Pink Flamingo Day: June 23
Did you know our class bird has its own holiday? Check out the history of the holiday, the plastic lawn ornament and our class's affiliation with these birds.
The holiday was declared in 2007 by Dean Mazzaralla, the mayor of Leominster, Massachusetts, to honor the work of Don Featherstone, creator of the plastic lawn flamingo.
Ten years later, in January 2017, ten classmates gathered at the art museum of nearby Fitchburg, Masschusetts, home of Don Featherstone and the town where the flamingos are now manufactured, for a mini-reunion at an exhibit called "Plastic Imagination." This was the exhibit for which Jean Borgatti gathered up most of the flamingo flock at our 50th reunion.
For more flamingo facts, and especially for the story of their adoption by our class, check out Flamingos and the Class of 1966.
Flamingos near and far
The pictures of flamingos on this page, collected by classmates in a variety of places, are here to celebrate Pink Flamingo Day and our class connection to these (usually) pink birds. Do you have flamingo pictures that you'd like to include here? Send them to the webmistress.
At the top of the page we have Florinda the Flamenco Flamingo, won by Karen Lebacqz in a raffle. She's sitting on Barbara Bywater Creed's porch at Sea Ranch, California, at a mini-reunion in 2015.
Sherry Holland provided the picture, on the left, of a gigantic flamingo, which she took it in the south of France, not far from Carcassonne, in an area famous for white ponies and pink flamingos.
Mary Baughman found the zombie flamingos, on the right, for sale shortly before Halloween at a rest stop in Massachusetts, on Route 2 on the way from Boston to Deerfield.
And finally, we have the flamingos that were marching across the lawn of the Fitchburg Art Museum at the time of that mini-reunion.