40 YEARS AND GOING STRONG: DOTHAN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1973

Summertime seems to be the perfect time for celebratory gatherings, and class reunions are no exception.  The steering committee of Dothan High School’s Class of 1973 did an exceptional job of gathering memorabilia, organizing email addresses and setting up a weekend of fun activities to reignite those special  high school memories and to even make some new ones!  Around ninety classmates attended the two day event at the Dothan Country Club. My good friend, Debbie Hundley, masterminded the decorating theme with fabulous floral designs, vignettes, and display boards.  Over six months ago, she started the planning and creative process.  An avid gardener and skilled floral designer in her own right, she even planted red zinnias in her flower garden with the class reunion in mind.  However, much to her dismay, the seed packages had been incorrectly labeled.  When the pastel colored zinnias started coming up, she quickly had to revise her plan.  The replacement, however, could not have been more perfect.  The red Gerber daisies that she ordered were by far some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen.  Using the diverse and gorgeous greenery from her own garden, Limelight hydrangeas from my yard along with a few specimens from the wholesale florist, she created unique, striking and contemporary arrangements that  effectively incorporated the school colors of black and red and the tiger mascot. And another bonus is that all of the design materials were budget friendly..

Classmates were welcomed by this colorful display table.

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Alan Clark, the 1973 class president, has done a wonderful job over the years of coordinating the reunions, and keeping track of classmates. Life long friend, Debbie Hundley, is pictured on his right.

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The combination of Gerber daisies, Limelight hydrangeas, Sago palm, Kimberly Queen fern, and Cast Iron plant arranged in a  pair of  glass cylinder and black iron containers illuminated the welcoming table. Black and white chevron fabric tied in red raffia was perfect for unifying all of the display elements.

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A ceramic tiger made by Debbie Hundley in her high school years added a whimsical touch the table..

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Using vintage trophies, two decorative tigers, and rustic urns filled with greenery,  the beverage table was striking.

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Long blades of  willowy Cosmopolitan grass, Kimberly Queen fern, and Fatsia were attractive display elements.

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A memorial board to remember former classmates was flanked by two elegant arrangements incorporating daisies, hydrangea, chartreuse Athos Pompoms and several types of greenery.

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The individual table arrangements carried out the red and black theme and are pictured below:

A striking display was created by floating red Gerber daisies in double walled glass bowls lined with black river rocks. The long leathery Fatsia leaves were artfully arranged beneath.

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Glass cylinders, lined with ginger leaves, were filled with hydrangeas, Maidenhair fern, and a single red Gerber daisy.

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A vintage red wooden bowl is filled with Limelight hydrangea blooms.

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Elizabeth Sconyers,Sue Marie Coe, and Debbie Hundley enjoyed the weekend activities.

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PIctured below are Kathy Eason, Allen Jones, and Debbie Hundley

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It was a weekend filled with reminiscing, reconnecting, and making even more memories for a lifetime…

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This special group of closely knit classmates is committed to maintaining strong ties.  And it will be time for another reunion before they know it!  And I have a feeling they will stay connected before the next one rolls around in five more years….

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“Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same”.      – Unknown

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6 thoughts on “40 YEARS AND GOING STRONG: DOTHAN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1973

  1. Great article about our reunion and recognizing Debbie for her wonderful floral arrangements! I didn’t know who did them and now I do. Thank you.

  2. Oh my goodness….I graduated the same year! Your reunion looks wonderful. Mine is this weekend, but unfortunately I must miss it. 😦 However, though it’s on a large retired ship….it won’t have all the details you and I enjoy. There will be name tags and that is it. Too bad I moved so far away. Blessings!

    • What a fabulous setting to have a reunion on a ship, Diane! I did not attend school here in Dothan. This was actually a dear friend’s reunion. However, there are so many wonderful people in the class that I know and love…

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