Wow! The reunion starts in 3 days and there has been so little feedback.  Thank you Alex, Enchild and Evelyn who responded and submitted a list of the items they are bringing.  That’s all the members that I have heard from.  No one has responded to the excursions so am I to assume that there is not interest?  Even if you don’t plan to participate in any of the excursions, what I would expect is a “thanks but not thanks, & by the way, I still appreciated the time and effort you put into organizing this”.  Write something, say something.  The reunion is for all of us.  I took it upon myself to organize it as best as I can, but do you want me to tell you how busy my life is and how little time I really have to take on this thankless job?

I will keep on writing for the few who do get involved.

Helpful hints for packing:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • perimeter bug spray
  • Flashlight: comes in handy for late night walks.
  • Nights will be cool so bring long pants, jacket, sweater
  • Games: card games, board games,  & put your name on everything you want to go back home with
  • Balls: for volleyball, football, dodge ball
  • bicycle, scooters, anything fun on wheels
  • personal water bottle

Need outdoor extension cords & BoomBox

  • sleeping bags.
  • Tenting is allowed at Sackett Lake, so if you have one please bring it.
  • any water sport activities, even balloons for water balloon fights.
  • Bring cash- it will make it easier to pass around a collection can since there’s is  so few response for the food list.
  • alcohol of your choice
  • Wal-Mart is 13.6 miles from Hurd house: Coming from NY/NJ, take Exit105B off of the Hwy 17:
                                Wal-Mart Supercenter
                               41 Anawana Lake Rd, Monticello, NY 12701
                               (845) 796-7202
  • Don’t forget chargers: for phones, camera, etc


See you soon!


Excursion Sign-in List


Please  fill out the appropriate contact form for the excursion you would like to participate in:

1.  Apple Pond Farm

An educational farm that provides various programs that include farming with kids, wool spinning, goat cheese making, milking the cows and insight into farm life. Private family tours can be arranged.  There are daily activities for children that start at 10 a.m.




2. Horseback Riding

Trail riding is offered with instruction to trail riding demonstrated in an indoor ring.  Group rate is $40/pp and you learn to groom a horse and tack up the western saddle.




3. White River Rafting

Kittatinny Canoes offer something for everyone, from kayaking, rafting, canoeing, & tubing.  The water is classified as mild and manageable for kids as young as 5.  Located about an hour from the homes, the excursion is expected to last 5-6 hours.  The midweek rate is $39/pp and the weekend rate is $45/pp.




4. Zipline at Kittatinny  Canoes  over the Delaware River

Need I say more?


5.  Museum @ Bethel Woods Center For The Arts

The museum is located on the historic site of the famed 1969 Woodstock Music & Fair Festival.  Hours are 10a-7p.  General admissions is $15 for adults, $13 for adults >65, $6 for children >3, & children ❤ are free.

The Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts


6.  Holiday Mountain Fun Park

Summer activities include Go Karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, potato sack slide and many more.  Prices vary so please go to the website for  rates

Bumper Boats


Rock Climbing Wall




Mini Golf




Go Karts








7.  Activities on White Lake  available



Banana boat seats 6 people @ $80/half hour (there is no age limit)

Water skiing and wake boarding: boat and water skis and wake boards $80/half hour (instructions available for both sports)

Row boats $35/hour

Kayaks for 2 @ $35/hour; for 1 @ $25/hour  –(free at the house)

Pedal boats for 2 $35/hour;  for 4 @ $45/hour



Plus endless fun at the homes!!!





Feeding the masses……………………….


We all have to eat &  drink, otherwise there will be problems….

