Reading here the greetings from the Open Doors at Lillan. Not everyone left their message there but still I counted 95 names from the book! How lovely is that ❤
The first visitors came already before noon when the happening began and last ones left after 4pm when the Open Doors -happening ended. So wonderful to read all the comments:
Ihana tupa! Wonderful cottage!
Ihana nähdä Taalintehtaan toiseksi vanhin koti; ihanasti olet Sari sisustanut, vanhaa kunnioittaen, nykyaikaan sopiva 🙂 Lovely to see Dalsbruk’s second oldest home; beautifully you Sari have designed, respecting the old, suitable for modern age 🙂
Oli kauniit huoneet ❤ Rooms were beautiful ❤
Kaunista täällä! Beautiful here!
Even though the artist had painted Lillan house red in the map, many and many and many found the small yellow Lillan. So many wonderful discussions, longer and shorter, in those four hours!
But for me, the best of the happening was to hear parts of Lillan history. Who had lived there, what it looked like in those decades, how the life was back then.
And here was the greatest price for this event: a family that used to live in Lillan in years 1966-1974 had bought some photos from those days with them!
At the September Open Sunday 10th of September 2017 there is also an Open Doors happening at Dalsbruk. There are several old houses with their personal names attending, telling their part of Dalsbruk’s history for some centuries.
Old houses all have their own stories. Present owners are there to tell what they know and maybe even to hear more about the history of the houses.
And the names of the houses at Dalsbruk, then. Not were houses known by their location but by their names. In Sibirien (Siberia) it was almost always quite cold since it is located on a high bank by the sea. And Kärringslänktan (Hags’ yearning) there used to live the factory’s men still without wife and family.
The event was inspired by the book “Från Honolulu till Sibirien”, collected by the Dalsbruk village union.
Lillan will attend, of course. It is one of the oldest houses still left in Dalsbruk. About its name I’ve already told in this post.
Other houses to attend and see are
Marmorpalatset (2 apartments and garden)
Nybyggningen (2 apartments)
Övre Kajlins (1 apartment + garden)
Worker’s apartments in Bruksmuseums area
Link to the event (in Facebook) here. Event is arranged by Saariston Kulttuuriseurue – Skärgårdens Kultursällskap.
Dalsbruk was quite depressed and blue after the steel mill had quit. No more pipe whistles to rhytm your day. Insecurity of the future.
Then, small blinks of sunshine, of the brighter future. Rosala Handelsbod moved from Rosala to Dalsbruk, first by the marketplace. Positive, international, classy, beautiful. I was so happy! Rapt for all of us. This would start our new rise, I thought. Went and wrote a blog post of the Café and its charming merchants. With her permission, of course.
But even before that, there came a small and a bit weird (in a positive sense) festival: Norpas. First year 2012 it was not a lot more, to my recollection, than a big friend gathering at Dalsbruk, ultimating at deep and warm get-together at Dalsbruk’s Old Factory, Ismo Alanko using his amazing musical talents to guide listeners from one mood to another. With some exceptionally brave and imaginative artists to tune audience even more into this magical event.
Year 2013 Norpas was already a bit bigger. More events, artists and visitors. One of the audio-visuals especially hit my artistic nerve. Year by year the Norpas Festival grew bigger and established itself. Somehow it still managed to maintain its inter-artistic and warm attitude.
Events take over the whole Dalsbruk centre area:
As well as the old interiors:
This year’s program here. Can’t wait to feel, live and breath Norpas again ❤