Schenectady’s Patty Montone keeps a little bit of high school in her freezer.
A bundle of flowers Montone carried during the 1968 Mont Pleasant senior ball remain cool memories in 2014.
“I save everything,” she said. “When my girlfriends come over from high school, we laugh about it all the time. I should bring the flowers to the reunion.”
Mont Pleasant’s students from 1968, 1969 and 1970 will gather for a reunion Friday, Aug. 29, at the Waters Edge Lighthouse restaurant in Glenville. Men and women who graduated in those three classes are invited; the dinner-dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. and admission (reservations are requested) will be $55.
Montone and her Mont Pleasant friends remember times when Woodstock, the Vietnam War, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were major topics of discussion.
Laureen Frank Tessitore of Glenville, who graduated in 1970, was a sports fan. She ran track, played volleyball and basketball and was in charge of the pep club. For a while, she held the school’s 50-yard-dash record for female athletes. In her spare time, she and friends hung out at “The Wall,” a stone wall on Crane Street at 10th Street in Schenectady’s Mont Pleasant section.
Joanne Januszewski Hwaszcz, another 1970 alumna, was one of the marching “Raiderettes” in high school. She remembers listening to bands such as the Beatles, Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Doors. Hangouts included Cristello’s restaurant on Sixth Avenue, Prokop’s tavern and the YMCA on Chrisler Avenue. “I life-guarded there for a short time,” Hwaszcz said.
Juliann Hammond Della Rocco, class of 1969, remembers decorating the cafeteria during prom season.
“We couldn’t have our lunch there,” she said. “They had to lock it up because the decorations were all going in there.”
Della Rocco, a cheerleader at Mont Pleasant, said the multiyear reunion is being held because teens in various classes all knew one another and the kids were close. So it will be the more the merrier.
One highlight will be the re-formation of Mont Pleasant rockers “The Sidesmen.” Drummer Daryl Patrick, Mont Pleasant Class of 1969, is putting his old band back together again. The original members, Mont Pleasant guys Tony Vine, Jim Hallack and Tom Moscardini, will play at the Waters Edge bash.
Members of the ’68, ’69 and ’70 classes can still make the party. They’re asked to contact Della Rocco at [email protected] or at 852-2981.