Family Reunion Forum
Re: Is Family Reunion A Thing of the Past?
In Response To: Is Family Reunion A Thing of the Past? ()
I believe family reunions are on the rise, but with a twist, at least amongst my families. People (particularly those not old enough to hold AARP membership) like to incorporate their vacation with the reunion activities. They want to do more than attend the reunion activities and visit with family. They need an external attraction and seem to prefer larger cities or venues that appeal to other interests. I get a lot of questions like "what else is there to do" outside of the reunion events.
My problem with this is that it holding events in large cities or 'touristy' areas tends to add tremendously to the costs and therefore tends to exclude those who cannot afford the expense. Also, as the elders get less mobile, they tend to want to remain close to home, which tends to lessen the attendees from their particular branch. Many will come if Grandma Minnie or Great Aunt RuthaMae witll be there. So we also rotate back to the homestead every 6 years or so.
This most recent reunion was on a 7 day cruise in which 32 members came of all ages and we had a blast. However, it was far less than our normal crowd and I am still hearing the grumblings of those who say I catered to the money folks. Mind you, this was not in lieu of our regular reunion, but in addition to. To those who attended, it was a huge success and they are asking me to plan another in two years.
Regardless, I agree with the others who have responded. Hold the reunion wherever and however it is planned and let those who will, come. Have a good time just being amongst family and let them go back and tell others. Word of mouth is still the best advertisement.