2002 Reunion, York ME

Thursday, September 26

At 10:00 a.m., a group of about 16 Junkins met in the parking lot of the Grant House for a tour of several Junkins' homes. The first house was the Grant House. The next stop on the tour was the Junkins Store at York Corners. The third stop was the Elijah Junkins House.

Lunch was at Bos'n's Landing and the afternoon was spent at Alan and Nancy Junkins' house working on the Junkins float for Saturday's Grand Parade celebrating York's 350th anniversary. Some reunion participants worked on securing grass on the floor of the float. Others helped with the bunting, flags, banner and building the railings. Still others helped with the attachment of 6,763 live oak leaves, each one to represent a past or living descendant of Robert and Sara Junkins. All in all, the float would look like a very impressive giant oak tree driving down the road.

That evening, cocktails and an Old New England Lobster bake dinner were at the Dockside Restaurant.

Friday, September 27

Friday morning, the JFA Board of Directors met. Afterwards, the family met at Norma's Restaurant for lunch. The group then reassembled at Alan and Nancy Junkins' house to make the final adjustments to the float for the parade.

At 11:00, a new memorial marker was dedicated at the Three Trees burial ground.

That evening, 35 Junkins family members gathered at the Stage Neck Inn for cocktails and dinner. After dinner, there was a short JFA business meeting with election and installation of officers. Entertainment followed with a spellbinding reading by Donald Junkins, followed by a tap dance program by Logan Junkins.

Saturday, September 28

At 9:30, the family gathered at the Old York Historical Society's Marshall Store Gallery to view an exhibit of Junkins family historical artifacts soon to be on permanent display in the "Roland W. Junkins Scotland District Family History Room." At 11:00, box lunches were handed out and the family proceeded to the assembly point for the Grand Parade.

The afternoon was spent participating in the largest parade the State of Maine had ever seen. There were more than 2,700 marchers and 149 units of floats and bands. The Junkins Family Association, as one of the earliest founding families of York, was proud to be invited to take part in this event. Approximately 35 JFA members rode on the float and 8 or 10 others walked along with it. At the reviewing stand, we received a standing ovation from the Selectmen and other dignitaries.

After the two and a half hour parade, everyone went back to their rooms to rest for dinner.

At 6:00, the family met at Fazio's Italian Restaurant for cocktails and dinner. Later in the evening they were entertained by Dr. Emerson Baker, foremost New England Archaeologist, speaking about life in York in the 17th and early 18th centuries, along with slides of the fascinating artifacts found in the area during some of his archaeological digs.

In attendance were many JFA members and some of the neighboring Scotland district friends. Among them: Thomas and Jean Bridges, Joyce Bragdon and Ken Schroder from the Blaisdell family; Richard and Barbara Beaumont from the Talpay family; Dan McIntire, Susan McLaughlin, Micum Davis and Kathleen McIntire from the McIntire family; and Dean and Marilyn Soule, Grand Marshall of the parade.

Sunday, September 29

Many of the Junkins stopped by Alan and Nancy Junkins' home in the morning for coffee and to say a final goodbye until next time.

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