Gordon and Judy Bartz of Hubbard Lake celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 27. They were honored with a party at the Alpena Eagles Banquet Hall where their children surprised them with a '50s-style sock hop complete with poodle skirts, pony tails and jeans with white t-shirts. The party was attended by 130 guests with most dressed in the '50s attire. The celebration also included a Starlite drive-in-style dinner that featured malts and root beer floats.
Six of the original wedding party members were in attendance. Guests came from as far as Seattle, Wash., South Carolina and Virginia.
The couple were married in Alpena at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Second Avenue. They have three children: Kevin (Kari), Curtis (Kelli) and Shawn (Shelly). They also have six grandchildren: Timothy, Joshua (Anna), Andrew, Sarah, Kourtney and Kyler.
Gordon and Judy are both retired, Gordon from Besser Company and Judy from ABTco, Inc.