Friday, June 18, 2010

The Jessee Reunion 2010

On Saturday, June 12 we had the start-up of what I hope will be many more Jessee Reunion's. 

As a kid, I remember every year going to the Jessee Reunion.  It seemed like such a big event.  It usually lasted about 2 or 3 days.  We always had the reunion at the park in Rockport, so all of our family from Kentucky would travel here and come in early.  Usually the day before, we would all gather at Aunt Nancy's house and have homemade ice cream and fellowship.  Then the second Sunday in June was the big day.  Aunt Nancy was always in charge and my dad was her right-hand man.  LOL!!  That meant, we would always get up early that day and load the truck - we always had the coolers, some lawn chairs, and the horseshoes, and get to the park early to help Aunt Nancy set up the tables and chairs and get the drinks iced down.  Beth and I would always ride in the back of the truck in the lawn chairs, or lay down in the back of dad's pick-em-up truck.  Momma would always come up closer to the start of the reunion cause she was at home cooking.  She always made her yummy chicken and dumplings and green beans.  We looked forward to getting to sign the book - it was a record of everyone that was at each Jessee Reunion.  After eating a HUGE meal, the kids would run out to play on the playground and the men would go out for the horseshoe tournament.  Others would just mingle and sit around and talk.  As the older Jessee's got older, the reunion's came less and less.  We had them every year, then they went to every 5 years, and then eventually stopped. 

At a recent funeral we all decided we should start having them again and set a date.  So this last Saturday, we (me, Shawn, Beth, Tommy and Gavin) drove down to Morgantown, Kentucky to the Charles Black City Park.  Since the majority of those coming to the reunion are from this area, we thought it would be easier for us to drive down there now.  It's only about an hour drive from our house in Newburgh, so it was a nice little drive.  The park was nice, however the reunion was out and the day was HOT and I was miserable.  Next year we have decided to find a place that has air-conditioning.  While there wasn't many people at this (16 total), we hope to have more next year.  We have decided to have it the same day each year and to send out reminder post cards.  Sissy even bought a book to sign - which I completely forgot about until she had us sign it. 

Those present at this Jessee Reunion were me, Shawn, Beth, Tommy and Gavin, Sissy, Bradley, Jessica and Kim and Jessica's little boy Elijah, Billy Herb, Judy Ann, Daryl, Joseph and his wife Jamie and daughter Jordan, Lee and his son Elvis. 

While I planned on getting a group photo that day, it didn't happen.  I think it just got too hot and people kind of came and went.  Next year I will.  Anyways, here are a few pictures taken throughout the day.  We had lots of yummy food and played some cornhole and sat around and talked and listened to Sissy and Jessica play their guitars some.

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