If you’ve ever gone to Lake Cowichan Secondary School, you might see some old friends at Dermod & Dudley’s Irish Pub & Grill, Friday night.
As her first attempt at organizing a high school reunion, Wendy Barre has decided to keep the doors wide open, with graduates of all ages invited to show up.
The inspiration came through the use of the Facebook website, with Barre becoming able to reunite with old friends online.
But the internet only goes so far.
“I thought it would be nice to see them again,” she said.
Since then, she created a Facebook events page for the Friday night meet-and-greet. The page has since resulted in over 130 confirmations, 330 waiting confirmation, and 160 people saying maybe.
“The farthest I know is Halifax,” she said, of the distance people are traveling for the event.
The age of confirmed attendees is quite spread out, Barre said. There are quite a few people around the age of 46 (Barre’s graduating class), as well as many people in different age groups that Barre does not know.
The reunion taking place during the Lake Days weekend is deliberate, Barre said, and will serve to provide those attending the reunion something to keep them together all weekend long.
Name tags will be created for all those who have confirmed their attendance on Facebook, and they’ll be encouraged to wear them all weekend long, so buddies from the past can more easily spot them.
The initial meet-and-greet will take place at the pub Friday, June 10, beginning at around 7 p.m.
“It’s going to be pretty casual,” Barre said.