Just back from the 30th annual Henry and Minnie Davis Family Reunion. The reunion was held in Pipestem, WV at the Pipestem State Park Resort. We had around 150 people in attendance, if my math is correct. A great time was had by all. Here are some of the highlights:
Friday night we had a hawaiian luau. Everyone was encouraged to dress in their best Hawaiian outfit. We did not roast a pig but we did have a nice paper mache pig as the centerpiece for the table. While the adults were dancing the night away, the little girls through age 14 were having a slumber party where they ate and played games. The boys (same age) visited the game room where we had play stations set up for them to play.
Saturday some of us went over to visit the old family neighborhood in Coopers, WV. We stood on the spot where our ancestors were born. We visited the church and saw the creek where our parents were baptized. We took lots of pictures. Also on Saturyday, we had a basketball game and a golf tournament.
Saturday night we had our big banquet and dinner dance. The food this year was okay. The DJ was spectacular. Since we were celebrating our 30th reunion, he had everyone in the family come out on the dance floor and we had our family reunion soul train line. He played songs that were popular in 5 year increments. For instance, he started the line with Dance to the Music by Sly and the Family Stone (1975). He next played a song that was popular in 1980 (I think he played something by Parliament - I was having so much fun dancing, I can barely remember, LOL). We danced until the wee hours of the morning. During the dinner portion, we had our unification ceremony, gave out care-taker awards, and had a brief explanation of the family tree, which by the way, I was able to get printed at Kinko's for under $20.00.
On Sunday morning, after breakfast, we had our church service and memorial ceremony. My cousins and I formed the Praise Team. Some of my other cousins did a Praise Dance to "Changed" by the Hawkins Family. Our cousin Boyd, who is a licensed preacher, gave the word. It was an excellent service. After changing from church clothes to play clothes, we went out on the patio for our picnic. We raffled off great gifts this year; a t.v., a camcorder, a turkey fryer, and a George Forman Grill. The picnic is the official culmination of the weekend however many of us don't leave until the next day.
After the picnic ended, we went to the lobby where we sat and exchanged stories. The kids went swimming and some of the other cousins had a spades and bid whist tournament going on. As a side note, my Uncle Charles, who is in a wheelchair and about 86 years old, can still hang with the best of them. He beat everyone in bid whist. I know that he must have played for over 2 hours. Everyone kept getting up (they were playing rise and fly) but he kept his spot.
Monday morning, we packed up our goodies, said our goodbyes and headed for home.
We had a spectacular time.
Also, the local newspaper did a story on our reunion. We had an official proclamation read from the governor of WV and President Bush. Our oldest living member in attendance was Aunt Thelma, who will be 99 next month, and the youngest member was Miles, who just turned one.
Can't wait until next year.
Sorry that this post was so long but there was a lot to say.
Still researching the following names:
Peace and Blessings.