Book Your Room for the 2014 Harper-Boyd Family Reunion Online

wasry_phototour13

A problem was noted while attempting to make room reservations for the 2014 Harper-Boyd Family Reunion. One of our family members called the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View to reserve a room and was told the booking wasn’t available. After speaking with the sales manager and event manager, we have since resolved the issue. We also added a link on the main menu of our website entitled Reserve Hotel Room Online (see above). The link will take you directly to the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View page for room bookings. Please keep in mind, the $99 room rate is good for 8-9 August. We also have shoulder dates (7 & 10 August) available for those that want to take advantage of sightseeing outside of the family reunion dates. You can also call Marriott Reservations at (703) 415-1300 or 877-256-9906. Call or go online on or before Friday, July 11, 2014, which is the rate cutoff date.

Register and Pay Online

buy-now-credit-card-icons-button

We recently added the ability to pay your reunion registration fees online. You can also order reunion t-shirts. Presently, purchased t-shirts will be handed out at the reunion. On or about August 1, 2014 we’ll make the t-shirt available for shipping to family members that may want an extra t-shirt, or for those that can’t attend the event. Go to the Register and Pay Online link at the top menu to register online or buy t-shirts.

2014 Harper-Boyd Family Reunion

Residence_Inn_Arlington_Capital_View_Updated

Mailers will soon be sent for the upcoming 2014 Harper-Boyd Reunion. We are behind the curve on getting our mailers out as we know they are typically sent the later part of the year prior. However, we spent a significant amount of time updating content and securing a venue for our busy metropolitan area.

The reunion is scheduled for August 8-10, 2014 and will be held at the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View.

Some of you may remember the 2008 Harper-Boyd Reunion held at the Residence Inn Pentagon City. However, this is not the same hotel. In fact, this hotel didn’t exist in 2008. The Residence Inn Arlington Capital View opened 2010 and is situated at the 28th block of South Potomac Avenue in Arlington, just south of the Crystal City dining and business districts, the hotel is connected to the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel and is minutes from the offices of PBS, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and government agencies like the Pentagon and Environmental Protection Agency.

Unfortunately, the registration fee will be $150 for adults ages 19 and over; and $65 for ages 4-18. This may seem as a significant amount but if you consider the $99 hotel rate (including breakfast) for the Washington, DC area you will get a great experience for a small premium over past reunions.

We’re hoping to get a great turn out but understand some of our core reunion guests, that participate year-to-year, may not be in a position to travel, for either reasons due to health or financial. Therefore, to keep this great tradition alive we’re relying upon the participation of more family members from all generations — great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, and children to participate.

Cancelled: 2012 Harper-Boyd Family Reunion, Atlantic City, NJ

The 2012 Harper-Boyd Family Reunion has been cancelled. The next reunion is scheduled for August 8-10, 2014.

The 2012 Harper-Boyd Family Reunion Committee has secured The Clarion Hotel and Convention Center

Atlantic City at night

in Atlantic City. The 2012 Harper-Boyd Family Reunion committee consists of Claude Morgan (Florida – Chair) and Elizabeth Sherrell-Smith.

We are planning early and reaching out to family members with pertinent information. The 2012 Harper-Boyd Family Reunion committee is planning for 100+ attendees in Atlantic City.  We’re hoping you will share this webpage and checkout us out on facebook by looking for Harper-Boyd-Connection.

2010 Harper-Boyd Family Reunion Information Posted

Tuskegee Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Just in time for Christmas!!  Information for the 2010 Harper-Boyd Family Reunion has now been posted.  Pictured above is our venue, the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, located on the historical Tuskegee University, approximately 28 miles from Opelika, AL.  You can also get a jump start on your registration.  Why not make this a Christmas gift for a loved one…  Keep coming back to our site for more info.  Happy Holidays.

2008 Family Reunion: It’s in the Bag

The three monumentsIf you had the opportunity to attend, thanks. If you were not able to make this years reunion then start saving up now for 2010. We took great strides to make this an enjoyable experience for all family members that attended. I do hope all 32 attending family members shared in our enjoyment.

The venue for this years reunion was the Pentagon City Residence Inn by Marriott.

