2017 Olin Family Reunion Information

June 25, 2017 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Minnehaha Falls-Picnic Area: Wabun D (Google map or see map below)
4655 46th Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406

POTLUCK - If you are a local family member, please bring just a little bit extra to share as we have many members traveling from out of state this year. There are plugins for crockpots, but please bring an extension cord if you have one. If you are from out-of-state, email me for suggestions as to what to bring. Plates, cups, napkins, and dinnerware will be provided.

PLEASE-if you haven't already, please fill out this online form to indicate your interest in the reunion. Please fill it out even if you aren't coming so that I can have the latest address and email for you for future announcements/reunions. You may also contact Ruth by email to indicate your interest or if you have questions. Download flyer.

Along with Excelsior Amusement Park and Como Park Zoo, many a picnic was spent at Minnehaha Falls for most branches of the Olin family in Minnesota. In the old days, the family would take the trolley there. As always, the 2017 Olin Reunion in Minnesota is open to any related Olins. Although most details are yet to be sorted out, here is a little information on the Park Shelter and proposed plans:

Wabun D picnic shelter holds 252 people. It provides electricity, electric receptacles, and 2 large group size outdoor grills, nearby restrooms, and water jug filler. There are 5 parking areas convenient to the shelter. There is a nearby wading pool (bring swimsuits for the kids), large play area, and a disc golf course.

In addition, the Falls is a short walk from the picnic area and there are beautiful gardens and trails that go down to the Mississippi river. You should bring sensible shoes if you plan to hike on the trails. Also, you can rent family bikes with 4/5 seats. Note that there are 3 historical buildings onsite that you can tour (see below).

Some of the activities we are looking at (subject to change) are disc golf competitions, ice breakers, and a history and family line display.

Other things to do in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Longfellow House — Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., this historical home has been turned into an interpretive center and is located within the Minnehaha Falls park.

John H. Stevens House Museum — Also in the Minnehaha Falls park.

Minnehaha Depot — Open Sundays 1-5 p.m. Free admission. Park of the Minnehaha Falls park.

Mall of America — Shop til' you drop, visit Lego Land, enjoy the rides in the center of the mall, have dinner at one of several restaurants, or visit the aquarium.

Minneapolis Institute of Art - Free admission to see beautiful works of art and antiquities.

Walker Art Center — If your artistic taste is more modernistic, check out this museum. Located across the street from the famous cherry-spoon sculpture which is part of an outdoor sculpture garden. Take the bridge across the highway and walk through beautiful Loring Park.

Minneapolis Swedish Institute — A little castle in the midst of a city neighborhood. Both the interior and exterior are stunning. Not Swedish? Doesn't matter, you'll enjoy a tour of this beautiful home anyway!

Como Park and Zoo - Besides the zoo, you can also walk through the beautiful conservatory, take the kids on kiddie rides, or ride the historic merry-go-round.

Minnesota Zoo — A larger zoo that is just south of the Twin Cities. As long as you're in that area, check out Valleyfair Amusement Park..

Stone Arch Bridge, St. Anthony Falls — In downtown Minneapolis, this historic site is beautiful. While you're down there, just a couple blocks away is the Mill City Museum which recreates an authentic mill experience with equipment, railroad cars and family-friendly hands-on exhibits demonstrating milling techniques, and more.

Historic Fort Snelling — This is a wonderful old historic fort. For the Sandretzky family, this site holds significant sentimental value as one of their ancestors helped build it. For more historic sites, please visit the Minnesota Historical Society site.

Lodging

Because of the proximity of the picnic area to the airport and the Mall of America, use either of those two as a search criteria for hotels. Also, you might try Airbnb's, you can sometimes rent an entire home and share the cost at a very reasonable price. Definitely cheaper than a hotel with lots more room and amenities. Don't disclude St. Paul from your search, it's only about 10-15 minutes from Minneapolis. And lastly, contact Ruth if you need help searching.

Campers/RV's

Dakota County Parks

Town and County RV Park and Campground

Minneapolis Southwest KOA

Rice Creek Campground

Food

The restaurants in the Twin Cities are too numerous to mention. But if you need recommendations for specific types of foods, contact me. Also, Minnesota is going through a micro-brewery renaissance of sorts and my son-in-law, Chuck, is well-versed on this subject. Let me know and I'll hook you up.

Transportation

We have a light rail system that can get you between Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as from the Mall of America and Airport to Minnehaha Falls and downtown Minneapolis. Very reasonably priced.

MetroTransit Bus System

Uber — Besides the regular taxi system, you might also try Uber which might be a little cheaper and you can track the driver's location so you know when to expect them. You would need the app for your phone.

Download and print a pdf of Minnehaha Falls picnic areas.

Information on the picnic area can be found here. Here is a map for up to date construction and a handy map of how to avoid it.

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Pre-Reunion Dinner

Marlene and Mark Slettehaugh (granddaughter of Rena Olin Andler) are graciously hosting a dinner the evening before the reunion in Minneapolis. It will be held June 24th from 4-9 p.m. in Edina, MN. You can find more information on this flyer. Please RSVP with Marlene directly.