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Upcoming Reunions

Class of 1998
Title: Venice High School Class of 1998 - 20th Reunion in Summer 2108
Venue: Undetermined
Date: Undetermined
Details: We have a page going on Facebook for this event! Venice High School Class 0f 1998 - 20th Reunion Summer 2018 please join our group for upcoming dates and locations. Thank you!
All Classes
Title: VHS Class of 1967 50th Reunion
Venue: Hotel Venezia
Date: September 9th, 2017 6:00pm
(ending September 10th, 2017 2:00pm)
RSVP By: August 1st, 2017
Address: 425 U.S. 41 Bypass North , Venice , , 34285
Details: Dinner Buffet at Hotel Venezia (formerly Ramada Inn), 425 U.S. 41 Bypass N., Venice, FL at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 9 (with cash bar and possibly a D.J.). Picnic at Maxine Barrett Park, 1800 S. Harbor Drive, Venice, FL at 10 a.m. (covered area with beach access by Sharky's). Bring your own food/drink to picnic - tablecloths, cups, plates and silverware provided. Please email pgaravalia@gmail.com for a reservation form.
Class of 2007
Title: Class of 2007
Venue: Venice High School, Bogeys & North Jetty
Date: September 1st, 2017 5:00pm
(ending September 3rd, 2017 10:00pm)
Details: Sept. 1st - Friday night football game vs. Riverview
Sept. 2nd - Saturday night alumni dinner at Bogeys
Sept. 3rd - Sunday family potluck at North Jetty (bring a dish to share)
Class of 1967
Title: VHS Class of 1967
Venue: Hotel Venezia
Date: September 9th, 2017 6:00pm
(ending September 10th, 2017 2:00pm)
RSVP By: August 1st, 2017
Address: 425 U.S. 41 Bypass North , Venice , , 34285
Details: Dates and details to be determined (RSVP date is approximate). Suggestions are welcome. Also volunteers for Committee. Thank You. Paula Garavalia, pgaravalia@gmail.com. 941-615-7402.
All Classes
Title: Burning Rubber Museum Event
Venue: Venice Museum
Date: September 24th, 2016
(ending January 24th, 2017)
Details: The Venice Museum has an exhibit "Burning Rubber" racing in Venice 1953 to 1960. From now through 25 January, open Mon.Tues.Weds 10 to 4. First and third Saturdays 11 to 3. It includes Drag Racing, Sports Car Racing, and Micro Midgets at the Venice Airport. On Saturday 5 November, 1 to 4 a car show will take place and the exhibit will be open. Please support this small but important Venice Museum.
Class of 1961
Title: VHS CLASS OF '61
Venue: 11/4 Home party
Date: November 4th, 2016
(ending November 5th, 2016)
RSVP By: October 22nd, 2016
Address: 11/5 Hotel Venezia by Ramada , Venice ,
Details: For details, contact Ellen Pedersen Collard - collard@comcast.net - 941-544-7283
Class of 1986
Title: Class of 1986 30 Year Class Reunion
Event 1: Homecoming Game And Party After At Dockside Grill
Venue: Venice High then Dockside Grill
Date: September 23rd, 2016 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Address: 509 N Tamiami Trail , Venice , , 34275
Event 2: Class Of 1986 30 Year Class Reunion
Venue: Mission Valley Country Club
Date: September 24th, 2016 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Address: 1851 Mission Valley Blvd , Nokomis , , 34275
Details: vhs198630reunion@gmail.com is where you need to send fund to through PayPal for tickets $50.00 each. DEADLINE FOR TICKET SALES IS 9/18/2016. NO TICKET SALES AFTER 9/18/2016 or at event.

Past Reunions

Class of 1965
Title: Class of 65 Reunion
Venue: See Details
Date: October 15th, 2015
(ending October 17th, 2015)
Details: Hi Classmates,
The VHS Class of 65 Reunion Was Great!

Wow, what a great reunion. The weather was great and the classmates were special. As before, this information will be on the VHS Alum website: https://www.alumniclass.com/venice.

Some reminders:

Everyone should have received an email to view the 1965 reunion website to see what we have posted so far. You will receive a reminder each time new items are posted. So!, remember to send the pictures you took to: veniceclassreunion65@gmail. com
Suggestion: Each time you pull up the site, click on "slideshow" just above the album you are in and then "full screen". Jackie Durfee!

