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Family Reunion 2014 Report

Twenty Taylor Albert Duncan descendants gathered in Waxhaw this past weekend (Jan 9–12) to reconnect.Everyone

Highlights and Lowlights

  • Everyone told their stories to the whole group, caught us up, cried, teased, laughed, and listened.
  • We stayed up way too late talking and got less sleep than we wanted.
  • Gloria brought us Taylor Albert Duncan gold (see below “Treasure”).
  • Dawn hogged Allan’s computer all day Saturday to scan.
  • Kathy and Mary Lynn provided delicious food in abundance.
  • Kathy and Kim (with some help) were left with large messes.
  • TJ played the Moonlight Sonata for us in the JAARS Chapel.
  • It rained all day Friday and all day Saturday.
  • Kathy’s house provided a perfect gathering space.
  • The basement flooded on Saturday.
  • Some of us toured JAARS, the Alphabet Museum, and the Mexico Museum together.
  • Some of us got wet trying to find which building the rest of us went into.
  • Those who visited the Carolinas Aviation Museum heard survivors of the Hudson River plane share their stories and answer questions in person. Very cool.
  • Our rental cars got stuck in the muddy ruts outside Kathy’s house.
  • We played Dutch Blitz, rotating players through the teams.
  • Gail and Bruce cheated. Heidi and Virginia won.
  • We worshiped and prayed together on Sunday morning.
  • Colin was the last one to leave on Sunday, so he built a pyramid with our cups.

TJ Playing the Moonlight Sonata in the JAARS ChapelWho Attended

  • From Kathryn’s Family: TJ and his wife Victoria
  • From Lee’s Family: Bruce, Eric and his wife Mary Lynn, Gail, Kathy and her husband Allan and her daughters Kim and Katrina and her son Joe, and Virginia and her husband Bill
  • From Bob’s Family: Colin
  • From Tad’s Family: Gloria and her husband Chris and her son Brett
  • From Steve’s Family: Steve and his wife Marcia and his daughters Dawn, Heidi, Kimberly, and Stephanie

If you weren’t there, we missed you.

Cheating Discussion During Dutch BlitzProposed

We had a great time together and propose another reunion in two years’ time: 2016.

We’ll select perhaps three weekends in 2016. These will be weekends highly likely to be school holidays for most kids. The one with the most votes will become our target.

Several of us volunteered the Chicago Duncans as a hosts. The Chicago Duncans were not in attendance. This is what happens when you don’t come to the Family Reunion. Just sayin’. In the past they themselves have volunteered and Chicago is a direct flight for most of us. Furthermore, there are more houses with potential guest beds between their five family units.

Chicago Duncans, if you are potentially willing, please email, call, or contact me here to discuss this further. We all thank you!

Cup StackTreasure

Chris Boyer, Gloria’s husband, found a bin in Tad and Carol’s house full of Grandpa Taylor’s old documents and photos. I scanned as many of these as I could on Saturday, much thanks to Allan, Kathy’s husband, for allowing me to commandeer their computer and scanner. These are now in my Dropbox. If you would like access to them, send me an email or a message here and I’ll send you the link. You can download them to your own files if you would like permanent access to them. I will keep them in the Dropbox for a limited time only.


Colin and I have put our photos in a common Facebook album if you would like to see them. If you have photos to add, let me know and I’ll make you a “contributor” to that album, so you can upload them. If you do not have a Facebook account, let me know and I’ll tell you how to get a hold of some of the photos.


Many thanks to Kathy and Allan Courtright and Kim, their daughter, whose home we used and who fed us, and to Eric and Mary Lynn Kindberg, who planned our weekend and provided food and other assistance.

Reunion January 2014 Reminder

Paul, Altha, JA, Kathryn on the ocassion of Paul's retirement from the pastorate in PA, ca. 1975Last Day to Register is Sunday, December 15!

Have you: Booked your housing? Confirmed your arrival and departure times directly with JAARS? Signed up with me?


So far, the following people are signed up:

  • Eric & Mary Lynn Kindberg
  • Kathy & Allan Courtright
  • Dawn Duncan Harrell
  • Heidi Duncan
  • Kimberly Duncan
  • Stephanie Duncan
  • Steve & Marcia Duncan
  • Gloria & Chris Boyer, Brett Boyer
  • Virginia & Bill Gorman
  • Bruce Kindberg
  • Gail Montez
  • TJ & Victoria Ramey

If you aren’t on this list, the party can’t start! Please confirm with Dawn. See below for how.

Lodging and itinerary have also been updated below. There’s still room!  Registration closes on Sunday, December 15.


Are you related to Paul, Kathryn, Lee, Wally, Betty, Bob, Tad or Steve? Then you are invited to a family reunion hosted by Eric and Mary Lynn Kindberg and Kathy and Allan Courtright (Lee’s kids).

Waxhaw, North Carolina

Thursday–Sunday, January 9–12, 2014

  • Thursday, Jan 9: arrive; meals on your own; welcome meeting at 7 pm in hotel
  • Friday, Jan 10: Billy Graham Library outing (round trip 3.5 hours); dinner together in Waxhaw restaurant; evening pictures and family stories at Kathy’s house
  • Saturday, Jan 11: Carolinas Aviation Museum outing (plane that landed in Hudson River); volleyball if it’s not too cold; cookout at Kathy’s; family and personal updates, more pictures, more fun
  • Sunday, Jan 12: local church with Eric and Mary Lynn or Kathy and Allan; depart

RSVP to Dawn Harrell (Steve’s kid)              

Fill in this form, IM Dawn on Facebook, or email Dawn, so I know you’re coming. I’m collecting responses. I’ll pass them along to Eric and Kathy.


  • Breakfast: continental in JAARS hotel for a donation
  • Lunch: Thursday and Friday can be purchased on the JAARS Center; Saturday and Sunday in area restaurants
  • Dinner: see above itinerary


The closest housing is in the JAARS guest hotel at the $40/night rate for one or two adults (plus tax). Note if you will share a room and with whom (additional people: $20/adult, $7/child, $56 maximum for families). Apartments are also available if you prefer. 

Make your housing arrangements with Penny at JAARS. Mention the “Duncan Family Reunion.” Call 704.843.6130 or see the JAARS website.

Pass this invitation along, so that everyone knows they’re invited. Thanks. Hope to see you there!