Afternoons at Zubal’s market and nights at Rollarama and the Towne Tavern ended a long time ago for Rita Collins Piscitelli, Nick Constantino and Karen Blakelock Lyons.
So have days at Mohonasen High School. Rita, Nick and Karen, all members of the Class of 1964, will share memories from past school adventures next weekend. The Mighty Warrior crew from ’64 will celebrate its 50th anniversary reunion with parties Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Constantino, who now lives in Clifton Park, said school sports were important parts of his Mohonasen experience. “I think they kept us out of trouble,” said Constantino, who played baseball, soccer and basketball.
He said after Friday night basketball games team members made pizza runs to the Towne. But because some of the guys observed Roman Catholic rules about not eating meat on Fridays, they had to wait until after midnight before grabbing sausage and pepperoni slices.
Studies were important too, because good grades were key for college applications. “It was the pathway to any kind of success that one wanted to achieve in adult life,” said Constantino, who earned an athletic scholarship for basketball at Northeastern University in Boston.
Rotterdam resident Piscitelli was a musician in high school and played clarinet, oboe and French horn. She was a member of the vaunted Mohonasen marching band.
“We had ugly uniforms,” Piscitelli said, smiling. “Very manly, with the pants and the stripe down the side, the shoulder pads.”
Zubal’s and Rollarama
She added that Zubal’s, located on Curry Road right next to Mohonasen, was a popular place for a quick soda and bag of potato chips. “We’d put them in our pocketbooks and we could run right into class,” she said.
Lyons, who lives in Guilderland, was in Mohonasen’s choir and select choir. She remembers traveling competitions and performances of the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
“We always had a standing ovation,” Lyons said.
Lyons was always on her feet at Rollarama, Rotterdam’s longtime roller skating center.
“That was an escape,” she said. “It was very close to where I grew up ... a lot of us had strict parents back then. I could get out and be with my friends and do something.”
The reunion weekend begins Friday with a tour of Mohonasen at 4 p.m., followed by cocktails and dinner at the Rotterdam Elks Club, beginning at 6 p.m. On Saturday, a wine-tasting tour will begin at 9:45 a.m. from Whispering Pines Golf Club. A clam bake at the club will start at 4 p.m. Sunday brunch at Whispering Pines will conclude the weekend.
People with questions about the gatherings can contact Constantino at 312-2777.