The Organizing Committee has met and determined that we have passed the point of no return. The respons, interest and enthusiasm among the Lillejord family, concerning the Lillejord Descendent Reunion has been so great that we are stepping up the planning for June 26 and 27, 2010. We are very pleased about that.
Thank you all for making us believe in this great event and opportunity to see so many relatives here in the home valley of Hans, Målfrid and Margrete.
We are now increasing the number of the committee members and will start the exact planning of each reunion element. Accomodation will be a central task. Beiarn doesn’t have a big hotel. Public accomodation consists of inns, motels and campgrounds with a capasity of abt. 70 beds. The nearest hotels are 1 to 2 hours away by bus (Rognan and Bodoe), and we are discussing a preliminary agreement for Reunion guests.
We are hoping that a lot of our overseas guests will accept to stay at Norwegian Lillejord families during the stay. Large groups might be offered to stay in holiday houses, owned by Norwegian relatives. When we invite to such a celebration we will try to be good hosts. The capasity within the family is also limited, but we will try to accommodate all of you as well as possible.
If you don’t want to stay with relatives, the public accomodation mentioned above will be the alternative. In addition there are also a few cabins with space for large families for rent in the valley. The plans for the accomodation are not quite ready. However, we will try to arrange the accomodation according to our guest’s wishes. It will be easier to handle when we know the exact number needed.
Another important task will be the Reunion Program. Some of it must necessarily be a surprise, but all together we will portray it as a presentation of the culture of Beiarn, the fascinating Lillejord family history, a tasty meal and plenty of time for conversation and getting known to each other. We hope it will be interesting, entertaining and give food for thought – and create ties for the future. The unveiling of the memorial stone will be a special event; commemorating the emigrants from the Beiarn Valley. Please note that a special Registration Form will be available on this site in late summer, and the Registration deadline is still January 31, 2010.
The program for Sunday will be an International Service at our church following with a ‘church coffee’. We have earlier called for participation from some of the pastors in the Lillejord family in the US and Canada. So far we have heard some rumors, but it would be healthy for our nerves with some hard facts, pastors, please let us know that you want to participate.