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AUGUST 2016

113th Keep Reunion

Girard American Legion Park
Girard, PA
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm - ? Eat at 1:30 pm

Bring a dish to share and byo soft drinks. Coffee, iced tea, and lemonade will be furnished. Place settings will be on hand. No meat will be provided.

Donations gratefully accepted: $3.00 per person or $7.00 per family.

Keep Reunion business meeting will be held after lunch.

Adult auction - Bring items that are worthy to be sold. Children’s auction - bring reasonably usable things in good condition.

Photos are always of interest to be shared.

Hope to see you there! Guests are welcome!

Directions to Girard American Legion Park (off US Route 20 west of Girard):

If you are traveling on Route 20:

  • Going west on Route 20, slow down after the last traffic light in Girard, be in the center lane.
  • Turn left a short distance down Girard Hill at Noble Road, which is the first road past the Country Fair store.
  • Turn left again near the old mill and follow that road some distance until the pavilion and cars are visible.
  • Look for our signs at Noble Rd and at the old mill.

If you are traveling on I-90:

  • Take the Girard exit, go north on Route 18, turn right on Route 20, turn right on Noble Road.
  • Turn left near the old mill and follow that road some distance until the pavilion and cars are visible.
  • Look for our signs at Noble Rd and at the old mill.

For further information and directions, contact:
Judith M. Stoddard
1923 Prospect Ave., Erie, PA 16510
Phone: 814-898-0452
Email: barberarts@aol.com

AUGUST 2015

112th Keep Reunion

Girard American Legion Park
Girard, PA
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm - ? Eat at 1:30 pm

Bring a dish to share and byo soft drinks. Coffee, iced tea, and lemonade will be furnished. Place settings will be on hand. No meat will be provided.

Donations gratefully accepted: $3.00 per person or $7.00 per family.

Keep Reunion business meeting will be held after lunch.

Adult auction - Bring items that are worthy to be sold. Children’s auction - bring reasonably usable things in good condition. Adult 50/50 raffle.

Photos are always of interest to be shared.

Hope to see you there! Guests are welcome!

Directions to Girard American Legion Park (off US Route 20 west of Girard):

If you are traveling on Route 20:

  • Going west on Route 20, slow down after the last traffic light in Girard, be in the center lane.
  • Turn left a short distance down Girard Hill at Noble Road, which is the first road past the country fair store.
  • Turn left again near the old mill and follow that road some distance until the pavilion and cars are visible.
  • Look for our signs at Noble Rd and at the old mill.

If you are traveling on I-90:

  • Take the Girard exit, go north on Route 18, turn right on Route 20, turn right on Noble Road.
  • Turn left near the old mill and follow that road some distance until the pavilion and cars are visible.
  • Look for our signs at Noble Rd and at the old mill.

For further information and directions, contact:
Judith M. Stoddard
1923 Prospect Ave., Erie, PA 16510
Phone: 814-898-0452
Email: barberarts@aol.com

AUGUST 2014

111th Annual Keep Reunion

Girard American Legion Park
Girard, PA
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm - ? Eat at 1:30 pm

Bring a dish to share and byo soft drinks. Coffee, iced tea, and lemonade will be furnished. Place settings will be on hand. No meat will be provided.

Donations gratefully accepted: $3.00 per person or $7.00 per family.

Keep Reunion business meeting will be held after lunch.

Adult auction - Bring items that are worthy to be sold Children's auction. Bring reasonably usable things in good condition. Adult 50/50 raffle.

Photos are always of interest to be shared.

Hope to see you there! Guests are welcome!

Directions to Girard American Legion Park (off US Route 20 west of Girard):

If you are traveling on Route 20:

  • Going west on Route 20, slow down after the last traffic light in Girard, be in the center lane.
  • Turn left a short distance down Girard Hill at Noble Road, which is the first road past the country fair store.
  • Turn left again near the old mill and follow that road some distance until the pavilion and cars are visible.
  • Look for our signs at Noble Rd and at the old mill.

If you are traveling on I-90:

  • Take the Girard exit, go north on Route 18, turn right on Route 20, turn right on Noble Road.

For further information and directions, contact:
Judith M. Stoddard
1923 Prospect Ave., Erie, PA 16510
Phone: 814-898-0452
Email: barberarts@aol.com

AUGUST 2012

109th Keep Reunion

The 109th Keep Reunion of Erie County, Pennsylvania, will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2012, at 1:00 at the American Legion Park in Girard, Pennsylvania. Bring a $5 family donation and a dish to share. Hotdogs and fried chicken will be available for everyone. There will be a children’s auction, so please bring items to donate. For more information, contact contact David Silvis. We will honor our beloved Mary Henneous, who died last year. Please come share your stories and memories about Mary.

