Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00
On the weekend of July 23-25, Roslyn High School alumni will hold a reunion weekend. This won’t be like the average reunion. In fact, the weekend is dedicated to all the classes of Roslyn High during the decade of the 1970s.
According to the organizers, the reunion started out as nostalgic musings by a group of friends on the social networking website Facebook. It soon developed into “a major event celebrating the memories, music and friendships of the entire decade. Nearly 500 people have joined the Roslyn ’70s Reunion Group on Facebook.”
The grassroots effort spearheaded by those RHS graduates has organized a reunion that, as noted, is unlike most typical high school get-togethers. While most reunions target a specific class or school, the target audience for this reunion is far more widespread.
“We aren’t just inviting people who graduated from Roslyn High School in the 1970s,” said reunion organizer Ellen Freed. “The school connection is important, but it’s bigger than that. We are celebrating a common history and a town that we loved. I’ve heard from people who attended other schools like Wheatley and Herricks, and from many Roslyn business people from that era. People are attending from as far away as California, Canada, Florida – even Alaska. If you were a part of the Roslyn ‘scene’ during the ’70s, then this reunion is for you.”
The reunion weekend is full of events that organizers claim will have something for everyone. It kicks off on Friday, July 23 with a lavish dinner and cocktail reception for alumni at a Roslyn restaurant limited to just 100 participants.
The next day, Saturday, July 24 will feature a barbecue picnic and include live music, at North Hempstead Beach Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is open to families with children as well. Saturday evening will close out with an event at a Long Island nightclub that will also include live music. On Sunday, July 25, reunion participants will gather at Roslyn High School for a walk to the Roslyn Duck Pond. Faculty will also participate in this event.
In fact, the reunion will celebrate more than high school years and the decades that followed. It will also celebrate the vibrant village that existed during the 1970s.
The ‘scene’ as Ms. Freed is referring to is the decade when Roslyn had a reputation as a center for music and the arts, one that made the village a magnate for young people from all over Long Island.
“If you lived, worked or played in Roslyn during the 1970s, you know what a special place it was then. Roslyn, especially the area of ‘Old Roslyn’ along Old Northern Boulevard and Bryant Avenue, was a hotbed of activity,” the organizers recall. “Along with the Roslyn Duck Pond (now Gerry Park), it was the center of youth culture and expression for students from Roslyn, as well as those from surrounding areas. Young people flocked to My Father’s Place, Fearn’s Harness Shop, Heads & Tails, Raffles, and U.S. Blues to gather, hear live music, and celebrate a very special time in their lives.”
Full reunion event information is available at http://roslynreunion.eventbrite. com. You can also join the Roslyn Reunion – 1970s group on Facebook.