Concerts, events, parade to highlight community celebration


Flandreau All-School Reunion, Sesquincentennial to be July 3-6

Tonic Sol Fa will kick off Flandreau’s 150th birthday party this summer with a free concert at the band shell.
The a cappella ensemble from Minnesota will sing in concert 7:30 p.m. June 29. It will join other entertainment for the community’s Sesquicentennial and all-school reunion July 3-6 with events throughout town.
“We’re hoping it’s going to be a big boom for the community,” said Dan Sutton with the event’s planning committee. He calls it an opportunity to showcase Flandreau and estimates 5,000 people will visit.
Planning for the joint events started 18 months ago, he said. A couple dozen people are on the two committees for the community celebration and the reunion.
“We’ve had the big pieces of the puzzle booked for several months,” Sutton said.
The all-school reunion will include the dusk-to-dawn dance July 3 with Highway Call at the Japanese Gardens, a concert that is included in the reunion’s $35 admission to all of the school events. A picnic with 1,000 expected will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 5 in a tent at the school.
The school reunion also will have self-guided and guided tour options and a performance by the Flandreau Alumni Band on July 4 and in the community parade at 10 a.m. July 5.
Also on July 5, the Riverside Park Days Committee will sponsor a Dueling Pianos event and street dance starting after the school picnic.
“We’re kind of excited because there’s so much. There’s going to be a full week of stuff,” said Sandy Sheppard, chair of the all-school reunion committee.
In between concerts and the parade, there are numerous activities and events planned for the celebration, including a free inflatable park at the Royal River Casino & Hotel, with 20 different pieces.
Other activities include a 40-animal petting zoo at the park, the appearance of super heroes, a car show, a Sesquicentennial chorus at the courthouse following the parade, a pickleball event, a 5K walk/run and fireworks at the casino. Vendors will be located in the courthouse square.
On July 6, the all-school reunion is hosting a Tiger McGlone two-person, best-ball tournament at the golf course. The event is named after former teacher and coach, Jim McGlone.
The free closing concert for the 150th celebration will be given by Wolfhound, a group of South Dakota band directors that will play from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Japanese Gardens on July 6.
On July 7, the Team of Angels will have a breakfast fundraiser along with the fly-in at the airport.
More things continue to be added to the schedule, Sutton said.

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