Renewing old friendships, seeing how much has changed in town — and how much as stayed the same — and spending time with friends and family: those are some of the qualities that make every Homecoming celebration such a special event.
“It’s really quite remarkable,” says Brenda Diebert, a long-time organizer for the cyclical event. “Somehow we always manage to bring it all together.”
And “bring it all together” the organizing committee did. With dinners, dances, exhibitions, special events in and around town, a parade and plenty of opportunities to meet with those we love, this year’s Homecoming is a fantastic celebration of Revelstoke and its people.
Diebert said that as of Friday evening at about 7 pm, 586 people from out of town and 383 local residents had registered at the event’s main office in the Begbie Room at the Regent Inn.
“But we all know there are a lot more people (participating in Homecoming than that),” she said. “An awful lot of residents simply aren’t registering.”
That certainly seemed to be the case for the Opening Social at the newly expanded Grizzly Plaza Friday night. A rough count suggested that perhaps 2,000 people were either in the Plaza proper listening to music, in the nearby beer garden or jammed along Mackenzie Avenue lusting after the beautiful vintage cars and motorcycles on display at the Show-N-Shines.
What follows is a kind of visual diary, if you will, of the events and special moments around town that make it what it is.
This magnificent quilt, Bargella Heart by Laurel Corrigan fairly leaps off the wall at viewers. David F. Rooney photo