Old Town Laurel
The Laurel High Class of 1962 held a 50-year reunion on Sept. 22. While events like this are commonplace, what made this occasion especially nostalgic was a return to the original high school building on Montgomery Street, where the former students met for classes, assemblies and other scholastic events. The festivities were held in what had served as the school's auditorium.
According to class member Jim Anderson, now a resident in nearby Severn, there were 80 graduates in the class. The gathering at the old high school, which is now the Phelps Center, drew about 100 attendees, of which 37 were actual classmates. Jim went on to say that sadly, 10 alumni from the class are now deceased.
A DJ, good conversation and catching up with some folks not seen in half a century made for a magical evening.
A new group is forming to discuss and promote community gardening in the Laurel area. The goal of the new-found effort is to educate residents on sustainable gardening, and to donate part of the harvests to those in need. There is a meeting Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Municipal Pool club room, Ninth and Main streets.
Laurel High School Class of 1974 has been holding mixers at various establishments around town, to reconnect with friends from long ago. The next gathering is planned for Friday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m., at Main Street Sports Grill (formerly Oliver's), 531 Main St. Members of classes '72 through '76 are invited to attend.
The Double Dipper Ice Cream Parlor, 906 Montgomery St., is holding open mic nights every Wednesday evening. The fun starts at 6 p.m. If you need more information, call 301-725-0006.
Finally, there was an opportunity to check out the recently relocated Mango Grill Restaurant, 14605 Baltimore Ave. The popular Old Town eatery and several other businesses relocated from the property that is now occupied by the new Walgreens at Talbott Avenue and Route 1 south. The restaurant space is bright and airy, and business was brisk for a Sunday evening. It appears that many longtime, faithful customers have settled in nicely. On a side note, Sake Japanese Steak House in the same strip mall has closed its doors. There was no explanation that I could see posted for its demise.
Happy birthday to Mike See on Oct. 15.
Remember, Thursday, Oct. 25 is the Laurel Board of Trade's Trick or Treat on Main Street, from 6 to 8 p.m. Have fun, be safe!