Everybody I meet says it was a great weekend for them. It was a busy weekend with all the planned events and individual class reunions for the 100th Anamoose Reunion. I will just list a few highlights as there are too many to list them all.
The Friday night program included Joe and Ana welcome, tribute to the teachers, a classroom comedy, history of Anamoose Public School, Centennial Singers, and cheerleaders leading the school songs. LeRoy Becker and Hank Helm ’70 were emcees for the event. Following the program we were entertained with “Golden Oldies” street dance.
Saturday started out with the annual “Moose on the Loose” walk/run with many many walker/runners. From 8-10am the Senior Center served a large crowd or the pancake/sausage breakfast.
The parade was great. I heard a comment that it was better than Mandan’s parade. Many of the classes had their own floats. I would have liked to ride with my daughter on Rod Buxa’s New Holland combine-the class of 1976.
In the evening the “Blast from the Past” talent show showed off the talent of the Anamoose alumni. MC Keith Schilling ’66 kept things moving. I heard several people say that after hearing Kailey Lemer ‘2017 play the piano they could see that the talent was continuing on.
The evening finished off with 2 dances-an old-time dance “Stealin Country” band in the VFW Hall, and a Rock & Country DJ & Dance on Main Street. There was a huge enthusiastic crowd.
Sunday started with an Interdenominational Church Service at the school auditorium followed by a pig roast at the park-lots of food & lots of people. In the afternoon the Silent Auction brought people to the Senior Center for final bidding up to 3pm. I lost out on all my bids except for a beautiful picture donated by Jim Young. This was just one of many pictures that he donated. Sunday afternoon my husband, Vernon, had many people come to see his John Deere toy collection and Matt Rudnick showed his precision wood replicas at his house.
The evening ended with a Tribute to Veterans & Soldiers followed by 1/2 hour of fireworks. All branches of service were represented and some spoke of their experiences and duties while serving our country.
Many class reunions were held Saturday afternoon. I was impressed by my son Alan’s class of 1982 in that 20 of 25 classmates came to the reunion at Brent Weninger’s house.
The weather was beautful-no rain! But the credit for a successful reunion goes to Bonnie Helm for her leadership in putting this together-and all the people who helped. I heard over and over how the returning alumni are proud to be from Anamoose. Pictured are Annette Kost (chairman for talent show and church service) and Bonnie Helm (reunion chairman).
I will add all the pictures on another article as I think I am out of room on this blog.