By Renata Birkenbuel of the Montana Standart
Even though I was a University of Montana student, I don’t have first-hand knowledge of the original Aber Day keggers.
But I now have first-hand knowledge of the Aber Day Reunion concert 36 years later. Last Saturday, the Philipsburg Rotary Club rekindled the event in Winninghoff Park.
All I can say is: Wowza. What a party.
Of course, I know well the legendary history of Aber Day due to the Montana PBS series, well-worn tales of muddy students sliding down the original Miller Creek rodeo grounds with pitchers of beer in their hands – and the headliners, Mission Mountain Wood Band.
MMWB, in its current incarnation led by original members Rob Quist and the very happy Steve Riddle, attracted a huge chunk of its now-older fans, still crazy after all these years.
Ecstatic with the big turnout, the Rotary committee outdid itself last weekend. Three thousand buoyant fans crammed lawn chair-to-lawn chair on the terraced amphitheater that sits snuggly, perfectly below the town’s main street.