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From Reunion Coordinator Hap Lamberth - Latest Information on the Reunion:

All you Panthers,
 

First, registration is now closed for the AHS 56 55th reunion activities being held on September 16-18th, 2011.   As previously announced:  Whatever events and services you may have wished to be part of must have been paid for observing the Sep 2nd deadline.  We do not have any way of handling cash at the reunion, and also will not accept a check from anyone there having previously been "invited" by either by the USPS (snail mail) or email.  The name badges will be coded to identify events and services paid for.  However, we are accepting the registrations that were mailed/called-in over the last week or so, or as otherwise dribbled in by Sep 3rd.
 
For those not having already booked needed rooms at the Senior rate, we have backstopped availability with a block of rooms available from Thurs thru Sun nights.  Space is limited, so first come - first served.  Just call the hotel at  915+779-3300 and ask for the AHS-1956 room block rate. 
 
Further, will have a professional videographer around both the Marriott and the CCC doing his thing during events and in-between too.  He may try to do some remote interviews over the internet with Skype for those not attending.  Please let us know if you would like to have a remote interview.  He does the collection work at no charge and sells the video collection for $25 a copy.  May have a boogie or two from the dancing!!  Also, please be advised there will be no program with classmate participation either Fri or Sat.  A few announcements and acknowledgments will be made both Friday and Saturday nites.  Please send me any short announcements you may have.  We will also have a bulletin board in the hospitality suite at the Marriott.
 
The reunion activities are planned as follows for those registered:
 
On Friday, there will be three activities, as follows:
 
1.  8:30AM - No host/dutch Grade School Classes Breakfast at the Marriott.  No event charge - see lobby schedule board for location.
 
2.  10AM-3PM - Guided bus tour of the city is planned including a tour of the neighborhood area around the AHS feeder grade schools including AHS.  Most of what can now be called the city center will be along the route with a loop around most of present city urban area.  Hopefully, those unaware of the city's growth in the last 55 years will get a feel for the expansion as a part of this tour.  We will stop for a dutch Mexican food lunch around Noon.  Prepaid $30 event fee required.
 
3.  6PM-11PM - "Mixer" gathering beginning at 6P, followed by a "cook out" style buffet served at 6:30-7:30PM in the Marriott ballroom.  A no-host cash bar will be available.  The Bob Burns Band will play three 45 minute sets from 7:45-10:45 PM.  The band will play a wide variety of music for both listening and dancing.  Also, a videographer will be roaming obtaining interviews.  Prepaid $25 event fee required.

 
On Saturday, a 6PM-11PM Dinner-Dance is scheduled at the Coronado Country Club (CCC). 
 
Note:  With Fri night probably going on late, and Sat night coming early, no other activity has been scheduled, leaving the rest of the day as free time for chilling & mingling in and around the hotel, hospitality suite, wherever, whenever.
 
Mingling begins at 6PM, with a buffet dinner served at the CCC from 7-to-8 PM including coffee, tea, and soft drinks.  A no-host cash bar will be available.  A professional photographer will be set up and both portrait and candid  pictures will be taken.  There will be some brief announcements following dinner and Mike (Malcolm) Newbill will be providing the "DJ" support with his famous 50's music selection.  Prepaid $35 event fee required.
 
A bus for shuttle service on Sat evening is planned for a total of four round trips from the Marriott to the CCC for those having paid for the service.  The first two trips will depart the Marriott at 5:15PM & 6:15PM then waiting at the CCC.  A trip back to the Marriott will be made at 10PM, & the last leaves the CCC at 11PM. Prepaid $20 ride fee required.
 
On Sunday, there will be two activities, as follows:
 
1. Breakfast or Brunch at the Marriott for those interested, anytime it suits you and your breakfast companions.  But, if you're taking the Bus Tour to New Mexico, be ready to be on the bus by 9:00AM.
No event charge.
 
2.  9AM-9PM -  Bus trip to Ruidoso is slated with two separate concurrent tour destinations, available as selected on the registration form, for either a Classic Car Show or a Billy the Kid History.  Prepaid $40 event fee required.  Tour is planned as follows:
 
*  A car show personally conducted by Ronnie Whorter of his way out classic car collection near downtown Ruidoso (others may go on to the Wortley Hotel etc. for the BTK tour as desired).  Come and see Ronnie's 140+ car collection and have lunch as Ronnie's guest.  If the weather is good we'll cruise some of them through Ruidoso! More at:
http://gallery.me.com/bbalamo/100105
A guided tour of Old Lincoln conducted by Drew Gomber (previously affiliated w/ Discovery Channel/Wild West Tech w/ Robert Carradine) is planned for the Lincoln State Monument area including the County Courthouse (Billy the Kid).  We will have lunch (dutch) near the courthouse at the Old Wortley Hotel, another genuine historic site from the days of Billy the Kid (BTK).  This tour segment is being coordinated by Sunni Totten-Parsons.
 
