By James Beaty
It’s time for That ’70s Reunion Part III, set for Aug. 24-26 in McAlester area.
Originally, organizers planned the reunion strictly for those who graduated from McAlester High School in the 1970s, but it’s been expanded to include other classes, too.
The first meeting of the reunion is set for 5 p.m. on Aug. 24, a Friday, at Pete’s Place in Krebs. These who want to participate need to call Pete’s Place in advance at 918 423-2042, according to organizers of the event.
“As soon as we leave there, we’re going to Whistle Stop Bistro at 2700 N. Main St.,” said David Petete, one of the reunion organizers.
That event is tentatively set from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., and will also include a chance to mingle at the original J.J. McAlester estate, according to Petete and Michelle Williams, another one of the reunion organizers.
Those attending the J.J. McAlester event may want to bring a lawn chair, they advised.
The following morning, which is Saturday, Aug. 25, those ’70s graduates plan to meet to rehearse for a choir performance at the United Methodist Church, previously known as the Grand Avenue Methodist Church, at Third Street and Carl Albert Parkway. Former MHS Choir Director Richard Soliday will lead the choir, Petete said.
Visitation begins at 10 a.m., with choir rehearsal to follow at 11 a.m. The choir is for graduates and their spouses and all are welcome to participate, even if they did not participate in choir at school, according to Petete and Williams.
Following rehearsal, the group plans to have lunch at Roseanna’s in Krebs, from noon until 2 p.m.
Also, the old McAlester High School Campus on Adams Avenue, between Second Street and Third Street, will be open for tours, said Petete.
One of the big events of That ‘1970s Reunion III is the Aug. 25 Saturday night gathering in the Lee Maxwell Center, also known as the Morale, Wellness and Recreation Center, at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.
Registration is from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., with the cost $30 for singles or $50 for two, according to Petete and Williams. Registration fees can be paid at the door.
The following day, on Sunday morning, Aug. 26, those participating the choir plan to meet at the United Methodist Church. The service, which includes the choir performance, begins at 11 a.m.