The 2016 Connecticut Reunion was a great success!
The 2016 Reunion, held in Hartford Connecticut, is in the history book. Twenty-four people from 13 states came out for the tours, river boat rides and fun.
Kenneth Frisbie was our oldest guest and also traveled the farthest. He came from Tucson, AZ via Chicago and Philadelphia, picking up relatives along the way. From Connecticut came Virginia Banerjee, Peter & Angela Frisbie, and Rob Glass. We had Susan & Scott Field from Alabama. David Woods and Ted Yungclas came from Kansas. Barbara Owens came from Kentucky, and Vickie & Robert Layton, Paula Mayberry, and Mary “Mickey” Owens from Indiana. Dana Frisbee came from Massachusetts, Willard & Lucile Frisbee from New York. Don & Mary Frisbie traveled from Iowa, Fred & Carol Frisbie from Ohio. Kenneth Frisbie came from Arizona, Dan Hart and Dale Hull from Pennsylvania. Kitty Hayes came from Virginia, and Judy Hull from Illinois.
Our reunion started with a social gathering and registration on Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning we gathered for our Business Meeting. We finally approved a working application for “The Josephine Frisbie Scholarship.” The Scholarship will be awarded for the 2017 school year. Applications will be available on our FFFAA.org website.
After a catered lunch we carpooled to Cromwell to visit the Stevens-Frisbie House & Museum. This is home to the Cromwell Historical Society, Mr. Donohue shared the interesting history of the house and the Frisbies who lived there.
For dinner that evening we visited the Whinstone Tavern in New Britain where we enjoyed a delicious buffet, told family stories, and finished with store-made ice cream at the Frisbie Dairy Barn.
Friday started early as we traveled by chartered bus to Hartford. Our first stop was the Museum at the Connecticut State Library. The Library has a display of the Frisbee Flying Disc and also the Frisbie Pie Company. We were amazed to learn that after automation the company produced 50,000 pies a day. There were many other displays of early Connecticut history.
Our next stop was the Mark Twain House & Museum, where we were treated to a Living History Tour by “gossipy housemaid Lizzy Wills.” Another lunch and then on to a Connecticut River boat ride on the Hartford Belle. It was very hot and we were getting tired, but one more stop at Cedar Hill Cemetery. This is the final resting place of Katherine Hepburn, J.P. Morgan and several plots of Frisbies. Dinner was “order in” as not many wanted to go out again.
Saturday was a free day and many explored Mystic Seaport. Some went to see Hearthstone in Branford, CT.
Another Reunion is behind us. It was such fun to meet familiar Frisbee-Frisbies and new people who I knew only through e-mails or phone conversations. Thanks to my co-hosts, Ted Yungclas and Kitty Hayes for all of their work. Also thanks to Peter Frisbie for helping me understand the geography of the Hartford area.
Photos contributed by Fred Frisbie and Rob Glass.