Our 2019 Family Reunion for the DePollo, Quattro, Waitkunas & Related Families is quickly approaching July 26-28 in Thomas, W.Va. So far, it looks like we will have a decent turn out with about 40-50 attendees, but the more the merrier! Even if you decide at the last minute you’d like to join us, come on down, over or up! There’s always room for one more!
I am delighted to report that cousins from the Felix DiPaolo family will be joining us too! Felix’s oldest surviving granddaughter (at age 85) and her two daughters are flying to Washington, D.C., and then driving to the reunion. They will be bringing lots of info with them about Joe DePollo’s long-lost brother and their families, so it should be a lot of fun to get acquainted with them and hear about their lives. For those of you who may not be in the loop, the family connection was discovered through an Ancestry.com genetic test earlier this year. Various other family members have also authenticated the connection through 23&Me, so we now have new “cugini” to celebrate with! We will be prepared to give them a real Tucker County welcome!
As in the past, we will get together in the library of the Blackwater Falls State Park on Friday evening about 7:30 pm. On Saturday morning, we can walk the streets of Thomas to see what’s new or visit the local cemeteries as desired. Official festivities start at noon at the Knights of Columbus Pavilion on the road between Thomas and Davis. The Joe DePollo family is providing grilled hot dogs and Italian sausage, so bring a dish to share, and we will feast for the day! Some drinks, water and paper products will also be provided.
Unfortunately, the Purple Fiddle was booked for the weekend, so the DePollo Brothers will not be providing their annual concert in the old store. But we may be able to get one or both to bring their accordions to the picnic. Of course, we have plenty of good family musicians, so if you play an instrument bring it along for our open stage. Also, if you have any family memorabilia or photos you’d like to display, we will have space to do that.
One important note: cousin Loretta DePollo James tells us that her class from the former Mountaineer High School will hold its 50th reunion in the Davis area the same weekend. That may make hotel accommodations tight on the mountain, so don’t wait to book something if you haven’t already.
Hope all is well with all of you! Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!
Janice DePollo Lantz
P.S. – Cousin Deb DePollo has suggested that we make a family cookbook. If you would be interested in participating, bring a few of your family favorite recipes and we can see if there is enough interest in doing one. We could possibly put it together over the winter and have it for the 2020 reunion!
P.S.S. – I had trouble with the email distribution, so I did this by family. If I missed someone, please share!
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