Sunday, June 11, 2017

2017 Potluck Sign-Up

We will have somewhere between 110 and 130 people at our annual Saturday potluck.  We are asking each family to bring a dish to share that will serve 12-15 people.

There is a Kroger grocery store just five minutes from the park so with a quick trip during the lunch break/splash park time you can pick up any items.  Please feel free to ask families with a kitchen / fridge to assist with your food.  Everyone is always super helpful with making sure the food gets prepared and stored properly.  

Please leave a comment here, email the reunion account, or comment on the FB group to let me know what you plan to bring.  Also, if you have food allergies and need special accommodations for any of the meals, please give me a heads up.  I'll update and post this list periodically, so everyone knows what's covered already.

Here's what's needed:

Meat

Hot dogs needed: 100  Hot dogs provided:  100 (Boyd)
Hot dog buns needed: 100  Hot dog buns provided:  100 (Van Roekel)
Hamburgers needed: 100    Hamburgers provided:  30 (Woolley)
Hamburger buns needed: 100  Hamburger buns provided: 100 (Rentschler)



Salads (like green salad, potato salad, pasta salad, shopska salat, fruit salad)

Shopska Salat (Villemure)
Potato Salad (Larsen)
Fruit Salad (Brooks)
Pasta Salad (Fortner)
Pasta Salad (Sallot)
Green Salad (Nance)

Sides (like baked beans, cole slaw, potato chips and dip, hummus, mac'n cheese, fresh fruit, veggie tray, tarator soup)

Bulgarian Au Gratin Potatoes (Bodell)
Watermelon and fresh fruit (Rickenbach)
Gluten and dairy free potato salad (Rickenbach)
Veggie Tray (Conger)
Baked beans (Bodell)
Mystery side (Bromund)
Potato chips and dip (Martini)

Condiments and toppings (like mustard, ketchup, mayo, relish/pickles, sliced cheese, lettuce, tomato)

All condiments and lettuce - Collicott

Desserts (like cookies, brownies, pies)

Dessert bars (Fortner)
Gluten and dairy free apple crisp (Rickenbach)
Mystery dessert (Bromund)
Cupcakes (Brooks)
Cookies (Nance)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

2017 Volunteer Sign Up

FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Set up tables, chairs and decorate around 3:30 pm - Lynda/Doug C., Sue S.


Fill up water balloons around 4:00 pm -  Sue S.

Prepare, serve and clean up pizza bar 5:30 pm - Misty and Jared R.

Set up, serve, and clean up the ice-cream social around 7:15 pm - Rani C., Kim V.

Collect garbage and transport to dumpster around 9:00 pm - Alex, Logan and Warren B.


SATURDAY MORNING

Prep and set-up breakfast bar around 8:15 am and on - Stephanie C., R. Family

Make coffee for breakfast and keep it coming 8:15 am (someone in a deluxe cabin please - you will have two coffeemakers and all supplies will be provided) -  Warren B.

Assist with breakfast clean-up around 9:15 am - Isabelle, Reni, Alyona B., Stephanie C.,  R. Family

Take the group photo around 9:45 am - Bojan B.

Collect garbage and transport to dumpster around 9:45 am - Angel N. and family

Assist with cultural activity at 10:00 am -  Jane B.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON


Assist at the arts and crafts table 4:00 pm - Katie or Andrew R.

Grill for potluck around 4:45 pm - Warren B. (with a large grill he is bringing)
Set-up for potluck around 5:15 pm - Irina B.
Clean-up after potluck around 6:30 pm - Stephanie and Summer B.

Start and supervise campfire and smores around 7:30 pm - Bojan B.

Collect garbage and transport it to the dumpster around 9:00 pm -  Angel N. and family


SUNDAY

Assist with setting up breakfast around 8:00 am - R. Family
Make coffee and keep it coming around 8:15 am - Warren B.
Assist with breakfast clean-up around 9:30 am -  R. Family
Take down tables/chairs around 10:00 am -  Kurt and Chantel, Lynda/Doug C.
Clean up cul-de-sac around 10:00 am - 

Ice runs as needed -  Doug L.
Make lemonade and iced tea throughout weekend (someone in a deluxe cabin, please, all supplies will be provided) - Caryn W.

Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 Tentative Reunion Schedule

Friday June 30

3:00 pm - check in at the park begins

4:00 pm - informal meet and greet on the reunion grounds

5:30 pm - pizza bar

6:15 pm ish - Seeds for Songs performance (45 mins)

7:15 pm ish - icecream social


Saturday July 1

8:30 am - breakfast in the cul-de-sac

9:45 am - group photo

10:00 am - cultural activity (bring a light colored article of clothing to decorate)

12:00 noon to 4:00 pm - family time and splash park

4:00 pm - arts and crafts in the cul-de-sac

5:30 pm - potluck dinner

7:30 pm - campfire


Sunday July 2

8:30 am - breakfast

11:00 am - check out at the park

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 Sponsors Wanted

The Bulgarian Adoptive Families Reunion is seeking sponsors for our 2017 event.  This will be our seventh consecutive reunion to be held in Ohio, June 30 to July 2.

If you are interested in supporting our families, please consider sponsoring any of the below activities.  Sponsors can send promotional materials and items to be included in the family welcome bags.  Sponsorships are due no later than April 30, 2017. For more info, email bulgarianreunion at yahoo dot com.

