Monday, March 21, 2011

Tentative Reunion Schedule

Yvonne and I have come up with a tentative schedule for our weekend reunion. As always, your feedback and ideas are appreciated:


6:00 pm: family meet & greet, activities for the children (musical chairs, decorate your reunion shirt, etc.), campfire


9:00 am: shared breakfast for all families
10:00 am to noon: cultural activities (probably age appropriate scavenger hunts), possible Q&A session for parents by parents if there’s interest
12:00 – 4:00 pm: free time for all families to have lunch, explore the park, take a nap, etc.
4:00 – 5:00pm: cultural activities (probably a Bulgarian dance/song lesson)
5:00 pm: shared potluck picnic, campfire with stories and songs


9:30 am: shared breakfast for all families

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ready, Set... Put on your "Thinking Caps"!!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please take some time this week to brain storm and submit ideas for fun activities for our picnic weekend.  Please denote applicable age group.  Please keep in mind total cost and time allotted for activity and provide cost estimate with your post.   One more challenge is to see if you can incorporate Bulgaria into your activity.  We want the activity posted either way… so put your thinking caps on and get posting!!! 

Ø  Group #1:        Adults
Ø  Group #2:       14-18 years old
Ø  Group #3:       11-13 years old
Ø  Group #4:       6-10 years old
Ø  Group #5:        4-6 years old
Ø  Group #6:       1-3 years old

Monday, March 7, 2011

International Women's Day

When I was a little girl growing up in East Germany, we were always looking forward to March 8, International Women’s Day, an event that gave us a special opportunity to express our appreciation for all the women in our lives from moms to teachers to neighbors. We always made cards and crafts and often performed programs at school for female audiences, including our homeroom’s Patenbrigade (sponsor brigade?) which happened to be the OR nurses of the local hospital.

In many countries around the world today, IWD remains an unofficial holiday to celebrate women. Bulgaria is one of these countries where the day is called Ден на жената. The event is popular enough that the local Bulgarian and Russian groups in my area are having a joined IWD party next weekend.

If you’d like to learn more about IWD, you can get started here:'s_Day.