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Are You Ready For The Martinez Multi-Decade Reunion?

In August, hundreds of people are expected to gather in Martinez to remember the past and celebrate the present. Will you be among them?

It began as a simple idea - a gathering of alumni from Alhambra High School's classes from the 1960s, as had been done in 2006. Ray Gentry began putting together a Facebook page and a website late last year, and the wheels began to turn. 

But through the power of social media, those wheels began to spin quite rapidly, and pretty soon there were people from other decades who also wanted to be included in the reunion. So now, the event will include classes from the 1940s through the 1980s. 

"When we started at last year's Art in the Park, we were a small group," Gentry said.

And though local organizer extraordinaire Mary Perez had put together the 2006 reunion, Gentry said at that point, he assumed she was too busy with her annual Christmas for Everyone event to participate in another reunion plan. But when Perez saw the idea on Facebook, he said, "she jumped right in." 

And that is how the reunion turned into something more along the lines of a major festival. A festival of memories, if you will.

"I love working with this group," said Dorothy Buffington, who is also on the organizing committee. "I love the spirit of cooperation." 

The three-day event will feature pot lucks, picnics, dancing at Main Street Plaza, and a car cruise.

The multi-decade reunion takes place Aug. 17, 18 and 19, and there will be participants from all over the country, including Montana, Hawaii, Washington, Virginia, New York and other distant locales. The one thing they will all have in common - a childhood in Martinez, and four years at Alhambra High.

For more information about the event, go to the website Remembering Martinez. You can also visit the Facebook page of the same name.

And keep your eye on Martinez Patch for regular updates and features about what promises to be the largest reunion event in the city's history.  

Chris Kapsalis July 08, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Is this the same as the tri-decade reunion?
Jim Caroompas (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Yes, that was its original name. But you'll note that it's now encompassing five decades, so they're calling it the multi-decade reunion now.
Nancy Shepardson Cutright July 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Personally, I am just too excited. I think this will be the ONE event you remember until the day you die. See you all there at all of the events!!!
Harriett Burt July 09, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I went to the Museum Sunday and chose dozens of old clips of Alhambra stories from over the years. Marlene Thompson of the Class of '52 faithfully copied everything I chose so it will start appearing soon in my Patch blog and on Facebook. I may slip in some pre-1940 stuff as well :)
Jenny J Starmack July 10, 2012 at 07:11 PM
What a very cool event. Even as a Martintez "newbie" (Ive only lived here for three years) I love the history of this town! This needs more Publicity!

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