Members of the Class of ’69 organized a wonderful celebration for their 50th anniversary, getting together for three days in the Chico Hot Springs Resort in Montana. Peggy Keshishian had worked hard on all the planning details for more than a year, and it paid off!
In all, 22 alumni congregated in the Resort to catch up and reminisce while taking in the beautiful vistas and extraordinary light offered by Montana. The reunion kicked off with a dinner in Grandma’s Garden at the resort and continued the next day with a full day in Yellowstone National Park, just one hour away. Our exceptional guide—Rod from Iowa—regaled us all day long with info and anecdotes about the nature, geological features, and wildlife, making sure that we covered some of the most iconic and scenic areas of the park, including Fountain Paint Pot and Old Faithful, Continental Divide and Yellowstone Lake, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Artist Point. Bison, elk, and a black bear were also seen—sometimes close up! The weather served up everything from bright sunshine to dark overcast skies and a thunderstorm, which made Old Faithful’s eruption even more atmospheric.
At small group dinners that evening, discussions ranged over the day’s sights as well as TASIS reminiscences, aided by MCF cookies that Pam Carrillo Jackson had had made. With the next day being windy and quite chilly, many opted to bob about in the hot tub, fed by 104°F water from the hot springs, while others drove into nearby Bozeman to visit the Museum of the Rockies. The gathering wrapped up with a reception and tasty group dinner that evening during which some gifts were presented, including an original sign off a TASIS van that has been “looked after” in California for the past 50 years ;) , and John Youmans read out the text of a card Mrs. Fleming sent to his mother in 2004, which was classic MCF and very fittingly brought her to the heart of the gathering. In an enchanting final touch, Andy Wainwright’s wife Paula prepared a beautiful Haiku that summed up this special reunion.
Report submitted by Yvonne Procyk