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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, December 28, 2015

New Year Resolutions And Family Reunions

"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Plan to make it a good one."

"This year I will prioritize family over all others."

"This year I will laugh more. "

"This year I will plan a financial strategy to secure my children's future"

"This year I will bring together the entire family and celebrate us."

How can you accomplish all the above this year? Believe it or not, new year resolutions and family reunions have a lot in common. What? think about it. Family reunions are a time to acknowledge and award members who have or are on their way to making important contributions to society. It is a time to listen to the wisdom of the elders. It is a time to celebrate accomplishments. It is a time to take stock in spiritual advancement. It is a time to play, laugh and rejuvenate.  Family members don't hesitate to remind you of previous resolutions and goals and inquire about your progress.  Most of all, reunions are just plain fun.

Remember that family reunions can give children a sense of identity, camaraderie and a compass to a more promising and productive future. 

What's the first step when planning a family reunion?  This can easily be done online making us of up-to-date reunion planning apps and ebooks that progressively guide you through the planning stages and keep you inspired from planning to organizing to management. 

Get even more inspiration from the experiences others have had planning their family reunion. Be open to new ideas and age old traditions.  Be completely and thoroughly inclusive and don't turn down any offers to help. 

Get the family reunion planning app to get started today.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Family Reunion Quote of the Day

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

And we just found more reasons for you to smile.
1. You can be grateful you are alive to see another day.
2. You can be thankful the sun came up today.
3. You can take advantage of this opportunity to renew friendships and strengthen family bonds.
4. You can test the promise that there is more happiness in giving than in receiving.
5. You can brighten your day by making someone smile just because you can.
6. You can spend the evening thinking about what good you did today and what you hope to do tomorrow.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner is not just for the traditional family reunion. It's for all the other reasons for family and friends to come together and celebrate. Homecoming, Graduations, Marriage Announcements, Anniversaries, Weddings, Retirement and so much more.

If you've always wanted to plan a family reunion, now there's a reason for the season.
Check out the family reunion planning tool that's everything you need to plan a family reunion in no time at all. Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social Web App.

Monday, December 7, 2015

14 Fun December Activity Ideas

It's December. Got lights? Got snow? Got bucket loads of greenbacks? Got hi-tech devices nestled in their beds? No worries. This winter season break away from the commercial hijacking of one single day this month and choose to enjoy the simple things of life with your family.  Here are 14 fun December activities to plan before the snow falls.
  1. Spend a day at the discount movie theater
  2. Collect consignment shop sweaters
  3. Catch a sale on yarn and knit a burly warm afghan for two
  4. Take a walk in the wood and collect pine and pine cones to craft a winter reef
  5. Update your winter season music playlist
  6. Install an inexpensive electric fire place
  7. Build a sled using tire tubes, hefty lawn bags or wood slabs
  8. Build a backyard ice skating rink
  9. Got empty picture frames? Frame and hang recent family photos,
  10. Plan a "Fun In The Snow Party" and serve hot chilli, s'mores and hot cocoa
  11. Do family genealogy research online at
  12. Make a family photo quilt 
  13. Make a family photo tree
  14. Plan the next family reunion

Looking for fantastic ideas for planning a super fun family reunion or seasonal family activities? Get Fimark's Family Reunion Planner book and Fimark's Family Reunion Social web app. Everything you need for family event planning year round.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

15 Good Reasons To Celebrate Family Reunion Planning Month

Over the years many readers have asked me when is the best time to start planning a reunion? Some event planners say early in the year of the event. We say start planning in the month of November before the event. Why?  Most family members will be visiting out of town and have some extra days off of work. Why not use some of that free time to do some real productive reunion planning?

Here's 15 Good Reasons To Observe Family Reunion Planning Month

1. It's a great time to invite your extended family to dine together. 
2. It's the ideal month for indoor and outdoor family recreational activities. 
3. It's the the time of year to take a fun and meaningful stroll down memory lane. 
4. It's an ideal time to dig thru the hope chest and read saved cards and letters. 
5. It's a time to begin building your family tree. 
6. It's the time to start surveying the family regarding your next spring, summer
or fall family reunion.

