Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pot Luck Sign Up

Potluck Items

Ethnic Bulgarian Dishes

Villemure Family - shopska salad

Stankov Family- Banitza, Luitenitza, Sirene and Other Bulgarian Goodies

Meat  (grilling meats)

Haven Family - hotdogs

Bodell Family-Smoked Pork

Boman-Plance Family - hamburgers

Brooks Family - hamburgers

Horn Family - hamburgers

Dunham Family - hamburgers

Nicely Family - hot dogs

Collicot Family - 100 buns for hamburgers

Cox Family - 100 buns for hotdogs


Cox Family - Potato Salad

Van Roekel Family - Fruit Salad

Stewart Family - Bean Salad

Haven Family - Lettuce Salad

Brooks Family - Broccoli Salad

Dunham Family - Oriental Coleslaw

Other Sides

Martini Family - hummus/ gluten-free tortilla chips

Korich family-Pasta side dish

Stewart Family-Cheesy Potatoes

Perkins Family- Chips

Larsen Family- Wisconsin Cheese Tray

Rowe Family - Veggie Tray

Sallot Family - Mac'n Cheese


Rickenbach Family-Watermelon, Jello/Fruit Salad

Van Roekel Family-Fruit Salad


Martini Family-gluten-free/dairy-free lemon pie

Cox Family- Cookie Assortment

Stewart Family- Cake

Rickenbach Family- Jello/Fruit Salad

McCulle Family- Fudge & Brownies

Gillian Family – Cupcakes

Parks Family - Chocolate chip cookies

Boyd Family- Sliced Apples, Dessert


Larsen Family-ketchup, mustard, pickles

Villemure Family-hamburger fixins tray-lettuce, onion, tomatoes


The reunion provides for Country Time Lemonade, Lipton Iced Tea and Drinking Water for the weekend.   If you do not like the drinks provided than this will allow you to plan to bring drinks for your family.  Though juice boxes are fun for kids, I hate for some kids to get them and not others.

Serving Products-

Bodell Family - all paper products

Mulroy Family- all plastic cutlery

Brooks Family - napkins


Conger Family - icecream toppings for Friday night

Santor Family - smores supplies

These families were TBD and waiting to see what was needed… which I appreciate.

Hanka Family - TBD

Rieben Family - TBD

Buchanan Family - TBD

Montes Family - TBD

**Deluxe cabins have full size refrigerators, Viviane and Yvonne's will have many supplies for the weekend but you are welcome to use them until they are full.  We hope some of the deluxe cabin attendees will offer space as needed to keep thinks cold until the potluck.

In a large group like ours, there will certainly be people who have food allergies or food intolerances/sensitivities. We ask that families mark and/or limit items with nuts.  We hope to  have a separate table for these specialty dishes (please provide ingredient list).

Lastly, we ask all of our parents and parents-to-be please do not feed any children that are not your own. Children do not always make responsible choices when offered a food or may not even know what's safe for them to eat and what isn't. Dangerous reactions can occur from a simple piece of candy or even a slice of bread, so please be aware.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fees, Forms and T-shirts

Where in the world did February, March and April go?  I was commenting yesterday to Viviane that it felt like it was the beginning of March here in Southeastern Michigan.... maybe that is because of our cold and crummy weather... we are just this week having a solid week in the 50's... just yesterday I had to scrape a frosty snow layer off my car.  I want to cry... it is just not far to be so cold for so long!!!! I am over cabin fever and ready for our camping weekend!!   Maybe we will be fortunate that June will prove to be a beautiful balmy month and not quite the sauna from the past two years.  :)

So Topics of today-

1. FEES- The deadline for Reunion fees is May 1st.  Please keep this in mind.  I am open to Paypal or checks in the mail... whichever is easier.  I can tell you guys that Viviane and I cannot move forward right now until the fees are in.  We are dead in the water (because we have received a limited # of fees) so please get them in so we can make this a successful event!! If you have sent your fees, thank you!  If you haven't please, please send them today! 

2.  FORMS- Thank you to those of you that have sent me your forms either in the mail with your payment or electronically.  These forms help us immensely.... if you haven't signed up for a potluck item, let me know and I will give you a few ideas of what may still be needed.... pretty sure we still need hotdogs and hamburgers! (Hotdogs, hamburgers, smoked pork and buns are now covered though it would help with costs if another family or two would sign up for hamburgers.  If anyone wants to bring chicken, please remember to pre-cook it.  We could use another green salad - Yvonne is making shopska- and possibly a tray of hamburger/hotdog fixings like tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles, and condiments.)

3.  T-SHIRTS- We will be ordering the shirts earlier this year, the past two years we have cut the deadline close.  My t-shirt guy has been wonderful to give us a great price because he adores my little ladybug (Thanks Nicky Minaj for changing the way that sounds in my head!!) Anyways, Tom is a wonderful guy and tells me every time he sees me that I did such a wonderful thing in adopting Elina... boy I have him fooled... I'm the lucky one to have such a spitfire.  So getting to the point, in the past 2 years I have allowed people to order t-shirts almost up until the week of the reunion... this equals a very frenzied Momma trying to pick up t-shirts the day before leaving and Tom with his gravel voice saying... "Yeeee---vonne, I pulled it off but you need to give me more time girl."  In an effort to preserve both my sanity and Tom's I am ordering the t-shirts the first week of May.  This means that I need the t-shirt sizes ASAP... send me your forms so I can organize this! 

