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my photographs from the 2012 Clare Family Reunion in and around Pigeon
Forge, Tennessee, where Dollywood is — and zillions of other touristy
and often fun things to do and see.
I've got an
art show to co-curate this
week, so this is the last versions of this page for a few days. I have a few
more photos to add. Thanks to my mother Mary and Kelley Reinfelds, most of
the people in these pictures are now named and inter-elated.
There's 121 photos,
and I'm considering adding a few more.
me, citing the titles directly under the photos.
Mary Compton for a full family list of names showing who's related to whom. And
to Kelley Reinfelds for putting the names together with photographs.
If you know someone who is not here and should be or is not correctly identified,
Marjorie Sweeney, daughter of Harold
James and Emily Clare, brought the "It's All About Family" sign.
Elephant, Tie Dye
Sweet Home, Adventures
Clare Reunion page
Reunions, as submitted
by Marjorie Sweeney, include:
July 16-23 1983 in Estes Park YMCA Camp.
July 12-14 1991 at Howard's motel in Albia, Iowa — 60 of us were there.
1993 at Howard's motel in Branson - 37 of us were there
2008 at Estes Park in Colorado, again - 70 Clares in attendance
2012 near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - 64 of us there
the time, I hung out in the Great Room in The Lodge, where families with children
stayed in one or another of 15 rooms on the first, second and third floors — and
there was still plenty of room left over for a medium-sized kitchen, a couple
game rooms, a dining area and a great Great Room. It was the social center of
the 2012 Clare Family Reunion, and those who didn't live there, visited often
Susan McClellen, Collette Conway McClellen's
mother-in-law, and Cathy Conway, with Diane Everitt and daughter Kelsey
Meat Is Murder
John T. and Collette
Jared Connor & Jay Culbertson
These two have been best friends since
long before they married Jennifer and Joyce.
Grace Conway, Sean and Barb Conway's
daughter, talks with Jennifer Connor, Tom and Patsy's daughter.
Kelsey, Diane, Mary and Anna
Dale and Clare
Dale with his wife, Clare. Not
the only person named Clare at the reunion, because there's Mary Clare Compton
and Marjorie Clare Compton, who got their last names from Harold James Clare
and Emily Clare.
Todd At Rest
Of Todd and MaryAnn
Of Phil and Diane
J T & MaryAnn
Barb Conway attends Mary Clare Compton
My mother Mary bleeding into
a pan of water while Barb attempts to staunch the flow. It took
awhile. The doctor at Smokey Mountains Urgent Care, where we took Mom the next
day, told her that whoever did those bandages could have a job there, whenever
she wanted — they were so professionally done.
and Anna Palmer's right legs. Each was injured on the same day at about the same
time in the same bodily place by passenger side doors of different cars, as they
tried to exit. Mom's wouldn't stop bleeding for hours. Anna's healed quickly.
Oh, Grandma — Mary Compton and
I think I remember Jennifer being
very worried about Mary's leg bleeding.
Play around much outside, and you were
likely to accumulate a tick or two. Here two responsible adults pull a tick from
a child's hair. Grace Conway in this image's starring role.
Jack and Mary Compton
Marc Goode, husband of Brenna
Anna & J
R - photo by Patsy Compton
Several people this reunion were kind
enough to include me in photos — this time using my camera, so I
am represented among the Clare hoard. J R is the first son of John
T. and Mary Compton, and Anna is my girlfriend of seven years.
Mark & Rhonda Sweeney and Mark's sister
John M. Compton
of John and Julie and Jackson, third
son of Mary and John T.
Fellow Photographer Laughing
Susan McClellen and Collette
The Oldest and The Youngest at the Reunion
The Oldest, 98, & the
Youngest (8 months) at the Clare Family Reunion: John T Compton (my father) and
Laila Kate Reinfelds, with hands left & right from Mary Clare Compton and
the youngest's grandmother, Kelley Reinfelds. I chose this one among a half dozen,
because of the hands in the picture. I love hands in my photographs.
Jennifer's daughter Maizy and
Karen Sweeney Clark's son Jack
Collette, daughter of John and Cathy
Conway, and Fiona McClellen, daughter of Matt and Collette
Thinking About Pool
One of the ongoing dramas was finding
and keeping all fifteen pool balls, which had the habit of disappearing under
various pieces of furniture in the area. The cabin-renters charge a hefty fee
if anything is lost or damaged, and it's difficult to play real pool games with
fewer billiard balls.