7. It's a time to try out new and traditional recipes
8. Ideal time to plan a reunion cruise.
9. It's a good time to can and preserve harvest fruit and veggies... memories. 
10. It's a wonderful time to talk about your family history.
11. It's the ideal time to exchange photos of recent family reunions.
12. It's a great time to start a family reunion website.
13. It's a good time to work on and distribute the family newsletter.
14. It's time to form a family reunion committee.
15. It's a good time to plan the next family reunion committee meeting.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Happy Family Reunion Planning Month

Family Reunion Planning Month
Family Reunion Planning Month

Start your family reunion planning today. Empower your family for tomorrow.
Happy family reunion planning month.

What is family reunion planning month? Visit the resource that is dedicated to the cause.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Greatest Social Service

"Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to this country and to mankind is to bring up a supportive family."

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Annual Family Reunion Planning Month

Happy Autumn!

November is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

"Generations pass like leaves fall from our family tree. Each season new life blossoms and grows benefiting from the strength and experience of those who went before."

This is the time of year to start your family reunion projects and bind family bonds closer than ever. Ask each household member for suggestions about family reunion activities. Hold a trial run of suggested activities to test the fun factor. Start interviews and collect poems, recipes and amazing stories as told by each member of the family three or more generations deep. Make a video family history documentary. Include photos, videos, heirlooms, music and stories unique to the tribe. Most of all, enjoy Family Reunion Planning Month.

And happy family reunion planning!

Looking for great activity ideas, planning tips, samples an templates? Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app has that and more. Get details an access from this blog's Profiles section.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Reunion Arts and Crafts Printables Page

Are you one of those artsy crafty types. Like to copy, edit, print, cut and paste? I hope you enjoy using the family reunion planning art and craft ideas, printables and templates featured on our arts and craft page designed especially for you.  Here you can download flyers, printable family reunion booklets, templates for invitations and banners as well as and clipart.

For the past 10 years we've strived to offer you everything you need to plan your family reunion. As the years passed our family reunion planning presentations just kept getting better and better. Why? Because we aspire to inspire you. So what's new? Take A look.

Now you can view everything you need to start your family reunion arts and crafts project on one page. Here is a print screen graphic with all the fantastic features. Best of all it's a part of Fimark's Family Reunion Planning Social web app. You can access the reunion planner app from this page too. Check it out here.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

World Healing - One Family At A Time

"No two people - no mere father and mother, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born."
Pearl S. Buck

If the world could focus on providing the emotional security all sentient life thrives on there would be much less suffering, healing, true love and more happiness. The only place to start is with the family. Learn to prioritize family principles, support and nurture your mate and children. Learn how to inspire, engage and assure. From this core springs happiness and all best that life has to offer.

When we decide, no matter how we came into this world, or how our children did, to show them how valued they are to us and help them learn not only to survive but thrive as a person deeply loved, valued and supported, then we begin to heal a big part of this world, present and future.  That's the beauty of family reunions. It get the ball rolling - World Healing - one family at a time.

"Keep families united and you heal a significant part of the world."
                                                              - Mark Angelo Askew

Join the movement.

Monday, October 12, 2015

How To Plan An Intimate Family Night

It was an enchanting evening. A night where friends bond with family and actually become family. Over 30 friends and family attended. Hot dogs on the grill, The sweet and tangy scent of baked beans and buttery popcorn fill the air. Smiles all around.

The movie was a look back at how the family has grown. Scenes from special events over the past three years including reunions, showers, wedding receptions, talents shows, outdoor activities, achievements, we fondly remembered those gone but not forgotten and enjoyed a special video = celebration of new life and those privileged to act as host.

