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Mark Angelo Askew is the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake" and the founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group that established November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Making Family Night A Hit


1. Family Night - A Big Hit
2. Making It All Work
3. Surprise Surprise
4. Food Glorious Food

Family Night - A Big Hit
This is an exciting time of year for me and Brenda. We are planning our annual Family Night with family and friends of the family. We started this traditional gathering in order to celebrate family values, present good parenting ideas and connect closer with our youth while giving them an opportunity to reveal their hidden talents, interests and their more mature side. 

Since the very first annual Family Night it's been anxiously anticipated among families in several groups in our community. 

It's amazing what gathering purely for the sake of connecting can do to the spirit of a child. Often teens distance themselves due to misunderstanding what a busy schedule of hard-working parents can do to them. This often leads to unspoken heartache and disappointment, making the parents job even more difficult. But when family members come together to prepare for Family Night doing what they all love doing most wounds quickly heal.

Making It All Work
Four key factors to making this work for each family member are:
  1. Get the youth involved in the planning, writing and organizing process. 
  2. Make sure there are plenty of eats the young folk and parents like and allowing them to clown around while taking snack breaks each hour or so. 
  3. Set up the show in dinner theater fashion. 
  4. Have the participants serve meals and soft-drinks to the older ones so they can connect with them in a special way.
One of the biggest hits of a our semi-formal family night affair is the Talent Show. Every second is savored and parents are proud of whatever their children do. Another hit is a well prepared drama complete with dignified comedy, cuteness and bitter-sweet situations.


Surprise Surprise
This years event will feature a movie taken of lasts years Family Night drama with added footage and a slideshow segment of all our kids growing up from infancy. 
To add some snap and surprise there's sneak peak "guess who" footage of the parents when they were the same age as their children. 

The folks were thinking about getting warm and staying warm throughout the coming winter months. Coats, jackets hat's, caps, scarves and gloves are on the top of the list. Brenda's even started knitting again. 
I decided to feature an adventurous knitting class scene in the drama. How could I knitting class scene possibly be exciting and adventurous.? We pulled it off. 



Read about the history of knitting and weaving and you'll see for yourself what a fascinating journey this artistic way of life has taken from the days of old to our time. According to the reviews the knitting scene went off quite well and now folks are seriously considering having a weaving/knitting class of their own once or twice a month.

Read about the history of knitting and weaving and you'll see for yourself what a fascinating journey this artistic way of life has taken from the days of old to our time. According to the reviews the knitting scene went off quite well and now folks are seriously considering having a weaving/knitting class of their own once or twice a month.
Read about the history of knitting and weaving and you'll see for yourself what a fascinating journey this artistic way of life has taken from the days of old to our time. According to the reviews the knitting scene went off quite well and now folks are seriously considering having a weaving/knitting class of their own once or twice a month.


Food Glorious Food
What inspires good spirited merriment better than a good hot meal. Depending on the season and economy we either have a potluck meal presentation where all the invited guests bring a dish or we will have it catered. Frankly they seem to prefer the variety in potluck banquet style dinners. 

Fimark's new Family Reunion Planner Social application soon to be released will feature a Family Recipe Collector via a Pinterest app. You can share recipes, get recipe ideas and comment on them. 

Take a sneak peak at some of the recipes that will be featured at http://pinterest.com/fimarkhome/family-recipes/

Planning and Decorating
We get our planning and decorating ideas, music and supplies and gift ideas browsing online stores around this time to take advantage of Black Friday Week specials. 

Happy Family Reunion and Family Night Planning!

Mark and Brenda

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Autumn - A Celebration of Family

This time of year is best enjoyed with family and good friends. It's a great time for neighborhood walks. front porch dining in flannel and wool sweaters. Brenda and I love taking long leisurely drives and enjoying the brilliant fall foliage.

Stop at a vegetable and fruit stand and drink down a cup of fresh apple cider. Taste chutney on sweet and salty crackers and spice bread.

