Old Timer's Reunion celebrates 24th year

SANDUSKY The young at heart gathered for the 24th annual Old Timer's Reunion at Caesar's Crystal Palace Saturday night.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

The young at heart gathered for the 24th annual Old Timer's Reunion at Caesar's Crystal Palace Saturday night.

Dorothy Farrar has been coming to the Old Timer's Reunion since it began. Farrar, 85, was born and raised in Sandusky.

"(The Old Timer's Reunion) started 24 years ago with two ladies, Mabel Abrams and Edna Lee Rooney," Farrar said. The reunion began as a way for old friends from the south side of Sandusky to reunite.

The first Old Timer's Reunion was at Lions Park.

"So many people came that we had to move it," Farrar said. The event was moved to the Singara Grotto Park and finally to Caesar's Crystal Palace five years ago.

"People come from all over the country to meet friends and reminisce," Farrar said.

Mabel Abrams and Edna Lee Rooney have both died, but their family and friends have carried on the tradition of the Old Timer's Reunion.

Abrams's sister, Luvada Stovall, said the people make the event so special. Stovall led the efforts to organize this year's event with help from Cathy Woods, Myron Abrams, Gwen Stovall, Brenda Parker and the Old Timer's Reunion committee.

Luvada Stovall, 78, graduated from Sandusky High School in 1947. She said they planned on more than 340 people attending the event.

The self-titled "old timers" came from as far away as Las Vegas and Washington D.C. to reunite and catch up with friends.

"It's a homecoming and tribute and I love it," Georgie Palmer said. Palmer, 62, was born in Sandusky but now lives in Detroit.

"Mostly you see people you haven't seen for years," said Ethel Short. Short, 69, has lived in Sandusky for more than 50 years.

Charles Charlton, 65, has been coming to the Old Timer's Reunion since 1988.

"My wife's mother was one of the original people who started it," Charlton said.

His wife, Jeanette, is the daughter of Edna Lee Rooney.

Stella Brown, 66, has lived in Sandusky for more than 50 years and has also been attending the Old Timer's Reunion since it started.

Even though the room will be packed with former and current Sanduskians, Brown said most of the people all know each other.

"The best part is seeing all my old friends," Brown said.

Everyone brought their own meals and the night included dancing, live entertainment, and a raffle for door prizes.

The Old Timer's reunion was expected to last until at least 1 a.m. Palmer said that she was going to stay until the reunion ended.

"And I'll be ready to go to church on Sunday," she said with a smile.