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Mission Inn, established in 1959, is an Early California Hacienda Style Inn nestled in the coastal Capistrano Valley between the Pacific Ocean and the Cleveland National Forest.
The Inn is adjacent to the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano and is located in a two-acre century old family orange orchard. Each of the twenty rooms is uniquely appointed and named in honor of one of California's missions.
The melodic sound of the Mission bells can be heard while strolling through historic San Juan; and they can be heard whispering in your ear as you lounge around the Inn's pool, while sipping sherry on the veranda or sitting around the campfire (improvised by the reunion gang).
Located in the train depot, a historic landmark for over 100 years. The Depot served as our venue on Saturday night for dinner and dance while listening to music from the 50's and 60's. Some of us got to enjoy some of it's rich history by dining in an original 1927 Pullman dining car, visiting their authentic 1950's soda fountain and taking a walk down memory lane by enjoying the memorabilia of the past located throughout.
Thehighlight of all reunions seems to be the Saturday night dinner. This year we had 79 attendees (another record) for a night of eating, drinking and dancing. At one time it seemed as though all of us were on the dance floor.
Can you name them all? Click to enlarge.
16 Attendees for Class of '61 -- New Record
Let's hear it for our Cheerleaders ... They still look good, don't they.
Six Cheerleaders remember their moves.
Do you remember this routine?
Pat (Rainford) Snider (center) tries to remember her classmates.
Brent Hunter (left) is having trouble finding volunteers to unload the beer kegs.
Harry and Butch sample Margarita's to ensure proper mix.
Thursday night was Pizza Night. Pat pauses to tell a story.
The cool evenings would not have been as tolerable without the ingenuity of Harry's portable campfire...a hit with the crowd.
Mike Hunter (l) has a morning discussion with George Parton (r).
Not a bad looking group considering it's 9:00 in the morning.
JoJo prepares activity lists for the weekend...she's always thinking ahead.
What could be better than sitting around a campfire and sharing old memories with your friends.
(l-to-r) John S., Cathy C.-K., Elizabeth C.-V., Pat B., Diane D., ?,?, Linda C.
The campfire was a popular spot after dark.
(l-to-r) Mike Hunter, Linda Chambers, Butch Ray & Carolyn Jones
Joe Auer (l) explains to Joe Fernan (r) what it's like to wear shorts when the temperature is in the low 50's.
The smart ones made use of the hospitality suite to stay warm.
(l-to-r) Dave & Annette J., Vern W., Bert H., Jim M. & Sharon M.
See how happy people are at the reunions.
(l-to-r) Mike and Ellen (Keefe) Whelan, George Parton, Diana Parton & Sue (Harris) Wright
Meet the night owls.
(l-to-r) Elda (Herring) Eckles, David Ellerman, Sharon Findley, Jim Findley & Derwood Biles
What would a reunion be without the Saturday meeting.
51 Alumni attended this year's reunion.
You just can't say enough about the good work of our officers...and they managed to keep us in the black for another year to boot.
(l-to-r) JoJo (Turpin) Hentschel, Leslie (Bentley) Horner, Harry Heflin & Karel (Ray) VanGelder
Look how astute they are for 10am in the morning.
Everyone listens carefully to make sure they haven't been volunteered for something.
Leftovers anyone? Can you believe that 26 people stayed through Sunday?
(l-to-r) Elda E., Linda C., Mike H., Joe A., Eunice A. & Kathy H.
Some people just don't know when to go home. Sunday night at the campfire.
Good times were had by all at the San Juan Depot Bar & Grill.
Dancing to our own DJ with music from the 50's & 60's.
Thanks for a GREAT Reunion !!
(l-to-r) Harry Heflin, JoJo (Turpin) Hentschel, Karel (Ray) Van Gelder, Leslie (Bentley) Horner, Susie (Cohen) Smith & Hubby.
If they're out there
Sue will find them
And a special thanks to George Parton for his dedication to scanning the yearbooks and making CD's for everyone