The Mason County Sesquicentennial School Tour/Reunions will be held this Saturday, June 14, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Twelve county schools will be on the tour: Ten Mile, Camp Air, Fredonia, Pontotoc, Long Mountain, Grit, Fly Gap, Art. Bauerville, Grossville, Blue Mountain, Hilda, and Loyal Valley. The first city of Mason school, which now houses the historical museum and the senior center, will also be open as well as the Kothmannville School which has been moved between the old Mason grammar school and the swimming pool. (See above for a map of the schools). You may begin at any of the schools and there will be maps available. Some of the schools will be holding “open houses” with refreshments and several are having reunions.
The only school for which the News has "reunion" information is the Hutchison School at Pontotoc. They will meet from 9:00 to 10:30 on Saturday.
Don’t forget the old fashioned school picnic at noon on the grounds of the old grammar school above Heritage Park. Tickets for the catered barbecue (by Wayne Hoffman) are $8.00 and can still be purchased at all area banks, Donop’s Feed Store, The Coffee Mug ‘n More, and the Chamber of Commerce. A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the picnic. The MHS band will be performing and the 3rd grade classes will be performing “Meet the Notables” at 2:00 p.m. There will be wonderful souvenirs of this special day – coasters with drawings of all the schools on the tour by local artist July Schoenfeld will be available as will other sesquicentennial items – trivets, tote bags, Christmas ornaments, commemorative plates, coasters, and mugs.
Even if you can’t make the tour of the schools, come on down for the picnic! It is a great family outing and there will be homemade ice cream and fun for all! Hope to see you there!
For next week’s paper (June 10th). I’ll see if I can get the names of the picture of the 4 - I know the far right is Horace - I’ll need to check with June. I don’t have names for the other one but they are both at the Hilda school - the one of the 4 is at a Hilda School Reunion and the other one is probably in the early 1930’s (with the community club bldg. in the background).