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From: "Michael Allison" <>
Subject: 2005 NATIONAL ALLISON FAMILY REUNION
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2005 18:54:15 -0500
2005 NATIONAL ALLISON FAMILY REUNION
A wandering old British family celebrates its 347th year as a proud old
American pioneer family
WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 15
BREVARD, NORTH CAROLINA
During the glory of high autumn in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of
western North Carolina
The 670 member NATIONAL ALLISON-ALLANSON FAMILY ASSOCIATION,
The descendants of Thomas Allanson/Allison (1639-1684), Lord of Christian
100's of cousins from all across America from all lines and branches of the
Special discount lodging packages at area hotels and motels
Welcome party with dessert and coffee
Family history swap-shop
Two delicious fully catered group meals
Fabulous heritage entertainment with over 50 entertainers taking the stage!
Extensive family history exhibits presented by genealogists from all
branches of the family
Raffle for handmade Allison guitar by master instrument maker Ed Allison and
a very special traditional quilt in the intricate morningstar pattern.
Auction featuring a host of beautiful items, many handmade, including more
quilts and traditional, handmade Appalachian musical instruments
Tour oldest documented Allison family home in America - the ca 1816
Special guest of honor and other special guests to be announced closer to
Special for 2005.a monumental FAMILY PORTRAIT! 100's of cousins will
assemble at Brevard College for this huge portrait that will go down in
family history. The portrait with full ID of all the subjects (name,
hometown, state, and ancestry within the greater family.) will be published
following the reunion in a keep-sake souvenir booklet that will be a
treasure both now and centuries from now as a priceless piece of family
Also special for 2005.celebrating "THANKSGIVING IN OCTOBER" a month early
through a fully catered, very traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 100's!
Reunion events held at several locations around Brevard, including main
events on the campus of Brevard College.
Presenting a huge line-up of HERITAGE ENTERTAINMENT for 2005, including:
THE DOWDON SISTERS BAND, the widely known, North Carolina sisters and their
extremely talented band performing on the most traditional of Appalachian
instruments. Presenting a huge repertoire of very appropriate heritage
music, from ancient folk ballads carried form the British Isles to wild
America in colonial days, to barn burning fiddlin' n' pickin' in the purest
tradition of mountain bluegrass that will get the dance floor packed with
THE DROVERS OLD TIME MEDICINE SHOW, hailing from just over the mountain on
Prater's Creek in the nearby South Carolina upstate, presenting the best of
old-time mountain bluegrass true to its roots.
SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN FIRE CLOGGERS, western North Carolina's hottest clogging
team. The 24 members never fail to deliver an exciting, high energy,
fast-paced show that keeps a crowd clappin' n' tappin' n' hootin' n'
hollerin'. Southern Mountain
THE PISGAH PILGRIMS, talented traditional bluegrass musicians performing
cherished mountain gospel music - the old songs we all know and love,
opening their show with a most appropriate bluegrass version of "Will the
Circle be Unbroken?"
PYRAMID BRASS, professionally trained musicians performing twice during the
weekend, first during the reunion memorial service with the beautiful
"Canadian Brass" version of Amazing Grace, and outdoors on the river banks
with twilight pops concert.
SOLOIST ALLISON MELTON, from Smyrna, Georgia. Already in her young career,
this trained vocalist has sung on five continents! Allison will open main
reunion events with the two anthems of the Allison family heritage - God
Save the Queen and the Star Spangled Banner.
THE GRAND FINALE TO REUNION 2005
Presenting a very special heritage event for 2005."THE MAGIC OF AUTUMN
PAST" -- autumn the way it used to be! Under the huge full "Hunter's Moon"!
On the torchlit banks of Davidson River at the entrance to Pisgah National
Forest. Down-home delicious BBQ dinner. Huge heated tent if the autumn air
turns especially crisp, and thousands of tiny white lights in the trees
along the river bank, plus several hundred torches! Beautifully decorated,
fall harvest themed outdoor dance floor and outdoor stage for a huge line-up
of heritage entertainment. Bonfire to keep everyone toasty, and steaming hot
cocoa served after dinner with red hot roasted chestnuts. Special kids area
with a fenced playground for safety and special youth activities presented
by the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association. Bring your
own folding lawn chair for this fabulous event!
The "MAGIC OF AUTUMN PAST" kicks off with a social hour for meeting and
greeting and a twilight pops concert by PYRAMID BRASS featuring Dixieland
jazz, ragtime, and a wide range of American pops, even some cherished
classics throw in! As a salute to the family's heritage, following the
traditional reunion toast honoring the British ancestors, Pyramid Brass will
perform God Save the Queen and other traditional British tunes. Following
dinner, THE PISGAH PILGRIMS will take the outdoor stage set right against
the river with wonderful old Appalachian gospel music. After the huge moon
has fully risen over the Blue Ridge Mountains, THE DROVERS OLD TIME MEDICINE
SHOW will take the stage for their always well received bluegrass show. The
Drovers will be joined for a grand finale by SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN FIRE CLOGGERS
who will close the weekend with a bang!
The National Allison Family Reunion is a private event of the National
Allison-Allanson Family Association, presented each year by the dues-paying
members of the organization. The association invites all members and kin of
our family to attend as guests of the association.
IMPORTANT: Attendance at reunion events is strictly by advance reservation
only with advance payments for all meals. Sorry, due to extensive planning
required to accommodate and feed the huge crowds coming to Brevard for the
weekend, no "walk-ins" who arrive without reservations can be admitted to
For more information, including event locations, schedules of events, and
how to make reservations, please contact Michael Allison, president,
National Allison-Allanson Family Association at
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