Hoping to reach as many members of my huge Allison family as possible with exciting news! The 2008 National Allison Family Reunion, presented by the 700 members of the National Allison-Allanson Family Association, is going to be even more special than it always is. Several BIG things are happening!
This year on October 17 and 18 in Brevard, North Carolina we celebrate the 350th anniversary of our arrival in the New World from London, England. Family members are coming from three continents to be a part of history in the making -- to stand together as a family even though it will be necessary to go back in time to the year 1639 just to find the point in time that all of us in that massive crowd converge into the life of a single ancestor. Nevertheless, we're still very much a family today. And an amazingly tight and strong family!
Without a doubt, it's the grandest celebration ever for a wandering old British family that has been away from home for 350 years! But that's only part of the excitement!
The reunion opens with the premiere of the new documentary filmby Connect 7 Productions, New York that was shot at the 2007 National Allison Family Reunion as part of a planned new TV project, "Family Reunions".
I've just received the rough cut of the film that's in the final editing stages and it is far bigger and better than I ever dreamed possible! This is family treasure for sure, an instant family heirloom that will be watched by Allisons 1,000 years from now who will be utterly amazed that we of today have left behind this priceless genealogical treasure. No courthouse record, no census enumeration, could ever speak so poignantly as this film speaks.
I have to keep pinching myself to make sure this film isn't a dream. I can tend to take what we have for granted until I see it interpreted by master filmmakers! "Blown away" is an understatement! Years ago there was a dream that an ancient family could be found and reunited and brought together once a year, and that that family would come from several foreign countries, from as far away as Europe and South America, and from up to 40 US states. The film is the living proof that it not only can be done, but has been done! It's being done every year!
The 350th Anniversary of arrival in America from London is special enough, but having the film to open the celebration takes it all to levels even I can't yet fathom. Going to be a major emotional high that will kick off the weekend with cannon fire. No way one can sit through this film without feeling an intense connection to the past and an overwhelming sense pride in our heritage.
If you're a descendant of Thomas Allanson/Allison (1639-1684), Lord of Christian Temple Manor, of London and Charles County, Maryland, we want you to be with us for this historic moment...the most important thing to happen in our Allison family since we stepped off a tiny ship onto the sandy soil of the Maryland coast in the year 1658. If you think you "might" have ancestry in this line, you're invited too! We love finding lost tribes of cousins. And they're out there somewhere by the tens of thousands today.
Almost 50 top quality heritage entertainers will be taking the stage across the event packed weekend, including the famed Cherokee Indians Warriors of the AniKithuwa. We present the very best of authentic heritage entertainment that brings our rich past to life.
As an added plus, we're preserving this year's historic gathering in a 350th anniversary commemorative book that will include a photograph of every individual or family household attending, along with a personal article. The book will include about 20 pages of our history across the centuries, two dozen pages of photos of the event, and a special memorial section allowing family members to honor loved ones and ancestors who have passed away.
Attendance at the 2008 National Allison Family Reunion with attendance running as high as 750 people for portions of the event packed weekend is by reservation only, due to catered meals and the elaborate planning necessary to accommodate such crowds with table seating. There's still time to get in on this incredible event, if you hurry! A few hotel and motel rooms are left, and we can easily get you set up with reservations to attend the events. E-mail me today!
2008 NATIONAL ALLISON FAMILY REUNION October 17-18 Brevard, North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains during the peak of brilliant fall color!
Hope to see you there! Michael Allisondma12@bellsouth.net President, National Allison-Allanson Family Association