David Blomstrom Sr. of Richmond, Texas and Ed Blomstrom of Oregon, Wisconsin
have finalized most of the planning for the Blomstrom Family Reunion!
The reunion will be held Thursday June 23rd
through Sunday June 26th of 2005 in and around Hoffman Estates, Illinois (which
is about 45 minutes northwest of Chicago). The hotel's location
is marked by a red star in the top left corner of
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David & Ed have tentatively planned the
June 23rd - Thursday evening banquet with Swedish Folk music and dance
entertainment. Also, possibly, an Oom-pah dance band. This would be
preceded by a cash bar happy hour during which time photos of all
families would be taken for inclusion in a Reunion Memory book.
June 24th or 25th - Friday or Saturday: Swedish buffet at the Methodist
Church in Geneva. David & Ed went there this summer and thought it
was nice and reasonable. They need to check with the church to see
if they can handle a group of say 100 plus or minus. David believes
the cost will be about $15 each. Transportation would likely be by
private car and we should have volunteers to transport those without
vehicles. It is a 20 minute drive to Geneva from the hotel.
June 26th - Sunday morning: A devotional service, preferably by a
Swedish Evangelical Free minister. Following the devotional is a breakfast
with a brief meeting after that to discuss the possibility of future
Blomstrom Family Reunions.
They will also encourage visitation to the "Swedish Days Festival,"
which will be taking place in Geneva during the Reunion. There is a lot
to do and see during that time and everyone should plan to visit there
for a day or two. (Geneva is about 20 minutes south of the
Marriott hotel. In
this map, Geneva is below and to the left of the Marriott (which
is marked by a red star.)
A hospitality room stocked with coffee, soft drinks, and snacks will
be used for visiting, display of family trees, merchandise, etc. and should
be a popular meeting place.
The Reunion "package" registration fee will cover the cost of the above
(maybe one t-shirt per family as well) and allow for the purchase of optional
items, like t-shirts, coffee mugs, and beer mugs with the Blomstrom Coat
of Arms. David & Ed are still working this out, so the price hasn't
yet been set.
In order to plan all of the above activities, David & Ed need to know
approximately how many people will be attending. So if you plan
to attend, please pre-register here.
David & Ed have reserved
hotel rooms at a group rate at the Marriott Chicago Northwest in Hoffman
Estates, Illinois (near Chicago). Click here for details and to reserve a hotel
David has purchased 24 "Splendor of Sweden" 2005 calendars (which
also includes Jan. 2006) for Blomstrom family members. They can
be purchased for $13.50 each (includes postage/shipping). Checks
should be made payable to:
Blomstrom Family Reunion
6161 Savoy, Suite 1212
Houston, TX 77036
These are large (approx 10x13 double-faced)
wall calendars with a different Swedish scene for each month of the
year. Also there are 365 proper Swedish first names (one for each
day of the year). The pictures are beautiful and the calendar
is nice to keep or to use as a gift. David will order more if
the demand is sufficient.
David also plans to have more items, like
t-shirts, coffee mugs, and beer mugs with the Blomstrom Coat of Arms,
to offer for sale at the reunion.
** The background graphic on this page is the
crest/coat of arms of Sir Laurentz Blomstrom, circa 1697 (courtesy of
Ed Blomstrom). Click here for additional information.