Researching, collecting, preserving and publishing the history of the Haines Family settlers and others in the area of what is now known as northern Greene County, Town of Hunter, Catskill Mountains, New York, commonly referred to as the mountaintop.
Annual Haines Family Association Reunion July 14th, 2012
Twenty-six years! This happy, busy day heralded our 26th annual reunion! We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day again this year, celebrating the 233rd year and 11 generations since the first Haines settlers arrived to begin settling the mountaintop area. Old friends got reacquainted and caught up on each others' news, new friends were made, and much information was shared and exchanged.
Biking through the Park was fun for some, and others hiked the trails to take in the scenic views. The children enjoyed various activities, and were given monarch butterfly eggs on milkweed leaves, all comfy in jars with ventilated lids, to be taken home and viewed as they hatched into caterpillars and spun chrysallises to rest in while they became butterflies...then the awe of watching new fluttering butterflies emerge! One lad who kept in touch with us all summer had six butterflies to release into the outdoors!
We held a brief meeting to update everyone on the projects and activities of the HFA, and to elect officers and directors for the 2012-2013 year. "Cousin Dick" Haines stepped down as president, after holding the office for 25 years and leading the HFA through many work details and accomplishments. A list of the officers and directors who were elected can be found on the "Officers and Directors" page of this website.
Now, we are waiting to see everyone again next year. New friends are always welcome!
We hope you will enjoy the photos below. Click on them to see larger pictures. Photos courtesy of Sue Haines and SandyPalmer.
2011 Reunion of the Haines Family Association and Haines Families from Far and Wide
Our 25th annual reunion was a happy celebration of family and friends gathered on the mountaintop in beautiful Haines Falls. We were blessed with another sunny, not-too-hot day on Saturday, July 9th to mark 232 years and 11 generations since the first Haines settlers came to the area and established their homes and families. Delicious picnic lunches were prepared and enjoyed by each family. (The pavilion has large barbeque grills for charcoal, or you may bring your own grill.) The children enjoyed various games and activities, and many went hiking on the trails with their families. Genealogical information was shared, and reminiscing and stories of “the good old days” were enjoyed by all. A brief meeting was held to update everyone on the progress of our various projects, and to elect officers for the 2011 – 2012 year. We hope you will be able to join us next year! Click on the pictures below to enlarge them.
Photos courtesy of Sue Haines.
2010 Reunion of the Haines Family Association
On Saturday, July 10th, families and friends gathered at the South Lake Pavilion of North-South Lake Campground in beautiful Haines Falls, NY, to celebrate our 24th annual reunion, 10 generations and 231 years on the mountaintop. The weather was beautiful again this year. Children enjoyed the fun activities that were provided and made up their own things to do as well. After our picnic and socializing, we held a brief meeting to update everyone on our progress with the projects we are working toward completing, including cemetery restoration and maintenance, highway clean-up, road signage in memory of Lt. Richard Haines, and more. The following were elected for the 2010-2011 year: Richard E. Haines, president; Harold Palmer, vice-president; Rachel Haines, secretary; Robert Haines, treasurer; and directors Gail Haines, Susan Haines, Ron Haines, Harriet Bucca, Robert Haines, Linda Schultz, Nancy McGowan, George Van Dyke, and Anthony Bucca. We also held our annual baking contest and a 50/50 raffle. Awards were given for the youngest boy and youngest girl attending; the largest family group; matriarch and patriarch; and farthest traveled. Another beautiful day, much enjoyed by family and friends.