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A family affair : how to plan and direct the best family reunion ever
Clunies, Sandra MacLean.
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Publication Information:
Nashville, Tenn. : Rutledge Hill Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
viii, 227 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.
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GT2423 .C583 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Whether planning a small annual get-together or a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of hundreds, A Family Affair is a step-by-step guide to the planning, promotion, execution and documentation of the best family reunion ever.

Filled with hundreds of practical and specific instructions, A Family Affair carefully guides the reader through:

The steps to set up a family reunion (establishing a purpose and budget, contacting relatives, planning the place and time). Making people aware of it (by snail mail, e-mail, and phone; dealing with grumpy uncles). Running the reunion (kids, food, events, and pictures). Following up with memories that participants will treasure (pictures, stories, and more).

The book is arranged in logical step-by-step sequence. There are checklists and forms to simplify the paperwork, websites and other references for further information on topics of special interest, and tips from others who have held successful reunions.

Author Notes

Sandra MacLean Clunies, a Certified Genealogist, has years of experience as an educator and speaks frequently on genealogical topics. She has won the National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Contest and is a regular speaker at NGS conferences. She lives in Derwood, Maryland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Who Should Read This Book?p. 1
Act 1 Production Designp. 3
1. Backstage Brainstromingp. 5
What's a Reunion All About?p. 5
What Kind of Show Should It Be?p. 10
Ask the Audience!p. 14
2. Casting Callp. 23
Auditions for the Cast and Crewp. 23
The Producerp. 23
The Business Managerp. 28
The Record Keeperp. 30
The Stage Managerp. 31
Teamsp. 31
3. The Right Time ... the Right Placep. 35
When Is Showtime?p. 35
Places Everyone!p. 37
Sights and Sitesp. 41
4. Box Office Prices: Dollars and Sensep. 47
Money Talks: What Does It Say?p. 47
Sources of Incomep. 48
Typical Expensesp. 53
Contractsp. 57
Budget and Bankingp. 57
Act 2 Backstage Preparationsp. 61
5. The Script: Record Keepingp. 63
Paperwork Prioritiesp. 63
Simple Systemsp. 64
Technology's Toolsp. 65
Creating Historyp. 74
6. Finding Far-flung Familyp. 77
Search Methodsp. 77
Finding Fredp. 78
Innovations on the Internetp. 79
Online Forums and Message Boardsp. 82
Other Web Toolsp. 84
Respecting Privacyp. 85
7. Reaching Your Audience: Communication and Promotionp. 87
First Mailingsp. 87
Snail Mailp. 92
E-mailp. 94
Your Own Web Sitep. 96
8. Intermission and Refreshmentsp. 103
Sweet Dreams: Lodgingp. 103
Greet 'n' Eat: Food and Menusp. 106
9. Audience Participationp. 117
The Sound of Musicp. 117
Keeping Kids Involvedp. 120
Quiet and Noisy Games and Racesp. 124
Specialized Outdoor Activitiesp. 127
10. Setting the Stagep. 129
Set Design and Decorationp. 129
Point the Way: Art Direction and Visual Effectsp. 130
Preserve Your Production on Filmp. 133
Sound and Light Showp. 135
Costume Designp. 136
11. The Lobby Showcasep. 141
Look Who's Here!p. 141
Putting Your Family on the Mapp. 144
Heirlooms and Artifactsp. 145
Finding Yourself on Genealogy Wall Chartsp. 147
Ye Olde Reunion Shoppep. 151
Act 3 Getting the Show on the Roadp. 155
12. Interviewing the Starsp. 157
Oral Historiesp. 157
Filming the Folksp. 162
Permissionsp. 163
Everyone's a Starp. 164
13. Honoring the Family's Pastp. 167
Memorials and Tributesp. 167
Memory Booksp. 171
14. Opening Night (or Day)p. 181
The Box Office: Registrationp. 181
Computer Cornerp. 187
Prizes and Surprisesp. 188
Dress Rehearsalp. 189
15. The Curtain Fallsp. 193
Postproduction Follow-upp. 193
Keeping in Touchp. 196
Ongoing Projectsp. 201
Appendix A Online Listings for State Parksp. 207
Appendix B National Genealogical Society Standards and Guidelinesp. 209
Standards for Sound Genealogical Researchp. 210
Guidelines for Using Records, Repositories, and Librariesp. 211
Standards for Use of Technology in Genealogical Researchp. 212
Standards for Sharing Information with Othersp. 213
Guidelines for Publishing Web Pages on the Internetp. 214
Guidelines for Genealogical Self-Improvement and Growthp. 215
Glossaryp. 217
Indexp. 221