2004 Spruce View, Alberta

The following was printed in the Spruce View, Roadhouse/Mellow Reunion book compiled by Dave & Dorothy Murno.

Family Reunion – 2004

            Family reunions can be an eye-opener.  Amid the eating, looking at pictures, playing games and catching up, we are struck by how people from the same family can be so different.  We differ in size, shape, personalities, perspectives, vocations, interests, opinions and a host of other characteristics. But, what we share binds us together – name, heritage, shared history and experiences and years of life together.

This is how our 5th biennial Roadhouse Mellow Reunion, which was held in the beautiful setting of Central Alberta at Spruce View,  on July 30, 31 and August 1, 2004, appeared to us.  Two hundred plus three people enjoyed the reunion.  We made new friends and renewed many friendships.

Friday night we had about 100 people partake of our “Pioneer Supper”.  We enjoyed buffalo stew, hot biscuits, rice pudding, bread pudding and rhubarb crisp.  The food was inhaled – or so the committee thought.

For the breakfast of Saturday and Sunday we enjoyed pancakes, Saskatoon pancakes and buffalo sausage (they were great).  The fresh Saskatoons and strawberries were enjoyed at each meal.  The committee thought we had enough strawberries for the weekend but we needed to purchase more.  (No time to pick them – we wanted to enjoy the reunion.)  So, we bought four more gallons on Saturday.

The clown was a hit with the young and the not so young.  We needed the ice cream cones after the entertainment, didn’t we?

In the evening, everyone was introduced.  Next on our program were Bill Roadhouse and Merle Hopper who did a skit, “What in God’s name”.  At the expense of members who attended the reunion our committee put on a skit. (Thanks to Bob and Alwilda Renwick, Beverlea and Graham Oag and Tom Clark for being good sports.  Earl, you were a hit as the beautiful daughter).  Next on our program was Norma Gosling with a poem, “The House Behind the House”.  Most of us will remember “the House”.  Don Lammle conducted a Chinese Gift Exchange, which did have people mingling.  Near the last we repeated the “Friendship Ring”.  Sorry Norman Young that we hadn’t included you earlier in our program, but better late than never.  Norman read a poem that he had written for the reunion.

Sunday morning we enjoyed Les Welsh singing for our pleasure.  He sang songs we all could relate to.  Mel Teghtmeyer presented certificates.

We have a wall hanging that has been lovingly quilted by Verna Bradshaw, Sharon Blair and Shirley Frisky.  It has been brought to our attention that there is a nucleus to the design.  The centre could represent the Roadhouse forefathers and we could be the petals – this generation and future generations.  The idea is to have this wall hanging attend future reunions as a reminder of our Roadhouse roots.  Thank you, Verna, Sharon and Shirley for the inspiration.

It was a wonderful three days, enjoyed by all.  Now, don’t you agree, family reunions can be an eye-opener?

We look forward to meeting each and everyone of you again at the 6th Biennial Roadhouse Mellow Reunion in 2006 in Ontario.

The Reunion Committee

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