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By Polly Lynn
Have you ever lived, worked or played in the Killington area? Do you ever wonder what happened to your favorite ski buddies, bartenders or bosses? Earlier this spring a local group of self-proclaimed Killington “old-timers” began organizing a reunion weekend, set for June 26-28.
“Join us for a community-wide event celebrating Killington people from the past and present. Relive the good ol’ days of Killington past with us because after all, ‘We ain’t dead yet!’” the organizers state on the Killington Reunion Weekend Facebook page.
“It’s an idea we’ve been tossing around for years,” said Bill Bauer, owner of the Summit Lodge, and Oke O’Brien, a long-time employee at the Inn at Long Trail. Last year, after they saw many friends reunited at memorial services, they decided it was time to finally launch an annual reunion.
The event originators hope that area businesses will step up to provide entertainment, activities and/or discounts to entice pervious generations of Killington folk back to the area. As we flip the calendar to June, partnerships and offerings are beginning to spring up.
In addition to a welcome reception at Summit Lodge Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. Reunion activities will include an apres ride party Saturday after the Long Trail Century Ride for those looking for an outdoor activity, and golf specials at Green Mountain National on Sunday. Bring your Killington Ski Pass from the 70s, 80s or 90s to Green Mountain National anytime after 2 p.m. and end the weekend with nine holes of golf, cart included, for just $19.58! Lodging specials are currently being offered at the Summit Lodge and through the Killington Group. And The Garlic plans to participate, albeit specific plans have yet to be announced.
Killington Resort opened in 1958, 56 years ago. Since that first season, thousands have called Killington their home.
“This will be like a reunion, similar to school reunions, where old friends will get together to share stories with folks who were here and remember,” Bauer explained.
All promotions or events for the weekend are welcome, said Bauer. “All activity and energy around that weekend is good,” he said. For more information and/or to get involved, visit the Killington Reunion Weekend page on Facebook: facebook.com/killingtonreunionweekend or contact Bill Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.