32 lounge chairs spread across the lawn under the stars,  Hot spiced apple cider warm our hands as the movie of our lives plays on the outer wall of the shed in the backyard. A gentle cool breeze blows as we nestle under the stars  It was one of the most cozy intimate scenes I have ever enjoyed and I encourage all families and family reunion planners to put this on their family activity schedule. Movie night under the stars. A night to remember.

What You'll Need
1. Video of all special events over the last three years or so
2. Video projector and amplified audio device
3. Movie screen
4. Plenty of blankets
5. Grill and cookware
6. Hot dogs, sausage, grilled fruit, chili, beans, popcorn and warm cider
7. Condiments and napkins
8. Cups plates, saucers and flatware
10. Outdoor lounge chairs

The key to making this a special night is simply to plan a movie night in early autumn.out of doors in simply dishes like spicy chili, baked beans with bacon and onions,  pineapple slices right off the grill and hot apple cider as well as an intimate family video. What could be better for a warm and cozy family movie night.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Super Fun Family Reunion Activity Ideas

We always have fun at our annual family reunions. But there comes a time when you want to veer away from the norm and test your creative juices and do something more than the everyday stuff. That said let's advance from family fun to Super Fun family reunion activities. Check out this outstanding list of super fun family reunion activity ideas you just gotta try.

Family Reunion Cruise

Choose a cruise destination and push off on a vacation of luxury, pampering and fun in the sun at sea. The world is your oyster so find a gem of a cruise spot and get your spring, fall or summer vacation off to a fantastic start. Feasts, spas, shows and travel. What could be better?

Family Fall Fest

Gather the whole family for an outdoor festival taking in all that the harvest season has to offer.
Plan this early in the autumn. Persuse local entertainment spots and take in a few fall festivals from coast to coast. It's a hodgepodge of culture, crafts and culinary delights to lighten your spirits and warm the heart.

Family Reunion Night on Broadway

Enjoy a starlit evening at a local dinner show or take a luxury bus trip to New York;s famous Broadway strip and enjoy a night under the city lights. See the Lion King or another Broadway show of your choice. One things certain, you'll have a ball. And speaking of balls...

Family Reunion Ball

The Smiths are having a Ball! And you're invited. Have a black tie ballroom style night of dining and dancing. Set up a banquet style feast and dance the night away in dapper dignitary style. Feature a live band and enjoys many versions of the nations Capitol signature dance also known as the hand dance.

Family Reunion Talent Show

Throw a talent show. Hold auditions and feature top talent from family members and friends of the family. Choose winners using an applaud-o-meter. Also feature live entertainment from local professionals and plenty of find food to feast on.

Family Reunion Games

Raise the family fun factor level another notch. Feature some of the more popular games of the day like Survivor, The Amazing Race, Jeopardy or Family Feud. Family fun at it's adventurous best.

Family Reunion Cook Off

Have some avid cooks in the family that can't cook enough? Put them in the big kitchen for a family reunion cook off you'll never forget. Have experience family cooks serve up breakfast lunch and dinner featuring several courses and a whole lot of love'n straight from the oven.

Family Reunion Bake Off

You know you can't do without moms homemade apple and sweet potato pie or those mouth watering warm walnut peanut butter cookies. That said, have a family reunion bake off and challenge the whole lot of family bakers to whip up their best and most tasty and creative cakes, cookies, muffins, pastries and other delectable delights only your family can make.

For more ideas and details on how to plan. organize and manage family reunion themes consult Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app and the associated family reunion guidebook found here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

5 Fun DIY Autumn Decor Craft Ideas

It's that 'get warm and cozy' time of year. A time for breaking out the sweaters and knitted caps. A time to watch the wind curl a splendid bouquet of autumn's rich beauty, tastes and scents and feast on the fruit of harvest season.

A well tended fall garden gives up so much harvest that after baking and canning for the winter it's time to think about using nature's lovely seasonal remnants for craft ideas.

