CELEBRATE HOMECOMING IN SPRING GROVE

Spring Grove will host the decennial Homecoming Celebration on June 21-25, 2017. Every ten years, Spring Grove alumni and friends come together to catch up, have fun and spend time exploring and reconnecting with the community. This celebration will take the place of the annual Syttende Mai celebration, which is always held in May. Heritage favorites that are standard fare at Syttende Mai will be part of a larger schedule of events that are set to begin Wednesday, June 21 and run through Sunday, June 25, 2017. 

Please note: online sales have now closed. Souvenirs, buttons, t-shirts and dinner registrations can be purchased at the Welcome Center (log cabin) during the celebration June 21-25. 

 


Events subject to change - last update 06-21-17)  • Visit us on Facebook for last minute updates and announcements.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

  • 3 - 8pm – Welcome Center Opens -Syttende Mai Hus, Viking Memorial Park
  • 5:30pm 'til  gone - Merchants Bank Supper (funds donated to Homecoming Committee) ***UPDATE: MOVED TO FEST BUILDING***
  • 6 - 8pm – Soft Serve Ice Cream Stand - Homecoming fundraiser - ***UPDATE: MOVED TO FEST BUILDING***
  • 6:30 - 8pm – Music-in-the-Park featuring Jim Busta Band w/ Mollie B. ***UPDATE: MOVED TO FEST BUILDING***
  • 8pm – Golf Cart - ATV - Bicycle Parade (call DuWayne Oakes 498-5814 with questions) begin at Viking Memorial Park

Thursday, June 22

  • 10:30am - Screening of Interviews from “Preserving Memories of Life on the Land Around Spring Grove” documentary Spring Grove Cinema
  • 11am - Noon – Semcac Senior Dining Meal & Fellowship- must have reservations – CALL 507-498-3780 Legion Front Room
  • 11am & 1pm – *School Tours - student-lead tours (school open for wandering 8am - 5pm) Spring Grove Public Schools
  • Noon - 2pm – Chair Volleyball @ Semcac Dining, no charge for participating - Legion Front Room
  • Noon - 5pm –  Paint by Number Mural Painting - (anyone can participate!) behind Bluff Country Artists Gallery
  • 2 - 6pm – Welcome Center Open/Soft Serve Ice Cream Stand - Syttende Mai Hus, Viking Memorial Park
  • 6:30 - 8:30pm – *Alumni Dinner & Class Reunion - Graduating classes 1936-1974 - Social Hour 5:30-6:30, Meal at 6:30; Admission $20 + Button - Fest Building; SOLD OUT
  • 9pm – Midnight - *Alumni Dance with music by Section 8 - Admission is $5 + Button if not already attending the meal - Fest Building

