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Need Another "A Ha!" Moment at 2010 Reunion

Planning is underway for our next family reunion and we're desperate for another jaw dropping event and/or idea that will make it truly memorable? If you have one that I would love to hear it.

Family Reunion already booked for weekend beginning June 18, 2010 in Marshall, Texas. Our earliest ancestors (NORRIS) settled there in late 1859 or early 1860 so Marshall is the Home Place for us. Reunion hasn't been held there since 2003 with an est. 100 in attendance. 2006 we had 300 in attendance and 225 in 2008. Our goal for 2010 is 350 - 400 so idea must keep this in mind.

We do not have a theme yet but are definite that it be based on family, Norris ties to Marshall, Juneteenth and Big Day all rolled into one (LOL). The weekend will include a meet & mingle nite, bar-b-que at a ranch, early morning trip to family cemetery for prayer before attending family church, Oak Hill Baptist Church, where Norris' have and continue to be members since 1910 and possibly a bus trip to gambling casinos in New Orleans.

So far we have two ideas. The first is a re-enactment of the reading of General Order No. 3, which was read in Galveston, TX on June 18, 1865 finally freeing the slaves in Texas. We'd like to find a Union soldier uniform to rent and include possibly a group of 20 adults and children dressed as slaves as an audience. This would take place during the entertainment at the Ranch during the Bar-b-Que.

The second came from a cousin in NY. She found a website that allows a resident of Texas to purchase a US Flag that will be sent to your Congress person and from there the flag is then sent to the White House. Once it arrives at the White House you have I believe 3 options of dates that you wish your flag to be flown over the White House in honor of your family.

Once the flag is taken down again it is then mailed to the family. We wanted to do this for the 2008 reunion but just ran out of time. However, with the first African American President in office we feel it is crucial that we take advantage of this NOW so that we can fly that flag above the Ranch with our Family Banner on the day of the barbecue, June 19th.

Looking for a BIG IDEA to tie our family to tradition, Texas & Juneteenth.

No idea too big or too small and especially interested in hearing of any that would involve our trip to the family cemetery or to Church* on Sunday.

Thank You

*Oak Hill still only meets on 3rd Sunday and it is a small church so we know that we will overflow it so ideas are really needed here that will encourage the attendance of all.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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