That said, while many crafters begin the season planning creative scrapbooking projects, others are eagerly making use of falls natural effects to produce magnificent decor for home, parties and festivals. Unlike any other season, autumn gardens provides more natural decorative materials ideal for the home.

Here is a short list of natural materials and supplies you can start collecting to use for your next DIY home decor craft project.

1.  Acorns
2.  Apples
3.  Cinnamon Sticks
3.  Dried Fruit
4.  Dried Oak Leaves
5.  Dried Sentenia Grass
6.  Dried Wheat Stalk
 7. Dried Tree Branches
8.  Gourds
9.  Pine Cones and Needles
10.  Tumbleweeds
11. Foam Rings
12. Glue Sticks and Gun
13. Mason Jars
14. Flat vases
15. Small Stones and Pebbles

Here are a few fun fall craft decor ideas you can do yourself using the above material list. 

1. Make an acorn, pine cone and leaf reef.

2. Make a glowing mason jar decoupage using electric candles and maple leaves.

3. Decorate apple spice and cinnamon candles with dried grass, wheat and flowers.

4. Make colorful patterns with lintels in mason jars.

5. Make beautiful dry wheat stalk and tree branch centerpieces 

Enjoy beautifying your home while adding that special touch of rich spicy and earthy essences of autumn's bounty all season long.

Want something to write home about? Why not throw a party? An autumn/fall season themed party. Family fall fests are the reason to bring family together and feast on your autumn garden of delights.

To get creative and inspiring event planning ideas get Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake book, or if you prefer to do your event planning online get Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app. Everything you need to plan a memorable fall reunion.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Planning The Best Family Fall Fest Ever!

So you're planning a family fall fest and want it to be the absolute best fall fest ever? There are seven keys to making your fall festival a success. The keys are revealed in my recent weekend experience while throwing a fantastic fall fest bubble show.

It was a crisp sunny day. Benches and colorful flowers lined the restful parklike setting on the lawns of the JHU office field. Gigantic moon bounce play sets filled the spacious grassy yard with splashes of fun festive colors. It's the annual Fall Fest staff appreciation day at Johns Hopkins University. A day of celebration and a veritable JHU family reunion.

This story really began when I got the idea to start handcrafting my own bubble wands. first was the bubble spray wand. It sprays hundreds of bubbles in seconds with one gust of wind. Then I designed the hoop wand that creates giant tube shaped bubbles and large bubble balls. My next creation was the tri-ring shaped wand that generates strong, long reptilian shaped bubbles and large bubble clusters.

Hoop Bubble Wand
Multi-Spray Bubble Wand
Tri-Ring Bubble Wand

By 3:30 pm families and their children began to spring from the office building doors and parking lots bursting with sounds of  excitement and awe. Wow! Ooh! Yeah! The family fun begins. That said, a fall fest should provide plenty of exciting child activities.

Brenda and I set our bubble gear for our biggest bubble show to date. And what a show it was. Scores of kids came running from all directions to see the spectacle of glistening bubble clusters, gigantic gleaming crystal spheres floating in the air. Amazed adults stopped by to eyeball the bubble floats and try out our circle of brightly colored bubble wands. Before we knew it there was a tactile hands on affair with bubbles flying everywhere, long tube bubbles and wonderful breezy bubbles sprays all in use by young children, pre-teens and the young-at-heart.

Our tubs of bubble juice quickly became frothy tubs of soap suds as kids and parents dipped and shook and wiggled their bubble wands desperate to create their own bubble formations. Laughter and cheers filled the air. Everyone was living in the moment.

As the DJ played our favorite tunes, children could not resist dancing, prancing, running and jumping while reaching out to catch every flying bubble in sight. It was enchanting and wonderful to behold. A fall fest at it's best.

When planning a fall fest add a special touch with seasonal decorations. Rent an outdoor venue with plenty of space to rip roar and run. In addition to bubbles and high wind bubble wands throw up some kites and have a face painting booth. Hey rides are fun for the whole family.