AUGUST 2011

108th Keep Reunion

The 108th Keep Reunion will be held at the American Legion pavilion, off Route 20 in Girard, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, August 7, 2011. All members of the extended Keep family are welcome. The Pavilion will open at 1 p.m. and we will eat at 1:30 p.m. There is a fee of $2.50 per person, or $5.00 per family. Bring a food dish to share; and one or more toys, books, or games for kids from infant to mid teens, boys and girls, for the auction. For more information, contact David Silvis.

AUGUST 2010

107th Keep Reunion in Girard, PA

1984 reunion.The 107th reunion of Keep descendants will be held in Girard, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

Photo shown from 1984 reunion. Click for larger image.

The Girard reunion will be held at the American Legion pavilion, off Route 20 in Girard, Pennsylvania. All members of the extended Keep family are welcomed. There is a fee of $2.50 per person, or $5.00 per family. Bring a food dish to share and any object of interest for the silent auction. For more information, contact David Silvis.

MAY 2010

Long Meddowe Days Schedule and Hotel Information

Here is a brief reunion schedule and directions to Red Roof Inn. The full schedule will be available at registration time. When making reservations at the Enfield, CT, Red Roof Inn, be sure to state the fact that you are with the “KEEP FAMILY REUNION” to receive a 10% discount.

Please notify Gail if you plan to attend only a portion of the reunion.
Give date(s) and functions in which you will participate.

Contact Gail at the reunion so you may get your Keep Family Reunion name tag and a Keep Reunion information folder.

	Thursday
	 May 20   Noon - Gail arrives at Red Roof Inn
	          Afternoon - Bradley Airport - pick up
	          Dinner - at nearby restaurant
	Friday
	 May 21   Registration - all day - in Gail's motel room - ask at desk
	          Noon - lunch at Bickford's Restaurant next door
	          5:00 pm - dinner at Bickford's restaurant
	          Evening - Get-together in Gail's room - everyone welcome
	
	Saturday
	 May 22   9:00 am - Long Meddowe Days festivities
	          3:00 pm - Keep Homestead Museum tour, group photo, annual meeting
	          7:00 pm - Reunion Banquet - John Keep, speaker
	
	Sunday
	  May 23 10:00 am - Church service - Keeps will be introduced
	         11:30 am - Longmeadow parade - Memorial service
	         12:30 pm - Cemetery Tour
	          2:00 pm - KEEP HOUSE TOUR
	          5:00 pm - dinner, get-together in Gail's motel room
	
	Monday
	 May 24   9:00 am - Gail to Longmeadow Historical Society
	         10:30 am - Depart to home

DIRECTIONS: (other directions available at registration)

Red Roof Motel
from US Route 91 - between Springfield MA and Hartford CT
Use EXIT 47 E - Route 190 E
Get in left lane immediately on Route 190 E
Turn left at first left turn light
Motel is “behind” Bickford’s Restaurant

Gail H Snyder
Box 374
Ovid, NY 14521
607-869-5222
Email Gail

Airport for Long Meddowe Days

Planning on coming to Long Meddowe Days? We hope so! If you are and need to fly in, plan on arriving at and departing from Bradley International Airport, Hartford, CT, not Boston. It’s right outside Longmeadow, Massachusetts, even though it’s in a neighboring state. Here is a link to find out what airlines service this airport: www.bradleyairport.com/Flights/airlines.aspx.

The “headquarters” hotel, the Red Roof Inn, is also in Connecticut, in Enfield, just outside of Hartford. Motel 6 is the additional, alternate hotel.

Banquet Speaker at Long Meddowe Days

John Keep of “Merrie Olde England,” an administrator of the Keep Family DNA Project whose lineage goes back through 23 generations to Walter Kep, born about 1230 in Astwood, Buckinghamshire, England, will be our guest speaker at the Keep Family Society banquet on Saturday Night at Long Meddowe Days in Massachusetts (see below for more information).  Please join us for this reunion and banquet!

Long Meddowe Days and Keep Family Reunion

350 years ago, John Keep acquired property in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. We don’t know when or how he came to Massachusetts, but our first knowledge of him is that public record in 1660. Sounds like reason for celebration, don’t you think? Well, the Keep Family Society Board of Directors has planned a reunion to coincide with the town’s annual Long Meddowe Days festivities. Join us May 21-May 23, 2010, to get reacquainted with old friends and to meet some new ones.

We will meet on Friday, May 21st, to get acquainted with each other, Longmeadow, and the general area. On Saturday we will enjoy the parade and activities of Long Meddowe Days, then travel to nearby Monson to visit the Keep Homestead Museum. Afterward, we will enjoy a banquet and Keep Family Society meeting. On Sunday we will attend the service at First Church of Longmeadow and visit the church yard cemetery, where Samuel Keep and other Keeps are buried. Come join the fun!

Download our registration form (PDF)!