Hurry and make plans to attend the 2007 Brauer-Crews Family Reunion. There are barely five weeks to go and we hope to see you there. This will be the 82nd anniversary of the first Brauer-Crews Reunion that was held in 1925. The family faithfully got together practically every other year from the late 1950's through the mid 1990's. After the 1995 Reunion in the Lake Siskiyou / Mount Shasta area, we had to wait eight years for the 2003 Reunion, which was held at Pine Acres Resort. We kept on schedule with the 2005 Reunion held at the Yosemite Lakes Resort. Let's keep the tradition going as the family keeps growing this summer in Angels Camp. We will soon post the tentative schedule for the week, with suggestions or requests for your involvement. See the information below for particular features of the Angels Camp RV & Camping Resort.
Brought to you by your ad-hoc Brauer-Crews Reunion Committee: Kathryn & Bob St John, Dyan Curry & Charles Burt
Most recent updates: Schedule as of May 12, 2007, email from Dyan Curry May 7, 2007 below.
Tentative Schedule (as of May 12, 2007): ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SUNDAY: Come in and get settled, have dinner with friends (no formal potluck scheduled). 7:30 pm Campfire - Introductions/Getting To Know You
MONDAY: 10 am Band Practice/Children's Choir led by Bob St. John and Kathryn Tentative mini trips: 1. Caves in the area (2) led by Dyan Curry 2. Angel's Camp Museum led by > B+K 3-? TBA (we need volunteers) 5:30 pm Potluck - Italian Theme! 7:30 pm Campfire - TBA (we need volunteers)
TUESDAY: 10 am Band Practice/Children's Choir led by B+K Tentative mini trips: 1. Wineries in the area led by Dyan Curry 2-Morning round of golf at nearby course (TBA) Charles Burt will need an idea of how many might need tee times. 3-? TBA (we need volunteers) 5:30 pm Potluck - Mixed Bag (bring whatever you can think of!) 7:30 pm Campfire - TBA (we need volunteers)
WEDNESDAY: 10 am Band Practice/Children's Choir led by B+K 1. Columbia State Park led by B+K 2. BINGO led by Dyan Curry (yes, there will be prizes) 3-? TBA (we need volunteers) 5:30 pm Potluck - German Theme (our family has Germanheritage, so you should look up some recipes online or pull out some ofthose cookbooks and come up with some fun/interesting ideas for side dishes, entrees, and desserts!) 7:30pm Campfire - Sing Along + Jokes led by B+K (bringyour favorite jokes to share with the whole family!)
THURSDAY: 10 am Band Practice/Children's Choir led by B+K 11:30 am Leave for Big Trees State Park - Don't forget yourBag Lunches! 5:30 pm Potluck - Family Favorites! (bring your favoritespecial family dish (side, entree, or dessert) as well as a recipe ifavailable to share with everyone) 7:30 pm Campfire - Games led by Dyan Curry and Kathryn (Dyan wants to know if you're smarter than a 5th grader!)
FRIDAY: 10 am Band Practice/Children's Choir led by B+K 11:30 am Family Game Day led by Dyan Curry 4pm Barbecue - We provide meat/veggie burgers and buns, you provide side dishes (chips and dip, potato salad, whatever) and desserts! 7pm Campfire - Family Remembrance led by TBA
SATURDAY: 9 am Potluck - Pancake Breakfast (pancakes and toppings provided by us, anything else you like for breakfast provided by you!) 11 am Church - TBA (need volunteer to lead) ?? am or?? pm Band Practice/Children's Choir led by B+K 2 pm PICTURES (can't live with 'em... can't live without 'em!) 6 pm Talent Show/Auction
SUNDAY: Say good bye to your family and friends and let everyone know how much you love them and how much you've missed them!
More info to follow as soon as we have some to share.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May 7, 2007 (Email from Dyan Curry) Hello Brauer/Crews family,
We are getting revved up for a very exciting reunion, and it's RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! Unfortunately, we currently do not have very many people signed up and the camp ground has starting to release some of our "reserved" spots, so PLEASE set your calendars for JUNE 17 TO 24, 2007 (THIS YEAR, NEXT MONTH!) and get your spaces reserved! You don't have to make it to the whole reunion, but reserve for the days you CAN make it!
Go to www.angelscamprv.com or call (209)-736-0404 ASAP! There are only 3 cabins left, and the remaining sites are for tents/RV's. There are also a couple of hotels in Angel's Camp itself, only 2 miles up the road! There should be space for everyone but you need to reserve NOW! (If you have time, PLEASE email Dyan Curry at email@example.com to let her know how many in your family are coming and which days so we can get an idea of how many we should prepare for potlucks and such)
Amenities at the camp grounds include: Horsehoe Pits, Tetherball, Ping Pong, Swimming Pool, Playground, Indoor Air Conditioned group room for table games and chit-chat, Covered cooking area with 3 stoves and sinks, Showers, a General Store, and Washing machines. (well, restrooms as well, but that should be a given!) (See attached photos - not of the restrooms, but of thecampgrounds!)
