Care to help out a New York Times reporter? Bruce Feiler, writer and columnist, is writing about reunions and looking for interesting stories about families who might use large, competitive games; family Olympics; summer-camp style color wars; or other extreme forms of family bonding. You can answer him on his facebook post.
Reunions in the limelight, on TV, in the news
Year round, we encourage other media to feature reunions. As we learn about interview and appearance opportunities, we contact reunions for permission to refer them to interviewers. If your reunion is between now and the end of the year and, if your members are willing to be interviewed and/or photographed, we are interested in knowing more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org your answers to the following questions to help us make a referral.
What is the name of your reunion?
What are the exact dates/times you'll be meeting?
Where will your reunion be taking place?
What are contact phone numbers and email addresses before and during the reunion?
How many do you expect to attend?
How "old" is your reunion?
This is very important: add interesting, colorful stories/anecdotes/tidbits to help us "talk up" your reunion. Most referrals are based upon the stories we can tell about your reunion, its history (or not), why you're meeting, what everyone looks forward to and why they come.
Deadline as soon as show is cast!
Red Varden Studios is casting for a large, blended family that resides anywhere in the US for a new reality series that will center on the day-to-day life of a unique, modern day blended family. Are you an outgoing, dynamic family of interesting characters and spouses with children from previous marriages? They are looking for this generation's wild, entertaining Brady Bunch. On-camera experience not required. All family members must have big, unique personalities, be comfortable speaking on camera, and able to legally work in the US.
For consideration, tell your story and why your family would make for compelling television, describe each member's role or job. Email family photos AND individual photos of each member, include residence city and state and contact information (name, numbers, email). Send to Red Varden Studios, RVScasting@yahoo.com.
Television show looking for immediate family members or love interests who've reunited on Facebook, but not yet in person. If this is you, and you're willing to reunite on TV, please e-mail Emily Liebert at Emily@emilyliebert.com. The show is based on Emilyl Liebert's hit book, Facebook Fairytales.
Your reunion quilt could appear in a book: here's how
Journalist and traditions expert Meg Cox, author of The Book of New Family Traditions and The Quilter's Catalog: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, is writing a book about quilts made for and with loved ones for special occasions.
Naturally, this includes reunion quilts. She is interested in learning about how, when and why your reunion quilt was made as well as seeing photos of your quilt. She is looking for how-tos like the techniques and patterns you used, and whether people signed or wrote on the fabric. But she also wants to learn what the quilt meant to your tribe, and what happened to the heirloom quilt after it was completed: who gets to keep it?
Contact Meg through her website, www.megcox.com, or write to her at Meg Cox, 301 N. Harrison St, #399, Princeton, NJ, 08540.
Celebrate your reunion Reunions magazine and www.reunionsmag.com are reader driven. Our readers are our greatest source of inspiration and material. If you want to share your reunion story, some of what you do, how you do it, add details that will motivate others to do the same. Look at Reunions magazine or visit www.reunionsmag.com for examples of reunions who have contributed to a great body of reunion knowledge. Most importantly, we are looking for reports submitted with enthusiasm and sincerity about reunions that have great meaning to their participants.
We edit everything we receive, mainly because we have limited space to fill and want to fit lots. So write all the details, don't worry about length. We do not include very large reports, instead use parts of many reunions in features about specific subjects. Writers Guidelines
Reunions magazine includes many features that require information from reunions. These are some of the topics we are working on … all the time. If you can relate to any of these ideas, have ideas not suggested or questions, email them to email@example.com.
You can also help us write Reunions magazine by clicking here and answering questions that we can use in features we're working on!
How is your reunion governed? Is this one person's party? One person in charge? Does one person take care of all the details? Or do you share the work? How? Do you have a committee? Or many committees?
Food All reunions must eat. How do you arrange that? Do you look for a hotel with a coffee shop and banquet room and stay there for your meals? Do you have a large, sumptuous pot luck that showcases everyone's culinary talents? Do you have family favorites your grandmother was renowned for? We use recipes when they're accompanied by a story about the recipe and the reunion. Do you just ignore meal planning and go for an all-inclusive arrangement where all meals are provided (resorts, cruises, ranches)? Or do you cook all your meals? have an elaborate schedule that gets everyone sharing in the cooking responsibilities where grandparents can teach grandchildren how to make family favorites or ethnic essentials? Or you have it all catered: great choice! How did you find/select your caterer?
How do you choose your reunion location? Do you always have your reunion at the same place? Why? Is it the family farm? the family home? a favorite resort? If not, how do you choose your reunion location? Does everyone stay at the same place? Or are you scattered? For example, a camp site, cabins and nearby hotels? Do you visit your reunion site before signing a contract? Do you rely on convention and visitors' bureaus to get bids for your reunion and other reunion services? Do you have a dream reunion site? If so, what are you doing to go there? Do you camp? Go to a hotel? Resort? Cruising? A park? A theme park?
How do you pay for your reunion? Do you divide expenses equally? Or is yours a potluck picnic? Who makes the decisions and what goes into how you decide upon cost? Do you have a budget? Do you have a treasurer and regular financial reports? Do you solicit donations? memberships? Do you have reunion angels who pay for some or all of your reunion? [my dad did, but we are a tiny family]. Do you enjoy fundraisers at your reunions? Yes, enjoy: that's what readers tell us. Auctions, raffles, car washes, flea market sales, bake sales, eBay sales, white elephants?
Heritage touring Has your reunion been touring family or historical sites? Who leads tours? Tells stories? Demonstrates family history? Have you visited the family farm? How do you celebrate your family's ethnicity? Food, music, history, language? Has your family made trips to your family's origins abroad? In the US?
How do include family history in your reunion program? Do you display a family tree? Tell family stories? Have workshops about family history? Do you visit cemeteries?
How do you entertain your reunion? Do you plan a program for your reunion? What games do you play? What sports tournaments and competition do you plan? Do you go touring? Gaming? Shopping? Do you have awards and recognitions? A talent show? Fashion show? Do you picnic? What family history activities do you include in your program?
How do you entertain kids? A goal for kids is to avoid anyone whining that they're bored. What do you plan for kids? Do you choose your venue with kids in mind? Do kids participate in planning? How?
These are just some of the questions we would like to answer in Reunions magazine. What can you reunion offer?
Across Generations™ First Flight Productions announces a general call for stories for Across Generations, a television series of family histories and the connections from the past that tell us who we are today. The series' stories are tales of genealogy quests, which somehow changed the lives of the searchers. Stories are about connections and revelations as people search for the answer to "Who am I?" These are real stories about real people that viewers can relate to. Across Generations chronicles human adventure stories as people search for and discover their families' histories. Each program has two to four segments grouped together by themes such as serendipity, reunions, secrets revealed, lessons learned. Viewers experience the guests' journeys, draw their own parallels and can be inspired to discover ways to make their own journeys Across Generations.
Family Associations Many
families celebrate togetherness with reunions, and some
move on to become family associations. If your family
has formed an association, I have questions and I'm certain
you'll have answers.
I am writing an article about how and why family associations
are formed, their purpose and goals (long and short term)
and something about persons instrumental in it's formation. Requirements
A fifteen minute telephone interview with
a family member knowledgeable about the association and
its formation, plus some discussion and sharing of documents,
ie; by-laws to determine eligibility for membership, fee
structure, current projects or those in the planning stage. Kindly contact me.
11 Crestwood Ct
Wheatfield, New York 14304
(716) 731-3909 firstname.lastname@example.org