Putnam Hunkies Reunion

by Mackenzie Stasko on June 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

Anyone who grew up from the 6th Street bridge and on is considered a "Putnam Hunkie," and is invited to the Putnam Hunkie Reunion coming up on Saturday, June 29 at the Madison School in Zanesville. Donna Stotts, a Putnam Hunkie herself, and a co-chair for the event says she wanted to reconnect with old friends and thought a reunion was a perfect way to do that.

"I often thought instead of going and paying your respects at a funeral to a childhood friend especially, how much nicer to reconnect while you’re living and just to catch up and say, ‘hey, how are you? What are you doing?,’" said Stotts.

The phrase, "Putnam Hunkies," dates back to the early 1900’s when Hungarians moved into the Putnam area and were given the nickname and it has stuck ever since. Co-chair, Ron Bucci says people are coming in from Florida, Arizona, Kentucky and Cleveland just for the reunion.

"So we’re looking forward to having this special day that those whose roots go back to the Putnam area will come back and celebrate their memories and tell stories about the good ol’ days and just have a great time."

The reunion is free and runs from 1- 4 p.m.