Friday, June 23

  • 10am - 4pm – *Piecemakers Quilt Show – Display of quilts of many time periods and designs Media Center – SGHS
  • 10am - 5pm – Paint by Number Mural Painting - (anyone can help out) behind Bluff Country Artists Gallery
  • 10am - 6pm – Welcome Center opens / Soft Serve Ice Cream Stand as Homecoming fundraiser Syttende Mai Hus- Viking Memorial Park
  • 10:30am - Screening of Interviews From “Preserving Memories of Life on the Land Around Spring Grove” at Spring Grove Cinema
  • 11am & 1pm – *School Tours – student-lead tours (school open for wandering 8am - 5pm) - Spring Grove Public Schools
  • Noon - 5pm – Historical Displays of Spring Grove by Don Ellestad Trinity Center (by school)
  • Noon - 6pm – Old-Fashioned Kids games, bouncy games & more! $10 wristband (covers both days) Viking Memorial Park
  • Noon - 8pm - Paintball - at the Fest Building grounds; Register as teams of 5, or individually, $10/person, equipment provided. Click here for rules. Register at Spring Grove Communications through June 22, or at the Log Cabin in Viking Park June 23-24.
  • 1 pm – UPDATED TIME! *Rural Spring Grove Bus Tours (each about an hour and a half) $5 per person per tour, leave from Heritage Center (Main St.); Register at the Heritage Center by 1pm on Friday, June 23. – Tours to Wilmington & Blackhammer - Tour guides:Kenny Anderson and Dave Alstad. Additional Tour at 3pm.  See springgrovemnheritagecenter.org for more details
  • 1 - 3pm – *Garden Tours - Hosted by Buds & Blossoms Garden Club – Register at Welcome Center in the country; Gardens on the tour: Shannon Schuttemeier, Karen Kragness, Sylvan Hauser, Don Vesterse, and Dawn Sylling.
  • 1 - 3pm –Business Tours (stop by Welcome Center for list of businesses) -- On the list to tour: Gundersen Tweeten Care Center, Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, Rock Filter Distillery, LaX Fabricating (time to be determined) Lystig Hus Nord (Old Hospital), Winneshiek Medical Center, Shooting Star Native Seeds, Spring Grove Cinema, Spring Grove Communications and Spring Grove Fitness Center.
  • 1:30 - 3:30pm – SGHS Staff Reunion (watch school website for list of teachers and staff attending) Cafeteria/Little Gym at school; Register Here; no registration fee
  • 3 pm – UPDATED TIME! *Rural Spring Grove Bus Tour (about an hour and a half) $5 per person;  leave from Heritage Center (Main St.); Register at the Heritage Center by 1pm on Friday, June 23. – Tours to South of Spring Grove - Tour guide:Jim Gray.  See springgrovemnheritagecenter.org for more details
  • 4 - 11pm – Peanut Gallery – Legion Brat Stand open Legion Post 249
  • 5:30 - 8:30pm – *Alumni Dinner & Class Reunion - Graduating classes 1975-Present - Social Hour 5:30-6:30, Meal at 6:30; Admission is $20 + Button- Fest Building; few tickets remaining, visit the Welcome Center (log cabin in Viking Park to purchase)
  • 7 - 9pm – Night Swim for all ages – $2 per person Spring Grove Family SWIM Center
  • 8pm-Midnight - Live Music by Dan Van & the Ravens featuring Shay Cody behind Norski’s Saloon
  • 9pm – Midnight *Alumni Dance with music by Section 8 - Admission is $5 + Button if not already attending the meal - Fest Building

