Journal Staff Writer
Not too long ago, at the corner of Hawley and Western, stood one of the city’s most recognizable buildings.
The empty lots there now was once home to students full of spirit. The place was Libbey High School and although the building is gone, the spirit remains.
This past weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, the school’s tradition and pride was in full effect at the Libbey High School All Class Reunion.
The weekend reunited classes from all eras once again to remember what many called “the good ol’ days”. The theme was “A Reunion to Remember.”
Alumni from the 1960s-mid-70s came out to celebrate Libbey’s legacy but all classes were invited.
The three day event began on Friday with alumni gathering for the Meet and Greet at Maumee Bay State Park. Guests mingled and caught up with each other at the event. Many had not seen each other in years.
The next day the reunion shifted venues and held its Dinner and Dance Night at Cambridge Hall, 1821 W. Alexis.The theme was “An Evening Out with Classmates.” Guests enjoyed food, live entertainment and dancing , celebrating deep into the night.
The reunion concluded Sunday as the reunion moved back to Maumee Bay State Park for its Blue and Gold Beach Party and Picnic. Here guests enjoyed more good, card games and the beach. Even with rain looming, alumni and their families enjoyed themselves while expressing joy about the weekend they had.
Committee members said the weekend goes a long way in keeping the Libbey family together and the memory of their beloved school fresh in the city’s heart.
“We wanted to welcome everybody back, even those who may not have graduated, and share the experience and love we had at Libbey,” said Cassandra Day-Moore, committee chairperson.
Started in 2006, the weekend also serves a deeper purpose. All donations and proceeds go back into the Libbey community as they are used to help alumni and families who may find themselves in tough times.
“We are one big family helping family,” Day-Moore added.
The committee thanked the city and all those who came out to support the event and looks forward to continuing the success of the Labor Day Weekend festivities.