Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tipton Family Reunion

After a long hiatus, I am planning a new Tipton Family Reunion. The reunion date is Sunday, May 16, 2010 at the East Brandywine Community Park,, Pavilion A, 436 Dilworth Road, Guthriesville, PA.

The following are the directions to the East Brandywine Community Park:

East Brandywine Community Park Take Rt. 30W to Manor Ave/Rt 322 exit. Go right at bottom of ramp onto Rt. 322 West (away from Downingtown). Continue on Rt. 322 until 1st traffic light in Guthriesville(rental center on left, Sunoco and Blue Moon Florist on right). Go right at light onto Hopewell Rd to 1st road on left. Go left onto Dilworth Rd. to 2nd park entrance on left (about 3/4 mile on Dilworth).

This will be the first Tipton family reunion since the last Tipton Family Reunion held October 4, 1997. Prior to that reunion there was a Tipton family reunion held at the Westwood Fire Company in 1993 and 1995.

Cousin Richard "Dick" Tipton and his wife Linda are donating a roast pig for this reunion. Dick and his wife Linda also catered the last reunion in 1997. I will rent the pavilion. We need volunteers for bringing soda, water, paper plates, plastic utensils and napkins. Anyone who wishes to bring a pot luck dish like potato salad, cake, and pies are welcome but it is not a requirement to attend the reunion.

Unlike the last reunion we probably won't have live blue grass music. Bob Paisley, the wonderful blue grass musician died. I'll talk to Cousin Charles to see if he has any recommendations for music. We may have to have a boom box with blue grass music. If anyone else has suggestions, I will be glad to entertain them.

I am looking forward to this reunion because it will bring together another generation of Tipton cousins who have never met each other. The Tipton family reunions that were held when I was a kid were of the families of the original eleven Tipton brothers. Sad to say, all of the brothers have now passed on. The next generation is the thirty six Tipton first cousins and their children and grandchildren. I am in that next generation of Tiptons and it won't be too long before we too are gone from the scene. So that is why it is so important to continue the tradition of having the Tipton family reunions.

Hopefully we won't have to wait thirteen years again before the next Tipton family reunion. We'll see how successful this reunion is and if it is successful, then we will have one every two years.

As more details are being worked out I will post that information to this blog as it happens.

Hope to see you there!