Here are a few more tips to make your fall fest the best ever.

1. Have a DJ present fun festive family oriented music
2. Serve hot dogs, fried chicken and plenty of drinks
3. Rent two or more moon bounce play sets
4. Hire a professional Bubble Master
5. Serve apple cider, nutmeg and pumpkin pie
6. Decorate with leaves, dry arrangements, cinnamon sticks, hay, squash and pumpkins
7. Include outdoor games such as the great bubble chase, bubble race and bubble toss.

Check out the fall fest event planner in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner social web app, ebook or paper back book available at

Living in the Baltimore Washington area? Want to add the special touch to your festival or family event? Contact Brenda at 443 813 0865 and ask how to book an Angelo and Marie's Fantastic bubble show.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How To Remember This Kind Of September

September has a way of conjuring up nostalgia, laughter and warm memories of days gone by unlike any other month of the year. May this September be one of those months for you and yours. What will make this September extra special?

The astronomical fall 2015 begins on Wednesday, September 23. this often begins fall season events including arts and craft shows, my personal favorite - bubble shows for kids, street fairs, music and food festivals as well as beer and wine tasting.

Like Golden Leave

No doubt, after a long three day vacation weekend you already have some golden moments to remember. But as time passes by it can be hard to hold on to the details of even your most prized memories. Like the golden leaves of autumn scattering to the wind the names and nicknames of old friends and cousins, the places and subtle details of a special event may seem to slip away and drift far from your reach. How can you remember that kind of September?

Tell The Story By Narration

Don't just take pictures. One way to recapture the moment is in stories. Take a video and audio recording of the day. Enhance the visuals with narration and stories that focus on the details of that day like the smell of Auntie Emm's apple pie and uncle Herman's peanuts roasting on an open fire. a funny thing that happened or a joke that made you laugh so hard you almost fainted. Add narration on the spot or a few hours or days after the event. Don't delay. The longer you wait the more details may be lost.

Include Descriptive Sounds 

Remember to include the sounds and voices around you when recording. The sound of children playing, birds cooing, the rustle of the nearby stream, The crackle of cooking butter topped popcorn. The ocean.

Music has a way of setting up the mood and creating the atmosphere. Add the music of the day and you're practically there reliving the moment as if was yesterday.

Use Slow Motion

Enhance parts of the video by recording in slow motion so you can savor every second and make time stand still if only for a moment. This month "Try to Remember That Time In September" with video, sound, music, slow motion and narration. When it's time to look back you'll be so glad you have this virtual time capsule to recapture, relive, reminisce and as the song goes, remember the time of September and, ...follow.

Want to make and record more family memories? Planning a traditional family reunion, a black tie family night ball, a family food fest, or an anniversary family dinner just got a whole lot easier with Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app.  Plan, organize and manage your family reunion in just a few days. Get more information on my profiles page.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Three Day Weekend Activity Ideas

Soon families throughout the United States will enjoy a much needed three day weekend of rest ending on Labor Day which falls on the first Monday in September.  

While some go all out in celebration of the meaning and intent of the Holiday others take advantage of the long weekend for rest and refreshment or enjoy rejuvenating activities to break the monotony of a laborious routine. This articles focuses on the latter. So how can you make the most of a three day weekend vacation?

Making The Most of Your Weekend Vacation

While many enjoy longs weekends throughout the year Labor Day falls on a Monday and is held near the end of the summer season, this gives workers the opportunity to take a long weekend that ends with Labor Day. How will you be spending this time? Activities often include picnics, barbecues, and swimming. 
School students view the long weekend as an opportunity to have one last chance for summer fun before hitting the study books and the weather starts to change from summer to fall. Adults may consider this weekend a time to exhale and recharge the batteries.
Many families spend at least one day of their weekend at a theme park or go camping. Others spend the weekend on a stay-vacation. Not leaving the home or town the live in. Other fun stay-vacation activities may include visiting the local zoo, museum, dining at local restaurants or enjoying entertainment at a movie or dinner theater. Checkout the three day weekend chart for great activity ideas.