Friday Night Pizza Party: $300 - HOPSCOTCH ADOPTIONS

Friday Night Performance by Songs for Seeds - $200 - MLJ ADOPTIONS

Friday Night Icecream Social - $100 - STOLZ FAMILY

Saturday Splash Park Tickets - $160 - HARDIN FAMILY

Saturday Afternoon Arts and Crafts - $150

Smores Galore Saturday Night - $50 - BOMAN-PLANCE FAMILY

Firewood Saturday Night - $50

Monday, June 27, 2016

Thank You 2016 Reunion Sponsors

The 2016 reunion is on the books.  We had another fun-filled weekend at Winton Woods Park in Cincinnati, gathering 25 families who have adopted from Bulgaria.  Thanks to all who attended this year and helped make the reunion a success.

A special thanks to our 2016 sponsors: JTM for the hamburgers, UDF for the icecream, Krispy Kreme for the donuts, and Chick-Fil-A for the breakfast biscuits.

Hopscotch Adoptions for the balloon artist



MLJ Adoptions for the splash park tickets




About A Child for the storyteller



Adoption Circle for the games and toys

Sand box & shaving cream pit

The Ties Program for the arts and crafts supplies



The Bulgarian Association of Cincinnati for the cooking lesson




And five reunion families who wish to remain anonymous for the fire wood, pizza party, smores galore, coffee, and a portion of our groceries.

Without the support of these generous sponsors, we would not have been able to provide as many activities and treats for our families as we did.  Blagodarya, sponsors.

Monday, June 13, 2016

2016 Reunion Schedule

2016 Reunion Schedule


Friday, June 24

Check in at the park starts at 3:00 pm

5:00 pm - Meet & greet - please pick up your welcome bag at cabin 4H, some games and activities for the children will be available
5;30 pm - Balloon artist starts
6:00 pm - Pizza bar
7:00 pm - Icecream social
8:00 pm - Balloon artist ends

Saturday, June 25

8:30 - 9:30 am - Breakfast in the cul-de-sac (provided)
9:30 am - Group photo
10:00 – BG cooking lesson, Parky's Farm, and teen scavenger hunt
               
Noon - 4:00 pm -  family time to mingle, rest, or explore, have lunch, visit the splash park (tickets for the splash park for children ages 2-12 will be purchased with reunion funds and can be picked up at the cul-de-sac at noon, all other children are free) - PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE YOUR OWN LUNCH

4:00 pm - Arts and crafts in the cul-de-sac
5:30 pm - Set up for potluck
6:00 pm - Potluck dinner
7:00 pm - Story teller arrives
8:00 PM - Smores

Sunday, June 26

8:00 - 9:00 am - Group breakfast (provided)
9:30 am - Clean-up
11:00 am - Check out

Sunday, June 5, 2016

2016 Volunteer Sign-Up

2016 Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet

Friends, we need help.  Please take a look at all the work which will have to be done to make the reunion a success and let us know where you can pitch in.  You can leave a comment or email me at viviane 8 at yahoo dot com.  We will have a sheet posted at the reunion with tasks and the names of those who volunteered to complete them, so that Yvonne and I can have a little more time to socialize with everyone, too.  If the job you volunteer to do requires any supplies, they will be ready for you.  Teens are invited to volunteer as well.

*Highlighted text means we have enough volunteers for that task.


FRIDAY

Pick up icecream from UDF - Rickenbach Family

Set up tables, chairs and decorate around 4:00 pm - Burgoon Family, Brooks Family, Martini Family

Fill up water balloons around 4:00 pm - Saltgaver Family, Scott R.

Sell raffle tickets throughout the afternoon/evening (pre/teens, I am looking at you) - JCB

Prepare, serve and clean up pizza bar 5:30 pm -  Angel N., Kurt B.

Set up, serve, and clean up the ice-cream social around 7:30 pm - Rani C., Kim V.

Collect garbage and transport to dumpster around 9:00 pm - Miller Family


SATURDAY MORNING

Pick up coffee cake from Busken Bakery and sandwiches from Chick-Fil-A around 7:30 (about 30 min round trip) - Craig M.

Prep and set-up breakfast bar around 8:15 am and on - Rickenbach Family, Kay B.

Make coffee for breakfast and keep it coming 8:15 am - Jane B.

Assist with breakfast clean-up around 9:15 am - Kathy J.

Take the group photo around 9:30 am - Saltgaver Family

Collect garbage and transport to dumpster around 9:30 - Nathanial N.

Teen Scavenger Hunt Team Chaperones at 10:00 - Adrienne and Steven P. (team 1) & Andrew R. (team 2)

Cooking lesson assistants at 10:00 - Alicia K., Kay B.

Pick up splash park tickets at 11:00 -  Conger Family


SATURDAY AFTERNOON


Assist at the arts and crafts table  3:30 pm - 

Set-up for potluck around 5:30 pm - Adrienne P., Jane B.
Grill for potluck around 5:00 pm - Steven P., Scott R.
Clean-up after potluck around 7:00 pm - Jane B., Kay B.

Start and supervise campfire and smores around 7:30 pm - Frank B.

Collect garbage and transport it to the dumpster around 9:00 pm -  Vargas Family


SUNDAY

Assist with setting up breakfast around 8:00 am - Rickenbach Family
Make coffee and keep it coming around 8:15 am - 
Assist with breakfast clean-up around 9:30 am -  Parks Family
Take down tables/chairs around 10:00 am -  Jason V., Robinson Family, Vargas Family
Clean up cul-de-sac around 10:00 am -  Brooks Family

Ice runs as needed -  
Make lemonade and iced tea throughout weekend (someone in a deluxe cabin, please) -