Fifth-annual All St. Vrain Valley High School Reunion Set for Downtown Longmont in June
If you go
What: St. Vrain Valley All High Schools Reunion
When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 8
Where: Fourth Avenue and Kimbark Street
More info: Register at bit.ly/2EgT8Xf
On June 8, people will sport Mardi Gras beads in different hues, listen to local music and catch up with former classmates.
At the 2018 St. Vrain Valley High Schools Reunion, everyone who attended a local high school is welcome, whether it’s Longmont, Silver Creek, Skyline, Niwot, Mead, Erie, Frederick, Lyons, the St. Vrain Online Global Academy or Olde Columbine.
Scott Nix, owner of Nixcavating, came up with the idea. A Niwot High Class of 1975 graduate, Nix thought a regular annual event might make it easier for alumni to come together.
The Longmont Downtown Development Authority took it on and created an evening for local alumni during the Second Friday celebration in June.
“It’s annually the second Friday of June, so that way if people’s schedules weren’t able to accommodate their school’s reunion, they could just go ahead and put this on their calendar for the next year,” said Nix, who helps find alumni willing to sponsor the event. “It’s for everyone, whether they’re older or younger or went to different schools. It’s a good annual event where someone else does all the heavy lifting with the food and the music and the road closures.”
One person doing a large portion of that heavy lifting is Emelie Torres, LDDA program coordinator.
Torres said there will be an information table where people can register for the free event. Depending on which high school they attended, they get different colored Mardi Gras beads.
“The first year that we did that, we realized that people really liked it and we ran out of blue beads quickly because most of the attendees were Longmont High School alumni,” she said.
A local band will play from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Last Men On Earth, a rock band from Longmont, will play from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
There will be prizes given out to the most spirited alumnus, as well as the oldest and youngest. There will be food and beverages from local breweries and restaurants available for cash.
Torres said that she has been to the annual reunion before and that people get emotional and caught up in reliving their high school days.
“It’s a great time for all the alumni to see each other year after year. They’re hugging each other and some are in tears,” she said. “At 9:30, sometimes we have to say, ‘OK, the event is over, so you need to go talk somewhere else,’ but the restaurants and places downtown will offer specials or discounts for alumni that they can get with their IDs or beads. That’s offered so that people can continue their evening downtown at the restaurants.”
Torres added that sponsorships for the event are always welcome and that the LDDA could use a few volunteers to staff the information table throughout the night. People interested in either opportunity can email Torres at LDDA@longmontcolorado.gov .
Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, email@example.com or twitter.com/ktonacci