Thursday, July 8, 2010

Huffman Cousins’ Reunion—July, 2010

Our initial “ cousins’ “ reunion was held in Lexington, KY, on the weekend of July 4th. Nineteen attended and Tom came the greatest distance (Utah). John Paul was next (Texas).
Robert E. Huffman’s descendants, Robert and Laura came from Knoxville.
Lois Elizabeth (Anderson) descendants, Mary Barbara and fiancĂ©’ Joe Reed drove from Shelbyville
Roy S. Huffman’s family, John Paul (Texas) and his brother Tom’s family—Tom (Utah), Leslie (Knoxville), Kevin and Marsha (VA Beach), Karen and Jeff with Ben, Phillip and Sarah attended from Knoxville.
Hugh L. Huffman, Sr.’s family: Hugh and Pat (Lexington, KY) and Lorene’s children—James and Merrily (AL), and Kenneth (VA) were present.

Over the course of the weekend we gathered to eat as a family. From Saturday’s make your own sandwiches for lunch to grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner to Sunday’s purchased chicken and bar-b-cue and pizza at Joe Bologna’s, we had a grand time. Folks went to various events during the day and returned for the meals. Four went to Keeneland’s track kitchen for breakfast and a walk-through of the horse barns—even giving a couple of horses a peppermint provided by an attendant. One group renewed acquaintance with Berea and found grandparents’ graves and toured campus. Another set went to the KY Horse Park and saw the Arabian Horse exhibit on loan from Saudia Arabia. Several of us walked through the UK Arboretum, too. And of course, a good contingent went to the Fireworks display in downtown Lexington.

We had a grand time looking through photo albums and learning how each of us is related. Be sure to ask Tom about his flight adventures (delayed, then canceled and delayed again) through Houston, and Bob about his PPE (purple paper eater) and its featured handout from the Knoxville Recycling Coalition (‘Bob and the Purple Paper Eater’).

Waiting for a table at Joe B’s.
Front to back: Pat, Kenneth, James, Mary Barbara, Joe, Phillip, Karen, Laura, Bob, Merrily (?), and Tom. Other cousins are behind the photographer.
l-r: Kenneth, Pat, Marsha, Kevin, Leslie, John

So remember the ground rules—when one of us feels the urge to host a reunion, it will be that cousin’s responsibility to arrange the location, date, any other incidentals and then communicate to the rest of the family. This means that the traditional first Saturday in August will not likely be the day for our gathering and the location will also vary! Pat has constructed a file with email addresses…just let us know when you’d like a copy!
We look forward to the next event! Affectionately, Hugh and Pat

(Now a note from Ashley...If you read this and you attended the reunion, please send me your pictures. I'm sure everyone would enjoy seeing more pictures from the event. Also, if you weren't able to go to the reunion, but you'd like to tell everyone hello...Guess what? You can do that too! Just send me an email at I can post your update easily! THANKS in advance for your contribution!)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Huffman Cousins' Reunion 2010

Greetings, family!

We’re going to try something different for family reunions—cousins’ reunions. When one of us feels the urge to host a reunion, it will be up to that cousin to arrange the location, date, and any other incidentals and then communicate to the rest of the family. So the traditional first Saturday in August will not likely be the day for our gathering. With this arrangement, we may also not gather every year and the location will mostly likely change from gathering to gathering. Should two of us decide to host a cousins’ reunion, we can possibly gather twice or simply defer to the first one to get the information out.

So to kick things off, Pat and I invite you to come to Lexington, KY for Saturday July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th. We live about 3 miles off I-75 and there is a Best Western at the interstate junction with Richmond Road—a direct drive to our house. Jacobson Park is just across the highway and I’ll need to know if you are coming so I can reserve a pavilion; otherwise, we’ll grill in our tiny back yard. So please write, call, or email us when you know your plans.

There is a pool at the Best Western and other activities around Lexington include: tour of Henry Clay’s home (small fee) and gardens (free) walk at The Arboretum (free, two mile paved trail), breakfast at Keeneland’s track kitchen and walk through the barns, the KY Horse Park (takes about 3 hours and costs about $15), visit Shaker Village (about $15 and 45 minutes away), as well as visiting among ourselves and ‘catching up’. Longer trips and possible to do within a day are Mammoth Cave and Cumberland Falls…each about a 4 hour drive one-way; the Cincinnati Zoo is about two hours each way.
So when you know your plans, also let us know which activities appeal to you. We’ll plan to have sandwich materials for Saturday’s lunch and grill out Saturday’s dinner meal. We’ll each be on our own for Sunday’s breakfast and we’ll decide on Sunday’s lunch pending the activities people want to do. Note that Lexington is on Eastern Daylight Time. We look forward to hearing from you by June15th and seeing you Saturday/Sunday July 3-4.

Love to all, Hugh and Pat Huffman
180 Somersly Place
Lexington, KY 40515
(859)-684-9063 (c)