Armstrong welcomes back former residents

More than 470 people have registered for Homecoming 100, part of the city’s 100th birthday celebrations.

Stories, memories and smiles will abound in Armstrong this weekend.

More than 470 people have registered for Homecoming 100, part of the city’s 100th birthday celebrations.

“People are very excited,” said Shirley Fowler, an Armstrong councillor and one of the main organizers of Homecoming. “People that are coming home are anxious to get here, and we hope a lot of the locals will get involved.”

Homecoming kicked off Thursday with a meet and greet at the Hassen Hall.

The registration desk is open today from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and coincides with a meet and greet at Hassen Arena. On Saturday, registration runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

A catered homecoming dinner Saturday at the Hassen Arena is full.

Organizers have arranged things this weekend so there’s a balance between structured events and free time.

“Friday is the day that everybody will get together for the first time and there will be lots of chit-chat at the Hassen Arena,” said Fowler. “Saturday is the day we encourage people to get out and explore, support the local businesses, see what Armstrong has to offer, walk past their old homes.”

There will be tours of the “Brick School,” aka Armstrong Elementary, as well as the Armstrong (Blue) Hotel with a tea being held there.

There’s activities at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery, a no-host family picnic in Memorial Park which includes a concession operated by the Hokkaida Salmon Exchange group as a fundraiser for the 2014 trip.

VantageOne Credit Union has come aboard Homecoming to sponsor countryside bus tours today.

Armstrong Shamrocks lacrosse alumni will be honoured in between periods of tonight’s junior lacrosse playoff game between the Shamrocks and Vernon Tigers at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

One of the biggest events of the weekend is the number of school reunions being held.

“Under the umbrella of Homecoming, people who wanted to get together just for a little while with their grad class can go for lunch or supper today,” said Fowler.

That includes the Class of 1948, organized by Duff Phillips whose twin sister is flying home from Florida to be part of the weekend’s festivities.

There are also 30-, 50- and 60-year reunions on tap this weekend as well as other years in between.

Anybody who would like more information on Homecoming, or who hasn’t registered yet, can call Fowler at 250-546-3732 or you can e-mail her at flowerpot@telus.net.