We wish to thank everyone who attended Saturday’s 2010 Knapp Family Reunion for making it a resounding success!
Yes, Gary was right – it was a very hot day, but the Lord blessed us with a wonderful breeze and several tall trees that provided shade – and the City of Stow rented us a great covered shelter. Despite the heat, everyone had a great time!
We feasted, told stories, took photos, played games (bingo, cornhole tournaments, touch football, baseball) and laughed a lot.
John, Don, Tom, Aunt Dorothy (Bernie’s wife), Aunt Jo Ann (Ray’s wife) all shared stories of their parents and some of the funny events that happened. We would also like to extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Uncle Ray Knapp, who could not attend, as he was in the hospital in Ravenna.
Sunday morning the festivities continued with brunch at Mike’s Place in Kent on SR 43.
Mike’s Place was selected because it has a unique item on the premises: a real Twin Coach bus! Right inside the building and you can dine in it!
Gary and Cathy thought that was a particularly appropriate spot to have breakfast – since Twin Coach and John L. Knapp have such a long history together.
We did take some photos in front of the bus while we were there – so send them to Knapp Notes so we can post them, please!
And Gary Knapp has requested a print of the photo of John L. Knapp working on the Twin Coach bus. He intends to present it to the restaurant. Maybe the next time you dine at Mike’s Place, you just might see a photo of John L. Knapp near the bus!
The final event of this very happy weekend was the golf outing that Gary Knapp put together. Nine hardy golfers signed up for the outing.
Please email Knapp Notes with your photos so we can post them to share. We also took video of the event. Eventually, we will post that footage, too.
Please don’t stop visiting Knapp Notes – as this project won’t stop with the reunion. We will still continue to do genealogical research on both the Kline/Klein and the Knapp sides of the family. Uncle Don Knapp and his wife are traveling to Darmstadt, Germany this fall to try and pursue some Knapp descendants that are still in Germany.
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I am hoping that Uncle Don and Aunt Virginia can be persuaded to share their finding with us. Who knows? Maybe the next Knapp Reunion will have a contingent from Germany, too!
To all those who attended: God bless you all and safe travels home!
To those that couldn’t make it this year: Hope you can join us for the next one!
For those that may not be aware of it, Mike’s Place is owned by Mike Kostensky. Mike is not only a successful businessman and restaurateur, but is also a local politician (a Brimfield Township trustee) AND plays in a band called American Steal.
Mike, you’re a busy guy!