Thursday afternoon, June 24, 2010 as reunion hosts Eric Frisbie, Dale Hull and Dan Hart were putting final touches on our tour plans, confirming dinner reservations and preparing for the up-coming business meeting, members of the Frisbie-Frisbee Family Association began descending on the great city of Philadelphia. For the FFFAA reunion 2010, Frisbie-Frisbee family members traveled from as far away as Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, New jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Many returning “reunion goers” reconnected with old friends, some renewed acquaintances and a couple attendees were first timers. Everyone in this extended family enjoyed each other and had a delightful time in the City of Brotherly Love.
Official reunion events and activities bean Friday morning, June 25, with an extended trolley tour of the city lead by co-host Dale Hull. The private trolley took the group along the Schuykill River past the 10 clubs on the famous Boathouse Row and through Fairmont park, a beautifully preserved greenway in the heart of the city. Photo stops were made at the Please touch Museum in the historic memorial Hall and the Philadelpia Art Museum (yes, there really are that many steps…). The trolley took the group past numerous well known historical places including Independence Halo, Congress Hall, the Liberty bell Center, Christ Church, the burial place of Benjamin Franklin, the betsy Ross House and her burial site, and the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum (the first penitentiary of its kind in the New World). Dale Hull served as guide providing informational narrative about the various sites. Following a lunch stop for Philly Cheesesteak at Tony Luke’s where a number of us sampled the recommended fare”Cheeseteak Wiz with!” and others opted for the more traditional cheesesteak with provolone, the tour continued to the Delaware River and back through the city. The afternoon sites included the Philadelphia Zoo, the beautiful Masonic Temple the center square and the enormous, Second Empire style, City hall that is still the tallest and largest masonry building in the world.
A FFFAA business meeting, held at the Embassy Suites, was called to order by Vice President Eric Frisbie. Lucile Frisbee from Delhi, New York brought a number of items to share from the Delhi County historical Society relating to he Frisbee Family in Delhi
Conversation and good cheer continued over a family style buffet supper at the nearby Spaghetti Warehouse and family photos and group pictures were taken.
Saturday, June 26, was billed as a “free day” to do as one wished and a list of numerous activities, tours and events were provided to family members as suggested options. One group took advantage of an offer by Dale Hull and Dan hart to visit and tour Independence hall, Congress Hall, the Liberty bell Center, the Betsy Ross House and Christ Church on a walking tour of historic Philadelphia. Others enjoyed the digital media presentations on the large, high definition, screen at Comcast Center.
The final scheduled event included a lovely evening at Downey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant at Front and South Streets. The group gathered at the Embassy Suites and was transported by trolley to Penn’s Landing for a buffet family dinner at “Upstairs at Downey’s.” After dinner the group lingered and stayed for the spectacular fire works display over the Delaware River.
Sunday morning, addresses were exchanged during breakfast at TGIFriday’s. There were many handshakes and warm hugs as family members headed their separate ways looking forward to the next reunion in 2012.
Submitted by Ted Yungclas #18273, unclassified
(great great grandson of Emily May Frisby Nelson 1851-1929)