I’m writing this as we get our motor running and head out on the highway driving from Florida to Port Jefferson to see Dad for Thanksgiving this year. At 93, he can no longer make the trek to Florida for the holidays and warm weather so the sisters are taking turns visiting and I’ve got Thanksgiving.
This is my holiday for refection of Thanksgiving’s past and remember family gatherings with all the young dudes, nine cousins, to Grandmother’s house we go in time to watch the Thanksgiving Parade on her color TV followed by King Kong and Mighty Joe Young on the Million Dollar Movie in black and white.
The preparations were organized by the women with the men left to set up tables and chairs and watch us kids when they weren’t smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo. I remember being horrified by the homemade mincemeat pie that only made an appearance on Thanksgiving. I just looked at it with curiosity every year wondering how the grown-ups could eat a pie with meat in it for dessert and like it!
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
"I Was Lost But Now I’m Found"
So writes Christine Damarodas Sargent in her recent email to me with her contact information. I am not sure she even knows this back story but here it is. Those of us that attended the April 2022 Commack North & South reunion in Delray Beach, Florida were surprised to see Chris on the “Memorial” poster. While working on finding classmates, AnnMarie DelPizzo Martin (Class of 1971 Reunion Chair) spoke to Chris’ brother Bob who said she was very much alive, living in Maine and passed on her address.
Back in February, I sent a letter to Chris about our upcoming reunion and last month I finally heard from her! Turns out, she is an official Florida snowbird, happy to be found and looking forward to our reunion.
Reunion Tickets and Room Reservations!
We crunched the expenses on our Destination Reunion at Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort and tickets will be going on sale in February 2024!
Ticket Prices; Early Bird (February 1st to March 1st) = $130.00 After March 1st Ticket Price = $140.00 At the Door = $160.00 No Refunds after July 31st
We will be accepting payment via Zelle or Check. More details to follow before February 1st early bird prices are in effect from our Treasurer, Barbara Lachick Dworkin!
You can book your hotel room now!
Our group rate is not just for the Destination Reunion dates. It is also available to extend your stay up to 3 days before and 3 days after the event on Wednesday, October 16th. Here are our group rates;
CITY VIEW Q/Q Base Rate: $149.00 Inclusive: $204.53 CITY VIEW King Base Rate: $169.00 Inclusive: $227.13 OCEANVIEW Q/Q Base Rate: $209.00 Inclusive: $272.33 OCEANVIEW King Base Rate: $229.00 Inclusive: $294.93
You can call the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort directly or use the link below. Currently, the link will just allow bookings for our three day Destination Reunion dates of October 15th -17th, so call the front desk for extended stays.
Two ways of booking:
Call the in-house reservations agent at (754) 227-4308 and asking to book a room under the Commack Class of 70 and 71 Reunion.
If you have Wyndham Rewards, mention your member number, if you call, to get points for this stay!
Our ocean front resort hotel is located in the heart of Deerfield Beach next to their International Fishing Pier and walking distance to many restaurants, pubs and shops. Part of the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, Deerfield Beach is off the beaten path but accessible to so many things to do, you may want to extend your visit.
We've booked a 'Meet and Greet' for Tuesday and we're working on a full roster of activities that will take you to Thursday and beyond if you're game!
If you are flying in, the hotel is halfway between West Palm Beach International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International airport, a 40 minute ride/drive from either airport. If you're flying in from Long Island, Southwest fly's non-stop from Islip to West Palm Beach daily.
Email me if you're so inclined and tell me the song titles. There's five of them!
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We've formed a reunion committee with the class of 1971 for a combined reunion in 2024! Our focus at the start is finding our classmates! Please share the email announcement you received from CommackSouth1970@gmail.com sent on 1/15/2023 and contact me if you are in touch with other classmates or their family members and you can provide contact information. Your committee consists of Jamie Blackwood-Burns, Karen Madaffari -Theise, Barbara Lachick-Dworkin, Charlie Deitch and Richie Kuester. The Class of '71 has held a reunion every ten years since graduation and they have an up-to-date contact list for all their classmates. We, on the other hand, having missed our 40th, are pretty much starting from scratch so we can use a lot of help and the Class of '71 committee has graciously offered to help us so if you hear from them, please pass on your contact information or just contact me (Jamie) directly. The Class of '71 Committee consists of AnnMarie Del Pizzo - Martin, Sue