Steve Lundh is planning a neighborhood reunion.
The life-long Magnolia resident and owner of the Porcelain Gallery at 2426 32ndAve. W., is creating an open house for community members at his shop and at the Magnolia Karate Academy next door, from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.
The gathering is a chance for people who grew up in Magnolia or lived in the area to reconnect with their neighbors. The gallery will have a number of historic pictures of Magnolia through the years. Next door, in the Magnolia Karate Academy, residents can gather to talk about old times and also look over lists that people can fill out about the activities they have been involved with in Magnolia.
The flier for the event asks for anyone who grew up on Magnolia or attended Blaine, Briarcliff, Fatima, Lawton or Magnolia to come on by and reminisce with old and new friends.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Lundh said. “Because I’ve lived in Magnolia for 51 years and have run the gallery for more than 38 years, I thought it would be a chance to reconnect with those that grew up here and also offer a fun event on the traditional day of the Magnolia Open House.”
Lundh said part if his inspiration came from Magnolia resident Mike Condon who has started his own Facebook page, titled “If you grew up in Magnolia.” The page, which allows residents to reconnect and see pictures from past years in Magnolia, has turned out to be very successful, gaining about 1,100 friends in only a few months.
Lundh said the other aspect of the open house is that it gives people who are home for the holidays a chance to get together. He said in past years, between 2,000 and 3,000 people would gather in Magnolia Village area for the annual Magnolia Holiday Open House. But now that event is moved to the Friday before Thanksgiving, many folks home for the holidays don’t get a chance to see each other. He is hoping this open house will be the beginning of an annual event that can bridge that gap and help the community stay connected during the holidays.
For more information about the event call (206) 284-5893 or email Lundh at firstname.lastname@example.org