DAY 1 -  Enjoy a picnic, camping, theme park, visit museums or local zoo. Take in a jazz or cultural festival opera or dinner theater. Catch up on your reading or your favorite movies. Watch or take fun family activity video. Visit a farmers market or enjoy fruit and vegetable picking. Have a yard sales and soak up the sun. Go out and fly a kite, fishing or boating expedition.

DAY 2 - Set aside a few hours to learn about and document your family history. Speed plan a family reunion on the next three day weekend. Do some bargain hunting. Catch non-perishable foods, craft, office and party supplies sales and stock up for the winter and upcoming family gatherings.

DAY 3 - Order out or dine at a local restaurant. If you're out of town plan to return home early enough to prepare for the next day and then relax. Wind down and put your feet up for a few ours before retiring to bed.

Looking for something to do with the kids outdoors. We had a blast last month at the park. After hand crafting our own uniquely designed bubble blowers we hit the parks and put on some amazing bubble shows. The wands and bubble juice performed beyond our expectations. For wands and bubble juice that is easy to make read our crafting blog...

Bubble Blowing Videos

For bubble blowing inspiration check out our park side bubble blowing videos here...

Reducing Costs Increasing Savings

Parents and grandparents of school age children also make use of the Labor Day weekend to acquire much needed school supplies and clothing ad drastically reduced cost by taking advantage of local and online school supply Labor Day sales. 
Regardless of the activities you choose make it your goal to allow the family to relax and rejuvenate for days ahead.
For more indoor and outdoor family fun activities consult your copy of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake book, eBook or the event planning web app. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How To Plan A Meet And Greet

A great way to kickoff the festivities held the first day of the reunion event is by arranging a Meet and Greet. The purpose of the Meet and Greet is to provide an opportunity to say a decent hello to all arrivals, give the huggers in the family a time to embrace and allow for relationship building with newly engaged, married and adopted family and friends in a relaxed atmosphere, 

How To Host A Meet and Greet

It's best to start off by introducing new ones including new born children to the family. 
While mingling will give the family at large the opportunity to get to know new guests it helps to feature some ice breakers as well. One way we've done this is by playing a friendly game. The "Getting to Know You" game. This game is played simply by having the newest family members stand in a line and asked a few simple questions. You may wish to give each player a copy of the list of questions hours or days before the game is played so they won't feel put on the spot. 

7 Good "Getting to Know You" Questions

  • If you were to describe yourself using only three words what would they be?
  • What is your most outstanding quality?
  • Tell us one thing people would never guess about you.
  • What hobbies do you enjoy?
  • What sports do you play?
  • What is your favorite dinner dish?
  • What is your favorite dessert?
It's also a good idea to review the itinerary and point out a few exciting features of the program that will encourage all to participate.

Challenges of Meet and Greets

Some of the challenges of the Meet and Greet is getting everyone to the venue in time.  
Some miss this event as they intend to arrive the next day and stay for a few hours before heading back home. After a long drive to the hotel some may need to rest before dressing up and going to a social event. While this is typical of some attendees how can you get most of the arrival to attend the Meet and Greet? 

Getting Better Results

To get better support and attendants arrange to have the Meet and Greet later in the day or evening. Put it on the Itinerary and mention some of the opportunities the event will provide. For example; "Hug and hold the newest and youngest member of the Smith clan." "Welcome Uncle Ben's beautiful bride, Shelly." "Meet greet and enjoy a wonderful seafood buffet." Find a few good reasons that build anticipation and many will come to meet, greet and kickoff a memorable family reunion event.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Event Planning? There's An App For That

Still need more activity ideas for your upcoming family reunion event? You're in for a surprise. There's an app for that.  Get top reunion entertaining and high fun factor activity ideas attendees just can't resist using Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app.
Are you planning an event within the next three to four months? Not sure where to start or how to get the ball rolling? There's an app for that. Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app can help you plan the following family celebrations, club and community events in no time at all.

