For anyone wanting to see the last home opener at John Warren Field, harboring nostalgia from their time at Astoria High School and/or looking for some signed Andrew Poyer swag, the second Super Homecoming weekend might be their shindig.
The main event, themed “Rock ’n’ Remember the 50s,” opens at 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. Organizers at AHS are selling tickets, and tables are quickly filling up.
“There are other fundraisers that go toward football programs,” said incoming senior Kiley Prom, who for her senior project is helping organize the event, open to anyone regardless of whether they ever attended AHS. The event raises money for sports, band, choir, drama and dance. “This is one that goes to everybody, and it’s the only one.”
This year, the new Astoria Sports Complex is opening. Tickets to Super Homecoming include a 4 p.m. “Touch the Turf” preview of the field, decorated with an AHS stomper logo and “Astoria” and “Fishermen” in either end zone.
The Super Homecoming includes a prime rib dinner catered by Fulio’s Pastaria, Steakhouse and Deli. Clint Hill and Glen Fromwiller, journalism and science instructors respectively, play DJ at the 1950s-themed event. Helpers dress the part, and Justin Grafton Studios runs a similarly themed homecoming photo booth.
A silent and live auction include tickets to Disneyland, a stay at the Cannery Pier Hotel with a dinner at Baked Alaska, a Homespun Quilts-made quilt.
Also at auction are signed Oregon State University footballs, a sophomore photo and the varsity jersey of Jordan Poyer.
The 1958 AHS football team is being inducted into the school’s hall of fame, along with other notables, in an invitation-only event the same weekend.
The first Super Homecoming came together in 2011, when a class reunion gave AHS secretaries Theresa Dursse and Darla Rush the idea to help raise money for extracurricular activities. About six to seven years ago, said Dursse, the activities budget was about $80,000 in the hole, continually operating in the red as the school focused on academics amid budget cuts.
“That was at the same time that the alumni … Astoria celebration was going on,” said Rush. “We saw it as a time we could have a Super Homecoming.
“People came and were like ‘you should do this every year,’” said Rush. The effort, though, was too much to pull off with all their other tasks.
But the culmination of the last home opener at John Warren Field, the imminent opening of the sports complex in October and the reunion made the timing for another such event perfect.
The fundraising goal’s a soft one: beat 2011’s event, which raised $30,000.
Purchase tickets to Super Homecoming by cash or check in the AHS main office or by check through the mail: Astoria High School, 1001 W. Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103. Tickets $25 for singles, $45 for couples and $300 for a reserved table of 10. Call 503-325-3911 for more information.