One of twins impossible to tell apart,
Nigel or Noah, son of Peter and Lisa Greiner, and Fiona McClellen
Brenna (daughter of John and Cathy) and
Mark Goode' s child
Cooper, son of Joyce and Jay Culbertson,
Maya and Maizy, daughters of Jennifer and Jared Connor
Will and Jack Clark, sons of Karen and
Jared Connor with his children,Maya and
"The Broom Triplets"
Two are twins, of course, with
another brother who is older, but they dressed similarly and got brooms out
and were often effective with them. All are Peter and Lisa Greiner's kids.
Isaac Greiner is the older one up front. The other two are Nigel and Noah, and
somebody can probably tell them apart, but not any of the namers for this page.
Anna Palmer holds Collin McClellen,
son of Collette and Matt.
Gunner Goode, son of Brenna and Marc
Green Sipper & Dad
Either Noah or Nigel Greiner, son of
Peter and Lisa Greiner
Maya Connor, daughter of Jared and Jennifer,
with Laila Reinfelds, daughter of Kelley and Pauls
Standing on the Table
Moments later, when he realized what
was happening right in front of them, Jared Everitt (left) rushed over to take
the child down from the table. To his left are Erin Sweeney, daughter of Mark
and Rhonda, Kelsey Everitt and Will Clark on the table.
Looks like Karen Clark, must be Will
or Jack, Steve Clark, and Diane
Allison Ockenfels (a Goode babysitter)
feeding Gunner Goode
Either Nigel or Noah Greiner and their
Paper Towel Dispenser
Rearranging the Chairs
I'm sure somebody will tell me who this budding arranger
is, but I watched him carefully lay chair after chair over on their backs and
move them around. Not sure why, but I admire his industriousness. Nigel or Noah
Slap Hands Laughing
Collette's husband Matt and their son
Aerin and and her father Paul Reinfelds
Grace Conway, daughter of Sean and Barb,
and Sofie Reinfelds, daughter of Kelley and Pauls
One of the twins, Noah or Nigel Greiner
Isadora and J R
Isadora Goode, daughter of Brenna and
Marc Goode, and J R, who took most of these photos,, including this one.
Gunner Goode floats after something.
Noah and Nigel Greiner, at one of the
few times we could tell them apart, if we only knew their individual personalities.
Of Jennifer and Jared
Aerin Reinfelds of Kelley and Pauls
I think Isadora was
practicing for the Talent Show but maybe she was just playing. Looking on is
Sean Conway, someone else and Tommy Greiner.
Kelley and Pauls' daughter, had been
crawling on her elbows for awhile already, so when her parents put her down on
the floor, that's what they expected to see and show the gathered Clares.
Instead, she crawled like any kid would, and away quickly. This is not then.
Later, I saw her in her talented, other,
elbow-crawling style. Like this, crawling quickly on elbows and knees on this
comparatively soft carpet.
Joyce with Twins Spencer and Cooper
or Cooper and Spencer, When
one of them quit talking, Joyce would reach around, put her fingers over his
lips and 'talk' for him.
Mary's Clare Song
Mary Compton, Marjorie Sweeney and Clare Compton,
Cooper and Spencer Culbertson, twin sons
of Joyce and Jay, react to the Clare Song.
Uncle Howard Tells A Story
All Together Now
Whom I believe are two babysitters, Mariah
and ____ and two of the usual Clare suspects
Wiggling Their Ears
John T. Compton and Anna Palmer wiggling
The Tongue Folders
It's not really a talent, but
those who could fold their tongues back were presented in the talent show, which
was introduced as not being a competition. But it was a show. Here,
variously wagging , resting and sticking out and folding their tongues are Collette
McClellen, Tom Compton and his daughter, Joyce Culbertson, Diane Everitt and
her mother Marjorie Sweeney.
Joyce Culbertson, Tongue-Folder
A tongue-folder up close. Daughter of
fellow tongue-folder Tom Compton who's at her right in the photo above. Note
also mother-daughter tongue-folders, Marge and Diane Sweeney, in floral and green
Bending Over Backwards
Diane Everitt's daughter Kelsey and son
Jared do a little tumbling.
A Little Fiddling
Goode family babysitter, Allison Ockenfels
with a very small violin.
a small part of the crowd of 75 Clares
present. Isadora Goode in the front row with sisters Joyce and Jennifer and Jennifer's
of Karen and Steve , daughter of Marjorie and Sweeney, mother of Jack and
Paige Greiner, daughter of Peter and
Brenna Goode, Pauls Reinfelds, Aerin
Reinfeldcs, Marc Goode and Isadora Goode practice American Sign Language.
