Congratulations to the 77 classmates who attended the Class of 1961 50th reunion! Reconnection is wonderful—and what a joy to see classmates returning for the first time in 50 years. Bravo! Our four-day weekend kicked off Thursday with a spectacular sunny day at Seascape, Marjorie and David Tourangeau’s waterfront home in Falmouth Foreside. After a short drive to Waterville and check-in at the alumni center, we gathered for our first campus event, a reception and barbecue at our home base, Foss Hall. Some of us were in the very place our Colby career began. Everyone marveled at the expanded dining room—the food as delicious as ever, with some newer “healthy” choices. And imagine—elevators! Something we could have used in September 1957. A bulletin board crowded with ’50s and ’60s memorabilia proved popular along with ubiquitous copies of the reunion book. Thanks to Betsy Perry Burke and Helen Johnson Knox for these. On Friday morning the hale and hardy participated with President Bro Adams in the Presidential Golf Tournament at the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club. It was widely reported that class president Bob Burke and wife Donna added star quality to the event. We were happy to participate in the parade of classes Saturday morning with our Colby Brick Award winners Carolyn (Webster ’60) and Ted Lockhart and Steve Chase. Thanks to all who contributed to our award-winning class gift! As always, the lobster bake and barbecue buffet enabled us to interact, as did our reception and gala dinner in Dana, where we were memorably serenaded by the Colby Eight. A big thanks to David Ziskind’s wife, Linda, for being our photographer. Please send photos to the Colby class page or to me for uploading. Thanks, too, to Mary Sawyer Durgin Bartlett for e-mailing great souvenir memories. * Ron and Helen Johnson Knox “enjoyed seeing everyone at the reunion. We thought the whole weekend was a ‘hoot’ as they say in Maine.” * Many others, including Peter Denman and Bob Di Napoli, were “so glad to attend after fifty years!” Please let us know what you thought of the weekend! * Tom and Dorothy Boynton Kirkendall regret missing the 50th, but Dotty was recovering from a complicated knee replacement. They summered at their camp on North Pond, Belgrade Lakes, enjoying the occasional orchestral performance of the Atlantic Music Festival at Colby. * This summer your correspondent and a group of friends and university colleagues traveled to Turkey for the reverse of my 2008 trip. After reunion I flew to Istanbul for a tour led by Latif Bolat, an internationally acclaimed Sufi musician. From Istanbul we flew to Bodrum and took a gulet (a wooden yacht) to Bozburun, exploring a small section of the Aegean coast. We hiked every day and snorkeled and kayaked off the gulet. The second week, a land tour, included visits to western Turkey sites: Kas, the Pamukkale Travertines, and Arykanda, one of the “hidden” archaeological sites in Lycia. After two weeks I flew back to Maine for director Bruce McInnes’s birthday, celebrated by his group, the Mastersingers USA, with concerts in Weld and Farmington. The final leg included a drive with my sister, Lee Scrafton Bujold ’64, to Warsaw, Ind., for a cousin’s wedding. In all, I was away from Hawai’i more than six weeks, a record length since moving to the Pacific in 1970. * Congratulations to all the Colby couples celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year and next, including Bob and Jeanette Benn Anderson. * We truly missed those unable to attend reunion, but hope for another mini-reunion soon. Many Mayflower Hill returnees decided five years is too long to wait for our next gathering. Fortunately, Colby has planned well in advance for its bicentennial, in 2013. Check this column or the Colby alumni website for updates. * Aloha!