It's the talk of the town in Beeville this weekend. A high school reunion that spans numerous generations.
An all-class high school reunion, the Great Trojan Reunion, goes all the way back to the 1940's. It all started as an idea between two friends, but from there, the idea took on a life of its own. Now, it's become a very big deal.
"We put it on Facebook, and it just started rolling," said Gary Tindol, owner of T's Honky Tonk. "A lot of people are coming back, you know, to Beeville, who hadn't been here in years."
The reunion is going to be held at T's Honky Tonk Saturday night. Preparations have been underway, and they are getting excited. The bar and dance hall just opened in downtown Beeville in October, and the owner there thought it would be a good idea to open up a reunion to high school graduating classes going back to the 40's.
Tindol and fellow alum Brew Harrell have been promoting it. At first, they figured maybe a hundred people would show, but now they're expecting between 500-600 people, and maybe even more. They're also excited about all of local musical talent that will be performing, saying Beeville has some strong musical roots.
"The great Calvin Hinderman was a great athlete back in high school," Harrell said. "All-state running back, all-American runner, and he had a band called Calvin and the Cavaliers, and it just inspired a whole generation of musicians. He's going to sing with us. Got Tyner Little from Corpus Christi. His family moved to Beeville in the 20s."
Because there will be so many people there, the reunion party will also be outside in the back of T's, and there will be big tents set up, along with a 40-foot barbecue trailer.
The reunion will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, and will go until 1 a.m., at T's Honky Tonk on 209 North Washington Street in Beeville.
If it goes well, next year they're thinking of shutting down the entire block and having a block party reunion.
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