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Community Reunion?

I hadn't really thought of it that way, but reading some of the posts here got me to thinking. I grew up in a small community (population 250 as late as 1960s; currently 194) of interrelated families and starting in 1904, there was the annual Masonic and Eastern Star picnic. It came to be called the "2nd of August Picnic," with barbecue, baseball, fried fish, 'soda water' and homemade ice cream.

As folks grew up and moved away, whether just to town or to another community, or to other states, you planned your vacation trip home to be there for "the picnic," because you knew that was the best time to see the most folks who'd also moved away.

My maternal grandmother's sister lived in another community about 5 miles away, and my only memory of her is at "the picnic."

It was still vibrant well into the 1970s. Then folk began having family reunions, timing them around "the picnic" since "that's when everybody comes home." Those (and entertainment available 24/7) have stolen much of the energy of the picnic.

But, it really was just one big "family" reunion. And it sure was fun, the highlight of the summer.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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