2010 Lain Family Reunion

August 6, 7, 8, 2010

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While the reunion committee is hard at work figuring out the details, the most important planning for the reunion is making sure everybody comes. We’ve put together information to help you make your plans including the schedule and some places to stay. We also need information from you (see below) so we know if you’re coming – and that you and your whole family are getting this information. Information on Donations Needed.

2010 Reunion Events

It’s been 25 years since the first revival of Lain family reunions in 1985 – it had been 50 years since the last one was held in 1935. In 1985, the Old Stone House was 200 years old. Phyllis Lain decided it was a good time to see if we could get some Lains together to celebrate. Ever since that wonderful event, we’ve been getting together every five years. This year, the Old Stone House is 225. We’re all a little older too. We want to celebrate 25 years of these reunions which have become very important events for hundreds of Lain cousins from all over the country – and beyond.

The basic schedule for the 2010 reunion hasn’t changed from past reunions. We’ll have plenty of time for people to sit and talk; plenty of other things to do when you’ve sat and talked long enough. We’re adding a couple of new activities that we think will be fun.

The Rest Of The Schedule

Friday night: A pig roast, story telling, catching up with people, and a bonfire for people who want to get smoke in their eyes while soaking up some extra heat on a hot muggy August evening.

Saturday: Registration begins at 10 am Saturday; the chicken barbeque at noon, a short program and picture taking in early afternoon. Dinner will be a partly potluck – leftover chicken and pork, some sandwich/salad platters and desserts – or other dishes - that we’re counting on people to bring. Later we’ll have music and dancing with both a DJ and a live band – Jay Unger if we’re really lucky.

Other activities will be going on all day – you can visit the Stone House and see pictures and memorabilia from past generations; spend some money at the silent auction or on quilt raffle tickets and reunion mementos; play sports and games (including a double badminton tournament – sign up with Ellen Lain before 10:30 Saturday), visit special places on the farm and the Loree cemetery, and sit and talk to all your cousins.

Sunday: After a basic continental breakfast, there will be a church service at the Old School Baptist Church. Anyone who is interested in being in the choir should contact Ellen Lain (elain@minisink.com).

The church service is the last event of the reunion, although everyone is invited to share in the fun of the post-reunion cleanup.

Things To Do And Things To Bring:

  • Let us know if you’re coming (Print Form)
  • Make sure other family members are getting reunion information.
  • Sign up for the double badminton tournament by Saturday morning (talk to or email Ellen Lain – elain@minisink.com)
  • Volunteer to be in the choir for the church service (contact Ellen Lain – see above).
  • Bring something interesting, useful or unique for the silent auction.
  • Bring a dessert or other dish for the Friday or Saturday night dinners – if you’re local. (Don’t try to squeeze your apple pie into your suitcase.)
  • Bring a family story to tell.
  • Make a donation if you can.

Silent Auction

This is a new idea for raising money besides walking around with our hands out. We’ll have a place set up with donated items with a paper beside each to write a bid if you want it. At the end, the highest bidder pays up and takes it. What we need from as many people as possible is the items to sell – it doesn’t have to be expensive, but should be something useful, eye-catching or unique that you think people would pay more than a dollar or two for. We won’t have a huge space, so we’re looking for quality, not quantity of donations.

 

Tell Us A Story

We all know funny and/or interesting stories about our branch of the family. Maybe you’ve heard them so many times you’re sure everybody knows them. But that’s probably not true. We’d like to hear some stories that are entertaining and help us know who all our cousins and ancestors are or were, and about their lives, beliefs, and character. We’ll set up a place Friday night for people to hear and tell stories; we could do more Saturday if there’s interest.

Places To Stay

Here are a few of the closer motels and B&Bs (Many more are listed on the internet.)

Bed and Breakfasts

Glenwood House B&B (Pine Island) 845-258-5066 (www.glenwoodhouse.com)
Cider Mill Inn (Pine Island) 845-258-3044 (www.cidermillinn.com)
The Inn at Stony Creek (Warwick) 845-986-3660 (www.Innstonycreek.com)
Glenwood Mill B&B (Vernon NJ) 973-764-8660 (www.glenwoodmill.com)
Warwickshire in Warwick 845-988-1946 (www.warwickshirebb.com)
Warwick Valley B&B (Warwick) 888-280-1671 (www.wvbedandbreakfast.com)

Motels
Hampton Inn (Middletown) 845-344-3400
Courtyard by Marriott (Middletown) 845-695-0606
Milford Motel (Milford PA) 570-296-6411
Holiday Inn (Middletown) 845-343-1474
High Point Country Inn (Sussex NJ) 973-702-1860
Microtel Inn (Middletown) 845-692-0098
Comfort Inn (Goshen) 845-291-1282
Comfort Inn (Port Jervis) 845-856-6611
Days Inn (New Hampton) 845-374-2411

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Donations Needed -- And Very Much Appreciated

We don’t charge people to attend the reunion because we want everyone to come, even if they’re down to their last dollar. We recognize that some people spend a lot just to get here. But we rely on donations to fund most of the significant costs of this event. Please send something to help if you can. Checks should be made out to the Lain Family Association and mailed to:

Chris Sarno - 29 Ruth Drive - Wantage, NJ 07461

Thank you for any help you can give.

 

Reunion Contacts:

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Jim Lain (845)726-3593
Lew Lain (845)726-4262

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