***NOTE: If you are a family that is still waiting for travel dates and are putting off sending fees, please contact me ASAP so that we can work out  the t-shirt order.  I can always ship your t-shirts to you if you are unable to attend.  But I would really hate for anyone to not have the reunion shirt for our pictures! BTW, I will not be ordering extra t-shirts this year.  Last year I ordered extra and we still have a few left.  If you are interested in purchasing a 2012 t-shirt for $5, please e-mail Viviane for the sizes that are left! ***

Now, send fill our that form, open PayPal or pull out an envelope and stamp and help make the Reunion a success! :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

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.  This year, 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, Yvonne and I will have them ready for you.  Teens are invited to volunteer as well.


Set up tables, chairs and tents around 4:00 pm - David N., Kay & J.C. B.
Fill up water balloons around 4:30 pm - Terri and Marty G.
Decorate tables around 4:30 pm - Stephanie B.

Assist with nacho bar prep and set-up around 5:30 pm - Meagan & Kurt B.

Announce/run children's games (musical chairs & water balloon toss) around 6:00 pm - Tony S., Yana & Bojan B.

Assist with nacho bar take/down and clean-up around 7:00 pm - Andrew & Katie R.

Set up and serve at the ice-cream social around 7:30 pm - Irina & Max B., Katie & Andrew R.

Clean up the shirt decorating area around 8:00 pm - Lynda C. & Family

Collect garbage and transport to dumpster around 9:00 pm - Aaron and Jennifer S.


Prep and set-up breakfast bar around 8:00 am and on - Stephanie B.

Assist with breakfast clean-up around 9:30 am - Wendy B., Donna L.

Take the group photo around 9:45 am - Jennifer S.

Toddler stories and games at 10: 00 am, ages 4 and under - Jason and Kim V., Craig M.

Photo/Video Scavenger Hunt at 10:00 am, ages 5-10 (5 volunteers with digital cameras to accompany teams and 1 judge needed) - Celeste H., Lindsey P., Aaron S., Jennifer S., David N., Coleen S.

Preteen/Teen Challenge at 10:00 am, ages 11-21 (5 volunteers to advise and assist teams with their challenges and 3 judges needed) - Allen R., Donna L., Kay M.

Supervise and assist at arts and crafts table - Kay B.

Pick-up children’s wrist bands for the splash park (if we have the funds) around 11:00 am - Celeste & Chris H.

Collect garbage and transport to dumpster around 12:00 noon - Aaron and Jennifer S.


Assist with Enyovden cultural activity at 4:30 pm - Acia S.

Set-up for potluck around 5:30 pm - Adrienne P. and Gail D. 
Grill for potluck around 5:30 pm - Steven P. and Mark D. 

Clean-up after potluck around 7:00 pm - Adrienne P. and Gail D.

Make and supervise a campfire around 7:30 pm

Collect garbage and transport it to the dumpster around 9:00 pm - Aaron and Jennifer S.


Assist with cooking/setting up breakfast around 8:00 am and on - Alicia K.

Assist with breakfast clean-up around 9:30 am - Allen R.

Take down tents/tables/chairs around 10:00 am - Lynda C. & Family

Clean up cul-de-sac around 10:00 am - Adrienne & Steven P.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

2013 Reunion Schedule

2013 Reunion Schedule

Friday, June 21

Check in starts at 3:00 pm - Please meet us at cabin 4H to receive your welcome bag

5:00 pm - Meet & greet with icebreakers for the kids & t-shirt decorating
6:30 pm - Nacho bar
7:30 pm - Icecream social
8:00 pm - Campfire

Saturday, June 22

8:30 - 9:30 am - Breakfast in the cul-de-sac (provided)
9:45 am - Group photo
9:30 – 12:00 am - Bubbles, Balloons, Play Dough, and Chalk
                             Games (all ages) – twister, hopscotch, jump rope, balls
                             Crafts (all ages) – friendship necklaces, paper airplanes, beads
10:00 – 10:30 am - Toddler story time and games, ages 4 and under
10:00 – 10:30 am - Scavenger Photo Hunt, ages 5-10
10:00 – 11:00 am - Teen/Preteen Challenge Game, ages 11 and up
Noon - 4:30 pm -  family time to mingle, rest, or explore, have lunch, visit the splash park

4:30 pm - face painting starts
5:00- 6:00 pm - Culture Time: Enyovden Celebration with a story, song, game, and Enyovden wreaths
5:30 pm - Set up for potluck
6:30 pm - Potluck dinner
7:30 pm - Campfire, smores (provided), dance the Horo

Sunday, June 23

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