*** You Can Still Send Me Your Info ***
The VHS class of 65 “ What Have You Been Up To” request. We will still be gathering three to five sentences of “ What Have You Been Up To” information for each classmate, even if you can’t make the reunion. It’s always fun to see what everybody has been doing for the past 50 years. If you wish to provide such information, please send it to JHenne1@Verizon.net in the body of an email. The document containing the 65 classmates information is attached in two formats, .doc and pdf. If addition classmates info is added, another WHYBUT will be sent out. .

What folks have said:

If you wish to comment on the reunion, please feel free and sent it to me.
HI Classmates,
For those whom chose to not attend our 50th class reunion for one reason or another you missed a great time. I reunited with John Gillies, after 50 years, Steve Bradley after 43 years, and my best man Doug Shell after 30 years. I thought that I would never see these friends again. Also saw classmates that you don't see very often. I want to thank all of our classmates that put this reunion together, they did a fantastic job. Hopefully you plan to attend the 55th reunion.

Thanks Classmates,
Terry Haskins
A simple THANK YOU to each and everyone of you for your efforts to make our 50th VHS Class Reunion such a "smashing" success! From the first gathering at Left Coast Seafood (ok, some of you guys gathered on Thursday PM to celebrate your "football hero/macho stuff"...well earned and deserved ...congrats!); to the beach, to the memorial, to the dinner, to the brunch.... ALL of your efforts were recognized and appreciated by those in attendance!

Friday evening at the Left Coast reminded me of "Black Friday" (shopping day after Thanksgiving) because there were soooo many good peeps to visit with and not enough room to breathe .... no fault of anyone's .... actually when you think about it, it an AWESOME turnout of a whole decade of people who grew up or graduated from VHS and came back to celebrate our heritage!!!

"Saturday at the Park, I think it was the 4th of July".... ok, wrong song!!! Saturday at the beach was great! Sherry and John, your planning for the weather was awesome.....you must have a "pipeline" with somebody from above! The location, food and company were wonderful! Great opportunity to just "drop the pretenses" and just be ourselves"!

Sally, Georgia, Sherry and Chuck, the Memorial Table decorations and Memorial Board were awesome. Sally, gathering the information on all of whose who are no longer with us was an huge undertaking....thank you for tracking them. The fact that the Memorial Board and Luminaries were transportable, and then the Luminaires could be illuminated ... made it possible for those unable to attend the Memorial to reflect on those gone before us.

Nick, your message was PERFECT! You spoke from your heart ~ touched my heart and those of so many other attendees! Your copper butterflies were a precious gift that any/all family members will cherish forever. Each time they look at them, they will remember the special connection you drew between their loved one and all the remaining members of the VHS Class of 1965!

Linda and Paul, what a great place to choose for our dinner! It was so much fun to walk up to the front door and see all those green and white balloons.....then continue on inside where everyone seemed to be celebrating OUR special occasion! I enjoyed the reconnecting time, sorry I wasn't able to remain for the celebratory dinner (though I have heard through the grapevine that the prime rib was cooked to perfection!" If you made those balloons appear, THANK YOU! I think it was a spirit lifter after attending the Memorial Service for those no longer with us. Good choice and THANKS for doing that!

Ah Phil, Snook Haven ~ you couldn't have gone wrong!!!! Those of us here for our 45th Reunion had such a good time there...you couldn't possibly have topped that... BUT, by golly, I think you did! Personally, I love the relaxed atmosphere, good food and opportunity to "hop about" and visit....but...the best of this place is knowing that one of ours, Jim Zacharias, lived here when we were growing up and he CHOSE to come back and spend the day with us!!!


If you find something missing, please don't share it with me; I am in awe of what you all were all able to accomplish!

I am proud & privileged to have been a member of the VHS Class of 1965; consider it an honor to have had the opportunity to share this time working with you on the planning and coordinating of this event!

More important, I thank you all for this opportunity...please allow me to quote from one of my favorite singers, Delbert McClinton.... "I had a really good time"!

Janie Bruin/Gilman


John Henne and Sherry Steele
Class of 1967
Title: Venice High School, Venice, FL - ALL CLASS REUNION
Venue: TBD
Date: October 16th, 2015
(ending October 17th, 2015)
Address: TBD , Venice , , 34285
Details: Please mark your calendars and confirm your current address/phone/email information. Also please let me know if you have any separate ideas/suggestions for Class of 67 or any updates on classmate information. This event is extremely popular with all of the VHS Classes and well attended and lots of fun. Thank you. Paula Garavalia (keeper of our List) and Cathy Wilson Pierce.
Class of 1984
Title: Class of 1984
Venue: Venice Train Depot
Date: October 17th, 2014
(ending October 18th, 2014)
Address: 303 E. Venice Ave , Venice , , 34285
Details: Hotel - Ramada Inn on the Bypass (near Burger King)
Friday Night - Venice Train Depot -
Saturday Night - Ramada Inn on the By-Pass