  • Anniversary Party
  • Food and Culture Fest
  • Fundraiser
  • Genealogy Presentation Gathering
  • Graduation Party
  • Group Cruise Vacation
  • Homecoming
  • Honorary Awards ceremony
  • Pot Lick Picnic BBQ
  • Talent Show
  • Traditional Family Reunion 
Download planning and organizing checklists, budget lists, edit itineraries, get suggested themes and activities, event programs, suggested floor plans and more in this step by step event planning tool.
Plan just about every event of the year with one app.  Need family fun inspiration? There's an app for that. Get inspired with Fimark's Family Reunion Planning Social web app. 

Anniversary Party, Food and Culture Fest, Fundraiser, Genealogy Presentation Gathering, Graduation Party, Group Cruise Vacation, Homecoming, Honorary Awards Ceremony, Pot Luck Picnic BBQ, Talent Show, Traditional Family Reunion

Sunday, June 14, 2015

How To Make A Keepsake Reunion Booklet

There are many ways to make your family reunion a memorable one. But to make it meaningful, orderly and well arranged there is only one item that will do that and more. In addition it is the one gift you can give each household as a memento of the occasion. Consider the invaluable family reunion keepsake booklet. 

Keepsake booklets are the traditional family reunion publication. It's included in most reunion events for several good reasons. It's the one item that is in high demand by all households. No one will want to leave without one. 

How To Make A Family Reunion Keepsake Booklet

The booklet includes the reunion event itinerary complete with dates, location and activities. Most booklets contain words from the chairperson and welcome letter from local officials. The booklet may feature some family history including those who have contributed to it's survival and any notable community and social work as well as business and other notable achievements.

The following is a basic structure of a typical keepsake family memory reunion booklet. Write up, print and bind the following pages.

Page 1 Cover Page
Page 2 Chairperson
Page 3 Local Official Welcome Letter
Page 4 Our Family History
Page 5 Outline Of Reunion Activities
Page 6 Dinner Banquet Program
Page 7 In Memoriam
Page 8 Family Business Cards
Page 9 Family Address Directory
Page 10 Acknowledgements

Additional pages may include poems, the 'must have' reunion welcome package, genealogy presentation pages such as the family tree and other documents.

The keepsake family reunion booklet is often consulted when writing the annual family newsletter. It is a reliable resource for outlining family connections. It makes for the ideal family business directory. It is a source of inspiration and serves a the basis for establishing ones unique identity in the community.

The family reunion memory booklet maker is a prominent feature of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner social web app. For more information on making your own keepsake family memory reunion booklet go here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

9 Last Minute Pot Luck Reunion Do Not Forgets

Having a pot luck reunion in the park?  May the good weather be with you. Some of your guests may be arriving early. Don't you love it when you're missing that one basic item that all those early birds are asking for? Here is a quick no nonsense list of last minute items you do not want to forget.

9 Last Minute Pot Luck Reunion Do Not Forgets

  1. Ice
  2. Water
  3. Charcoal
  4. Charcoal Lighter
  5. Paper Towels
  6. Scissors
  7. Sewing Kit
  8. Hand Sanitizer
  9. Bug Repellent Spray
In addition to these often forgotten items here are other items that should not be delegated to late arrivals.  The following lists items that should be delegated to the early birds.

Early Bird Pot Luck Delegation List

  1. Condiments 
  2. Paper Goods 
  3. Flatware 
  4. Drinks
  5. Coolers and Ice 
  6. Music Player Batteries
  7. Serving and Cooking Utensils
  8. Food Heating Racks and Sterno
  9. Mobile Grills with Charcoal and Lighter
Here are some catchy rhymes can help you remember those important early bird pot luck items...

"Honey, I don't relish the thought that you're all in the mustard and can't ketchup."