(Click here to see Dyan's pictures of the campground) Stuff to do nearby the campground include: New Melones Reservoir, Historic Angel's Camp, Murphy's, and Calaveras State Park, Wineries, Golfing, State Parks, etc (look up the town and stuff nearby online as well for more ideas!)
We have some very exciting plans for this year's reunion and WE NEED YOUR HELP for some of it. If you can volunteer your time or expertise in any of the following areas please let us know: 1. We currently do not have any children's activities (except singing) planned and need a volunteer! You will be reimbursed for all supplies. 2. We need a couple of people to step up to lead some campfires! We have two "open" spots on Monday and Tuesday, and need someone enthusiastic to plan a Family Remembrance (you can get creative with this if you like) Campfire on Friday night! 3. We need people that have ideas of what THEY like to do to lead some mini trips on Monday through Wednesday. These would be trips that people sign up for that morning, all you have to do is lead the group. Examples would be nature hikes, trips to the beautiful lake nearby, antiquing trips, golf tournaments, horseshoe tournaments, and anything else you can come up with. 4. We need a volunteer to lead the Church session on Saturday morning at 11 am.
Please let us know ASAP if you are available to help out with any of thesethings! And thank you in advance!
Now to the fun stuff!
Our Family Trip this year will be a trip to Big Trees State Park for a bag lunch and then a nature hike on the famous trail led by a park ranger at 1 pm. This should be really fun for everyone of all ages and the hike is accessible to absolutely everyone. You can stay late if you like and hang out by the river or do some more strenuous hiking if you're interested!
On Friday, Dyan Curry will be hosting a Family Game Day. Now there is not enough room for games like soccer or softball, but there IS enough room for some three-legged races, water balloon tosses, egg on a spoon races, and other cheezy family games (please email Dyan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any more ideas for games you would like to see)! There will be prizes at the end of the day for winners so this should be really fun!
Please bring things for the Auction this year, but instead of just bidding, please have a suggested selling price for the item when you turn it in. We don't want to bore anyone this year with a long auction, but we would like to raise money for the next reunion!
We will have a talent show this year (as we do every year) so please think of the talents that you would like to share with the family. We will have a sign up sheet available the whole time so we will know what kind of exciting things to expect!
All Potlucks will be held at 5:30 pm EXCEPT for Friday at 4pm and Saturday at 9 am (yes, you read that right, 9 am). Friday we will have a grill potluck and we will provide meat/veggie burgers and buns. Saturday will be a breakfast potluck and we will provide pancakes and toppings. These things are a little different, but we know they'll be tons of fun!
So finally, the following is a tentative schedule of events to give you an idea of the fun we have in store for you this year. When you see "Tentative mini trips" that means that someone has volunteered to lead a small group of people to do things or go places in the area. You can sign up for these trips when you get there! If you don't like what you see, please volunteer to lead something that you DO like! You don't see children's activities on the schedule because we need a volunteer to lead them! So now to the schedule:
We are really excited for this year's reunion and we hope YOU are too! Please don't forget to reserve ASAP (right NOW) for JUNE 17 to 24, 2007 (THIS YEAR, NEXT MONTH) at www. angelscamprv.com or (209)-736-0404. You don't have to come for the whole week, but be sure to reserve for the days you DOcome!
Please don't forget to email Dyan Curry at dmcurry01 @ hotmail . com to let her know what days you're coming and how many are in your party so we can prepare for potlucks and other things! RESERVE NOW!
We look forward to seeing you soon, JUNE 17 to 24, 2007 (THIS YEAR, NEXT MONTH)!
Signed, Your Beloved Reunion Committee!!!!
March 23, 2007 (Other accommodations in the area)
The Angels Camp RV & Camping Resort is mostly an RV park with a limited number of tent spaces and an even more limited number of lodge rooms and cabins. I have listed the following accommodations as possible alternatives in the area. I have not checked any of these places, but list them solely for your information.
Angels Hacienda Bed & Breakfast Resort, 4871 Hunt Road, Angels Camp, CA 95222, No phone listed Email: email@example.com
There should be other choices in nearby towns, Altaville (to the North), Vallecito and Murphy (to the Northeast), Jamestown and Sonora (to the Southeast).
