A lot of people will be shaking their heads when they see the title of a Junior High School reunion. The alumni of this South Western area of Detroit just shake their head in agreement. Most people grow up and they had continuous friendships from Elementary School to High School. In Detroit that may still be possible, but what happens is that perhaps five Elementary School students all attend a Junior High School and then they may be splintered off to four or five different High Schools either because of geography or academic pursuits. I did have the privilege of going to three schools with some of my classmates, but in High School we were all split up due to the curriculums that were offered. Woodrow Wilson Junior High School created a bond among a diverse group of students that has withheld the years. The reunion is also unique because it is open to any student that attended, no matter the year of graduation, and the reunion has also accepted the students from the area that attended parochial schools as well, because all of the students grew up mingling with other students.
One has to respect the dedication and devotion of the volunteers that strive to get this reunion to work, and I can speak from a past reunion with some authority. The purpose of the party foremost is to get friends together, and for the price of twenty five dollars one can attend the reunion and have a buffet dinner with three different entrée choices, plus all the extras. There was also beer, pop and mixes that were offered for the price of entry. There was also a Disc Jockey who played only music from the years of the alumni that were attending, and some Karaoke thrown in for good measure. Then there was a large sheet cake to celebrate the occasion and later in the evening there were even boxes of pizzas delivered to the tables, in case there was still some hunger; quite the value for the price of admission.
Not all of the alumni were drinking beer, though it seemed to be the beverage of choice for the evening. I had the chance to try a couple of wines that evening, and I am sure that no one will be surprised at this bit of news. Both of the wines were Italian Pinot Grigio wines and they really hit the spot on a warm day, and I must say that Mother Nature even graced the affair by holding off raining, though there was a thirty to forty percent chance of rain.
The first bottle that I will discuss was a Tomaiolo Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT 2012. A very soft bottle of wine that was refreshing and as a side notes almost seventy percent of “Della Venezie IGT” is Pinot Grigio (also known as Pinot Gris in France). The Venezie is not the Venice that one immediately thinks of with the gondolas and canals, but is part of Tre Venezie (or Three Venices) in the Tyrol section of Northern Italy and the three areas are now known as Veneto, Friuli-Venezia and Trentino and Trentino-Alto Adige. The other wine from the evening that I will discuss is Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Valdadige DOC 2013. Valdadige is from Trentino-Alto Adige and the Adige Valley. This winery was one of the first to make their wines more like the French with limited time for the skins to react with the pressing of the grapes to keep the wine white, instead of being tinged with color from the skins. Santa Margherita is considered one of the best Pinot Grigio wines of the entire area and I may have to agree that it was the best Pinot Grigio that I have ever tried.
My only complaint for the evening was that it was the same day as the “Dream Cruise” one of the big parades of vintage and muscle cars that go up and down one of main roads, and is extremely popular and causes a lot of pride in the Motor City and the adjoining suburbs. My complaint about the “Dream Cruise” is that it took me almost an hour to travel a route that should have only been about twenty minutes, and I hope this will be taken into consideration the next year. A toast to the wonderful job the Chairman and his staff did for this reunion, and I propose a toast to the able committee that has not yet volunteered for the Fifth Reunion.