It was a packed three days of events.

Friday, August 8th
We kicked things off with a welcome reception where finger food was served and we offered a “death by PowerPoint” presentation on our wonderful city – Washington, DC. We also gave a quick demo of Family Tree Maker 2008. Using the software for one hour prior to the reunion, I was able to generate a family tree stemming from my children all the up to my great-grandfather. The powerful Ancestry.com access allowed me to find the birth/death information as compiled from county records or US census information.

We later presented a slide show of the 2006 Harper-Boyd Reunion. Due to software glitches we missed out showing the 2004 reunion. Following the slide presentation we fired off a few challenging DC trivia questions. Family members that mustered up the correct answers received redeemable chips.

Saturday, August 9th
We packed all guest in seven vehicles and took a short road trip to Fort Myer Army Installation for the family picnic. The Spates Recreation Center served up hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, and a variety of potato chips. After a few more trivia question, some family members went for a swim, while others relaxed and enjoyed the excellent weather under a nicely shaded patio.

Following the picnic a few family members took a drive to Howard University for sightseeing. As Howard is an urban setting, vice the rolling green hills you would expect to find in a more rural university, they were out and back to the hotel in less than two hours. Great timing considering our banquet took place later in the evening.

The banquet was the perfect excuse for throwing on your Sunday’s best. Our family members showed up in style, y’all! The Residence Inn served us our entrée choice of chicken, salmon, or vegetarian. We finished the meal with apple pie and chocolate cake. After the meal we honored our family members with gifts for the youngest and oldest family members. We also gave out gifts for the longest married, the attendee who brought the most immediate family members, and the person who accrued the most poker chips over the course of the reunion.

We ended the evening with the “wRight” game, where a family member a each table was presented with a gift As each family member listened to the story about the Wright family they passed the gift around to the right or left whenever those words were mentioned in the story. The person with the gift at the end of the story kept it. We also played a memory game.

Sunday, August 10th
Our Sunday message was delivered by Rev. Thompson of Prince Georges County. His sermon provided inspiration and motivation for all. What a great message!

Finally, we closed the Reunion with the most exciting news: the next Harper-Boyd Reunion will be in Opelika, Alabama 13-15 August, 2010.

Family Reunion: In Full Gear!

2008 T-Shirt Logo

Our 2008 Harper-Boyd Reunion being held in the great Washington DC is fast approaching. We have 35 confirmed guests with, as of the writing of this article, 26 days remaining.

The included picture is the logo design for our family reunion T-shirt. The T-shirts will have this logo in royal blue on the front and the back of the T-shirt will have the quote:

In God We Trust,
In Family We Believe

The T-shirts are on sale for $10. If you are interested in receiving a T-shirt and do not plan on joining us at the reunion just email this blog for arrangements of payment and shipping.

We originally started this site/blog as a way to easily convey information and allow an open forum for friends and family members to collaborate.

Since the inception of this site, March 7, 2008, we’ve had little to no response. Based on response, we decided to concentrate our energy on other, fast approaching deadlines — T-shirts, picnics, gift bags, entertainment, etc. With so many other things to work on, including our immediate family activities, this website took backseat.

On June 9th, the Harper-Boyd Communicator received an email from someone that stumbled across the site while conducting genealogical research on the web. She wanted to know if our Boyd family was from Alabama as her Boyd relatives were too. She was also hoping to find more information on our family’s history.

Yes, we are the Harper & Boyd’s from Alabama. We’re an African-American family with family members in AL, AZ, CA, FL, MD, MI, NY, OH, and VA just to name a few.

This simple email demonstrates the power of the World Wide Web! How on earth would we have made this connection otherwise? This single response will also serve as a catalyst in making this site more robust, yet always taking privacy into account, thus the lack of names or photos of family members.

In the coming months we will continue to add a bit of character and identity to this site. We’ll also use the upcoming reunion as a forum in deciding what more we can do with the Harper-Boyd Communicator. More importantly, there are family members with no Internet connectivity — completely missing out on this great opportunity. Don’t worry, we do not see this site going away following the reunion. We want to make it better. After all, it is for you.