Saturday, June 24

  •  7 - 11am – *Lions Waffle Breakfast - Also collecting used eyeglasses (prescriptions/readers) to donate Fest Building
  • 9am – Kubb tournament – All skill levels and experience are welcome by Family SWIM Center
  • 9 - 10:30am – Kid’s Pedal Pull – FREE – Must pre-register starting at 8:30am Fest Building
  • 9am - Noon – *Classic Car Show - (Register 8-9am; $10 entry fee); Trophies/Awards at noon Lee Auto Body
  • 9am - Noon – Business Tours (stop by Welcome Center for list of businesses) On the list to tour: Spring Grove Soda Pop, Lystig Hus Nord (Old Hospital), Nisse Treehouse
  • 9am - Noon – Norwegian Craft & Food Demos by Sons of Norway Valheim Lodge Legion Front Room
  • 9am - 4pm – Craft Fair/Flea Market – featuring unique handmade, repurposed items – NEW LOCATION: Legion Front Room
  • 9:30 - 11am – Spring Grove Area Veterans Memorial Dedication -Viking Memorial Park – featuring music of First Brigade Band that plays Civil War music dressed in costume
  • 10am – Bloody Mary Bar & Contests at Norski’s Saloon
  • 10am - 4pm – *Piecemakers Quilt Show – at the Spring Grove Public School Media Center featuring antique quilts. Local quilters will display wall hangings, lap quilts and bed-size quilts. Don’t miss the unique Challenge Project of “Bees”
  • 10am - 5pm – *School open for self-guided tours - Spring Grove Public Schools
  • 10am - 5pm – Bluff Country Artists Gallery Artist meet & greet with Adam Oldre, a metal worker 
  • 10am - 5pm – Bluff Country Artists Gallery - Paint by Number Mural Painting - final day! behind the gallery
  • 10am - 6pm – Welcome Center Opens/Soft Serve Ice Cream Stand - Syttende Mai Hus, Viking Memorial Park
  • 10am - 8pm - Paintball - lower grassy area at Fest Building grounds; Register as teams of 5, or individually, $10/person, equipment provided; ages 12 and up. Click here for rules. Register at Log Cabin in Viking Park
  • 10am-Midnight – Peanut Gallery/Legion Brat Stand open - Legion Post 249
  • 11am - gone – Pork Burgers & Pork Chop-on-a-Stick by Athletic Boosters - in front of The Corner Store
  • 11am - gone - Fat Pat’s BBQ – Grove Plumbing Bldg location
  • 11 - 5pm – Norwegian Food Stand by Trinity, Black Hammer, Wilmington and Calvary churches at the Cafeteria/Little Gym – SGHS
  • 11 - 5pm – Tappy’s Face Painting for a fee in Viking Memorial Park
  • Noon - 5pm – Historical Displays of Spring Grove by Don Ellestad - Trinity Center by school
  • Noon - 5pm – Old-Fashioned Kids games, bouncy games and more! $10 wristband - Viking Memorial Park
  • 1:30pm – GRAND PARADE – featuring many marching bands, alumni band and more! Main Street -->High School Marching Band Festival & Competition sponsored by SG Communications – Awards Ceremony following parade at football field
  • After parade – Bean Bag Tournament – Registration fee for team - (Register at Welcome Center before parade) -  Legion Post 249; Competitive and Social divisions with double elimination.
  • After parade – Soap Box Derby – $3 per run – By corner of Ivy Grove and Corner Store, S. Division Avenue
  • 3:30pm – Corn Pile Coin Hunt - Fest Building - sponsored by Merchants Bank
  • 3 - 5pm  – *First Brigade Band Concert – Civil War period brass band music with antique instruments Large Gym at SGHS
  • 4:30pm – *Alumni Baseball Game - check out the new concession stand and baseball dugouts - Blayne Onsgard Memorial Field 
  • 5 -8pm – KEEP THE POOL COOL - FREE Swimming with DJ and prizes -  Family SWIM Center; Serving BBQ, Chips & Beverage for $5
  • 6:30pm – *Beard Contest followed by Ye Olde Opera House Reunion Show (Button plus entry fee) - Fest Building
  • 8pm – 12am Dance w/ Music by Next 2 Nothing sponsored by Norski’s Saloon; EVENT MOVED TO FEST BUILDING
  • 9:45 - Fireworks - sponsored by EF Library Services, Viking Electric and Four Season Maintenance

Sunday, June 25

  • 8:30am – Alumni Pick-up Choir rehearsal (anyone who loves to sing invited to join SGHS alumni) Trinity Lutheran Church
  • 9:15am – Trinity Lutheran Church service w/ Alumni Choir
  • 9:30am – Wilmington Lutheran Church service
  • 10am – Faith Lutheran Church of Black Hammer service
  • 10am - Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church service
  • 10:45am – Calvary Evangelical Free Church service
  • 10:45am-Noon – Trinity Church Parsonage Open House - 139 Maple Drive
  • 11am - til gone – *Homecoming Meatball Family Dinner – $12 Adults/Carryouts; Kids $7 (ages 5-13)  Fest Building
  • 11am - 5pm – Peanut Gallery/Legion Brat Stand open - Legion Post 249
  • 12 - 4pm – Artwork on display from the class ‘Painting History’ by Jillellyn Storlie - Bluff Country Artists Gallery
  • 3pm – Luren Singing Society concert - The society is the oldest Norwegian-American male chorus - at Trinity Lutheran Church; featuring the original Spring Grove Home-Coming Song
  • 3pm - Gary Strinmoen Memorial Basketball 3-on-3 Tourney – at Spring Grove High School Big Gym; Call Dustin Vickerman at 507-696-4530 to register or  Go to their Facebook page to get more info

*Button Required – no button needed for those ages 5 and under. 

Activities that can be done anytime on your own:

