All School Reunion kept Rush City buzzing

All school reunion committee member and RCHS 1981 grad Scott Friday surprises 98-year-old Lucille Ekstrand, the most senior alumnus who attended the reunion, with flowers during the Aug. 16 salad luncheon at St. John’s Lutheran. She graduated from Rush City High in 1932. Graduates reminisced about days gone by during the Aug. 16 salad luncheon at St. John’s Lutheran. From left, Bob and Gloria (Stream) Oscarson, Judy Hammerstrom and Betty (Eells) Boyce take a moment for a photo opportunity during the Rush City High School Class of 1960 lunch on Saturday at the Grant House. Seated next to the fireplace at the Grant House, from left, Donna (Scofield) Kaufmann, Richard and Diane (Rohlf) Friday and Sharon (Karels) Mell enjoy some social time over lunch with fellow members of the Class of 1960. Members of the Rush City High School Class of 1963 gather for their 50th class reunion Saturday, Aug. 17 in the Spare Room at Chucker’s Bowl and Lounge in Rush City. Reunion organizers spent good time decking out the high school before the big weekend. There, people could register, socialize, bid on auction items and find several displays of school memorabilia. At Rush City High School on Aug. 17, many folks enjoyed looking at a fine collection of landscape quilts, under the theme “Cruisin’ Old 61,” that were designed, constructed and quilted by Piecemakers Quilt Guild members and friends. People also were challenged to find hidden objects including road kill, two little bunnies, a ghost in the window and a four-wheeler that were concealed within the quilts. At Rush City High School on Aug. 17, many folks enjoyed looking at a fine collection of landscape quilts, under the theme “Cruisin’ Old 61,” that were designed, constructed and quilted by Piecemakers Quilt Guild members and friends. People also were challenged to find hidden objects including road kill, two little bunnies, a ghost in the window and a four-wheeler that were concealed within the quilts. Rush City alumni enjoyed looking through some old  RCHS annuals and homecoming buttons that were for sale on tables at the high school. Rush City alumni enjoyed looking through some old  RCHS annuals and homecoming buttons that were for sale on tables at the high school. Another fun activity for graduates was signing their names on a sheet of paper that covered the length of one of the long tables in the high school commons area. Reunion organizer and Rush City alumnus Scott Friday addresses an audience of fellow graduates and their families prior to the All School Choir performance in the high school auditorium. The All School Choir performs before a nice turnout of family, friends and former classmates to conclude most reunion activities Saturday inside the auditorium at Rush City High School. Directing was Karle Erickson, Class of 1956, while RCHS choir teacher Jaime Holmstrom accompanied on the piano. The All School Choir performs before a nice turnout of family, friends and former classmates to conclude most reunion activities Saturday inside the auditorium at Rush City High School. Directing was Karle Erickson, Class of 1956, while RCHS choir teacher Jaime Holmstrom accompanied on the piano.
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At Rush City High School on Aug. 17, many folks enjoyed looking at a fine collection of landscape quilts, under the theme “Cruisin’ Old 61,” that were designed, constructed and quilted by Piecemakers Quilt Guild members and friends. People also were challenged to find hidden objects including road kill, two little bunnies, a ghost in the window and a four-wheeler that were concealed within the quilts.

Rush City was the place to be last weekend for graduates from years gone by and music, art and even classic car enthusiasts everywhere.

The Rush City High School All School Reunion and the Rush City Chamber Music and Art Festival coexisted in fine fashion Aug. 16-17. While numerous classes reunited for either lunch or social time at local eateries and the high school, the music and art festival was moved from the city park to the fairgrounds this year.

No matter the venue, a good time seemed to be had by all.

— Photos in the slideshow above were taken by Jon Tatting