Class of 1980 Summer Getaway - Reunion Without the Crowd

Luther Bell

Join us in Decorah June 3-5, 2022, to finally celebrate our 40th Anniversary of graduation from Luther College. Avoid the crowds of a regular October Homecoming, and enjoy the summer weather, and the warm company of your classmates and Luther friends that will greet you in the beautiful Oneota Valley. Consider this more than just a reunion... make this a long weekend getaway with some of your closest friends! Make your Hotel/AirBnB/VRBO Reservations NOW!

Take time to read and enjoy classmate Dave Brandt's letter encouraging you to attend!

On another note: A few weeks ago, the Soul of Iowa Campaign was launched by Travel Iowa, the official tourism website of the State of Iowa. The campaign angle is innovation with drone videography and features the tagline: “What happens when the team behind the world's coolest drone flythrough video takes on the coolest flyover state?”

The Decorah video features some excellent drone footage taken in the area, with a segment at the end with the drone flying through Impact Coffee in downtown Decorah that is quite entertaining. Enjoy!

We hope to see you in Decorah!


Pulpit Rock BrewingFriday, June 3
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (or later!) Opening Gathering at Pulpit Rock Brewing Co
, 207 College Drive.
Check-in at your hotel or B&B, get some supper at one of your favorite restaurants, and then join us for an evening social in the meeting room at the Brewery. No Charge. We will have our own private cash bar and server. Invite any of your Luther friends, faculty members, or other guests to our kick-off event for a very casual weekend. Live music is scheduled that evening. Dress accordingly!

Impact CoffeeSaturday, June 4
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Morning Coffee at Impact Coffee
, 101 West Water Street (Downtown Decorah).
Impact has some light breakfast fare and excellent coffee and tea. We will take over the upstairs balcony and own the place!

  Trout Run Trail

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Bike Ride or Hike on the Trout Run Trail. Meet outdoors at The Landing Market, 211 College Drive. The Landing Market is a food court next to Pulpit Rock Brewing. Get there early for breakfast from Justin's, Get coffee (OR a Bloody Mary!) at The Buzz, or a fresh and healthy juice drink at Root 43 Juicery! The Trout Run Trail is an 11-mile loop out to the State Trout Hatchery (Past the Decorah Eagles Nest!) and back. Electric pedal assist bike rentals are available from Decorah Bicycles next to the Whippy Dip! We will divide into our walking or biking groups and send you out with local leaders.

  Bentdahl Commons

11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Campus Tour. Meet at Bentdahl Commons in front of the Dahl Centennial Union. Enjoy a student-led tour of the campus. We can assure you that some things have changed since 1980!

Afternoon Activities are on-your own. Go shopping in downtown Decorah. Go hiking in Decorah's parks. Go Swimming at Decorah's Municipal Pool. Tour the Toppling Goliath Brewery; Tours are offered at 3:00 p.m. every Saturday-Call to reserve. Visit Convergence CiderWorks. Schedule a tee-time at Oneota Golf and Country Club or Silvercrest Golf and Country Club. There are so many places to visit and things to do in the summertime in Decorah. This is your chance to enjoy a weekend with your friends... without the crowd. The community has a helpful and robust website to help you Discover Decorah all over again!

Legacy Field

5:00 p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. Reunion Dinner at Oneota Market in Dahl Centennial Union. Meet your classmates for dinner on the main floor of the Union. We will have a cash bar outdoors on the deck overlooking Carlson Stadium and Legacy Field. We encourage you to dress casual for the summer weather. Enjoy the timeless view of the Oneota Valley, and a relaxing evening with your friends. Cost for the dinner is $40.00 per person. REGISTER ONLINE HERE!

Good Shepherd Lutheran ChurchSunday, June 5
9:30 a.m. Morning Worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,
701 Iowa Avenue. Join Decorah's West Side congregation near campus for Sunday morning worship. The congregation has many Luther faculty, staff and emeriti members, so you are bound to see some familiar faces from your days at Luther.