I am looking for a coordinator, one for each of the homes to help manage the food and keep up with supplies.  The list of attendees is still not finalized but I am anticipating about 30 family members (and friends).  I comprised a list of suggested food & items to bring to the reunion.  Feel free to add other items to the list.  If you bring any personal items from home that you would like returned, please put your name on it (somewhere).  The reunion carries no insurance so please keep that in mind 🙂

I recommend that whatever item you choose to bring, that you bring enough for 20-30 people, or whatever amount that fits your budget.  This is very important: whatever you are going to bring, please leave a comment as to the item you are bringing so that we all can see who is bringing what.  We don’t want too much of one thing and none of another if we can avoid it.   Since we are arriving on different days, please also mention when you will be arriving to the reunion so that we are not counting on your contribution before you are scheduled to arrive.


Ο  need at least 4 coolers for ice and as back up to the freezer to keep food cold

Ο  large pots & pans

Ο  large pitchers


Click food list to see the list in word document or scroll below:  Reunion food list


  • Breakfast Items:
    Bisquick (or other pancake mix)
    bacon (turkey/pork)


  • Fruits


  • Vegetables


  • Miscellaneous Items
    cooking oils
    carnation milk
    hot sauce
    salt & pepper
    other spices
    BBQ sauce


  • Lunch/Dinner
    Hamburgers & buns
    Hot Dogs & buns


  • Appetizer Items 
    Assorted cheeses
    chips & dips


  • Pasta
    sauces ( red, pesto, Alfredo)


  • Paper/Plastic/Utensils
    dinner plates
    dessert plates
    cups (for hot/cold beverages)
    serving utensils


Please put in your Name & contribution in the comment section.


Directions to Sullivan County

Get Directions to Family Friendly Catskills LakeHouse We are staying in two homes. The 1st one will be referred to as the “Bethel House”. It is located not too far from where I lived when I 1st moved there. It is also the place where the infamous Woodstock festival was held in 1969. If you listen carefully, you may hear Jimmy Hendrix playing…… Maybe after so many drinks.

The Bethel house will be available July 2nd. I will be arriving early to get the keys and meet the owner.

The address:  363 Hurd Road, Bethel NY, 12783



The 2nd home is the “Sackett Lake” home.  The home will be available Wednesday July 3rd.  Check in time is 12 pm.

The Address:  11 Robin St Sackett Lake,  Monticello NY 12701

See you soon…..


Did you realize the reunion is only 2.5 weeks away??!! We have an amazing number of family members who have committed to come and for some, this will be their 1st reunion since the 1st one. We have Eddy coming from Florida and Natasha and her clan are coming from Canada. There is still time to come to the reunion. We would love to have everyone who wants to come to be able to attend. If you have any circumstances that you would like to discuss with me, you can call me at 310-567-8007 or email me at Both my phone number and email can also be used to send money via If money is an issue, don’t worry about it. We’ll take sweat equity.

We are now in the planning stage, and I will be sending information frequently, so please check in regularly. I have included 2 polls below to make it easy for you to get back to me. It takes a second. We are all busy but please take time to read my email, and respond.

Reunion date: July 2-6. I need to know if you are coming to the reunion and the days you will be here. I need a headcount of everyone in your family who will be attending with you. There’s not much that I can finalize without a count. I need a head count so that we can start organizing the living arrangements, organize activities, organize the food we need to have, and obtain volunteers to help with cooking and cleaning.

This is really the main part of the reunion that has to be organized in the next few weeks. I welcome all input and feedback. Luckily there is a Wal-Mart not too far and on the way to the homes, and plenty of farmers markets around. Everyone will need to contribute in some way. Keeping every one fed and happy is crucial.

Fun in the sun! How much you do and how much you spend is up to you. There will be plenty of of fun activities at the homes. Besides, with so many of us, boredom is not an option. If you plan to sit in a lounging chair sipping your beverage of choice, I do recommend that you bring your own lounging chair 🙂

The schedule of events and activities are located in the menu heading of this blog. I included links to the activities on the page titled “Excursions”. Some activities don’t require advance planning. However, if you are interested in going river rafting, or zipline I need a headcount in order to reserve the rafts. Prices for all activities are included. I will update as we get closer.

Chloe’s design was the winner. The T-shirt will be white (cheaper) and will cost $15. If you would like to order a T-shirt, complete the poll below.

MY tshirt