Our 55th Colby reunion, which happily coincided with the College’s bicentennial, was wonderful, as all other reunions have been. Only some rain on Friday and Saturday dampened the festivities a bit. Many of you really wanted to attend but couldn’t because of family graduations and weddings, bad backs, family responsibilities, travel problems, even jury duty. You were all missed! Nevertheless, we managed to follow up our record-breaking attendance at the 50th with another record for the 55th. By now you should have had a chance to view an online photo album of the weekend. Y Thursday arrivals were welcomed by class president Brad Sherman and enjoyed a buffet dinner and impromptu stories about our days at the College, including the panty raid and bonfire; when the baseball team was refused permission to travel to a tournament during the reading period or exams; the draconian rules the women suffered as freshmen (8 p.m. curfew on weeknights unless we were studying at the library); and stories about our favorite president, Julius Seelye Bixler. Several of us who stayed in the dorm continued reminiscing and visiting at the coffeehouse in Mary Low. Friday morning featured various activities such as yoga, golf, a trivia quiz, and visits to the library or bookstore, while the afternoon brought many choices of faculty lectures and preview tours of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion. Reunion classes set up exhibits of memorabilia from their years on campus. We unashamedly hogged four tables for our collection, which included copies of the Alumnus, the Echo, and other publications; programs from homecoming football games; a bill for $770 for the first semester of senior year; a Colby blazer and freshman beanie; and many photos, including some of the Colbyettes, sailors singing “There Is Nothing Like a Dame” in South Pacific, ROTC maneuvers, and a train that brought many of us from Boston to Waterville. Donated items were left for the College archives. Thanks to those who contributed: Pam (Brockway) ’60 and David Adams, Nancy Derderian Bagdasarian, John Baxter, Bruce Blanchard, Bob ’59 and Judy Garland Bruce, Kay (German) ’59 and Al Dean, Carol Conway Denney, Peter Doran, John Edes, Chris Maginniss, Brad Sherman, Paul Svendsen, Harry and Joan Shaw Whitaker, and Marian Woodsome. The Bicentennial Bash barbecue followed, with a DJ playing music for dancing in the tent. Happily, the fireworks still exploded despite the rain, and many enjoyed a long, exciting display. Rain canceled the traditional parade of classes Saturday morning, especially disappointing for us because Al Dean had driven his beautifully restored ’55 VW Bug to campus and planned to drive it at the head of our class. He parked it in prominent places, where it was admired and oohed and aahed over by many, especially current students! An additional fun attraction was a CD player set up under the VW’s hood that played songs by the Colby Eight. Celebrate Colby then happened in the gymnasium, where alumni assembled to hear the reunion classes’ gifts to the Colby Fund. Our class was pleased to have 82 percent contributing to the fund, the second highest for all reunion groups. We also set a new attendance record for alumni returning for the 55th. Congratulations to Leigh Bangs, who received a Colby Brick for his many years of service, and thanks to his committee that helped solicit Colby Fund contributions. The highlight of our dinner Saturday was the appearance of the “vintage” Colby Eight, including those we remember so well from our era: Peter Merrill ‘57, Bo Olsen ’57, Ed Tomey ’59, Keet Arnett ’59, and our own Dave Adams. Each class member at reunion received a remastered CD featuring 26 songs from albums recorded between ’55 and ’63. The weekend ended with a champagne jazz brunch and chapel service before we packed the cars and headed home, happy to have had another chance to celebrate Colby and connect with classmates. Several attendees mentioned that it was especially satisfying to chat with those we might not have known well during our time on campus. A last wish: May we all stay healthy and well so we can meet again at the 60th!