The 2015 MSMS Reunion Weekend is over, and the consensus is it was a resounding success.
Representatives made up primarily of the classes of 1995 and 2005 spent the weekend of April 10 and 11, 2015 catching up with old friends, learning about the future of their alma mater, and generally having a good time.
“This was really incredible,” said a member of the Class of 2005 who attended the reunion. “I’m so happy the school and the MSMS Foundation did all this for us.”
Friday evening, reunion attendees arrived at Hooper Academic Building, and from there were taken via MSMS school bus to the 25th incarnation of the famous “Tales From the Crypt” performance.
On Saturday, reunion attendees had lots to do. Tours of both the school and the historic antebellum home Temple Heights were offered. Temple Heights is the home of the late Carl Butler, who was an original MSMS faculty member and the originator of the “Tales From the Crypt” project.
Alumni were then invited to meet with and discuss the future of the school with MSMS Executive Director, Dr. Germain McConnell and MSMS Foundation President, Cindy Henderson. Henderson herself is a member of the MSMS class of 1995.
Lunch was held at Huck’s Place in downtown Columbus, where a special ceremony was held honoring Carl Butler, who passed away in 2003. During the ceremony, MSMS history teacher and the current helmsman of “Tales,” Mr. Chuck Yarborough, announced his classroom would be dedicated to the memory of Mr. Butler.
“Mr. Butler was more than ‘Tales,” said Yarborough.
After the lunch, a Jeopardy!-style competition was held in Hooper Auditorium, which pitted representatives of four MSMS classes against one another in what reunion coordinators called “Alumni Trivia Face-Off.” During the contest, the classes of 1990, 1995, 2005, and 2015 squared off to face one another.
Shannon Eubanks, of the Class of 1990, soundly defeated his competition.
The event culminated at the Columbus Arts Center, also in downtown Columbus, where a party entitled “Mississippi Blues, Brews, and Bites” was held. During the party, alumni danced, ate some amazing food supplied by Columbus restaurant “The Grill” and sampled fair from Lazy Magnolia Brewery. Lazy Magnolia donated the libations. MSMS alumnus Mark Henderson (Class of 1991), who owns the company along with his wife Leslie (MSMS Class of 1994), was on hand to explain each of the brews to any who cared to listen.
This Reunion Weekend would not have been possible without the support of the MSMS Foundation, MSMS Foundation President Cindy Henderson, MSMS Director of Operations Kassie Brooks, MSMS Coordinator for Alumni and Public Relations Wade Leonard, and MSMS Assistant for Public Relations Spike Harris. MSMS would also like to thank Leslie Beach, Ginny Leonard, and Alex Hinton who ensured the Saturday night party ran smoothly. Thanks also to the Columbus Arts Council for providing the space, Dawn Barham and her band for supplying the tunes, the Grill at Jackson Square and Huck’s Place for the wonderful food, and Lazy Magnolia of Kiln, Mississippi for their delicious contributions. Thanks also to the ladies of St. Paul’s Episcipal Day Care for providing babysitting services to the reunion attendees with children, the MSMS emissaries who conducted tours and generally helped out with the event. Thanks to Mrs. Dixie Butler who opened her home for tours and graciously attended the luncheon in which her late husband was honored. Thanks to all the MSMS faculty, staff, and student body that also worked to make sure the event was such a fun and enlightening time.
The next Reunion Weekend is tentatively scheduled to take place the same time next year. For more information about Reunion Weekends and how you can help, contact Wade Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org.