Toomer Family BLOG

Our goal is to celebrate ALL Toomer family members today and yesterday. This blog will include history, genealogy, and reunion news. Additionally we will share our talent in poetry and prose, along with spotlight news on family members.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Photo Gallery: Toomers at Bamboo Gardens

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View photographs from our Bamboo Gardens Reunions. When viewing the photo montage, click on the photo to enlarge. If you have pictures that you would like to include please send via email. The goal of each photo gallery is to represent multiple branches of the Toomer family.

Except from Toomer Reunion History, by Floyd M. Riley
The reunions of 1994, 1996 and 1998 were held at Camp Quaxon/Bamboo Gardens in Vincentown, NJ. Although the committee was quite pleased with Aulettos, it was decided that a change was needed to keep up the enthusiasm regarding the reunions. At the suggestion of Loretta Phillips, a search committee visited various proposed reunion sites. Overwhelmingly, Camp Quaxon was selected. Again, we rented the entire park. Activities gained by coming here included miniature golf, basketball, horseshoes, pony rides and fishing. We also added a clown to entertain the children. Along with the guidance and instruction of Coswaylo Harris in 1994, the ‘Steppin Toomers’ made their debut to the delight of the crowds. Beginning in 1994, the religious service on Friday evening was held at Greater Mt. Carmel COGIC because of its larger sanctuary and spacious dining room. Althea Toomer Dabney of Philadelphia, PA. took the initiative to charter a bus to bring the Toomers from Philadelphia to the reunion. She became the first recipient of the ‘Most Enthusiastic Award’. The bus has become a regular expected addition to the reunion. The exhibits continued to grow each year. Recipients of other special family awards were Edwin & Kathy Baylock, Cornelius Toomer, Sr., Susan Toomer Clayton, and many more.

At the 1998 reunion, there was a fantastic response to the call for the family displays. Without a doubt, all family branches were well represented. It was the largest yet! During that reunion, the first official Family Reunion Photograph was taken. Additional Planning Committee members were Gladys Toomer Young, Charleen Sullivan Timms, and Cheryl Reid Scott. Committee members joining to plan the 2000 reunion were joined by Marilyn Reid Hill, Helen Toomer Beverly and Judy Hill.

Due to space limitations and the number of future galleries, each photo montage will initially contain just a few pictures. Future reunion galleries will include: reunion skating, Toomer Avenue celebration, 1999 family group photo set up, 2000 family group photo set up and Smorgasbord (gone but not forgotten).


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