Carolyn Evensen Famiano was a little worried.
She had left Oneida Junior High School in Schenectady for a new scholastic home — Draper Central School.
Famiano had no cause for concern — the kids in Rotterdam were all right.
“Everybody wanted to be your friend and I was really shy,” she said. “After that, I opened up and became one of the gregarious Draper kids.”
A bunch of those gregarious kids will get together later this month: The school’s Class of 1964 will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 20 with a dinner-dance at Mallozzi’s banquet house in Rotterdam.
The warm-up will happen the night before with an informal gathering at The Van Dyck Restaurant & Lounge in Schenectady. Teens from the 1960s who listened to the Beatles and Rolling Stones, hung out at Tops diner, Five Corners Pizzeria and Uncle Danny’s restaurant and baby-sat for 50 cents an hour will trade stories as they cruise through their personal 60s.
Famiano, who now lives in Clifton Park, remembers the dancing.
“I loved to dance, I could dance all day,” she said. “I got a boyfriend who loved to dance, and he was really good. I married him, and after 46 years we’re still dancing. We still love to dance at the Edison Club.”
Anthony Famiano, Draper Class of 1965, will probably be on the dance floor at Mallozzi’s.
‘Curly Moose Club’
Terry McKenna of Burnt Hills remembers meetings of the “Curly Moose Club” at Joe Best’s house. It was just guys hanging out, playing poker. After a while, girls were invited. “Nothing bad ever happened,” McKenna said. “The parents weren’t home, but we never abused the privilege.”
McKenna remembers a simple time. “You would be out all day and nobody would worry about you because it was a safe environment,” he said.
Unsafe environments were in the news — Vietnam. “A lot of my classmates went to Vietnam,” McKenna said. “I joined the Navy after I left high school and stayed in the Navy for three years.”
Like Famiano, Sue Fairman Ledbetter of Rotterdam remembers everyone knowing each other, and kids walking everywhere.
“We all went to school kindergarten through 12 together,” said Linda Jennings Fuller, who also lives in Rotterdam. “A lot of our experiences were all of the same thing.”
Class members interested in attending reunion parties can contact Fuller at 372-1910 or by emailing her at Dlf2712@aol.com.