INVITATION


We wish you warmly welcome to the Summer Gathering and Family Reunion of the Hellman of Oulu Family Association. The gathering will take place in Oulu, Finland on 5-8 August 2017.

The theme of the gathering is “The Oulu of our Ancestors”. On the first day of the gathering we will set off on a walking tour guided by Architect Ms. Kaarina Niskala, who will introduce to us the houses and enterprises of our ancestors. The main attractions of downtown Oulu will also be covered on the tour.

Just like any city, Oulu has developed and changed a great deal over the past centuries. We will get a glimpse of Oulu of the olden days in the Museum of Northern Ostrobothnia, which displays a miniature scale model of Oulu in 1938. The model is designed by Ms. Kaarina Niskala, an expert in the architectural, cultural and personal history of Oulu. She is also very familiar with the Hellmans of Oulu and has even published a book on the most notable house of our family in Oulu, the House of Reinilä at Kajaaninkatu 15.

At the end of day one we will get together for a dinner to celebrate our 70-year-old association and to launch the brand new Family Chronicle.

On Sunday we will start the day by heading to the Old Chapel of the Oulu cemetery. We will have a short service at the chapel and then visit the graves of some of our ancestors. From the cemetery, we will start our bus sightseeing, which will take us past the granary once governed by Fredrik Mauritz Hellman, the location of Tuomi-Yhtiöt and the house of Rehnbäck-Reinilä. After these sights, we will head towards Hietasaari to see the Hannala house of the Snellman family and to remember the golden days of tar trading in Oulu. Finally, we will visit the Hellman family villas in Hietasaari. On the way back to the city centre, we will stop by Pikisaari and Oulu Wool Factory, which used to be owned by our common ancestors.

Outside the official program there will be a day trip to the Krunni islands on Monday 7 August. The number of participants to this trip is limited due to the size of the boats we will be going there on and the trip will not be carried out if weather conditions get too rough. Once ashore, we will be served hot salmon soup. There will be a guided walk around the island and therefore you should wear sturdy but comfortable shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing. The terrain is relatively demanding, but does not require Ironman qualities.


PROGRAM OF EVENTS

Saturday 5 August 2017

10:30amRegistration at Radisson Blu Hotel (address: Hallituskatu 1, Oulu)
10:45am  Opening words
11:15am  A walking tour in downtown Oulu guided by Ms. Kaarina Niskala
12:45pm  Salad / soup lunch (at own expense) at Puistokahvila Makia
2:00pm  Tour continues
3:00pm  Museum of Northern Ostrobothnia: a scale model of Oulu in 1938
4:00pm  Return to hotel
6:00pm  Dinner at Radisson Blu and launch of the new Hellman of Oulu Family Chronicle

Sunday 6 August

10:00am  Gathering in front of the Old Chapel at Oulu cemetery and short service at the Intiö Chapel
11:30am  Sightseeing by bus covering places of significance to the family and Hietasaari and Pikisaari
3:00pm  Return to hotel and end of official program

Monday 7 August

9:00am  Departure with own cars to a day trip (9 hours) to the Krunnis (a group of small islands in the Gulf of Bothnia near Oulu) – limited number of participants, places will be filled in order of registration. The price of this trip is about 60.00€ per person.


Accommodation

We have a room block at the Radisson Blu and all participants are responsible for making their own bookings directly with the hotel out of the block. Bookings can be made either by phone (+358 20 1234 730) or e-mail (sales.oulu@radissonblu.com) and the deadline for bookings is 20 July 2017.

The price of a double or twin room is 117.00€ per night and a single room 107.00€. Prices are inclusive of breakfast, morning and evening sauna, and the use of gym and pool. Wifi is available both in rooms as well as public areas in the hotel and it is free of charge.

Costs

The costs of the gathering for each participant consist of a 50.00€ registration fee per participant of over 18 years of age, which is to be paid to the family association upon registration. This fee includes the guided walk, museum entrance fee and bus sightseeing tour.

Each participant needs to cover the cost of their lunch and dinner on Saturday. The price for the gala dinner on Saturday is 34.00-38.00€ per person. Also, the cost of accommodation is to be covered by each participant.

Registrations

Registrations to the summer gathering and the day trip to Krunni islands can be done by e-mail to veera.cockley@gmail.com.