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Family Reunions • Gatherings •
reunion? Now’s the time of year to make your decision because time’s a’
wasting for next summer. If you do decide, here’s a bit about the company
recently completed a survey of family reunion organizers conducted with
the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Department at East
Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. The survey focused on practical
reunion organizing matters. These are some of the findings.
Family reunions are large. Seventy three
percent (73%) host 50 or more attendees, 35% have over 100, and 6%
percent include over 200.
Family reunions are frequent. Almost half
meet each year, while one-third gather every two years.
Most reunions last a few days: 74% (±7%)
last up to two days. However, 19% last from three to five days, and 7%
last six or more. The average amount spent per person by 54% is over
$200. However, many reunions spend much more: 19% reported per person
expenditures of over $400.
Many planned their next reunion at a
relative’s home, but 64% plan to use hotel, resort or similar
accommodations. When asked to name the most important factors in
selecting a reunion site, the most frequent responses were: reasonable
travel time, cost and location.
The amenities that provide maximum adult
and kid interaction (together and apart) are vital to one respondent.
Shifting locales is a common reunion practice to accommodate relatives
across the country and encourage those who can’t attend one year to come
Most frequent reunion events mentioned
were entertainment and worship. Local attractions, sports and special
family ceremonies also were cited as common activities. Many reunions
said they provide their own entertainment; contests, talent shows and
games are the most popular. Other reunions mentioned visiting theme
parks, sporting events or using options provided by the reunion site.
These are some upcoming family reunions.
Descendants of William Douglas Barnes. July
4-6, 2003, Shreveport LA. email@example.com.
Cumberland County PA
July 18-20 2003, Shippensburg University,
Shippensburg, Cumberland County PA. The Brady Family Heritage Association
is hosting. Reunion activities include a surname registry, the opportunity
to participate in the BYU Molecular Genealogy Project, a
frontier settlement with period crafts
people such as a blacksmith, soap/candle/map/gun makers, weavers and
spinners, and basket weaver; a quilting discussion and display of Heritage
Quilts; a 1700's Ranger encampment; and a Revolutionary War re-enactor
encampment. Activities planned for the kids include covered wagon and pony
rides. water balloon toss, revolutionary and pioneer crafts. Anyone with
an ancestor of any surname who lived in Cumberland County PA during the
1700s is welcome. Donna Cuillard,
Family of Bernard & Annie Butler Curtis of
St. Mary's County MD. July 5, 2003. C/B Reunion, 29861 Charlotte Hall
Road, Charlotte Hall MD 20622;
July 4, 2003, Giacoletti Ranch in Bisbee,
Idom & Boykins
28th family reunion.
June 26-30 2003,
Gulfport MS. Cris White,
July 3-6, 2003, Archbold OH. Carol
Purtee-Zemke, 6151 W. Howard Avenue #27, Greenfield WI 53220; 414-671-7631
6th annual national reunion of the Self-Selfe-Selph
family in America; Apr 26, 2003, Shelby NC. Self Family Newsletter, 106
Northside Drive, Calhoun GA 30701-2919;
For more reunion information, visit
Reunions magazine at
where you can request a free sample of Reunions magazine. Also see
Reunions Workbook and Catalog and The Family Reunion Sourcebook
by Edith Wagner (1999, Lowell House, Los Angeles) in bookstores. List your
reunion (also free) by emailing info to
Dec/Jan 2003 index