Sunday, September 1, 2013

Family Reunion

After our second day of temperatures hitting 100°F., Eddie and Beth took us to another “fantastic” restaurant. This one was called “Country Cupboard Restaurant”. The very best buffet restaurant I’ve ever eaten in!

Another restaurant we will go back to. The food was great, Pork Chops even better! After dinner we all were so stuffed that we just sat in the air conditioned house watching TV, moaning with a smile on our faces. That food was the very best of Southern Cooking!

Saturday was our third straight day of temperatures hitting 100° F. The humidity was right up there with the temperatures!

Third straight day hitting 100° It sure was nice that the Family Reunion was being held in the air conditioned Community Center Building. The $50.00 rental fee was well worth it to keep everyone out of the high heat and humidity.

This year Greg, a cousin of Wilma’s had a great idea. To help pay for the rent of the building we would hold a raffle. He would be donating several items from his garden, and Wilma made “Sea Shell Crosses” from the shells she picked up while we were in Florida.

Cousin Greg who donated all the canned goods and garden vegetables

Donated items ready to Raffle off. Three of many Crosses Wilma made. Tickets were .25 cents each or 5 for a dollar. We didn’t know how well this would work, being the first year it was being done.

Beth, my first customer buying tickets. But as the family started arriving, seeing all of the displayed items, their curiosity kicked in. It wasn’t hard to sell the tickets and the sales were even better than Greg or I expected. The tickets would be drawn right after dinner.

Getting ready for the Raffle to begin Fantastic family conversation So much food, more than we all could eat! Good ‘ol country cooking! Mmmm, Mmmm. The photo above shows the food table in the background. Plus there was the desert table.

Some of the deserts Everyone who stayed for the raffle after dinner expressed how much fun they had this year.

Raffle numbers being called, excitement starts.With the success of the raffle, Greg and I are planning on improving it in the years to come. Enough was raised to pay for the Rent on the building for the next two years with some left over. It will only get better I’m sure!

We returned from the Reunion to rest up a bit before the evening activities. Linda had a band showing up at her home and all were invited.

The band playing The family gathered under the shade trees and in front of fans set up to create a breeze.

How to stay cool when it's in the high 90's Everyone had a great time being together and catching up on all the “local news”. Two of Wilma’s Aunt’s attended and enjoyed themselves.

Aunt Dean and Aunt Rita enjoying the family gathering I believe the biggest hit was when Wilma bought out the “Glow Rings” to pass out to all the kids.

Wilma bought Glow Rings for all the kids, young and old. What a great idea she had, and I just know the kids will all remember the fun it brought them.

Memories being made Even the older kids wanted one, which Wilma supplied.

Even cousins were given glow rings Cousin Becky was hesitant, but being the “last one” she got hers also!

I really don't want one. Yes you do Becky! What a great time we all had today, even though it started out so hot and humid, it ended in the low 90’s and with smiles on everyone! I have to say, this was the best reunion get together we have ever had here in Kentucky! Looking forward to many more in the future.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

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