SNPJ Farm hosting the annual Beaverdale Reunion June 26

May 31, 2016 - by LEE JACKOPIN (355), SNPJ Farm Board

KIRTLAND, Ohio — The 2016 Beaverdale Reunion will be held Sunday, June 26, from noon to 7 p.m. at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland. Spartans Lodge 576 is hosting this picnic and will start serving delicious dinners and sandwiches at 2 p.m. Joe Novak’s group will play from 3 to 7 p.m. There will be a group picture around 4:30 p.m., and a moment of silence for relatives and friends who are deceased or in poor health.

Come on out and reunite with friends and relatives from Pennsylvania. When you arrive, head to the registration and records area at the large “Beaverdale/Dunlo Reunion” banner to the left side of the pavilion. After you sign in, enjoy reminiscing, take some pictures and catch up with old acquaintances from the small towns in the coal mining region of Cambria County, including Krayn, Lloydell, Portage, Sidman, South Fork, Wilmore and all the others.

The many people who moved to the Cleveland area before and after World War II started this reunion 71 years ago. The tradition stopped a couple of times and the exact number of reunions held is unknown, but remarkably, the Beaverdale Reunion continues.

In 1989, several people (now deceased) organized reunions for the spring and fall at the Strawberry Lane Park in Willoughby, Ohio. A problem was that Jim Ilersich had to arrive at 3 a.m. to claim the pavilion. So, since 1990, the now-annual Beaverdale Reunion is always held at the SNPJ Farm on the last Sunday of June so it’s easy to remember! This will be the 27th consecutive Beaverdale Reunion at the Farm. It’s noteworthy that some second-generation members not born in Beaverdale or Pennsylvania still participate in the Beaverdale Reunion and help it to continue in memory of their parents.

Please pass the word about the 2016 Beaverdale/Dunlo Reunion among your relatives and friends. The fun will take place at the SNPJ Farm on the last Sunday in June. Let’s have another great reunion with lots of folks from the small coal mining towns of Pennsylvania!

The SNPJ Farm is located on Heath Road in Kirtland, south of Route 6, about two and a half miles east of Route 306 and a little more than three miles west of Auburn Road. For additional information contact Lee Jackopin at (440) 943-3170.