45th Year Reunion 9/21 & 22


GHS Class of ‘73



Friday, September 21 & Saturday, September 22, 2018.

There have been UPDATES to this [on 9/17/2018]

Both days will be casual affairs with cash bar.

We want to focus on having fun and relaxing while catching up after 45 years!

There is a single price for this event, whether you attend one or both evenings:

  • $55 per person if registered by August
  • There is NO Late Registration however please try to get your registrations in by the August 24, 2018 requested date as it will assist us in making sure we have sufficient food.
  • The price point is less than our 40th   Reunion.

We can only now accept payment at the door.   We are STILLaccepting accepting applications but please do NOT mail anything to us later than 9/14/2018.  

GHS Class of 73, Cratty Insurance, 1197 N. Henderson St.  Galesburg IL 61401

Friday, September 22

4:00 PM - GHS Homecoming Parade – Downtown Galesburg.  Wear your GHS Colors!  We have representation in the parade.  We will have several vehicles in the parade plus some signs and banners.  Meet at 3:30 PM IF you want to be in the parade. Meeting point is Seminary and North Street.  Some can ride in the back of trucks [two] & we have two convertibles - one is reserved for our Homecoming Queen. Or walk....

6:00 PM – Welcome GHS ’73.  There will be a banner in the bleachers for our class! Admission to the Game is $6.00 per Adult.    The Frosh/Soph game will be going on at this time.  You can start out the reunion by meeting with your High School buds at the new Football Stadium [first season was in 2015].  This is a beautiful stadium so get there early before the game to meet/greet.  Wear your GHS Silver Streak Garb!  [if you don’t have any – there will be GHS Streaks items for sale there].  Meeting Location will be a section of Home side stands that will be roped off - towards the Concession Stand end. 

7:30 PM - Homecoming Football Game Against Quincy!  If you don’t show up early as noted above – just a reminder that the cost for admission for the Football Game is $6.00 per person for Adults.  Average temperature at game time for the 3rd week in September tends to be between 60 and 65 degrees.  And based on weather data information – there is about a 27% chance of precipitation around that time. 

6:30  PM - 12:00 Midnight - Gather at Cherry Street – Tailgate party!   You can choose to go to the game, come to Cherry Street or leave at Half time but we will have our first evening together at Cherry Street in their private room.  We will enjoy a cash bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and music from the 70’s and a live performance featuring by our very own DAVE BERNTSON.  Should anyone want to join in?  Bring your Mouth Harp, Guitar, or Tambourine….NOTE:  If bringing a guitar - you can plug in to the Amp. 

Saturday, September 22

9:00 AM Join us for the 5k fun run/walk!  Your hosts Bob Wessels, Theresa O’Connor and Stephen Podwojski will guide you on a lovely run through Lake Storey Park.  Please meet at the South End of Lake Storey/Boat Ramp, right off 150/North Henderson Street, no later than 8:45 AM.  The run will be on the bike/walk/jogging path that winds its’ way along Lake Storey.  Forcast calls for cloudy and I suspect at 9 AM on that date it will be around 60 degrees F.  Both Bob and Theresa will run you ragged – Stephen “Pod” Podwojski will have a gentler pace.  It’s for fun so walk, jog, or see who can beat Bob and Theresa! We have confirmed several people will be walking.

1:00 - 3:00 PM - Tours of Silas Willard, Lombard, Churchill, Costa and GHS. 

Silas Willard - 1:00 PM.  This is an all new looking school! Park in the Fifer Street Lot and enter the Main Doors.  Principle is Jonathon Bradbern.

Lombard. 2:00 PM. Parking front of school and enter through front doors.  Principal is Nick Young. 

Costa School.  2:00 PM. NEWLY ADDED! Meet at the front door.  Mark Tressell will meet you there for the tour. 

Churchill. 2:00 PM. Park on north side parking lot and enter through front doors.  Principal is Tom Hawkins - he will not be there but there will be someone there to give the tour.  ormation to follow on this but many of you may want to see some of the updates to Lombard and Silas.  You won’t recognize Silas Willard. 

3:00 PM Tour the current GHS Campus-meet guide at front door. You can park at the front entrance.  GHS is sporting a new look at the Main Entrance plus Principal is Jeff Houston. I am sure they will be decorating for the Homecoming Dance.

We are guessing that the tours will last approximately 45 minutes each for travel to each school.  We are giving each school a $25.00 donation for opening up for us. 

6:15 PM CLASS PHOTO – At The Old OT JOHNSONS Area – Green Belt.  Please everyone by there no later than 6:00 PM and in place.  This is BEFORE the actual Saturday party.  (Sun sets at 6:58 PM so we want this to be short and sweet plus it is before drinks and FOOD!

6:30 PM Festivities are being held at the 156 East, 156 East Main Street. Featuring heavy hor d’oeuvres and cash bar.  We’ll be spinning the oldies and enjoying classic tunes from our high school years as we enjoy getting reacquainted.  Food Items: Snack mixes on tables; Assorted silver dollar sandwiches; mini
Italian beef and Meatball sandwiches; pasta salad; cheesy potato casserole;
fruit tray; veggie and dip tray; cheese, sausage and cracker tray.  We will have a sound system and music.  

NOTE ROOM BLOCKS have been dropped but try for the agreed upon rate at both hotels.  I know that the Country Inn & Suites was close to being sold out several weeks ago.  There is the Fairfield Inn and the Best Western and the Quality Inn.  

 HOTELS – Availability at hotels is limited currently – Rates were secured at two of the hotels.

Holiday Inn Express   2160 East Main St. (309-343-7100 or 1-888-465-4329) Rate: $129.95

MENTION GROUP RATE CODE “GHS CLASS OF 1973” for Class of Rate is for standard double and king rooms – room types based on availability. MUST BOOK BY 8/31/2018     website www.holidayinnexpress.com/galesburgil

Baymont Inn, 2285 Washington, St. Galesburg, ILE Main St @ I-74) Phone 309/343-7600.  Rate: $79.95. Call Hotel direct. Group is Identified as "CLASS REUNION".  Run of the House room types. MUST BOOK BY 8/23/2018.  

Quick overview:

Friday – September 21

4PM Homecoming Parade - Main St.

6PM Welcome GHS Class of 73 - Banner in the bleachers designates the sitting area being held for us. 

6:30PM - 12AM Tailgate Party - Side Room Cherry Street

Saturday – September 22

9AM  5K Walk/Run at Lake Storey

1:00PM - Tours of Silas Willard, Lombard, Churchill

3PM - Tours of GHS


6:15PM - Class Picture at Old OT Johnson's lot across from 156 E Main St. Be there BEFORE 6:15PM

6:30PM - Social Hour at 156 E Main St

7:30PM - Food served at 156