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  • Jewelle Baker
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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Michael Allison" <dma12@...>
      Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2006 12:56 AM
      Subject: 2006 National Allison Family Reunion


      > Latest reunion press release from last Thursday's Transylvania Times.
      This
      > year's gathering will, without a doubt, top every reunion in the last 10
      > years, drawing together record crowds. Hotel reservations have gone
      through
      > the roof. As of July 31, more hotel rooms had been sold for the 2006
      event
      > on the weekend of October 14 than for any other edition of the National
      > Allison Family Reunion -- and we still have over two months for people
      to
      > reserve. Based on room reservations, it appears that attendance will run
      at
      > least 30-35% higher this year -- possibly quite a bit higher. A crowd of
      at
      > least 600-700 is expected for portions of the event packed weekend.
      >
      >
      >
      > Hope this message reaches some long lost cousins out there, regardless
      of
      > surname today. All Allisons, kin, and close friends of the family are
      warmly
      > and cordially invited!
      >
      >
      >
      > Pasting in a Word document. Sorry if additional lines between paragraphs
      are
      > insert. Just muddle through it to read. Thanks.
      >
      >
      >
      > Press release below includes all contact information.
      >
      > Michael Allison, President
      >
      > National Allison-Allanson Family Association
      >
      > ----------------------------------------
      >
      > Allison reunion to honor Cherokee heritage in October
      >
      > Much larger than normal crowds from all across the country will
      gather
      > in Brevard on the weekend of October 14 for the 2006 National Allison
      Family
      > Reunion, marking the 10th anniversary of the founding of the National
      > Allison-Allanson Family Association and the National Allison Family
      Reunion.
      > 2006 also marks the 348th anniversary of the family's departure from
      London,
      > England for America in 1658.
      >
      > This year the huge heritage celebration focuses on the Cherokee
      heritage
      > of this tri-racial pioneer family. The event is dedicated to the memory
      of
      > Cherokee Chief Leon Jones, former Principal Chief of the Eastern Band, a
      > devoted member of the National Allison-Allanson Family Association and
      > supporter of the reunion. Chief Jones passed away last December 30 after
      a
      > seven year battle with cancer.
      >
      > A distinguished delegation from the Eastern Band composed of tribal
      > leaders, Allison family members, and friends of the family, will travel
      to
      > Brevard for the festivities. Included will be Cherokee Chief Michell
      Hicks,
      > Principal Chief of the Eastern Band, and Chief Larry Blythe, Vice Chief
      of
      > the tribe. The two tribal chiefs will participate at the reunion
      memorial
      > service that includes a special tribute to Chief Jones.
      >
      > Leading Cherokee Indian musicians, singers, and dancers will perform
      in
      > memory of Chief Jones, providing a rich cultural experience.
      >
      > Flutist Tommy Wildcat, acclaimed nationally known Cherokee recording
      > artist from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, will join the living legend Cherokee
      elder,
      > 88 year old Walker Calhoun, one of the most respected elders of the
      tribe,
      > who will sing the ancient social dances for a performance by the
      acclaimed
      > Raven Rock Cherokee Dancers. In a solemn moment, the Raven Rock Dancers
      will
      > form a circle to sing a beloved Cherokee melody for Chief Jones,
      translated
      > to English as "Guide me Jehovah," sung on the infamous Trail of Tears.
      >
      > Former world champion pow-hoop dancer Eddie Swimmer of Cherokee will
      > delight all ages with his exciting show that uses over 40 hoops in
      motion.
      > Swimmer was featured on a US postage stamp in full regalia in the Postal
      > Service tribute to Native American dance.
      >
      > Respected elder and the master living potter of the tribe, 85 year
      old
      > Amanda Swimmer, will demonstrate traditional pottery making while
      delighting
      > the Allison children with Cherokee stories.
      >
      > The Old Antioch Cherokee Singers will perform at the reunion memorial
      > service, singing in both English and Cherokee, accompanying themselves
      on
      > traditional stringed mountain instruments.
