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.