Reunion 2008 Schedule

by / Tuesday, 10 June 2008 / Published in BFA Reunion Invitation & Registration Form

Bidwell Family Reunion
June 13 – June 16
Superior, Wisconsin
Meet your cousins and celebrate your Bidwell connections at the 2008 Bidwell Reunion in Superior, Wisconsin.

Friday, June 13 through Monday, June 16, at the Barker’s Island Inn, 300 Marina Drive, Superior, Wisconsin. (715) 392-7152

Reservations may be made by calling the Inn on their toll free number 1-800-344-7515.

Please refer to the Bidwell reunion when making the reservation.

Rooms Thursday, Sunday and Monday: $80.95 – Friday and Saturday: $116.95.

Schedule of Events
Thursday, June 12: Early arrivals visit with cousins, there are many public areas in the hotel to gather.

Friday, June 13: Registration in the morning star at 9:00 am, just across from the hotel registration desk. A board meeting will be held in the Erie Ballroom at 2:00 pm. Anyone can attend the Board meeting and after the meeting this room may be used as a hospitality room where you may gather to renew old and make new friendships. There are also plenty of places to visit on your own in the area such as the Major Bong WWII Heritage Center, the SS Meteor Maritime Museum, etc. Information and maps will be available.

Saturday, June 14: Board the bus just outside the main Inn door at 10:30 am for the brunch cruise. From there we will visit the Lake Superior Railroad museum and then take the Lester River train along the North Shore of Lake Superior, returning to the hotel about 5:00 pm. The price for everything is – Adults: $94.00, Children (under 14): $34.95, and Seniors (over 65): $46.40. (Gratuities included.)

Sunday June 15:A day to Explore Duluth and Superior with many attractions nearby. At 5:15 a general meeting and memorial service will be held in the Great Lakes Ballroom. At 6:00 pm the annual banquet and auction will be held in the same room.

Monday, June 15:Board the bus at 7:30 am, just outside the main door of the Inn for the tour of Fort Folle Avoine (1805 trading post) and then Lunch at Crex Convention Center followed by a guided tour of Crex Meadow Wildlife Area (Wisconsin’s Largest). Bring a camera and binoculars. Price is $48.00 for everything including gratuities. We will return to the hotel about 5:00 pm to say our goodbyes for another year.


The schedule this year is different and for that we apologize for any inconvenience. But due to prior commitments with the convention center, there were no meeting rooms available on Saturday or Sunday before 5:00 at all.

Bring your Campbell soup labels to aid Bidwell Riverside Center in Des Moines, Iowa, to aid in their ministries. Labels must include the bar code. Drop them off at the reservation table and we will mail them.

Please contribute to our Sunday night auction. The items auctioned off are very varied and run from bags of special popcorn and hot sauce to original paintings, and handmade quilts and afghans. Any new or kindly used item is welcome. We have a great time with much hilarity and you won’t want to miss it. The proceeds are used to defray reunion expenses.

The Barker’s Island Inn and Conference Center includes a restaurant and lounge. The restaurant opens at 6:30 am. It is located on an island surrounded by the Duluth/Superior harbor, just minutes from downtown Duluth & Superior. Easy access from Highway 2 & 53. Every room overlooking water. The web page for more information is

The hotel is located 15 minutes from the Duluth International Airport. There are no shuttles available, but for those without cars our host, Lyman Lang, has kindly agreed to make arrangements for one of the Bidwells to pick you up.

But hose arragements must be made ahead of time directly with Lyman. To make arrangements for one of the Bidwells to pick you up you must write Lyman Lang at PO Box 415, Grantsburg, WI, 54840-0415, or call him at (715) 463-5666 with arrival time and flight information.

Please consider hosting a reunion in the future. If we don’t get folks to step up the reunions will be a thing of the past. We need a reunion host and location for next summer’s reunion.