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Carol Perkins. Old School Cafe a reality in Metcalfe Co., KY

The Old School Lunchroom II. Nothing lasts forever, but in Metcalfe County, we hold on as long as we can!
Next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: the high school lunch room - I

By Carol Perkins

What happens to an empty cafeteria and a gym full of memories that are no longer accessible to the public? Continuing from last week, about a year ago, Chris Huffman (an administrator in Metcalfe County) revealed the school system's plan to turn the cafeteria into a cafe. "We want to have it open for breakfast, serving donuts and coffee. Students will run the cafe under the supervision of adults and anyone can drop by on their way to work and have a donut and a cup of coffee." He continued, "We want it to look old school."

One year and hundreds of hours later, the Old School Cafe became a reality. The official opening date is not for a month or so yet, but the Chamber of Commerce hosted its breakfast recently at the Cafe with almost 100 in attendance. Susan Chambers and I stopped by for a tour on our way to our radio show (Susan and Carol Unscripted at 99.1 the Hoss on Tuesdays from 10-11AM). All I could say when I walked into the front entrance was "WOW." Memorabilia from as far back as when the school opened in 1957 until it closed as a high school was tastefully displayed in cases along the front wall. The "lunchroom" reminded me of soda fountains and bobbi socks. Along the row under the windows where students once lined up for lunch now features bar stools (tops shaped like Coke tops) and a bar covered in Plexiglas with pictures from the "old days" proudly displayed. Immediately, I looked for the class of '64. I particularly liked the murals adorning the front and back walls.

Chris Huffman and Jamie (Howard) gave us a tour of the refurbished gym, and when I saw it I nearly cried. I can remember the first game played in that gym and other than the carvings on the bleachers with who loves whom, it took me back to that year with the shiny bleachers recently varnished. Painted on the floor are the brand new exclusive hornet (now we don't have to look as if we copied from other teams) and the dates when the school was a high school and when it was a middle school. The stage looked the way it did in "my day" with the maroon velvet curtains in place. The only change is that the gym is it is now air-conditioned! One of the most touching aspects of the gym was the tribute paid to our longest running Hornet fan-Charlie Smith. "CS" is painted in the exact spot where Charlie yelled "We're gonna Win" hundreds of times.

The Cafe' will open for morning donuts and coffee, but it will also be available for any class reunion "free." For family reunions and other times when a large space is needed, it will be for rent. It comes with a fully equipped kitchen and all the memories that the years have left behind.

The gym will also be available for practices and rental, but the first BIG BANG BLOWOUT will be Oct. 22, 2016. The Alumni Association, along with the school system, is hosting a Chili Supper beginning at 5 with a "Student Talent Showcase" to follow in the gym with the Hornet Pickers (a teacher, administers, and student band) closing out the night. The price is $5 just for the show or $10 for the meal and the show (per person).

This will be a great time for a Hornet Homecoming. Here's where the public can help. Each class will be given "class tags." I am asking and hoping that the class of '64 will turn out and we'll all sit together just the way we did back then! Think what a night we can have if each decade came together, sat together, was recognized by class, and had the fun we once did in the high school gym. This is your challenge.

Our administrators, under the direction of Dr. Benny Lile, chose to do something positive with the area of the "old school" that meant the most of the community. They have plans for using other parts of the building in the future.

Nothing lasts forever, but in Metcalfe County, we hold on as long as we can!

(Part II Next Week)

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