Family Reunion Forum
Reunion Activity Suggestions
I've been lurking and enjoying this website and forum, and am excited to find like-minded reunion/geneaology enthusiasts. I hope you don't mind my jumping in. I am our family's historian and twice served as coordinator of the Allen Family Reunion here in Key West, with more than 500 attendees both times.
I submitted several suggestions for reunion activities and Melvin asked me to share them here. They've worked well for us; I hope they inspire you:
Suggestions for reunion activities:
1. A fashion & talent show - each year we change the theme. In 2002 it was Motown in the 1970s, and this year it was New Orleans "pardi-gras." Other themes could include: From the Motherland with African-themed clothing and performances, or Caribbean Nights with an island theme, or Harlem Heyday with performances reminiscent of the Apollo and other Harlem hot spots. Have family members attend in costume (best costume wins a prize), and have all performances adhere to the theme. It's fun and keeps the idea fresh year after year!
2. Planting of an actual family tree - we planted the Allen Family Tree in a local park when we hosted the reunion here in Key West. We purchased a tree native to the Bahamas (land of our ancestors) and donated it to the city. The parks department staff was present to assist us (we had several of the older Allen descendants ceremoniously shovel dirt). This idea gave us literal, as well as figurative roots in the community!
3. The first night of the 4-day reunion, we have a Meet & Greet during which we use ice breakers to get everyone talking. I like to incorporate family history trivia. When I coordinated the 2002 reunion, I went to Discovery.com and made a crossword puzzle using trivia, key family words and phrases. I gave each table a copy and they were allowed to work together to solve the puzzle. The first table to complete it received a prize, after announcing the correct answers to help those who didn't finish. We also had everyone get up, approach someone they didn't know, then later introduce that person to the group after spending 5 minutes learning all they could about their new friend/relative. Great ice breaker.