Bev & Russ
Russ and Beverly Rutten with Jack Hoffman
and Marge Sweeney behind.
Patsy Compton Smiling
Sittin' and Smilin'
Howard Greiner, father of Cathy Conway,
Beverly Rutten, Tom and Peter Greiner, and Peg Haluska
Dale Patrick and his mom Mary Clare Compton
Photo by Anna Palmer
John T. and Tommy G.
Rhonda Sweeney, Diane, Erin Sweeney —
daughter of Mark and Rhonda, Kelsey
and Jared Everitt
Comptons on the Porch The Last Night
Left to right: John M., Julie Clifton,
Anna Palmer, Clare and Dale Compton
Let Them Eat Cake
Each family took a turn at making dinner.
Breakfast was usually "on your own" and lunch was "catch as catch
one time, early in the reunion, a list of Evening Meals included: Sun - Rutten/Greiner;
Mon - Compton; Tues - Sweeney; Wed - Conway.
Alone in the Kitchen
page that I photographed but never read, although I did help gather and wash
dishes a couple times, was titled Trash - Sweep: Sun- Conway,
Mon Rutten/Greiner,; Tues - Compton; Wed - Sweeney; Thurs - All. Alone in this
photo is Joyce Culbertson.
Some of the Breakfast Foods
What Was Left of the Watermelon That
The Food Line
Joyce Culbertson and Collette McClellan,
someone whose face we cannot identify and Jennifer Connor.
The Usual Kitchen Melee
I don't know how many cherries I pitted
by thumbs, but it was too many, by far. Later, someone who actually cooks, instead
of just making the occasional salad, told me how to do it much quicker and easier
Presenting the Clare Affair 2012 Cake
Steve Clark, Karen and Steve,
presents the reunion cake as Collette McClellan watches.
Isaac Greiner, son of Peter and Lisa
Every time I drove by this monstrous
absurdity — not quite as big as real buildings, but big nonetheless, I thought
I should photograph it. Finally, I did. Anna and I didn't go to Dollywood, but
I thought this was close enough.
Finding Free Parking Downtown
We enjoyed lunch downtown and strained
to find a parking place till Todd suggested we go to Friday's, which had free
Anna just had to fly, so we went with
Peg and Howard, Marge and Jack. Here's Anna, Jack and Margie
Margie and Jack. Peg and I weren't that interested, and besides then who'd
take the pictures?
Jelly Fish at the Aquarium
We heard people extolling the virtues
of the Smokey Mountain Aquarium, saying that it was better than California's
Monterey Aquarium, but though it is large, somewhat wondrous and beautiful,
it has not the breadth or scope or organization of that West Coast feature.
We've seen both, and San Francisco is still better than Pigeon Forge.
MaryAnn and Todd Dangling on the Chair
First we went up a long, slow and terrifying
to some cable car, then we took these chair lifts to the top, where there were
Bluegrass musicians, big green bugs, cool breezes and great views.
The Putt-Putt Dragon
I collect dragons, so we were
drawn to these, even though putt-putting in the 100+ degree heat did not appeal.
What 'Cha Doin?
A small part of the more or less organized
goings-out-and-doing-something with family. Lots to do, although I don't
see shopping listed.
Pieces of Colors
And there were lots of projects, crafts
and activities around The Lodge every day.
Mapping The HIlls
(John T. Compton) almost always knows which direction is which, wherever he is
(a handy skill for a pilot flying into Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941) but
I am direction- and location- impaired.
We had a devil of a time with the maps
provided by the cabin-rental place, and I had uncommon difficulties with hairpin
My brother Dale went out of his way to
find the Smoky Mountain road with the most such turns, that's been featured in
several motorcycle movies. And I understand he loved driving it, even in that
little renta-car they had instead of motorcycles this trip.
Raccoon in the Trash
Leaving our cabin early in the reunion,
we saw this guy picking precisely through the garbage after opening the outdoor
cabinet with its cute little opposing thumbs.
While "The Lodge," where most
of these photos were taken, sometimes looked and sounded like Bedlam, the smaller-group
cabins some adults-without-children were shunted off to was almost always quiet
and serene. There was a hot tub on the middle back porch and Jacuzzis instead
of furniture in the rooms.
We were tipped off early that one could
— if one were interested — see through the fireplaces into the supposedly private
room on the other side. We covered ours with a towel.
View from Kay Bee's Kabin
The view goes on forever, past big hills,
past a posh neighborhood with huge lawns under what looks from here like a little
white water tower on
— all of which I explored with my big telephoto — and on, to the
smoking mountains beyond. Most of my photos were taken at the lodge, with
brief mind vacations to Kay Bee's Kabin.