"Napkins and towels, wipes and tissue cleans hands and noses so germs are no issue."

"Coolers and ice don't think twice."

"The knife, fork and spoon just flew to the moon on quick dashing dishes and free flying saucers."

Brenda and I wrote the 132 page paperback book Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake complete with The Family Recipe Compiler.  Enter traditional recipes passed down from generation to generation. Record it's origins, culture and history.

Get the keepsake book in PDF, ebook format when you access Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app. Makes a great keepsake heirloom and fund raiser.   For more reunion planning reminders consult Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app before you start packing for the reunion event. Get it at

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Reunion Planning Reminders

Your reunion event is just around the corner. How can you ensure that everything goes as planned? Don't leave anything to chance. Follow up and follow through. Here are some helpful and vital reminders to make your reunion event a memorable one.

1. Follow up with those who were delegated tasks now.  Make certain all preparations were finalized and materials and supplies are on hand.

2. Contact vendors regarding setup dates of the event  and get useful details regarding service requirements. 

3. Send out a reminder of date and time of rendezvous to all invitees. 

4. Prepare to offer complimentary prizes or gifts to first arrivals. 

5. Make certain elderly attendees are given assistants as needed. 

6. Wrap up and view family history documentary movie or family slideshows and prepare a welcome letter. Download free family history worksheets at or get Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake Book with genealogy worksheets included.

7. Wrap up craft projects such as the family reunion keepsake booklet and insert the welcome letter in the booklet. For more information regarding keepsake books go to keepsake family reunion booklet

8. Will all be wearing family reunion event t-shirts? Have extra T-shirts on hand for attendees who may not have ordered or need a fresh shirt during the photo shoot. 

9. Remember the special effects. Often what makes a reunion special are those little things like party favors, balloons, sparklers for evening outdoor activities, bubble blowing machines and such.  

10. When preparing your daily wardrobe give forethought to your own personal needs while engaged in indoor and outdoor activities

11. Having a reunion in the park or backyard? You cannot have too many condiments. Tell everyone to bring their favorite hot sauce, sweet sauce, BBQ sauce, mustered, pickles and other hot dog toppings. 

12. You can't have too many party favors. Turn everything on the table into a family reunion keepsake party favor using stickers with the family reunion event date, theme and slogan printed on them.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Best Kids Outdoor Activity Ever

Looking for something fun to do with the kids on your family reunion weekend? There are scores of activities kids will enjoy this summer. Here is a partial list.

  1. Pool party
  2. Beach party
  3. Hiking
  4. Aquarium
  5. Theme Park
  6. Horseback riding
  7. Visit the Zoo
  8. Whale watching
  9. Miniature Golf
  10. Skate Boarding
  11. Go cart racing

The best thing about this list is that it won't break the bank. But just to make things interesting... What's the best dirt cheap kids outdoor activity with the highest fun factor rating? Fun factor determined by highest degree of excitement gauged by decibel of screams, awes and oohs. Add to the equation the amount of non-stop running, jumping and applauding. Include the longest duration of smiles, happy grins and laughter. What activity could possible have that great an impact on kids? Watch this video featuring 10 kids and then you'll know.

This activity keeps kids mesmerized for two hours straight. We're talking non-stop fun in the sun. Kids can run, jump, chase and catch a constantly moving, morphing giant bubbles while being totally awe struck at the wonder and beauty of it all. 

Brenda and I had a ball entertaining the Maplewoods residents with our Live Bubble Show. It was a beautiful spring day in Baltimore and a wonderful family affair. The kids were in awe and they just couldn't stop chasing those bubbles.

Parents were just as entertained as the kids were, after all they were the real performers. We put it all on for this outdoor Jazz at the Woods event. We're looking forward to the next show in June. If you're planning an outdoor event in Baltimore look us up. We'll be glad to put on a Fantastic Bubble Show for your family and friends. To contact us or book a Baltimore bubble show go to