Beef & Brew to celebrate Indian River High School alumni

Indian River High School alumni and friends are getting ready to celebrate a big milestone and have some fun at the Indian River Alumni Association’s 7th annual Beef & Brew on Saturday, April 13.

The event will celebrate the anniversary of Indian River’s 50th graduating class — the Class of 1969 — with music, food and fun. It will be held at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company fire hall starting at 6 p.m.

Alumni Association President Nancy Hickman said, “You don’t need to be a graduate from IRHS to attend, but this year is special,” because of the 50th anniversary of the high school.

All of the food for the night of catching up with friends will be homemade, featuring “Tribbitt family recipes,” including the family’s famous clam chowder, as well as pit beef, hot sausage sandwiches and “all the sides,” Hickman said. Desserts will be homemade as well. Beer, wine and soda will be available to drink.

During the evening, guests will have the opportunity to bid on a number of auction items, including artwork; fishing excursions; a “glamping” (upscale camping) experience at Treasure Beach RV Park & Campground; a spa, dinner and hotel package from Bethany Beach Ocean Suite and 99 Sea Level; a Yeti cooler; and many other items.

The Glass Onion party band will return this year, according to Hickman.

“We had such a great response and they have such a faithful following that we booked them right after last year’s event,” she said.

New this year will be a photo booth with props, provided by Sam Ellis.

The Indian River High School Alumni Association has awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships to high school seniors, as well as “those of us who have been out of school for a bit and find themselves returning to school to complete their degree, Hickman said, adding, “I love that!” about the organization.

In addition, the association supports Indian River projects, clubs and organizations, and teacher projects. The group has also revitalized the IR Hall of Fame, which recognizes graduates who have made outstanding achievements and demonstrated character, citizenship and leadership in a manner that will inspire current and future students.

Hickman encouraged alumni to get involved with the alumni association and gave a little nudge to her own classmates to represent the Class of 1975 at the Beef & Brew and for all alumni to get involved with the association.

“We are always looking for help, and would love to have alums and friends join us in our mission of spreading ‘IR Pride.’ It’s a fun group and has been very rewarding,” she said.

Tickets for the Beef & Brew cost $35 per person. There is a 200-ticket limit for the event. Tickets are available from any alumni association member, as well as at Delaware Appliance in Frankford.

For more information on the Beef & Brew or to donate to the non-profit Indian River High School Alumni Association, go to the group’s website at or email The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company is located at 7 Main Street, Frankford.


By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter