Yup! It’s been 50 years since we all grabbed our diplomas and sprinted into the real world. Now we probably all wish we were back in college. Well, for one weekend at least, we all can be. After a year of double-secret probation (COVID 19) BWC’s Homecoming activities have been re-instated. At least we are planning for it.

Because of that rare year without a BWC, the 50-year reunion for the Class of 1970 had to be put on hold. Well, it’s back and we’re doubling the fun since this year marks the actual 50-year reunion for the Class of 1971. So pull out your annuals and polish the Wildcat decals on your car and prepare to head for campus on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9 and the 2021 BWC-Linfield Homecoming events.

We will, of course, pull out all the usual stops to secure a good time. Friday we golf. We strive to once again prove that good times and golf can be synonomous. Michelbook Country Club in McMinnville is again our host despite our continued attempts to re-route the course. Open for both men and women, your $95 entry gets you 18 holes of golf, one half of a cart rental, all the range balls you can slice, all the beer you can handle, a hot dog, a free raffle ticket and a chance to swap stories with up to 80 classmates. We’ve noticed that things have become a little less raucous at the course these days and there’s much more hugging than chugging.

Even if you don’t plan to golf, stop by and say hi to old friends during registration which begins around 10:30 a.m. Golfers tee off at 12:30 p.m.

Then on Saturday, Oct. 9, if you aren’t still embarrassed by your performance on the golf course, join us for our main event – The BWC Tailgater. Saturday, Oct. 9 is our main event. We gather in the area in front of Linfield’s Ford Theater for a BBQ that is way above anything else you’ve encountered – we guarantee it. Catered by Wildcat Bill Hayden and deFuego Restaurant it’s an all you can eat and drink event featuring more than just hot dogs and hamburgers (although the hot dogs and hamburgers we serve are a cut above what you’ll find anywhere else on campus) but salmon, chicken, ribs and more. Our beverage list includes, beer, wine, pop and water. Cost is $25 per person and again, it is all you can eat. We will also offer door prizes and will have a special seating spot to recognize our the two reunion classes.

You are on your own for the football game but if you are inclined you can stop by the BWC BBQ site after we kick the stuffing out whatever poor team is unlucky enough to have to play us on Homecoming and you will have a chance to get together for a little more time with you friends. Additional food and drink will be on hand at no charge.

Additional events may be included once planning moves and we will alert you if indeed that is the case.

Of course we encourage you to take the time to see the campus again with all the additions and improvements and look into the many events that the college has planned for the weekend including tours, department reunions, lectures and more. Their event schedule can be found online at www.linfield.edu.

We hope you will register for both events no later than Friday, Sept. 10. You will receive a formal invitation via email or snail mail and that will include registration information. You may also register on this site, just follow the links at the top menu.

One more note. Because of the current national situation with the COVID-19 nothing is certain, even if it is four months away. We are taking a positive note and planning for the best-case scenario. Should our plans have to change we will let you know. We hope you will not be deterred. Remember to look for our official BWC-Linfield Homecoming invitation in the mail probably some time in June. It will have event and registration information. Be prepared to bring a mask or proof of vaccination. We don’t know for sure that Linfield will require these but we suggest you prepare for it.

And if you have any questions you can contact us via email at at bwc_linfield@frontier.com

Really hope to see you this fall and I will be keeping in touch as we get closer to the events.

BWC Planning Committee