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Thursday, October 7, 2010   (1 Comments)
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Once East Central University's Homecoming football game is over Saturday night [OCT. 9], an unusual reunion will recall a one-time gathering place for ECU students of the 1970s and 1980s.
The La Fragua reunion will begin around 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge to recall the Ada club where ECU students spent many evenings. It will be open to all alumni, not just students from those two decades.
"La Fragua was almost like an extension of the university," said Terry Tracy, the former club's owner. "It was the place to go to listen to live bands, dance and have a good time. Most social events like birthday parties were held there."
Terry said he had been considering such a reunion for several years, and it all came together in time for ECU's Homecoming.
"We have alumni reunions after the games every year," said ECU President John Hargrave, "but we thought this idea was a good way to have a great time re-engaging alums and encouraging them to become active again."
There will be a $10 cover charge to attend the reunion. La Fraqua t-shirts will be on sale for $10 and alumni can view photos taken at the club during the 1970s and 1980s.
Zoom City will perform at the reunion. All the Zoom City members played at La Fragua at one time or another as members of different bands of the time, Terry said.
"We want to invite people who played there to stop in for a jam session," he said.
Former employees also will be honored, such as ECU football All-American Clifford Thrift, who was a bouncer, and Larry "Scooter" Throne who will work the door Saturday as he did in the past.
Mike Hinkle of Edmond, a 1977 ECU graduate, is a former La Fragua employee who was hired under unique circumstances.
"One day I was passing through town," he said. "La Fragua was open, but in trouble, so I told Terry I would work for him if he could provide me with a place to sleep and food to eat, and he did."
ECU has received emails and calls from a number of alums from the 1970s and 1980s who have learned about the reunion. Many said they have not been back to Ada since they graduated, but plan to attend this year.
"I'm looking forward to being there for the parade, the game, the reunion and other fun things," Hinkle said.
The first La Fragua was located on Cradduck Road west of Ada High School. The second, larger building was also on Cradduck Road just past the turn off Mississippi.



Janet Dyke says...
Posted Friday, October 8, 2010
Will there be a dance contest and if so does the winner still get a keg of beer. :)

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