Please contact Cheryl Blackburn for more information via facebook or check out our webpage: https://www.facebook.com/groups/47029987909/
Webpage: http://clbinnc.wix.com/vhsclassof1984
Class of 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
Title: Class of 1983 - 30 Year Reunion
Venue: Ramada Venice Resort
Date: October 19th, 2013 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Address: 425 US Highway 41 Bypass North , Venice , , 34285
Details: This is the same weekend as Venice's annual Sun Fiesta. Home football game on Friday night, a parade and downtown events on Saturday, and the Margaritaville party Saturday evening will be the big reunion event.
Class of 1963
Title: Class of 1963 Reunion
Venue: Undetermined
Date: November 7th, 2013
(ending November 9th, 2013)
RSVP By: September 30th, 2013
Tickets By: September 30th, 2013
Price: Alumni - $ 75.00
Spouse/Guest/Partner - $ 75.00
Class of 1988
Title: Class of 1988 Reunion
Venue: Ramada Inn
Date: October 4th, 2013
(ending October 5th, 2013)
RSVP By: September 30th, 2013
Tickets By: August 31st, 2013
Address: 425 US 41 Bypass N, , Venice , , 34285
Details: The Reunion will begin on Friday October 4th with the Homecoming game and then a pub crawl afterwards. Saturday October 5th the reunion will begin at the Ramada Inn where there will be food, drinks and the Boneshakers playing. Sunday October 6th the festivites will be at the beach party at the North Jetty.
Class of 1973
Title: Class of 1973 - 40th Reunion
Event 1: Venice Wine Feast Sponsored By Sertoma Club Of Venice
Venue: Sertoma Club of Venice Wine Feast
Date: October 17th, 2013 6:00pm - 10:00pm
RSVP By: October 5th, 2013
Address: Nokomis Avenue , Venice , , 34285
Details: This is a fundraiser for the Sertoma Club of Venice. Nokomis Avenue is closed between Venice Avenue and Miami Avenue and a large tent is put up. Food from various Venice Restaurants are sampled and you as the guest "vote" for the Best Food Vendor. Walking table to table sampling the food and beer and wine. $60.00 ticket includes all of the above for you to enjoy.
Event 2: Class Of 1973 - 40th Reunion
Venue: Downtown Venice & High School
Date: October 18th, 2013
(ending October 19th, 2013)
RSVP By: October 15th, 2013
Details: We will be attending the VHS football game on Friday Night. It is a Home Game. We would like to all wear the same color shirt or the same T-Shirt to the game. The Classes of 1983 and 1993 will also be attending the game for their reunions. So we want to STAND OUT as the best Class.
Saturday Morning will be the Bed Races at 8:00 AM on Venice Avenue as part of the Sun Fiesta. We need Bed Race runners as well as a cheering section. The Sun Fiesta is in Centennial Park all day on Saturday where you can purchase your own food and beverages and it is family friendly with music and craft vendors. Saturday evening will be a gathering at a local restaurant where you will be able to order off the menu.
Sunday will be a repeat of gathering and meeting at the Sun Fiesta. There is thoughts to have a bowling tournament or golf outing...more details to follow.
Class of 1963
Title: Class of 1963 50th Reunion
Venue: Undetermined
Date: November 7th, 2013
(ending November 8th, 2013)
Class of 1962
Title: 50th Reunion - VHS Class of 1962
Venue: Check in at Big Daddy's Burger Den (US41 next to Publix on Island). - - See Official Announcement below for Event Details.
Date: October 19th, 2012
Details: Locals who only wish to attend the Dinner on Oct 20th may attend for $35/person.
Class of 1993
Title: Class of 1993 - 20 Year Reunion
Venue: Plans are currently being made for the VHS Class of 1993's 20 Year Reunion.Festivities will be planned for July 19, 20 and 21.
Date: July 20th, 2013
Details: Classmates are being encouraged to provide us with their mailing address, e-mail, etc
Class of 1962
Title: 50th Reunion
Venue: Venice, Florida: Location and Cost TBA
Date: October 19th, 2012
Details: Send email addresses of Missing Class Members to Joan. See List on Facebook at: "Venice (Florida) High School Class of 1962"
Class of 1974
Title: 40th reunion!!
Venue: Undetermined
Date: October 24th, 2014
(ending October 25th, 2014)
Details: Dates are set for our 40th reunion!! Please visit the Class of 74 Facebook page for more details! We need everyone to register so that we can finalize plans. All communication will be via email or updates on the Class of 74 Facebook page. The link for registration information is http://myemail.constantcontact.com/IT-IS-REUNION-TIME.html?soid=1102987427232&aid=_qLPmsQJDlk
