Niles Vikings reunion planned for SaturdayPublished 4:49pm Monday, June 17, 2013
The Sixth Generation rock and roll band is headlining a day of activities for the first Niles Vikings 40-plus Reunion event Saturday in downtown Niles.
The event is running in place of Arts in Motion, which was canceled in April by Niles DDA Main Street.
The purpose of the Vikings 40-plus Reunion is to honor all Niles High School alumni who graduated at least 40 years ago. It is open to the public, not just 40-plus graduates.
Larry Flewelling, a member of the Class of 1971, came up with the idea for the event.
“I am hoping that the older graduates can reunite with their classmates to see their old friends before it is too late,” said Flewelling, chairman of Vikings 40-plus club. “Class of ‘71 had 450 students graduate and have to date lost around 60 to 80 classmates.”
While this year’s reunion is a one-day event, Flewelling said he hopes it becomes a yearly weekend-long celebration.
“We are starting small but will grow as time goes by,” he said.
Sixth Generation is scheduled to play at the amphitheater in Riverfront Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Live music is planned in the amphitheater throughout the day.
The reunion includes a cruise-in at the Riverfront parking lots from 1 to 11 p.m.
Other activities include:
• Community car painting — Dee Capron has donated a car that can be painted by community members. The painted vehicle will be brought to the amphitheater for display at 5 p.m.
• T-shirt sales — Vikings 40-plus T-shirts will be available for purchase.
• 50/50 raffle