October 5, 2006 (Announcement distributed to family via email from Pat Ray) Dear Brauer-Crews Family:
The ’07 Reunion committee, after much consideration, has chosen the Angel’s Camp RV and Camping Resort for the June 17-24, 2007 reunion. It is located just a couple of miles south of Angel’s Camp, on Hwy #49, and just about ½ mile from the entrance to the A.C. fairgrounds. It is NOT the one at the fairgrounds, which is not a resort.
The website will tell you the RV and tent sites and prices. Of course, when you call, or e-mail for your reservations, tell them it is for the B.C reunion, and that you are suppose to receive a Good Sam discount. As at any resort, if you stay a full week, you will receive another discount. If you make your reservation online they will charge your credit card right away. If you call on the phone, they will contact you in May to verify that you will be there, and they will charge your card then.
A word about the “PT-1 though 6” tent sites. PT means Premium Tent sites. They have covered picnic tables and they have BBQs with each one. The picnic area clustered around the six small cabins will be our main gathering area/potlucks. The cabins do NOT have kitchens, or bathrooms. There is a common bathroom nearby, and a dandy kitchen area for all to use.
The 2 “lodges” that sleep at least 6, do have their own kitchen and bathroom. They are located on the other side of the office, from the above mentioned cabin area, but an easy walking, or driving for some, distance.
There is a nice swimming pool, and a playground, plus an air conditioned “club house” that we could use for adult games, maybe crafts.
So, as usual, make your reservations directly with the resort, and the sooner the better. Any questions, e-mail Bob St. John at bobkat205 at msn dot com, or call at 209-249-0468, but we will be traveling from Oct. 13 until Nov. 24. We will be getting our e-mail, and have a cell phone - - 209-923-3445.
There are many activities and day-trip ideas. One is Columbia State Park, another is enjoying the towns of Murphys and Angels Camp. There are several very interesting caverns nearby, and the huge Melone's Lake entrance is just across the street. It has a wonderful fish-cleaning table, covered, with an electric garbage (as in scales and fish guts) disposal!
Bob St. John
Sept. 4, 2006 (Email from Kathryn & Bob St John) Dear B-C Relatives,
The website for the Angels Camp RV & Camping Resort is : http://www.angelscamprv.com Ph. #s are 209-736-0404 or 888-398-0404 When you call to reserve you cabin or space, you must give a credit card number, but they will NOT charge for your site until 30 days before the reunion. Nice! Also, the owner said that they would contact everyone just before that to make certain that you still want your space. Remind them that you are to receive a Good Sam discount, and, of course, if you stay the full seven days, it is less per nite. We will, of course, be there during "peak season."
Lodges: The map in the web site does not adequately show the the two "lodges" that sleep six people. They are big "mobiles" that are directly across from the registration, like at "B." They were put in after the map was made. They are nice lodges with kitchen and bath.
Cabins: The cabins, C 1-5, are just for sleeping. There is one bathhouse, and a very nice kitchen area, which is not marked on the map, but is that six-sided design by the play area. The cabins have more space in the middle than it looks like, with plenty of picnic tables, and a fire rings.
Tent sites: The PT 1 thru 6 are very, very nice, with covered picnic areas. I think Dyan and Kris have one already reserved, and Bob and I have an RV site.
So most of the reunion activities will be around the cabin area, swimming pool, etc. There is an air conditioned "meeting room" by the office, which we will have use of, maybe for table and card games, and/or children's crafts. More later about activities available around the area, of which there are plenty, such as boating and fishing.
CHEERS, Kathryn and Bob St. John
August 22, 2006 (Email from Kathryn & Bob St John) Dear Ones,
Bob and I had a delightful day driving up to Angels Camp, confirming our '07 reunion site, then driving back through the "deserted," rural San Joaquin valley. It was amazing to see so much uninhabited California.
This resort is very accommodating. We have reserved the part of the resort we discussed for June 17 to 24, 2007. We did not have to put any money down, and when people call in to reserve, and give their credit card, that c.c. will not be charged until 30 days before the beginning of the reunion! The office will contact each person, family, that has reserved, at that time, and say "Are you still coming? Good. We'll charge your card, and no refunds from this time on."
After a nice visit with the owner, we drove across the road and down to the reservoir (New Melones). It is five miles from camp to a very fine fishing spot. The fish cleaning sink is amazing, with a garbage disposal!
At the resort, there is no field for softball, darn, but there are horseshoes and a swimming pool. There are lots of day-trips to take. The smallish, but air cond. "club room" will be nice for older people to play games during the heat of the day. The center of the cabins will make a dandy potluck spot and evening campfire.
We'll get to writing this up to give to Pat to send out, very soon.
Love, Kathryn and Bob
2007 Brauer-Crews Family Reunion June 17-24, 2007 Angels Camp RV Resort