*  Sunday dinner is planned for the Gathering of Nations buffet at the Inn of the Mountain Gods (IMG).
 
*  The scheduled Ruidoso bus tour itinerary is:
  9:00AM        Load bus at EP Marriott
12:00PM        Arrive at  Ruidoso Civic Center - dropping off Car Show folks
12.30PM        Arrive Lincoln- Lunch at Wortley Hotel
  1:15PM        Lecture and Short Walking Tour w/Drew Gomber
  3:15PM        Load bus to depart Lincoln
  4:00PM        Pickup Car Show attendees & travel to Inn of the Mountain Gods (IMG)
  4:15PM        Dinner stop @ IMG
  4:45PM        Dinner at the Gathering of the Nations Buffet
  6:30PM        Load bus at IMG for departure to El Paso
  6:45PM        Depart for El Paso Marriott
  9:00PM        Arrive El Paso Marriott
Here are the web links to most of the venue entities for your interest:
 
The Bus company:   http://www.allaboardamerica.com/elpaso/index.html
 
Coronado Country Club: http://www.coronadocountryclub.com/
 
Wortley Hotel and Restaurant:  http://www.theinnkeeper.com/bnb/11486
 
Gathering of Nations Buffet at IMG:  http://innofthemountaingods.com/dining-1/gathering-of-nations-buffet/
 
Dress code for all reunion activities will be Casual, except for Sat night being Dressy Casual.  As dress code definitions can vary widely, here are those from Emily Post we suggest:
 
Casual Dress
 
Guys:   * Khakis or good jeans (clean, no holes)
        * Cargo or Bermuda shorts-depending on occasion and climate
        * Plain t-shirt (no slogans), polo shirt, or turtleneck
        * Casual button-down shirt
        * Sweater
        * Loafers, sneakers (with or without socks), or sandals
 
Gals:   * Sundress
        * Long or short skirt
        * Khakis or nice jeans
        * Shorts (depending on occasion and climate)
        * Plain t-shirt (no slogans), polo shirt, or turtleneck
        * Casual button-down blouse
 
Dressy Casual
 
Guys:   * Seasonal sport coat or blazer and slacks
        * Dress shirt, casual button-down shirt
        * Optional tie
        * Open-collar or polo shirt
       
Gals:   * Dress
        * Skirt and dressy top
        * Dressy pants outfit
        * Nice jeans and dressy top
 
Your badge and T-shirt (Koozie if you declined the T-shirt or registered late) package will be available at the hotel desk by Thurs evening.  The badges will be coded to show bus trip payment and used as a "bus pass".  Otherwise, if you don't come to the hotel sooner, we will be handing the package out at the ballroom door on Friday nite. Please be prepared to show photo I.D. to the hotel desk clerk to get your package.
 
About the T-shirts again:  An August 10th postmark was the official cutoff for receiving T-shirts, but a few managed to get one later anyway as they hadn't been ordered at the time.  All registrations received after August 20th will receive a "Koozie" (I had to Google it!) foldable drink holder in lieu of a T-shirt.
 
By the way, there will be cold water furnished on all bus trips for those participating.
 
The Marriott and Coronado Country Club buffet menus are as follows:
Marriott Dinner Buffet
Coffee, Decaf Coffee, Revolution Teas
BBQ Chicken Breasts
100% Black Angus Hamburger Patties
Vinaigrette/Texas Style Coleslaw
Homemade Potato Salad
Cut Corn
Trimmings - heated, buns, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard
(Burgers - 8 oz. before grilling)
Peach Cobbler Desert
Full No Host Bar
 
Coronado Country Club Dinner Buffet
Ice tea, Coffee, Decaf Coffee, Sodas
Salad with assorted dressings
Meatloaf
Turkey with cranberry sauce and stuffing
Mashed potatoes
Green beans
Red enchiladas
Crisp Chicken tacos - unspiced
Rice and beans
Corn Tortilla Chips
Salsa
Fresh baked bread
Dessert Station - Array of desserts
Full No Host Bar
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.
 
Go Panthers!
 
Later, Hap
 
P.S.  We now are expecting 79 classmates and guests to attend.