Therell be a whole lot of reminiscing going on June 15-16 in South Charleston. Southeastern High Schools Class of 1962 will celebrate their 50th reunion on Friday. The districts annual alumni banquet is set for Saturday. And a third event is planned—a one-of-a-kind get-together geared toward folks who grew up in South Charleston in the 1950s and ‘60s.
The third event, set for 8 p.m. June 15 at South Charlestons town hall, is the brainstorm of Susie Kinnaird Pearson.
Pearson was 14 in 1963 when she, her parents and her six siblings moved from South Charleston to Florida. Pearson still lives in Florida, but she remembers her hometown fondly.
“We lived on Mound Street. Those were some really cherished times of our lives. We love the town and all of our friends, she said.
About 18 months ago, Pearson started a Facebook group called,I grew up in South Charleston, Ohio and not ashamed to admit it.
She and a couple hundred other people with South Charleston ties have been swapping memories and posting old photos ever since. Pearson has been especially thrilled to reconnect with people with whom she spent her childhood.
“Talking to them on Facebook is what made me want to see them, she said.
One of Pearsons older siblings, Donna Kinnaird Johnson, is a member of Southeasterns Class of 1962. Shes making the trip from Florida for her 50th reunion and invited Pearson to come along.
“That was fine, but I wanted to see as many of my friends as possible. I thought the only way to really do that was to make an event of it, Pearson said.
Through Cheryl Junk Spears, who serves as South Charlestons village clerk and is a member of Pearsons school class, Pearson secured a lower level meeting room at town hall. She then started to spread the word, first with the obvious outlet, her Facebook group, then with invitations. Among those attending is one of her brothers, Truby Kinnaird, who is making the trip from North Carolina.
Pearson invites anyone who grew up in South Charleston in the 1950s and ‘60s to join the fun and bring beverages, finger foods, old pictures and yearbooks. There might even be a little dancing, she said, thanks to a friend who is loaning a collection of 1960s music to the proceedings.
“My sisters 50th reunion will be going on upstairs, and well be downstairs. Were hoping that it will all join together before the evening is over. It should be really a lot of fun, Pearson said.