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Re: Does every family reunion?
In Response To: Does every family reunion? ()

I attend what is a bi-annual reunion. It began as an annual event and later changed to bi-annual. This reunion was started by a family of siblings and they invited all relatives on both sides. Plus anyone who knew them. :-)

It began with a Friday night fishfry in the yard of one sibling who was the main organizer, and still lives in the home community. Saturday meant a picnic on the church grounds, which used to be the school grounds as well. Saturday night was a church service, everybody come.

The siblings are fewer in number, and some in ill health, including the big chief, so the next generation has taken over. Some have wanted to vary the location, but that hasn't happened yet. The attendance has dropped off as well as the older generation of both family and friends who grew up in that place have left us. The fishfry and barbecue have been combined into Friday night, no picnic, and finally this year, catered. All in the yard of "big chief."

I also attend what has become essentially an annual community reunion, held by Masons and Eastern Star in Gum Springs, Arkansas, current pop. 194. That sadly is dying off as well, and I don't go every year. It has been held for over 100 years, first held in 1904. Even when I was growing up, it was always attended by folks from around the county. [But then, everybody is kin to or married to somebody who is kin to somebody from Gum Springs... or maybe it just seems that way.]

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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