One of the Dreaded Spiral Stairways
One of the most distressing elements
of those otherwise elegant and strangely decorated (Ours had Country Western
memorabilia like posters, a bird house and other assorted decor) were these narrow
(so narrow one person and one suitcase was a challenge; I can only imagine multiple
suitcasery and children.
I usually went up or down very carefully,
often using my hands on the step above to keep me from tumbling down like Alice
White Elephant Game
Logan, Victor with The Sword
Of course, we like
the version of the White Elephant game that my mom started the family on many
years ago, but we weren't in charge, so we went along. Some children got the
rules quickly. Others had difficulty with stealing their winnings.
while most of the adults considered it all in fun, Logan was only too happy to
take this very popular sword from the won originally won and unwrapped it.
The First Winner
Unfortunately, Sofia Reinfelds (daughter
of Kelley and Pauls) didn't understand the rule about stealing White
Elephant gifts, and really wanted to keep the sword. Several adults attempted
to explain the situation to her, but she didn't get it and really didn't want it.
Anna and I sat near Logan, but we felt
for Sofie whose prize had been stolen, and we wondered if the game rules might
be changed for younger kids who have been taught not to steal.
Sofie Reinfelds and Isadora Goode
And It Stands for Pool
Kit Conway, daughter of Sean and Barb,
Three Bugs in a Rug
Jared Everitt, son of Diane and
Phil Everitt; Jackson Compton, son of John Compton and Julie Clifton, and
Erin Sweeney, daughter of Mark and Rhonda
Bugs in Daylight
Jared, Grace Conway, daughter of Sean
and Bard; Erin and Jackson
Sean Conway, Reinfelds nanny Katie Loksa
and Laila Reinfelds
Sisters — The
Clare Sweeney and Mary Clare Compton, the surviving children/daughters of Harold
James and Emily Clare.
Tom and Patsy Compton help teach sign
language to friends, Kit and Bev
Tunnel Through the Mountains
Tie Dye Hands
Anna Palmer of J R and Anna
A Wrist Called Hope
Left to right, counting everybody: Joyce,
Margie, ____ and Kelsey Everitt
In Protective Plastic
Brenna, Isadora and Gunner Goode play
tickle and laugh.
Playing With Time
One of "the Greiner Triplets"
Isadora Goode in Pillow Bed
King John & Prince
The sign upper left on the fridge implores
Clares to "Eat Left-Overs!!"
Scabbard vs. Sword
Allison Ockenfels and Logan McClellen
Pledging to do The Next Reunion
Late the last night, an informal discussion
buzzed around the chairs in the big room with maybe a half dozen
or so Clares scattered around muttering about who would do the next reunion.
After some murmuring about figuring that out could wait, I reminded everyone
that the next organizers have always been announced by the end of the current
I've been to all of these, and that is my recollection,
but mostly I didn't want such an important matter to get procrastinated. It'd
be too easy, and whoever would end up doing it, needed all the time they could
get. Diane (of Phil & Diane) and I (of Anna and J R) did it one
year, and Marge & Mary, who'd done the previous one,
gave us each a big rock for our time and effort. Imagine having to explain that
to airport security.
After more intermittent discussion, the talented
and apparently well-organized Conway' sisters (Kelley Conway Reinfelds and Brenna
Conway Goode) stepped to the 'stage' area, stood with their right hands raised
in oath position and promised they would do the next reunion. They are.
Weary Greiner Sisters
Cathy of John & Cathy Conway and
Bev of Bev
& Russ Rutten organized this one, and boy am I sure they're happy to have
finished their job.
The last Clare Family Reunion page.
images copyright 2012 by J R Compton.
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Do not use these images on any website,
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Clare Family Members who are in any of
these pictures or were at the reunion
may copy or download any of these photographs
for their own use.
If any Clare at the reunion wants to
make larger prints, I will happily email them the full-size original image file
for any photo on this page. No charge.
Meanwhile, I will entertain
suggestions, corrections or names for the yet-unidentified.
Most of these photographs were shot with my
trusty little Panasonic Lumix G2, almost never with flash. How did I get such
candid shots? I outlasted them. I stayed at The Lodge long enough for almost
every wary Clare to just settle in and get used to me poking my camera at them
and going "click," although probably none of them could hear the click. I asked
early and often for "no
pointing, no smiles," but I got both, and some good shots.
If you have questions or quibbles or anything