As you're heading home watch a slow sun set, tell stories about your childhood, youth and growing up while enjoying the scent of pine cones, and wood stove embers stir in the sweet smell of harvest.

This is the month to celebrate family tradition enjoy the tastes of your culture. It's also the ideal time to plan your next family reunion.  What better time to begin baking and cooking then Autumn. It's a time to crank up the oven heat, get cozy and fill your home or apartment with the scent of roasted nuts, grains, pumpkin, ginger, honey and Cinnamon.  Serve robust dishes that warm you up deep down like chili, brothy beef stew or minestrone
or good old chunky chicken pot pie.

Bring the family together, enjoy engaging activities like updating a special family events calender, creating family slides shows, make printable and online keepsake booklets, design colorful t-shirts and collect and try out traditional and new family recipes. The sky is the limit.

Now you can do all that and more under the golden tree. Fimark Home Online and Legendary Heritage Heirlooms present a suite of family reunion planning tools and applications that include exciting craft, recipe and party and dinner planning ideas. And best of all you can do it all and share it all while staying connected to long-distance friends and family online.


Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social includes the following:
  1. FAMILY REUNION PLANNER CHECKLIST
  2. TODO LIST
  3. DOWNLOADABLE EVENT PLANNING WORKSHEETS
  4. THE COMPLETE PLANNER IN EBOOK FORMAT
  5. NEWSLETTER MAKER
  6. INVITATIONAL PRINTABLES
  7. FAMILY RECIPE COMPILER
  8. FAMILY REUNION SURVEY
  9. FUNDRAISER WIDGET AND APP
  10. RECEPTION HALL FINDER WITH REVIEWS
  11. HOTEL FINDER With REVIEWS
  12. REUNION CRUISE PLANNER
  13. VACATION BOOKING APP
  14. T-SHIRT DESIGNER
  15. ITEMIZED BUDGET ESTIMATOR
  16. DINNER PROGRAM TEMPLATES
  17. ITINERARY TEMPLATES
  18. DISCUSSION AND HELP BOARDS
  19. ENGAGING FAMILY CRAFTS
  20. MUSICAL SLIDESHOW CREATER
  21. INSPIRING REUNION POEMS
  22. INFORMATIVE REUNION PLANNING BLOG
  23. FAMILY REUNION KEEPSAKE BOOKLET MAKER
Why learn new applications and perform tedious record keeping when much of the work has already been done for you within the applications and devices you normally use each day.  Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social integrates the family reunion planning process with many of the powerful social application you already use to enhance your event planning experience your way.

With Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social you get the job done more quickly performing up to 80% of your planning tasks online.
This is the future of event planning utilizing the best in cloud database and  DOM technology, online document sharing and social network integration.

With three options available for planning your Family reunion  Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social is more flexible and greener than ever before while helping you expedite tasks in a more organized and time efficient way.  Reduce footwork, lower event planning costs and spare your reunion funds for other uses.

Often event planning involves lots of time consuming data entry, numerous meetings with the family reunion planning committee, visits to hotels, collecting fees, reliance on a slow post mail system, the cost of stamps and shipping and delivery of t-shirts, the hunt for quality services and vendors and having to raise more funds to offset unexpected costs.

The Fimark Family Reunion Planner Social is designed to eliminate all of that while helping you save money, scores of tasks over weeks of time? How? 

The planner includes online tools, apps and spreadsheets integrated into a document sharing and conferencing system so other committee members can assist in getting certain tasks done and maintain good record keeping.

The  reunion planning interface features award winning services like family reunion  hotel finder,  reviews and online tours, committee video conferencing and spreadsheet document sharing,  and a means to import social network contacts to spreadsheet format not to mention the ability to design your custom T-shirt online and share with family members across several social networks enabling them to buy shirts online. 

You'll also enjoy bulk discounts for group orders and fast printing and shipping. Conference online using state-of-the-art conferencing programs. Hold a seasonal shopping fundraiser online and invite members to order products they need and love while profits are deposited into the reunion account. Make use of fundraiser widgets and Facebook apps to make donations convenient for all.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social to be released November 26th.