It is getting warmer with summer approaching. It is time to start thinking about joining us this summer for our biennial reunion!
This year we will host the reunion at Northern Tier’s Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base from August 20th to 22nd. Festivities will include attending an evening campfire, picnic in the park, and banquet. This year the cost will be $115 for adults and $35 for youth under 18. Registration closes on August 1st.
Will walk-in registration be available?Who can attend the reunion?
No. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins to the event – we hope you'll join us in 2023. (Our supplies and catering are already ordered. Our venues are also at capacity.)
The reunion is open to all members in good standing. Membership is open to almost anyone. You can learn how to become a member here.
When should we arrive?
Arrivals begin at 4:30pm on Friday. We ask that you do not come before this time.
Can I bring my children?What are the lodging options?
Absolutely! There will be plenty of activities at Northern Tier and in town for the family. Families are assigned their own cabin.
Attendees of the reunion stay in a crew or staff cabin. You may also bring your own tent. One family/couple per cabin or 4 individuals of the same gender. There are two steps to enter the cabin. There are electrical lights and an outlet that can handle basic electronics. Based on feedback regarding the bed frames in the newer cabins, thicker mattresses have been installed since the last reunion.
For those who want to stay in a hotel or full-service cabin, the Ely Chamber of Commerce lists options available at ely.org/lodging.
Do we need to bring bedding or a towel?
You need to bring your own bedding and towel. For bedding, you need to bring your own linen (sheets, blanket, pillow) for a twin bed or a sleeping bag.
What are the bathroom facilities like?
Shower and bathroom facilities are near the cabins. The shower and bathroom facilities are private suite style. There are several accessible units. Bring a swimsuit if you plan to use the sauna (subject to current regulations).
I have a mobility impairment. How can I get around?
Those with mobility issues can use their vehicle to get to and from locations. For others, we do not allow it because of the safety hazard of vehicle traffic.
Where will we be eating?
Meals at Northern Tier will be in or outside the “Sandy Bridges Program Center”. The center serves as the hub with a dining hall, conference rooms, and a trading post. The deck has a great view of Moose Lake. There is an elevator to the second floor. The reception and banquet on Saturday will be at the Grand Ely Lodge.
What will we be eating?
For the banquet dinner on Saturday, during registration you will have the option of selecting Prime Rib, Walleye, Wild Mushroom Ravioli (vegetarian), or specify a dietary restriction.
If you have a dietary restriction, please note it so we can work with our caterer.
Can I bring my pet?
No. Pets are not allowed. Only service animals are allowed. We recommend making lodging arrangements at a neighboring property.
How do I donate an item for the auction at the banquet?
We ask that you bring the item with you to the reunion and provide it during check in. Please complete the auction item form in advance with a description and photo of the item.
If you are unable to bring the item with you or are not attending the reunion, please complete the auction item form for the auction coordinator's shipping address (please do not send to our PO Box).
When is the next reunion?
After 2021, the next reunion will not be until 2023.
Can I visit the Base or attend the picnic without registering for the reunion?
We ask that you register for the reunion if you plan to visit or participate in reunion activities. Those registered for the reunion make the use of the facilities and activities possible through their support. During the reunion, the Base and other reunion activities are for those who are attending the reunion.
You are able to register for only the banquet dinner (subject to availability).
What precautions are being taken for COVID-19?
Things may be different than in the past, as we have to accommodate for COVID-19 health matters. Make sure you are ready to be outside for meals and other activities.