Our Laguna: Artist alumni come back to town

September 27, 2012|By Barbara Diamond
  • Eileen Acord Chadick, Glenda Acord Rice, Victoria Winter Soeters at the LBHS '71 and '72 reunion weekend.
Eileen Acord Chadick, Glenda Acord Rice, Victoria Winter… (Coastline Pilot )

The Laguna Beach High School Classes of 1971 and 1972 celebrated the 40th anniversary of their graduation last weekend.

Festivities began on Friday.

The alumni attended the Breakers — to many of the alumni they will always be the Artists — home football game on Friday, and watched their team score a 31-17 victory over St. Margaret's — no let down from the 74-19 rout of the Glen Eagles the previous week.

After the game, about 175 of the alumni regrouped at the Dirty Bird, otherwise known as the Sandpiper. Peter Ott and Libby Shackford hosted an Indian Summer Fiesta at their Laguna Canyon home on Saturday for the alums. Guests were checked in by lower class members of the '70s, including Realtor Dede Westgaard-Pike, Diane Judy, Heidi Weingard and Wendy Potter, daughter of Barbara Painter.

Chuck Harrell, the Sandpiper co-owner since 1969, and Skipper Camarillo were special guests.

Dr. Woody White provided the music. Soho Tacos catered the dinner. Desserts were potluck.


"It was amazing," said Glenda Acord Rice, '72, co-chair of the reunion. "It lasted from 4 to about 11 p.m., maybe even midnight —- so everyone had a chance to mingle.

"Everyone I have talked to said it was the best reunion so far," Rice added.

They all had such a good time, it may have cut down on attendance at the picnic at Heisler Park on Sunday, said Rice's sister, Eileen Acord Chadick, class of '71, who still lives in Laguna.

Chadick was at the park by 5:45 a.m. to set up the barbecue, cover the reserved tables and ice the soft drinks.

It was a weekend for reconnecting and nostalgia.

Anne Prigo Potter, '72, reminisced about collecting bottles as a child and turning them in for money so she could go to Orange Julius, located next door to Benton's on Boardwalk.

"I visited my old home, Shaw's Cove and walked the campus before the football game — I didn't like to see it all chained up," said Sherry Ringer, '72, who came from Hawaii for the reunion.

"It was really weird to drive a rental car in my own home town," she added.

"The best part was talking to people and it was like no time had passed — it was easy."

Charlie Schoenleber, '72, who played basketball for the high school up to his junior year and golf in his senior year, came from Carlsbad. He spent some time visiting his mother, Flora Taylor, widow of the late and greatly missed author Ted Taylor.

Monica Richards, '71, lives close enough that she's in town once a week. Alumna Jani Sizelove is another frequent visitor.

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