast and no problems to speak of. Thank you everyone who helped, and especially the organizers and community members who put the whole thing together and made it happen. The night before at the City Hall Plaza was equally amazing, with a live band "Late Harvest" from the class of 74' and Robert Perry hosting and did a fantastic job. People danced and the flash mob dance was so fun to watch! Martinez is such a great city. As is AHS. So many interesting people from 4 decades and more, who all turned out fine. So they did something right educating the kids at AHS. You can see the pride they have in their city and school. I would guess 500 plus in the city hall plaza Friday and countless people Saturday night as classic cars cruised down Main and it was one big party. DJ Robert Perry played everything from funk to disco to rock! It was really something to see. People were literally dancing in the street! I had a blast! There is a cd for sale. For information on how to purchase one and a recap of the whole event, please visit "Remembering Martinez" on Facebook. I haven't had that much fun in years! WTG Martinez. And a special thanks to MPD for their great help and city workers, Ace Hardware and the army of volunteers who made this all happen, committee members and of course Mary Perez, the boss and master mind of the whole thing.


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