      >
      > The Cherokee are bringing a very special artifact exhibit to Brevard
      > College for the reunion, featuring works by now deceased Cherokee
      Allison
      > artists, including master woodcarver brothers Albert Allison and Boyce
      > Allison, plus potters and basket makers. Janice Allison Jones, daughter
      of
      > Albert Allison and wife of Cherokee Chief Leon Jones, will host the
      exhibit.
      >
      > The tribe is also presenting an educational exhibit that interprets
      the
      > history and culture of the Cherokee. The Cherokee exhibits will join
      more
      > than 150 feet of Allison family history that will be displayed. Plans
      are
      > for the tribe's goodwill ambassador, Miss Cherokee, to host the exhibit.
      >
      > Joining the Allisons for the Harvest Hoedown, the special evening
      > closing event with the Cherokee performers, will be a host of invited
      guests
      > and friends of the family who have supported the reunion over the last
      10
      > years. Invited to "share the heritage" at the dinner, dance, and show
      will
      > be the Transylvania County Historical Society, Transylvania Genealogy
      Group,
      > Chamber of Commerce administration and staff, Cradle of Forestry in
      America
      > Interpretive Association administration and the staff of Davidson River
      > Campground, staff of the Transylvania Times, Tourism Development
      Authority,
      > several representatives from Brevard College, and other community
      leaders.
      >
      > The Cherokee performing artists join a huge line-up of over 80
      mountain
      > heritage entertainers taking the stage over the event packed weekend,
      > including Buncombe Turnpike, the Stoney Creek Boys, Pyramid Brass,
      Southern
      > Mountain Fire Cloggers, Cool Creek Ramblers, Ironweed, the Pisgah
      Pilgrims,
      > the Pisgah Travelers, vocalists Monica-Deaver Noland and Jacolyn
      Campbell,
      > and others.
      >
      > Events begin Friday evening, October 13 with a welcome party with
      coffee
      > and dessert, a family history swap-shop, and an old-time mountain gospel
      > sing with 12 musicians and singers leading the crowd. Festivities begin
      > early the next morning at Brevard College for the program and banquet
      > luncheon followed by the memorial service, then in mid afternoon the
      crowd
      > moves to the historic Allison-Deaver House for an open house hosted by
      the
      > Transylvania County Historical Society. The day concludes with the
      exciting
      > Harvest Hoedown dinner, dance and show, outdoors on the banks of
      Davidson
      > River.
      >
      > The Allison family story will be presented by historian Michael
      Allison
      > during the morning program at Brevard College, detailing the last 506
      years
      > of the life of this wandering British family. All three races of the
      > culturally diverse Allisons - Cherokee, white European, African
      American -
      > will gather to celebrate the story that binds all three groups in blood
      > kinship as a family.
      >
      > The reunion plans include an exciting auction of original Allison
      works,
      > conducted by auctioneer Ralph Crane, featuring over 30 items all made by
      > family members. The auction will include pieces of framed original
      > photography and prints of Allison heritage sites in America and England,
      a
      > painting of the family's oldest church in England where ancestors from
      the
      > 1500's are entombed, a handmade harp, several family Appalachian
      baskets,
      > hand-painted antique china, a handmade mantle clock, several pieces of
      > pottery, five exquisite heritage quilts, and much more. A handmade
      Allison
      > guitar and a commemorative 10th anniversary embroidered heirloom quilt
      will
      > be raffled.
      >
      > Special children's activities include face painting, party favors, an
      > inflatable bounce house, Cherokee storytelling, special kid's dances,
      and
      > trick or treat candies.
      >
      > All Allisons and kin, including those under many other surnames
      today,
      > are cordially invited and encouraged to attend. Due to catered meals and
      > elaborate planning necessary to accommodate the massive crowds,
      attendance
      > at reunion events is by advance reservation only with advance payment
      for
      > all catered meals. For more information, including all details and how
      to
      > make reservations, please contact the National Allison-Allanson Family
      > Association. Contact Phyllis Miller, Brevard, at (828) 862-5453; Faye
      > McCall, Pisgah Forest, (828) 877-4066; association president Michael
      > Allison, e-mail: dma12@...
      >
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