Thursday, July 28, 2016

Last Minute Details

With only a week and a couple of days before descendants of Jonas Anderson Bjergene and Trina Olsdatter gather at the Lake Campbell Church for the 2016 Big Bortnem Reunion, the "tenative" schedule of happenings for the day have been become somewhat revised and a little more detailed.
  1. There is no need for the "Set up/Clean up" committee to meet at the church Friday, the 5th, because all the moving of tables etc. can be done Saturday morning.  The church doors open Saturday, the 6th, at 9:00 AM.   The Nunda Bar, however, remains on the schedule for Friday evening, the 5th,  as a suggestion for a place for early arrivals from afar to have supper and socializing with some of us who live near by.  
  2. The 12:00 Noon Pot Luck Picnic Lunch will feature pork loin sandwiches, coffee, bottled H2O, and perhaps some lemon-aid provided by "the elders"--everything else is POT LUCK: maybe baked beans, cold slaw, salads, rhubarb pie, Lutefisk and lefsa?....(One can only hope...)
  3. Activities for the afternoon include:   A pontoon boat rides around Lake Campbell with Allen and Pat, and Lowell and Denise, launching from their home on Lake Shore Dr.,  a visit to Shade Winery west of Volga, a tour of Russ and Laura's LaRu Vinyard,  visits to the South and East Cemeteries?...How about playing Kubb in the shade of the evergreens around the church yard? (Remember the annual family of Soren  picnics at Hillcrest Park when horse shoe pitching was the thing to do?..unless you were young enough for swimming in the pool...) 
  4. Catered Banquet Dinner featuring chef carved prime rib will be served to those who have tickets at 6 PM, Saturday evening.  (Tickets will be handed out as folks arrive at the registration table.)  As soon as the food is gone, a program will begin with a short business meeting that will hopefully set things in motion for the next big Bortnem Reunion.  Planning for the program are Casey and Heidi, who have a great story to tell about their visit to the original Bortheim farm in Norway.

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