The One and Only B-CC Class of 1969 50th Reunion
Flashback: It’s June 9, 1969, and we (589 about-to-be-graduates of B-CC) are lined up in a hallway by last name, in alphabetical order, wearing our gold and blue caps and gowns, ready to march into the gymnasium for graduation exercises. Most of us are giddy, not about graduation, but about heading down to Ocean City for a few days of irrational exuberance at the Stowaway or at some other beachfront hotel, followed by more fun on the boardwalk, the sand, and in the surf. We’re also melancholy at the thought of losing friends, going to college, moving to new places, and experiencing drastic changes in our lives. But someone makes a joke about one of us, or about a teacher, or the graduation ceremony. We all laugh, and the mood shifts to “mostly giddy.”
The graduation exercises proceed, and soon we receive our diplomas, flip the tassel on our mortarboard caps, and are officially graduated.
Fifty years later, it’s time to remember the good and bad times at B-CC, and to reflect on how we have lived and what we accomplished since we graduated.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, the 50th Reunion Committee has arranged a wonderful weekend of activities on Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th, 2019.
We have selected the Bethesda Hyatt Regency Hotel at Wisconsin Avenue, East-West Highway, and Old Georgetown Road as the official B-CC Class of 1969 50th Reunion Center. It sits atop the Bethesda Metro Station, and it’s also located just 4 blocks from B-CC. For those of you coming in from out of town, the Hyatt is holding 25 rooms for us, at extremely reduced rates.
Here’s the schedule for our Reunion Weekend:
- Friday, October 11, 6 – 9 p.m. Cocktail Party at the Atrium (Lobby) Room, Bethesda Hyatt Regency. This party will be held in the first floor Atrium and will feature a cash bar and light food fare. It’s a great opportunity to re-connect with classmates whom you haven’t seen for 50 years, or that you knew well or hardly knew. Enjoy pictures and memorabilia from our days at B-CC. After you have a few drinks and laughs with classmates, join for dinner at the many great restaurants in downtown Bethesda.
- Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Tour of Old & New B-CC, History Lesson by former Leland Jr. High and B-CCTeacher William (“Bill”) Offutt, and Photos at the School. If you haven’t been by B-CC in the last 12 months, you will be amazed how it has grown. The new building has added more than 30 classrooms and other state of the art facilities, while preserving many of the buildings that we knew. Carole Brand, from the B-CC Education Foundation, one of our sponsors, will conduct a tour of the old and new school. The tour will be followed by a B-CC history lesson in the new Auditorium. Bill Offutt, a former history teacher, and the author of several books about Bethesda, including Bethesda: A Social History, will speak about B-CC’s beginnings, its role in the development of Montgomery County, and where it is headed in the 21st century. The morning tour and history lesson will be followed by a photo session at various places at the school.
- Saturday, October 12, 2019, 6 – 10 p.m., 50th Reunion Celebration Dinner in the Ballroom, Bethesda Hyatt Regency. Our 50th Reunion Extravaganza will reach its finale with our dinner at the Hyatt. Enjoy fantastic foods, including hors d’oeuvres consisting of warm Maryland crab and brie dip, fresh vegetables, samosas, and a spectacular anti-pasta display of cured meats, cheeses, and marinated vegetables; carving stations serving crusted beef and salmon; and a dessert bar offering good ol’ ice cream and cookies. The beverage bar will serve you premium beer, wine, and distilled spirits, as well as non-alcoholic drinks. Your all-inclusive weekend ticket includes one drink ticket, and you can purchase additional drinks from the bar. For entertainment, you’ll enjoy seeing a kaleidoscope of images from our high school days up to the present, and listening to songs that we came to love, by artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and other British musicians; and Motown groups and singers such as The Temptations, James Brown, the Supremes, and Marvin Gaye; and American rockers like Bryan Adams (“Summer of’69”), Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and The Doors. Most importantly, you’ll get to spend an exciting evening with your classmates. Priceless!