Thanks to Connie Block for this write-up!
Frisbie family members gathered in Evanston, IL on August 7 for three full days (and nights) of talking and enjoyable activities. Attendees ranged in age from three to ninety-three and came from fifteen states (AZ, CA,CT, FL, IA, ID, IN, IL, KY, MA, MI, NJ, OH, PA and UT). In several instances, three generations of the same immediate family were represented.
The reunion was held at the Margarita Inn, a quaint old European style establishment in the city of Evanston, north of Chicago. People gathered in the large and comfortable parlor for breakfast, to visit and to divide up for small group events. A library..was the perfect spot to chat with genealogist Virginia Banerjee about family history and tracing one’s family tree back to Edward Frisbie in the 1600’s. Conversation flowed seemly non stop during the reunion, continuing each evening on the inn’s garden roof top for quite a few.
Frisbie-Frisbee Family Association of America (FFFAA) president and reunion hostess Sarah Frisbie Britton’s phenomenal planning, organizing and preparing made the reunion highly enjoyable for attendees. From the time each family unit signed in and received a welcoming gift bag with delicious banana bread, metal water bottles, maps and detailed activity sheets, all event details were handled by Sarah plus the family and friends she enlisted as assistants. Sometimes all sixty or more were together; on other occasions, people divided into multiple small groups.
The easy visiting among Frisbie/Frisbee/Frisby cousins started the first evening on the Metra Train north to Ravinia Park. The grounds were spacious, but it was easy to spot the red balloons where Sarah’s husband Steve arranged lawn chairs and set out a delicious homemade picnic supper. Later the Chicago Symphony played a Brahms Concert as the stars appeared overhead. Meanwhile, teen and young adult cousins stayed in Evanston to explore and have dinner together.
Daytime choices for Friday and Saturday were numerous. Sarah had requested interests when folks registered for the reunion. She arranged guides and provided travel directions to: Newberry Library/Chicago History Museum, Architectural Boat Tour of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, Segway Tour of downtown Chicago, Sears Tower and Navy Pier, Chicago Botanic Gardens and water activities at a Lake Michigan beach. Glowing reports were heard about the activities themselves. Many commented about what fun it was to participate in things as part of an extended family group.
Friday evening the whole group went on a double decker bus tour of downtown Chicago. The red bus easily was identified by a large FFFAA banner (see the masthead on the www.www.fffaa.dev website). The bus stopped at Portillo’s Restaurant for dinner in a private room upstairs. The continued bus tour after dinner was exciting – those on the open top had to duck as the bus zoomed under several very low underpasses. The tour guide told about key buildings and shared interesting tidbits about Chicago. She gave a short blues rendition with voice and harmonica as the bus headed out to give a good view of the skyline at night. Adults then returned to the Margarita Inn by train while the young folks stayed downtown to attend a comedy review.
The annual Frisbie Family meeting took place outdoors in a charming courtyard prior to dinner on Saturday. The weather was delightful and the round linen-covered tables encouraged easy exchange of ideas and information. Cheering erupted when several Frisbies extended an invitation to hold the 2010 reunion in Philadelphia (reunions are every other year now). The delicious dinner was followed by comedian Paul Frisbie. Sunday morning, Sarah and Steve hosted a “Come and Go Brunch” at their architecturally unique home in Evanston. This gave many people a final opportunity for more good conversation as they said their goodbyes.
Plan to attend the 2010 FFFAA Reunion in Philadelphia.
The Frisbie-Frisbee-Frisby Clan is unique.
Getting together is a special treat!