PHS grads to celebrate birthdays

Fritz Renner, from the Parkersburg High School Class of 1967, has a fun-filled weekend planned for his classmates in Monterey, Calif., Oct. 18-20.

Renner, of Monterey, and classmate Candace Dollman Jones, of Vienna, have organized a 70th birthday celebration for all members of the PHS Class of 1967.

This is not a class reunion, Renner said. The event is to recognize everyone celebrating their 70th birthday this year, he said.

Twenty-nine graduates of the PHS Class of 1967 have signed up for the birthday bash, including six people from the Parkersburg area and others from around the country.

For more information about attending email Jones at candancejoneswv@yahoo.com or Renner at ftrenco@gmail.com.

Renner owns The F.T. Renner Company, a wholesale sales representative in the gift industry, specializing in home and garden decor. The company, founded in Parkersburg in 1981, is based in historic downtown Monterey, Calif.

The weekend starts with a welcome reception at the Jabberwock Inn in Monterey on Oct. 18. Renner said he is flying in traditional West Virginia pepperoni rolls from Harpers Ferry for the party, to go along with other food and beverage.

A 70th birthday cake and homemade ice cream will be provided and everyone will receive a gift with the 70th birthday logo embroidered on it as a keepsake, Renner said.

A surprise guest will be attending, Renner said, but it won’t be local celebrity Clint Eastwood.

A barbecue at the swimming pool of a private country home will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19. The movie “The Big Chill” will be shown poolside. This movie “speaks to our generation in its music and message,” Renner said.

Marty Morris Lee, from the 1967 PHS Class, and her husband, George Andrews Lee, who have acted and sung on theater stages in New York City for many years, will be attending the Monterey party.

The Lees are friends with actor Kevin Kline, one of the stars in “The Big Chill.” They will share information, provided by Kline, about the movie and its stars, Renner said.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, a traditional South Carolina Low Country Boil Dinner will be served at a nearby private residence in Pacific Grove. The afternoon also will feature games of cornhole and Ping-Pong.

Recorded 1960s music will be played the entire weekend. Renner is putting together artifacts, photos and stories about 1967 in Parkersburg for a display called “Memory Lane.”

Several of the classmates will make a longer vacation out of the Monterey birthday party, Renner said. Area attractions include Pebble Beach, Carmel, Hearst Castle, wine country and the Big Sur coast. Tourist attractions in Monterey include Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

“It will be a memorable weekend that is sure to last a lifetime,” Renner said.


“Julia-Ann Jazz — A Night of Jazz in the Square” will be 5:45-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the home of Bob and Melissa Herceg, 112 13th St. in Parkersburg.

Providing jazz standards will be the duo Jesse and Chad (Jesse DeBarr and Chad Stevens, both playing guitars), the 16-member Smoot Theatre House Band, directed by Felice Jorgeson, and Stolen Moments quartet from Charleston.

Jesse Eaton, a senior at Parkersburg High School, will sing three Frank Sinatra songs during a night of jazz in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District.

Food will be provided by Belair’s Bistro of Belpre. Bring your favorite wine to enjoy as alcohol will not be sold, Jorgeson said.

Profits support the Julia-Ann Square Historic District.

To purchase tickets (120 will be available) go to smoottheatre.com.