The Gardner High School Class of 1957 celebrated its 56th reunion May 11 and 12 at the home of Lee and Mary (Davis) Peters.
The day started with brunch followed by a tour of the Gardner City Park & Recreation building. This building was the former auditorium and gymnasium where the 21 members of the class of 1957 watched both boys and girls basketball games, held their plays, carnivals, sock hops and danced to fifties music at their proms.
Next the class took a walk downtown where they remembered the buildings that were once the home to the pool hall, bowling alley, teen town, drug store, Mrs. Hogue’s clothing store, two grocery stores, and post office. The one building that the class remembered as unchanged was Bruce Furniture.
The last event of the day was a tour of the Gardner Cemetery. The class of 1957 has lost five classmates and several teachers, some of which are at the Gardner Cemetery. Some of the classmates from out-of-town knew more people at the cemetery than in the city of Gardner.
The evening ended with dinner at the Peters’ and more reminiscing about the good times at Gardner High School and catching up on life since high school.
Some of the classmates returned to the Peters’ home for brunch and to say their good byes until the 58th reunion in 2015.