SCHURCH BIENNIAL REUNIONS
August 5 & 6
CRYSTAL RIDGE COMMUNITY CENTRE
99 RIDGE ROAD SOUTH
CRYSTAL BEACH ONTARIO
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY AUGUST 5
8:00am – 9:30am Reunion Registration and check in
9:30am – 10:00am Welcome and official Reunion opening
10:00am – 11:00am Rick Doan from The Point Abino Lighthouse - Currently Rick is the President of the local Point Abino Preservation Society as well as a tour guide.
11:15am – 12:0pm Highlights of the 2019 Switzerland Heritage Tour
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch Break - lunch on your own at a restaurant of your choice
1:30pm – 2:30pm Why would an American want to come to Fort Erie?
Bob Fretz, code E14871146 is a historian, picker and coin collector for
over 40 years.
2:45pm – 3:45pm Bob Wilhelm, code E15376313, Airplane pilot in Africa
He was a flying instructor and volunteers at the Mount Hope War Museum.
Children under age 12 are welcome to a special program by the Port Colborne Museum during Friday’s presentation.
Enjoy a relaxing dinner on your own. See you Saturday morning.
SATURDAY AUGUST 6
8:30am – 4:30pm Reunion registration/pick up reunion packet, purchase reunion sale items, Genealogy assistance, present items to be auctioned. .
9:30am – 10:10am Welcome – Kurt & Judy – Justin Houser
10:30am – 11:00am George Huber, Historian, 30 years as a High school history teacher
He has three Masters Degrees in History and took History Club students on exchanges as far as Florida.
11:30am – 3:00pm Family Code N Tour departs
Family Code E Tour departs
3:30pm – 4:00pm Bus Tours return
4:00pm – 4:30pm Pictures of family groups Codes E, H, C, N etc.
5:00pm – 7:00pm Buffet Banquet and brief business meeting
7:00pm – 9:00pm Live Auction and official closing of Reunion
Don Nel Coach Lines are air conditioned; lunch is included in the total cost. Codes E and N ancestral homes and cemeteries are on the tour. The tour crosses over the Welland Shipping Canal, which has ships from all over the world passing through. Also on the tours are the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum, which houses John and Sally Sherk’s (E1420) home from Brookfield Rd, Port Colborne, as well as Benton Neff’s (E14358) steam buggy and blacksmith exhibits. We will also enjoy afternoon tea and homemade biscuits at Arabella's Tea Room.
Don't miss the Saturday evening auction led by auctioneer Dale Shaw. It’s a fun filled event closing the reunion. Auction proceeds help cover reunion costs.
Items donated to the auction at past reunions have included memorabilia particular to Schürch family history, hand-crafted objects, home foods – foods specific to your home area (chocolate, farmers’ sausage, maple syrup), framed photographs and other art work.
SUNDAY AUGUST 7
WDCX Church on Crystal Bay Beach- bring your lawn chairs OR
Trinity Life Church –The church was first deeded to Mennonite Society 1828 by Samuel Sherk for sacred use. The original church was replaced by a brick building in 1853. The Mennonite Brethren in Christ membership declined so the church was offered to the Tunkered/Brethren in Christ in 1922. The cement block church was removed in 1957 when the current sanctuary was constructed. Location: 5348 Sherkston Rd.,Sherkston ON L0S 1R0
REGISTRATION: Click here to download the registration form.
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A list of restaurants and their addresses will be included in your registration packets.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO CANADA:
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Reunion Locations over the Years
How many ways can one spell Schürch?
Forty or more at last count. Add family surnames with ties to the Schürch family like Bergey, Brubacher, Clemmer, Detweiler, Erb, Good, Hunsberger, Martin, Shantz, and many more and the number of Schürchs skyrockets. In the 34 years since our association was established, Schürch historians have discovered numerous ties connecting the descendants of the first Swiss arrivals in 1727. Come and explore and celebrate your ties to Schürchs in Switzerland and across North America.