Attleboro Class of 2006 Reunion
Greetings Class of 2006! This year, 2016, marks 10 years since we tossed our caps on the AHS field! (Can you believe it?!) To celebrate, we are hosting a reunion this December! Here’s what you’ll want to know, how to register, and how you can help to make the night extra awesome:
WHO: Each member of Attleboro High School’s 2006 Class, and up to one guest per attendee (please note: all those in attendance for the event must be over 21)
WHERE: Rogue Island- The Arcade, Suite 108, 65 Weybosset St, Providence, RI 02903
WHEN: Friday, December 23rd, 2016 from 6pm-10pm
HOW: Please register here at Eventbrite before December 1st!
WHAT: Our goal for this event is to welcome conversation and reconnections while being respectful of everyone's’ busy, holiday schedules and priorities. Although the event is slated to last from 6pm to 10pm, we have opted for a more casual solution to the evening, and therefore people are welcome to stay from start to finish or ‘stop by’ for as long as they’d like between those hours. This event will include a limited open bar offering a fun and refreshing selection of fine local brews and some festive signature cocktails to help spark conversations. The limited open bar will be available until our tab is exhausted or until the end of the event (whichever comes first.) Picky drinker? Fear not: should you crave something super specific, Rogue Island’s full bar will be available all evening from which you may purchase your particular drinks of choice at your own expense. Light refreshments will be provided at the start of the evening, but should you want to chow down on something more substantial later on, Rogue Island’s wonderful kitchen will have a customized limited menu of appetizers, meals, and desserts for event attendees to purchase for themselves.
HELP! WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS!: We are looking for photos from our high school days! That means, ideally pictures from 2001 to 2006! Candids, awkwardly posed ones from dances, selfies you took in a mirror with the flash on because cell phones didn’t have a camera in those days… we want them all! Any photo digitally sent to us will act as a raffle entry for a gift card to Rogue Island (to be awarded to the person who shared the photo.) Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and a winner will be announced at some time before the reunion. SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!! ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME!
This is free, right? Why do I have to register? Registration on the Eventbrite site is super important. It allows us to have a guest list that we can use at the door and use to give Rogue Island a head count prior to the event. It’ll also allow us to keep track of people who may not be on Facebook but still plan on coming. Plus, a totally cool added bonus is that it’s a way for us to update our surely-out-of-date contact list juuuusstt in case you aren’t using that old sportayspicegurl420-AT-aol-DOT-com email address from middle school anymore. (No, it's cool of you are though.)
What do you want photos for, and who do I give them to if I have them? A picture is worth a thousand words! Let’s save ourselves from having to explain all those memories and show them instead! Any photo digitally sent to us will act as a raffle entry for a gift card to Rogue Island (to be awarded to the person who shared the photo.) Photos can be emailed to email@example.com and a winner will be announced at some time before the reunion. SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!! ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME!
Wait. Explain that whole ‘limited open bar’ thing to me one more time... Ha- no problem! In fairness, it’s a little confusing sounding, but here’s another way to think about it: We are paying them a pre-set amount of money to have an open bar and once that money runs out, the bar is no longer ‘open.’ Now that doesn’t mean we can’t continue drinking; it just means the bar stops having free options, and it turns back into an entirely normal regular old bar where people order drinks and then pay for them. (Think Cinderella, but instead of ‘midnight’ stopping the magic, it’s when we’ve collectively exhausted the drink funds. We can continue the evening no problem, but everyone will need to purchase their drinks from that point on. Oh and just for clarity, nothing turns into a pumpkin. Nothing we anticipate anyway...)
Isn’t this America? Why can’t I order whatever I want from the open bar and get it for free? “Isn’t this America?!!” Pshhttt… Heck yas it’s America! We want you to be happy and enjoy yourself, but we also want to stretch our cash funds to entertain the most people as possible for as long into the evening as we can. So here’s the dealio: while the bar is “limited and open,” there will be an assortment of beers and a handful of delicious and fun mixed drinks available for you to consume at no cost to you. Here’s why: Because we don’t know how many people will show up, the restaurant advised us to limit which drinks will be available for free from the open bar. This strategy will help the money supply last longer, thus allowing the bar to be open longer and allow more people to enjoy themselves. (Imagine telling all your friends, “This round is on me!” but in one situation you arrange with the bartender to pour everyone a Coors Light and in another situation you let all your excited friends pick whatever the heck they want to drink. The second situation will probably cost you a lot more, right? Probably not a big deal, until you think about buying round after round for your entire graduating class… #chaching) Anywho, as previously mentioned, at any point in the event, the wonderful Rogue Island bartenders will make you whatever drink you’d like so long as you understand that you’ll pay for it yourself.
Why is this event 21+? There will be free booze, 'nuff said. Restaurant staff will be checking IDs at the door and at the bar. Hire a babysitter for the kids and come have fun!
