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Another Summerfest Come and Gone

The last band has played...vendors have packed up and moved on to the next venue...tents have been struck and chairs folded.  This afternoon, Parks Reece spent several hours touching up the mural on the side of the Civic Center until he was satisfied that the bear looked just right.  All is peaceful in Miles Park again.  

While Friday's ticket sales were reportedly the highest ever, general attendance was down on Saturday and Sunday.  Maybe the heat kept some away.  Still, it was good to see familiar faces.  Or maybe not so's been a lot of years, after all!   Please share some of your pictures so we can post them in our gallery.

Like the sign says, have a great summer!



                          The Party Begins...


                                                  Setting up Friday morning



                  Classmate Don Larson putting up our tent


Summerfest 2014 begins today, July 18, with entry at 4 pm and music beginning at 5:30 pm.  We're very grateful that classmate Lee Grigsby Frederick and her husband Dave loaned us a brand new tent to replace our old one...wind damage during the past three festivals finally took its toll.  You can't miss us:  besides being in our usual location, the tent is bright yellow!   Remember that there is limited seating at the park -- bring your own folding lawn chairs.

Special thanks to Dave and Don for putting up the tent.  See you there!


East Meets West Mural in Livingston


The Civic Center is sporting some new art, courtesy of an initiative by well-known local artist Parks Reece.  Click the link for a video on a project with international connections:



"All Eighties" Reunion Update             

You might remember an earlier posting about a unique way of holding a class reunion.  The idea was to consolidate all of the Park High graduating classes from 1980-1989 into a single celebration.  It was an ambitious undertaking...but, unfortunately, one doomed to failure.  Anyone who has ever been involved in organizing a class reunion can sympathize.  Here's the final posting on the website created for the effort:

Sorry to say, this event has been cancelled.

We had many people sign up on this website indicating that they were coming, but only a few actually purchased their tickets. We have not sold enough advance tickets to cover the expenses. The organizers of this event do not wish to be responsible for the cost to put on this event out of our own pockets.

If you did purchase a ticket, thank you, and sorry for the inconvenience. We will be issuing you a refund via mail.

Thanks very much to Krista West, Marianne Baumeister, and Luke Duran for their efforts to organize and put this event on. Despite a website, Facebook advertising, an email campaign and printed posters, we’re sorry we didn’t generate enough interest to see it through.

Summerfest Countdown

Things are quiet at the Miles Park bandshell now, but it will be a different story when the 15th annual Summerfest opens on Friday.  More than just music, the three-day event includes craft vendors, food, drink...and lots of socializing.  There will be several class reunions, including ours...informal and on-going. Stop by the tent and see who's around.  

Proceeds from Summerfest help support the city's Recreation Department.

Here's the band schedule:


Friday, July 18th 

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.:  The Cold Hard Cash Show 

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: The Max


Saturday, July 19th 

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.:  Mike Bader Band 

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.:  Marshall Catch 

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.:  The Busdriver Tour 

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Western Skies

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.:  Stephanie Quayle Band 

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.:  Aces Up / Jason Adams


Sunday, July 20th

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.:  Someday Miss Pray

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.:  Sean Hayes Band 

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.:  Little Jane & The Pistol Whips


The Sad Loss of Our Classmate, Bonnie (McLain) Birkeland



(Obituary reprinted from Franzen-Davis website)
Bonnie Jean Birkeland, 61, of Livingston, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Livingston HealthCare Hospital. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Bonnie’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday July 14, at the Franzen-Davis Chapel (118 N 3rd St.) with Pastor Sandy Williams serving as Celebrant. Fellowship will follow the service at the Livingston Elks Lodge (130 S 2nd St.) Burial and committal service will be at a later date. Memorials are preferred to: Stafford Animal Shelter, 3 Business Park Rd.; Livingston, MT 59047 or The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave.; Dallas, TX 75231.

Bonnie Jean (McClain) Birkeland was born on January 12, 1953, in Livingston, Montana. She was the daughter of Elizabeth “Betty” (Hoffman) McClain. She received her education in Livingston and was a graduate of the Livingston Park County High School Class of 1971. She continued her education attending Business College in Bozeman. She earned her certificate qualifying her for her career as an Eligibility Technician with the Department of Health and Human Services.

On December 29, 1972, Bonnie was united in marriage to Raymond “Ray” Birkeland, with a ceremony at her mother’s home in Livingston. This marriage was blessed with 5 children, Krista, Rhonda, and Livingston’s first set of triplets, Tom, Tim and Travis.  Bonnie was a life-long Livingston resident. Bonnie and Ray built their home on E Montana street working long hours and then putting in time with the kids and the building process. They shared 41 devoted years of marriage.

Bonnie was employed by the State of Montana as an Eligibility Technician Social Worker with the Department of Health and Human Services. She served in this capacity for 31 years. She just retired in the fall of this past year.

Bonnie enjoyed her life. Summer-time was her time of the year, the hotter the better. Her hobbies of gardening and tending her flower gardens brought her great pleasure. She loved to have the entire family together and prepare a huge turkey dinner complete with her famous mashed potatoes. She was “the glue” that kept everyone on track and so tightly knit. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends.

She left this earth far too soon. With grief in our hearts we say goodbye but, look back at our wonderful and beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother and know we are blessed with her memory and love.

Bonnie is survived by her:

Husband, Ray Birkeland of Livingston. Children: Krista West and her husband, Matt of Livingston, Rhonda Birkeland of Livingston, Tom Birkeland and his wife, Stephanie of Helena and Tim Birkeland and his fiancée, Jessi of Bozeman.

Grandchildren: Travis McNeil and Deven Birkeland.

Sisters: Beverly Schwartz and her husband, Ron of Moses Lake, WA; Brenda Henwood and her husband, Dale of Helena; and Barbie Delich and her husband, Robert of Livingston.

Nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her mother, Betty McClain and her step-father, Henry Klasen; son, Travis who passed in 1977; and her brother, William McClain.