Day 2 was the big day…the Family Reunion. The estimate is that there were 175-200 people there. I have never, ever seen so much food in one place–the usual picnic fair and then some. Suffice it to say everyone was stuffed.
We continued to enjoy the scenic location and, of course, Jim got to talk to lots and lots of family members that he hasn’t seen for many years. We spent from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm there. When all but a few family members had left, the few that were spending the night there in their campers started a bonfire in the fire pit and we roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. One of the lovely things about this place is that, despite spending 9 hours there, neither of us was bitten by a single mosquito.
There was mountain music played by some locals and some family members are cloggers, so they were clogging on the front deck of a camper when the appropriate music was being played. Cool. Most of the music was of the gospel variety, so didn’t float my boat, but it was pleasant. Below are some of the family photos and the musicians.
The group photos were taken after many people had left. Someone finally remembered we hadn’t done a group photo, so we corralled as many of the motley crew that was left and did the best we could. As you can see, I did not wait for the “perfect” shot. I just started snapping and figured among the 10 or more I took everyone should look decent in at least one of them. And no, I’m not in these, since I was taking them. I’m also not a biological family member and MOST of these people ARE.
And speaking of biology, we found out that the Stroup family is related on Jim’s maternal grandfather’s side to President Obama. They traced the family tree back to where a common ancestor is shared with Obama’s mother about 7 generations back. DNA was sent in to verify and it was a match. I just think it’s an interesting little fact for our kids to know. Who’d a thunk it?