Where are you getting this money for the limited open bar, anyway? It is your money! The funds we are using for this reunion came from senior dues, prom ticket sales, and other fundraisers we did wayyy back in the day. The money that was leftover when we graduated was put into a bank account to save for this particular purpose. The rules of having this kind of bank account have changed over these ten years, and we won’t be able to keep it much longer, so we are spending everything for this reunion! Ten years, we think it’s worth it! Unfortunately that means all future reunions will be paid ticketed events, but let’s not think about that quite yet and enjoy this free event while we can!
What if I want to come but I didn’t graduate from AHS in 2006? Good question! Firstly: we’re so happy you want to come and would LOVE to be able to accept all of our friends who graduated above or below us (or perhaps from a different school), but in all fairness, because it is Class of 2006 money (see above), we unfortunately have to limit the event’s guests to only those who have graduated from AHS in 2006 (plus one ‘guest’ per attendee... kind of like a ‘plus one’ at a wedding.) If we had a completely open door, we’d have no idea the number of people to expect and that’s factor number one to consider when designing an event. If you’d like to come, try to find a AHS 2006 alumni who IS GOING to register your name as his/her guest on the Eventbrite RSVP. #loopholes #buddysystem
Why are we having this reunion at Rogue Island? Loads of reasons! After sitting down with astoundingly friendly the owner and manager team, we’re very excited to support this local business! Firstly, it’s a cool place. If you’ve never been, get excited! The drinks are great and the food is awesome. Plus it’s got a lot of charm and character to the space itself as it is located inside The Providence Arcade building (which is actually the oldest “mall” in America. #funfact) Beyond that, Rogue Island was super accommodating to the fact that we are booking an event that could include anywhere from 50 people to 350 people. That means we needed a BIG place, that wouldn’t feel empty or wasted if it’s only half filled. Rogue Island has a unique layout of nooks and crannies, as well as plenty of overflow areas so people can cluster into old social groups and mingle without feeling on display, squished, nor isolated. Most bars and restaurants will either mandate that big events like a reunion pay to accommodate the highest number of possible guests or require a purchase of catered food in massive bulk. Doing either of those things would have made the cost of the reunion skyrocket, which would have meant selling tickets in advance. Keeping this event without a cover charge was important to us keeping in mind the time of the year (spend your money instead on a New Year’s Resolution or gifts for the ones you love!) Rogue Island was truly awesome to us and instead of presenting us with a huge price tag for food/space we won’t need, they steered us into our “limited open bar with light early refreshments” plan, supplemented as well by their full bar and bigger food items available for guests to purchase at their own expense. Talk about flexible! Doing business with them has been a pleasure!
I have nightmares about finding parking in Providence. Isn’t parking going to suck? We hear you. We all grew up in Attleboro suburbia, where the only time you had to parallel park was on that damned driving test in Norton. Parking in the city can totally put a damper on an evening if you aren’t calloused to it yet. Rogue Island is actually very close to two pay-parking lots. The owner of Rogue Island actually thinks this part of the city will be a bit of a ghost town the night of our reunion because everyone and their moms will instead be crammed into the God-forsaken Providence Place Mall buying a dozen yuletide scented Yankee Candles and nose-hair clippers as back up Christmas presents for the relatives they’re bound to have forgotten. Of course, this isn’t a guarantee. As the date gets closer, we’ll try to get you more details about suggested parking options. In the meantime, use it as an excuse to chat with old high school friends about the reunion: “Hey did you hear we are having an awesome reunion? Did you register on the Eventbrite yet? Want to carpool? I’ll bring my old FutureSex/LoveSounds cd for karaoke...” And of course, there’s always Uber!
Do I have to come for the whole event? Nope! Although you are welcome to, there is no expectation that anyone stay the full four hours. The event time is expansive to allow for people to drop in as their schedules allow it. And in fact, should any of you night owls be having a supremely wonderful time (or perhaps just be looking to avoid that last minute gift wrapping a little bit longer) Rogue Island will also be open after 10 pm.
What the heck are we going to do during this thing? An all out pep rally!! #NorthSux #GoBigBlue Ok, sorry… couldn’t resist there... It won’t be a pep rally, we promise. It’s a casual night, so don’t expect speeches or lectures. All we are hoping to do here is give people a local watering hole to reconnect, share some memories, remark about how we are all aging remarkably gracefully, and enjoy some free drinks together. Wear whatever you’d wear for a night out with friends. Depending upon the level of response from you guys and gals submitting photos to us, we are hoping to have some of those old photographs lying around to help jog all your memories of that time when you spelt “organism” as “orgasm” on your biology trifold board, or that time you listened to “First Day of My Life” in your bedroom for the whole week before asking that special someone to the movies to see Garden State, or all the meals you had at Bliss dairy, or all those occasions that your best friend’s amazing slumber parties ended with mac and cheese for breakfast. ANYWAY we hope to set up the space with some light excuses for you to think about the past and smile.
HEY, I STILL HAVE A QUESTION!! Ok, ok no problem! (Just stop cap-lock screaming already… jeez!) Just message Emily M. Boucher or Elizabeth Messier (Duclos) and they’ll explain things further. Furthermore, they’ll probably add your question to this list so it’ll help other people get the same answers you seek. Good job, ya’ nerdy little trendsetter! ;)