See you there!!
Class of 2002
Title: Class of 2002 Reunion
Venue: Friday, August 3 - Welcome to town gathering - - Saturday, August 4 - Morning: Golf Scramble - Evening: Main Event @ Venetian Golf & River Club - - Sunday, August 5 - Family & Friend Beach Day
Date: August 4th, 2012
Details: More details to follow in a formal invite. Please submit your contact information via our Facebook page -- VHS Class of 2002 10-Year Reunion, or e-mail VHS.Classof2002@gmail.com.
Class of 1992
Title: 20 Year Reunion Dinner & Dance
Venue: Bentley's Resort1660 S. Tamiami TrailOsprey, FL 34229941-966-2121bentleyssarasota.com
Date: June 16th, 2012
Details: We are going to start taking a head count . We need to put down a deposit ASAP to save the date! It will be 40.00 per person . That includes Italian dinner buffet and beverages. There is a great dance floor and a cash bar. If we receive a large response we will plan a Friday night event. They also can get us decent room rates.
Class of 1986
Title: Venice High School Class of 1986 25th Reunion
Venue: Sharky's On the Pier - 1600 Harbor Drive South - Venice, FL 34285 - (941) 488-1456
Date: July 15th, 2011
Details: This is an informal gathering and all are welcome. Drinks and Food at your own cost. Committee will be there around 6:30 p.m.
Class of 2001
Title: Evening Event
Venue: Plantation Golf and Country Club - 500 Rockley Blvd. - Venice, FL
Date: July 22nd, 2011
Details: Family Beach Event will be on Saturday, July 23rd at North Jetty Pavillion
Class of 1981
Title: 30th VHS Class Reunion - Class of 1981
Venue: 10/14/11 Friday - 7:30 pm til ? - Pineapple's Island Grill - 15% off each '81 reunion partcipants check. Meet outside on the patio. - - *** Note Venue Change for Saturday Night*** - 10/15/11 Saturday - 6:30 pm - Bentley's Resort Hotel - 1660 S. Tamiami
Date: October 14th, 2011
Details: Please make checks payable to: VHS Class of 81 Reunion c/o Maryanne Conlan 3712 Key Place Sarasota, FL 34239 Checks must be received by Sept. 16, 2011 Please reference your maiden name if applicable. Hotel Rooms Available at Bentley's - reference VHS81 Block - call (941) 966-2121 $79.00 King or Double in the Economy Section at the back of the property. $119.00 Newly renovated Deluxe Rooms King or 2 Double Beds $149.00 Newly renovated Poolview $199.00 Newly renovated Suites As many have expressed an interest, we are encouraging friends and family in other classes to attend Friday night's event at Pineapples.
Class of 2000
Title: VHS Class of 2000 10 year reunion
Venue: Friday night: VHS homecoming football game @ 7:30pm followed by a Venice Ave pub crawl. - - Saturday evening: Luau themed dinner at Plantation Golf and Country Club @ 5 or 6pm - (adult only) Price to come. - - Sunday: Family beach day at the north jet
Date: October 22nd, 2010
Details: We have a group page on facebook that will be updated frequently. Saturday's event is still subject to change so please pay attention to updates. Please try to join the facebook group. We will try to send the group page to as many classmates as we can find, but please try to spread the word. There are people that don't have facebook and might get missed without your help. If you are planning on attending we will need to get your contact info (address and phone). We are also interested in hearing from anyone that would like to help with planning the reunion. There is much to be done and not a lot of time. Stay tuned for more details! facebook group page: www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=146767425349071
All Classes
Title: ALL CLASS REUNION updated flyer & reminder
Venue: Venice Community Center and various locations throughout Venice
Date: June 24th, 2010
Details: Check out the attached flyer for your decades location for the Friday Night Bar Crawl. $10 per person - pay at the door. Volunteer to help the night of the event and sell 50/50 tickets - contact Angie Balsinger Snyder 468-9428
All Classes
Venue: Beginnning June 24 with the Sports Hall of Fame at the Community Center - $30.00 per person - reservations required Contact Roxanne Wheeler (941) 468-0656 then Friday, June 25 - a bar crawl around Venice to various locations (see flyer attached) designat
Date: June 24th, 2010