  • Walk the Norwegian Ridge Birding and Nature Trail - Self-guided one or two-mile loops; check out the four-mile extended option; Look for the “Joseph Langland Literary Trail”; Trailhead located behind Red’s IGA; Information available at Giants of the Earth Heritage Center (next to the Spring Grove Cinema)
  • Visit Giants of the Earth Heritage Center - Exhibits include: Peter J. Rosendahl, Fladager, Settling Spring Grove and Langland Retrospective and celebrate Norwegian-American history by finding your roots – research your genealogy!
  • Stop by the Rock Filter Distillery (next to Wilmington Insurance) - Cocktail room, guided tours and whiskey tasting - GRAND OPENING: 4-10pm Wed 6/21 through Sat 6/24 and if we haven't had enough fun by then… for RockFilter Bourbon Bloody Mary's Sunday!
  • Paint at the Bluff Country Artists Gallery - Paint by number on their community mural
  • See a movie at the Spring Grove Cinema - Thursday no movie, Friday 7pm, Saturday 4 & 7pm, Sunday 4 & 7pm
  • Swim at Spring Grove Family Swim Center – Daily 1-6pm – (extended hours on Friday and Saturday nights)-- Please note: Swim center will be CLOSED Saturday, June 24 until 5pm; KEEP THE POOL COOL Fundraiser will be 5-8pm with DJ and Food
  • Eat at local restaurants (downtown) and food vendors in the Viking Memorial Park and school area (Friday and Saturday)

KID EVENTS

  • Paintball: $10 per person Sign up early at SG Communications (5 persons to a team) Must pay when sign up.
  • Pedal Pull: $5 per person
  • Wristbands: $10 per person Wristbands will allow you entry to any of the bounce houses and Lions kids games Skeetball, SG Pop Ring Toss, Flip a Chick…. And more!
  • Soap Box Derby: $3 per person
 

Activities that can be done anytime on your own:

Enjoy Shopping and Dining and Nightlife in Spring Grove:

Yah Sure You Betcha Shoppe Featuring Norwegian and Spring Grove T-shirts, humorous gifts and apparel, Home decor, souvenirs, novelties.

The Sugar Shack Featuring Spring Grove Soda, Apparel, Gifts and Nostalgic Candies and Novelties

Doc's Blue Moose Featuring a full menu of hometown favorites, burgers, lunch and dinner specials and full bar/wine menu in a nostalgic atmosphere; outdoor seating.

Ivy Grove Cafe Featuring Home cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Bluff Country Artists Gallery Featuring local artists from the area; wall art, jewelry, pottery, garden and gift items. 

Giants of the Earth Heritage Center Featuring heritage favorites in the gift shop; authentic Norwegian items and souvenirs.

Calluna Flowers & Gift Boutique Featuring fresh floral design, unique gift items and women's apparel.

Turquoise Tomato Gift Shop Featuring unique gift items, hand-crafted items and a cafe.

Norski's Saloon Featuring a full bar, live music and a nostalgic atmosphere. Doc's menu available.

RockFilter Distillery Organic whiskey and bourbon, tasting room, souvenirs

The Corner Liquor Store On and off sale beer and liquor, lounge with a jukebox. Outdoor seating.

American Legion Post 249 Full bar, live music, jukebox


CLASS REUNIONS & GATHERINGS:

Class of 1997 - 20-year Reunion
After the parade, Fest Building shelter near the playground.  Contact Jessi Strinmoen

Class of 1967
50th reunion on Saturday evening, June 24th, at the Stratford Inn; Contact Marge Brevig

Note: These events are not coordinated by the Homecoming committee. Please contact each individual event planner for details.

Community Links:

Giants of the Earth Heritage Center

Bluff Country Artists Gallery

Ye Olde Opera House

Spring Grove Schools

Spring Grove Lions Club

Athletic Boosters

Community Event Links:

Syttende Mai Inc.

Festival of Trees

UffDa Fest


Volunteers Needed!
The Spring Grove Homecoming committee is seeking volunteers to staff the Syttende Mai Hus during the weekend's events. The Syttende Mai Hus will serve as a hub for information, wayfinding and registrations for all things Homecoming related. Volunteers can choose 2-hour time slots on Wednesday from 3-8pm, Thursday from 2-6pm, Friday from 10am-6pm, and Saturday 10am to 6pm; plan on work in groups of 2-3 people each shift. Please call Jean Ellingson at 507-498-5114 to pick your shift!



Parking for Saturday: Parking will be at a premium – when you arrive in town, please look for the signs for parking at Farmers Co-op Elevator, east edge of town, starting at 7 a.m. We will have buses to move people from Farmers to the downtown and school areas. Trinity Lutheran Church’s parking lot will be designated for handicap parking only that day – only those with a handicap permit will be allowed into that lot. Buses will run through 5 p.m. on Saturday.