Family Ties: Reunions and Gatherings

Sandra MacLean Clunies

"Whether planning a small annual get-together or a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of hundreds, A Family Affair is a step-by-step guide to the planning, promotion, execution and documentation of the best family reunion ever. Filled with hundreds of practical and specific instructions, A Family Affair carefully guides the reader through: The steps to set up a family reunion (establishing a purpose and budget, contacting relatives, planning the place and time). Making people aware of it (by snail mail, e-mail, and phone; dealing with grumpy uncles). Running the reunion (kids, food, events, and pictures). Following up with memories that participants will treasure (pictures, stories, and more). The book is arranged in logical step-by-step sequence. There are checklists and forms to simplify the paperwork, websites and other references for further information on topics of special interest, and tips from others who have held successful reunions."

Harriette Cole and John Pinderhughes
"African American families are dynamic and powerful. Celebrations play an important part in the fabric of the family. Coming Together is devoted to several of the very special occasions that many African American families honor. Filled with creative ideas for involving the entire family-from young children to grandparents and great-grandparents-this rich book provides everything you need to transform time together into compelling and memorable occasions. Coming Together is brimming with sample menus, easy-to-follow recipes, crafts, activities, and unique ideas to bring the value of these celebrations to life."
Thomas Ninkovich
From fundraising and keeping records to planning menus, readers will find hundreds of resources, tips and ideas for planning family reunions in all sizes, themes and locations.
Dina C. Carson and Risa J. Johnson

"Reunion Solutions will help you organize every detail from organizing a committee to choosing an event location to invitations, decorations, memorabilia, menus, souvenirs and more. ... full of practical, time-saving information if you want to do it all yourselves, and helpful consumer advice if you want to hire businesses to assist you."

Helen Kay Polaski, editor

"The first two titles in The Rocking Chair Reader series, Coming Home and Memories from the Attic, have transformed the inspirational shelf with their nostalgic focus on America's small towns. This third offering delivers more than sixty true stories focusing on family gatherings of every kind-from the yearly holiday gathering of a nuclear family to a once-every-five-years reunion of distant cousins. Readers will delight in such stories as: One of the Family--a city girl becomes engaged to a hometown boy and learns she's gained four generations of close-knit relations, all of whom already know her name. Then There Were Six--to everyone's surprise and delight, a discharged soldier returns to his five siblings just in time for Christmas dinner, 1945. Grandma's Roses--an elderly gardener's prized flowers finally bloom once again, reassuring her worried family members that all is well in her world."


"Beach, city, resort island, or cruise -- find a style to fit the kids, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins in your extended family. Count down to travel with a planning timeline. Arrange group activities, from softball tournaments and city tours to special dinners and rainy-day fun NAIL DOWN THE DETAILS Get discount rates for your group. Travel comfortably and economically, no matter how many people there are on your trip. Choose a rental property or hotel to accommodate your family's needs. Shop for reunion space MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SPECIAL TIME TOGETHER Go sightseeing, relax, shop, take in a show or a game -- all while bonding with your relatives. Balance family activities and free time. Preserve vacation memories PLUS Real-life stories from travelers like you. Questions and answers. Checklist do's and don'ts. Web sites, addresses, phone numbers."