Class of 1990
Title: Class of 1990 ~ 20 year Reunion
Venue: The Venetian Golf and River Club { Laurel Rd. } - - Friday- - Venetian Golf Club - 105 Pesaro Drive - North Venice, FL 34275 - - Saturday- - Venetian River Club - 502 Veneto Blvd. - North Venice, FL 34275
Date: July 16th, 2010
Details: To Be Held- Friday, July 16th - Saturday, July 17th - Payment Deadline is Monday, May 3rd, 2010 - Make payable to VHS Class of 1990 The address to send your payment to is : VHS Class of 1990 PO Box 243 Venice FL 34284
Class of 1960
Title: 50th Year Celebratory Brunch
Venue: The home of Sharon Gray Spencer. Email or phone Jean Driggers Fox for details and RSVP.
Date: June 26th, 2010
Details: Calling all classmates, friends and guests who graduated in 1960 to have brunch together and reminisce, or share the joys of life at the ripe young age of 67.
Class of 1990
Title: Reunion Planning Meeting
Venue: Applebee's in Venice
Date: August 22nd, 2009
Details: If you are interested in being part of the planning committee, please join us for meeting #1. We will need people to do all jobs from large to small..... if you feel like you can help in any way... please come and help us brainstorm for our 20 yr reunion. We will be choosing a date, a venue and much more......please email Sharma at eseephotography@msn.com if you plan to attend. Thanks and we hope to see you ther!!
Class of 1990
Title: Reunion Planning Meeting
Venue: Venice
Date: Undetermined
Details: A reunion planning meeting will be held the weekend of 8/22/09 exact time and location TBA. This will be the first of many to plan our outstanding 20 year reunion.... if you are interested in helping in any way, please contact Sharma { Kaefer } Ferrugia
All Classes
Title: Saturday Night Dance Party
Venue: Venice Community Center - - Patti Schmidt is the chairman of the Saturday Night Party committee.
Date: June 26th, 2010
All Classes
Title: Bar Crawl Friday NIght
Venue: Various bar locations throughout Venice - A different bar will be assigned for the various decades of years.
Date: June 25th, 2010
Details: Angela Balsinger Snyder is the Chairman of the Bar Crawl Committee
All Classes
Title: Hall of Fame Event
Venue: Mickey Lawrence is the Chairman of the event
Date: June 24th, 2010
Details: The Hall of Fame will start the weekend off for the ALL CLASS REUNION
All Classes
Venue: Venice, Florida
Date: June 24th, 2010
Details: Three days - 4 events planned Check out the website and/or facebook page at All Class Reunion venice florida 2010
Class of 1989
Title: 20 year Class Reunion
Venue: July 10-11-12 - Friday Night Happy Hour at Cafe Venice - 116 W Venice Ave - on the island - Still finalizing Sat night events
Date: July 10th, 2009
Class of 1970
Title: 40th Class Reunion
Venue: October 2010 Dates To Be Determined; we are in the planning stage.
Date: Undetermined
Details: Please visit our website: http://www.venicehighschool1970.com
Class of 1979
Title: Reunion
Venue: Our 30th Reunion is July 24 - 26. Golfing Friday afternoon. Then meet at Sharkys Friday night at 6:30. Reception at the Plantation Sat. night. Cost will be under $50 a plate. Sunday pot luck at a location to be determined. Please spread the word & se
Date: July 24th, 2009
Details: Please RSVP Theresa directly for the dinner and reception on Sat. July 25 at the Plantation in Venice. Here is her email; theresa_mcbee@yahoo.com
Class of 1979
Title: 30 year class reunion
Venue: Venice...More details to come
Date: July 24th, 2009
Details: OK, the 30th Reunion will be the weekend of July 24 - 26. The plan is to meet at Sharkys on Friday night. I will post more details as I get them. Please let anyone you know from our class that this will be the date for the reunion, & send me email addresses of our classmates My email is below, contact me directly. We also have another web site for our class, please go to www.alumniclass.com/venice Neal VanDeRee Aquaman40s@aol.com
Class of 1978
Title: Thirty Year Class Reunion
Venue: Friday evening---tailgate party. Place not yet determined. Saturday evening---Sharkey's.
Date: October 10th, 2008
Details: Our current plans are to have a tailgate party on Friday, October the 10th, attend the homecoming game, and then go to TJ Carney's. On Saturday, October 11th we will have our dinner at Sharkey's. Details are fothcoming. Mark you calendar.

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