UXBRIDGE: The wait is finally over, and this week Uxbridge will take a collective stroll down memory lane as Uxbridge Secondary School hosts its 90th reuinion with several great events planned throughout the town.
A committee made up of former staff and students, as well as current staff has been meeting monthlysince October 2011 in preparation for the celebration in the hopes of providing a memorable experience to all former students at USS in attendance.
The festivities kick off on Friday night with registration at the school, located at 127 Planks Ln. between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Everyone who wishes to purchase a ticket to an event must register for the reunion. Registrants will receive registration (admittance) to the events they have purchased, a commemorative bag with the Reunion logo, a commemorative pin, and a Reunion program. Cost of registration is $15.
The official kick-off for the event occurs with opening ceremonies, which will be held in the USS gym on Saturday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m.
"We are planning to showcase current student talent at the opening ceremonies," Peter Morris, a former teacher and principal at USS, currently serving as Chair of the Reunion Committee told The Standard. "We plan to have dance, drama and bands perform as well as unveiling our athletes of the decade and our Athletic Wall of Fame."
Events continue during the day on Saturday with a staff luncheon and golf tournament.
On Saturday night, there will be a pub night at Uxbridge Arena, with organizers expecting almost 2,000 people to attend. Those interested in attending the Pub Night as well as other 90th anniversary events will have to pre-register at www.USS90.com and purchase tickets in advance in order to avoid disappointment.
The dance will be split into two areas - the vacant ice pad and the Arena Hall - in order to provide a comfortable experience for all in attendance.
"The committee has learned from past experiences, and the reason for the two rooms, is that the Arena can be very loud with the music playing. So, the other side will be more of a quiet room where people can catch up with former acquaintances without having to raise their voice," explained Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger.
Sunday will see many more events around town to commemorate USS' 90th anniversary, including a pancake breakfast at the Legion, family events at Elgin Park and sports in the school's gym.
The Committee has crafted a web site, www.USS90.com, which to date has been visited by nearly 30,000 users.