View 189: Reunion Weekend

Last weekend was my high school’s alumni event and I was tagged as the official photographer by the C. W. Baker Alumni Association.  This event pushed my photographic skills from concert, people, fireworks to documentary photography.

To create a fun reunion covering class years over the last 60 years, get the school's Pep band to open the weekend, get quality entertainment on an outdoor stage, good food on a river boat cruise and mix in classmates reliving and creating memories.

To create a fun reunion covering class years over the last 60 years, get the school's Pep band to open the weekend, get quality entertainment on an outdoor stage, good food on a river boat cruise and mix in classmates reliving and creating memories. All photos taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 24-85mm lens.

This was my first time attending the annual alumni weekend in Baldwinsville, New York.  I got to meet and photograph members from the 1960’s right up to this year’s graduating class.  Talked to people who attended one room schoolhouses, the old academy (which was my elementary school) and when the current high school housed the junior high classes until the junior high was built.  During a Seneca River lunch cruise, we went through Baldwinsville’s Lock 24. As the captain explained how no pumps were used in raising the water level, it got us all to talking about the physics of the lock and the science teachers we all had during high school. Many such discussions over the weekend would spur old memories as we caught up we each others lives.

Paper Mill Island was the site of the evening events.  The first concert night was headlined by Bon Jersey, a Bon Jovi tribute band, featuring lead singer Joe Ventura.  The second night was a combined event with the Village of Baldwinsville and had a VIP area for the returning alumni. The area gave us all time to reconnect with old friends and create new memories as we reminisced about the good times passed.

Click Here for more photos from the 2011 C. W. Baker Alumni Weekend

Oh, I did mention fireworks…

Members of the Alumni of the C. W. Baker High School watch fireworks from Paper Mill Island in Baldwinsville, New York.

Members of the Alumni of the C. W. Baker High School watch fireworks from Paper Mill Island in Baldwinsville, New York. Nikon D700/24-85mm, 21.2s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod.

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14 Responses to View 189: Reunion Weekend

  1. Karma says:

    Very cool, Scott! Any self portraits from the weekend?

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  2. kanniduba says:

    Just spent a few minutes catching up…wow, you’ve been busy Scott! 🙂
    Great photos as always.
    I had to chuckle…Bon Jersey? 🙂
    Bon Jovi sang us partway home from the shore the other day…the text info on my radio became all jumbled and it was reading Ronjo Bovi, and Bonjon Rovi. I think our favorite was “Glaze of Jori” by Ron Jovi. 🙂

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  3. Kristi says:

    These photos are great…..your class was lucky to have you photographing!

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  4. Nye says:

    Great set of photos, everyone looked so happy. I love the fireworks shot, maybe someday I’ll get to try.

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  5. Carsten says:

    They are lucky having a photographer with such a good eye.
    Fireworks! You are an expert on that Scott.

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