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Central High class of '66 ladies gather for brunch
Brenda Pack Blisk, at right, traveled from Virginia to attend the celebration honoring their 50th class reunion. Making her feel welcome are classmates, from left, Patsy Bolding and Carol Hamblen.

When a group of ladies gather together, it’s a sure bet there will be plenty of good food and good conversation. It’s an even better bet when they are celebrating their 50th high school class reunion.
Many of the ladies of the 1966 Central High School graduating class met in Central Church of Christ’s annex for brunch and fellowship on Friday before their reunion on Saturday. Guests were greeted by Ava Gregerson, who videoed each attendee identifying themselves, to be shared later.
Gail Mathis Hendrix was the chairperson for the brunch, and enlisted assistance from other classmates.
“This brunch was planned to give the ladies an opportunity to visit, enjoy some girl talk and share photos of their families and grandchildren,” said Hendrix. “It’s hard to do those kind of things at the actual reunion.”
Treva Sparkman was a guest at the brunch, representing her deceased sister, Ann Pendergraph, who would have graduated with that class.
“They always invite me to attend their festivities, even though I graduated in 1962,” said Sparkman. “It’s very sweet that they invite me in my sister’s memory.”
The ladies enjoyed chicken salad, crab salad, asparagus with dill sauce, deviled eggs, assorted desserts, mints and fruit tea. Patsy Gribble Bolding brought her talents into play and created beautiful tablescapes with fresh flowers, china and crystal.   
Graduate Brenda Pack Blisk traveled from her home in Virginia for the weekend of activities, and the opportunity to visit family.
“It’s a wonderful time, and I enjoying coming back to Warren County to see family and friends,” said Blisk.
Several of the reunion attendees took a tour of McMinnville, provided by Mayor Jimmy Haley on Saturday, as others played golf and toured Cumberland Caverns. Some attended the stage presentation of “Annie, Jr.” at the Park Theater.
Saturday evening brought the reunionto the McMinnville Country Club, with dinner and disc jockey entertainment provided. A video presentation of former teachers who were unable to attend was a treat, as well as former band teacher Eben Gilbert’s drum recital.
“We always try to recognize our teachers and invite them to our reunions,” said Hendrix. “It was a nice surprise to many of us that Mr. Gilbert made an appearance, and it was a delightful night.”