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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.
> year's gathering will, without a doubt, top every reunion in the last 10
> years, drawing together record crowds. Hotel reservations have gone
> the roof. As of July 31, more hotel rooms had been sold for the 2006
> 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
> reserve. Based on room reservations, it appears that attendance will run
> least 30-35% higher this year -- possibly quite a bit higher. A crowd of
> least 600-700 is expected for portions of the event packed weekend.
> Hope this message reaches some long lost cousins out there, regardless
> surname today. All Allisons, kin, and close friends of the family are
> and cordially invited!
> Pasting in a Word document. Sorry if additional lines between paragraphs
> 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
> in Brevard on the weekend of October 14 for the 2006 National Allison
> Reunion, marking the 10th anniversary of the founding of the National
> Allison-Allanson Family Association and the National Allison Family
> 2006 also marks the 348th anniversary of the family's departure from
> England for America in 1658.
> This year the huge heritage celebration focuses on the Cherokee
> of this tri-racial pioneer family. The event is dedicated to the memory
> 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
> 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
> Brevard for the festivities. Included will be Cherokee Chief Michell
> Principal Chief of the Eastern Band, and Chief Larry Blythe, Vice Chief
> the tribe. The two tribal chiefs will participate at the reunion
> service that includes a special tribute to Chief Jones.
> Leading Cherokee Indian musicians, singers, and dancers will perform
> 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
> 88 year old Walker Calhoun, one of the most respected elders of the
> who will sing the ancient social dances for a performance by the
> Raven Rock Cherokee Dancers. In a solemn moment, the Raven Rock Dancers
> form a circle to sing a beloved Cherokee melody for Chief Jones,
> 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
> 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
> Amanda Swimmer, will demonstrate traditional pottery making while
> 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
> 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
> artists, including master woodcarver brothers Albert Allison and Boyce
> Allison, plus potters and basket makers. Janice Allison Jones, daughter
> Albert Allison and wife of Cherokee Chief Leon Jones, will host the
> The tribe is also presenting an educational exhibit that interprets
> history and culture of the Cherokee. The Cherokee exhibits will join
> than 150 feet of Allison family history that will be displayed. Plans
> 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
> and friends of the family who have supported the reunion over the last
> years. Invited to "share the heritage" at the dinner, dance, and show
> be the Transylvania County Historical Society, Transylvania Genealogy
> Chamber of Commerce administration and staff, Cradle of Forestry in
> Interpretive Association administration and the staff of Davidson River
> Campground, staff of the Transylvania Times, Tourism Development
> several representatives from Brevard College, and other community
> The Cherokee performing artists join a huge line-up of over 80
> heritage entertainers taking the stage over the event packed weekend,
> including Buncombe Turnpike, the Stoney Creek Boys, Pyramid Brass,
> Mountain Fire Cloggers, Cool Creek Ramblers, Ironweed, the Pisgah
> the Pisgah Travelers, vocalists Monica-Deaver Noland and Jacolyn
> and others.
> Events begin Friday evening, October 13 with a welcome party with
> 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
> moves to the historic Allison-Deaver House for an open house hosted by
> Transylvania County Historical Society. The day concludes with the
> Harvest Hoedown dinner, dance and show, outdoors on the banks of
> The Allison family story will be presented by historian Michael
> during the morning program at Brevard College, detailing the last 506
> of the life of this wandering British family. All three races of the
> culturally diverse Allisons - Cherokee, white European, African
> 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
> 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,
> painting of the family's oldest church in England where ancestors from
> 1500's are entombed, a handmade harp, several family Appalachian
> hand-painted antique china, a handmade mantle clock, several pieces of
> pottery, five exquisite heritage quilts, and much more. A handmade
> guitar and a commemorative 10th anniversary embroidered heirloom quilt
> be raffled.
> Special children's activities include face painting, party favors, an
> inflatable bounce house, Cherokee storytelling, special kid's dances,
> trick or treat candies.
> All Allisons and kin, including those under many other surnames
> are cordially invited and encouraged to attend. Due to catered meals and
> elaborate planning necessary to accommodate the massive crowds,
> at reunion events is by advance reservation only with advance payment
> all catered meals. For more information, including all details and how
> 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@...