Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Name This Reunion Part II

Here are several ideas for the name of our summer gathering. Please let us know which ones you like best or suggest other options, so we can begin working on a logo and t-shirt for our event soon.

Celebrating Bulgaria
Celebrating България
Celebrating Bulgaria ([Adoptive]Families) Retreat/Reunion
Celebrating България ([Adoptive]Families) Retreat/Reunion

Remember Bulgaria
Remember България
Remember Bulgaria ([Adoptive]Families) Retreat/Reunion
Remember България ([Adoptive]Families) Retreat/Reunion

Celebrating Bulgarian Heritage
Celebrating Bulgarian Heritage ([Adoptive]Families) Retreat/Reunion

Families with Bulgarian Adoptees Reunion/Retreat

From the Heart of Bulgaria
(Adoptive Family Reunion)
From the Heart of Bulgaria

Adoptive Family Celebration

Monday, February 14, 2011

Name This Reunion Contest

Every great event deserves a creative name, so we’re asking for your help in coming up with the perfect moniker for this reunion. We’re open to suggestions from young and old, Bulgarian-born and American-born, parents and children, friends and accidental visitors of this site. Anything goes, so put on your thinking caps and let’s name this reunion.

If you have an entry for this contest, please leave it here in the comment section or email it to me at viviane8 @ We’ll put the suggestions to a vote on this blog next month and the winner will receive a prize.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hueston Woods State Park

JULY 22, 23 & 24, 2011

Hueston Woods Camping 
(Reserve online only)

  1.  I am asking families to commit ASAP to camping reservations as we would like to have camp sites together.  And I will not be able to "block" the sites like a hotel.   
  2. The area that I have been advised would work the best for our group is in area 4 (top road toward the left of the diagram). If you look to the cul-de-sac for C-19 thru C-11, C-25 thru C-32 and then from the playground to the shower house D-16 thru D-11.  The area is shaded with a tree lined area behind C19-C14.  I would like to fill-in as much as possible, please reserve one of the following sites and then we will move further right:C25-C29, D16-D14, and C19-C14.
  3.  I have been told that those of you with large families (over the 6 person limit) are fine to reserve one site.  For the rest of us it is a 6 person limit if we share camp sites.  
  4. I am hoping those families with older children reserve site D-16 thru D-11 which will alleviate little escapees from crossing the campground road located on that side of the site. 
  5. I attached the diagram but it does not list specific sites.  Please go to the reservation system to see specific campsites. 

Hueston Woods Lodge and Cabins
(reserve online or call (513) 664-3500)


  1. Requires a 2 night minimum stay.
  2. Reservation Policy- first night is paid at registration as a deposit.  
  3. Requires a 3 day prior to reservation cancellation for full refund of the deposit.

As of Feb 12, 2011 at 12noon:

Use the "Pizza Rate" for these rates:

            7 Double Bed Rooms available ($139 plus tax per night, $159 plus tax for lake view).
            5 King Rooms available ($189 plus tax per night).
            8 Couples Cottages ($179 plus tax per night).


***Please send addition area lodging information if you choose not to stay at the Hueston Lodge or Camp ground and I will add it as alternate lodging.

Time For Our Online Friendships to Meet Face to Face

Invitation to the 2011: Bulgarian Adoptees Picnic/Reunion

WHO:   Families who have adopted, are committed to adopt, waiting to adopt, or considering to adopt a Bulgarian orphan. If you need to travel by "samuleta" (airplane), PLEASE let me know. 

WHEN:    July 22-24, 2011

WHERE:   Hueston Woods State Park, a very picturesque location just northeast of Cincinnati, OH. 

  • Bulgarian Cultural Activities
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Water Activities
  • Hiking
  • Bonfires
  • Because we have adopted, are considering adoption, or are waiting to adopt an orphan from Bulgaria.
  •  Because we will all have adoption experiences to share.  
  • Because it will be wonderful to meet and share our stories
  • Because it will let our little Bulgarians/Americans hang out and understand that they are not alone in their journey and assimilation into American culture.
  • Because we plan to incorporate Bulgarian culture to keep our children's culture alive.
  • Because the siblings of our Bulgarian children need to hang out and share their own stories about their Bulgarian brother(s)/sister(s).
  • Because it is a great excuse to get away and to just have a... great time!
Please e-mail your family's response and include the following information: CLICK HERE

         1. Interest: YES, NO or not this year but possibly in the future. 

         2. Address and Phone #.

         3. Accommodation Type: lodge, cabin, camping or other.

        4. Overnight guest?  Lodge and Camping require 2 night stay.

         5. Number of adults and children, include name, gender and ages for children.

         6. Do you have any ideas to share?  

Thank you!

Reunion Committee