Poets and songwriters have long claimed “You can’t go home again,” but every year classmates from years ago gather to try to prove them wrong.
This weekend, the Moultrie High School Class of 1972 will bring an estimated 150 people to downtown Moultrie to reminisce about their lives before that graduation four decades back and to view changes that have taken place over that time.
“I thought this would be a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to showcase our downtown area, hopefully sparking interest in their coming home to Moultrie to retire,” said Karen Pittman Thompson, a member of the reunion committee. “There have been many changes … good changes to downtown Moultrie since our graduation in 1972.”
The class will be attending the Colquitt County High School Packer football game on Friday, Sept. 28, Thompson said.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the class will attend “Welcome Home to Downtown Moultrie.” They will gather on the Moultrie Courthouse lawn from the hours of 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. On Saturday night the group will have a dinner dance at Southern Style Restaurant in Moultrie.
Thompson said 150 people have registered for the dinner dance, and about 90 are expected for the football game.
“After 40 years we think it’s a pretty good number with the economy like it is,” she said.
Merchants are looking forward to the reunion, according to Moultrie Main Street Director Amy Johnson. This is the second large group in about a week to visit Moultrie, she said; Leadership Georgia brought well over 100 people to town Thursday through Saturday of last week.
“Events like their reunion are very important not only to downtown but to the entire community,” Johnson said.
Visitors stay in the city’s hotels and motels, which helps pay the Hotel-Motel Tax that funds the Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce, Moultrie Main Street and the Colquitt County Arts Center. Johnson also pointed to purchases at gas stations, restaurants and shops.
“If we could have groups like these every weekend, it would be great,” she said.