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The 2012 Clare Family Reunion

All About Family - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Words & Photographs by J R Compton

Welcome to 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.

Special thanks to 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, please email me, citing the titles directly under the photos.

Marjorie Sweeney, daughter of Harold James and Emily Clare, brought the "It's All About Family" sign.
 

Chapters of the 2012 Reunion

Kids,      Bigger Kids,      White Elephant,     Tie Dye
Talent Show       Home Sweet Home,      Adventures

The 2008 Clare Reunion page

Previous Clare 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

 

Laughing Late - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Laughing Late

Most of 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 and long.

Susan McClellen, Collette Conway McClellen's mother-in-law, and Cathy Conway, with Diane Everitt and daughter Kelsey
 

Meat Is Murder - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Meat Is Murder

John T. and Collette
 

Jared & Jay - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Jared Connor & Jay Culbertson

These two have been best friends since long before they married Jennifer and Joyce.
 

Long Legs - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission. \

Conversation

Grace Conway, Sean and Barb Conway's daughter, talks with Jennifer Connor, Tom and Patsy's daughter.
 

Girls Talk - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Girls Talk

Kelsey, Diane, Mary and Anna

Dale and Clare - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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 - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Todd At Rest

Of Todd and MaryAnn

Phil - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Phil Everitt

Of Phil and Diane
 

J R & MA - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J T & MaryAnn Compton

 

Mary Bleeding into a Bucket - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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.

 

Parallel Legs - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Parallel Legs

Mary Compton's 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 and Jennifer - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Oh, Grandma — Mary Compton and Jennifer Connor

I think I remember Jennifer being very worried about Mary's leg bleeding.

Picking Ticks - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Picking Ticks

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 - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Jack and Mary Compton

 

Sofa Nap - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Sofa Nap

Marc Goode, husband of Brenna
 

Anna and J R by Patsy

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.
 

Family Phoning - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Family Phoning

 

Mark and Rhonda Sweeney and Diane Everitt - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mark & Rhonda Sweeney and Mark's sister Diane Everitt

 

John M. Compton - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

John M. Compton

of John and Julie and Jackson, third son of Mary and John T.

Fellow Photographer Laughing - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Fellow Photographer Laughing

Susan McClellen and Collette

 

 

Kids
 

Oldest & Youngest "Clares" at the reunion - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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.


 

Personality - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Personality

Jennifer's daughter Maizy and Karen Sweeney Clark's son Jack

Sleepy Eyes - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Sleepy Eyes

Collette, daughter of John and Cathy Conway, and Fiona McClellen, daughter of Matt and Collette

Thinking About Pool - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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
 

Isadora - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Isadora

Brenna (daughter of John and Cathy) and Mark Goode' s child
 

Blame, Tumbler, Maizy - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Blame, Tumbler, Maizy

Cooper, son of  Joyce and Jay Culbertson, Maya and Maizy, daughters of Jennifer and Jared Connor
 

Wanna Hang? - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Wanna Hang?

Will and Jack Clark, sons of Karen and Steve

Jared with Children - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Jared Connor with his children,Maya and Maizy

 

The Broom Triplets - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission. x

"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.

Holding Tight - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Holding Tight

Anna Palmer holds Collin McClellen, son of Collette and Matt.
 

Changing Diapers - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Changing Diapers

 

Bright Eyes - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Bright Eyes

Gunner Goode, son of Brenna and Marc Goode

Green Sipper - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Green Sipper & Dad

Either Noah or Nigel Greiner, son of Peter  and Lisa Greiner

Howdy Ma'am - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Howdy Ma'am

Maya Connor, daughter of Jared and Jennifer, with Laila Reinfelds, daughter of Kelley and Pauls
 

Standing on the Table - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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.
 

Warm Colors of Family - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Warm Colors

Looks like Karen Clark, must be Will or Jack, Steve Clark, and Diane Everitt.

Apple Sauce - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Applesauce

Allison Ockenfels (a Goode babysitter) feeding Gunner Goode
 

Sippee Cup - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Sippy Cup

Either Nigel or Noah Greiner and their father, Peter
 

Paper Towel Dispenser - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Paper Towel Dispenser

Gunner Goode

 Rearranging the Chairs - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission. x

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 Greiner
 

Slap Hands Laughing - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Slap Hands Laughing

Collette's husband Matt and their son Colin McClellen

Say Ahh - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Say "Ahhh"

Aerin and and her father Paul Reinfelds

Intesnity - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Intensity

Grace Conway, daughter of Sean and Barb, and Sofie Reinfelds, daughter of Kelley and Pauls

Under Foot - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Under Foot

One of the twins, Noah or Nigel Greiner
 

Little Girl and J R - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Isadora and J R

Isadora Goode, daughter of Brenna and Marc Goode, and J R, who took most of these photos,, including this one.
 

Defying Gravity - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Defying Gravity

Gunner Goode floats after something.

Bear Pajamas - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Bear Pajamas

Noah and Nigel Greiner, at one of the few times we could tell them apart, if we only knew their individual personalities.

Maya Dancing - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Maya Dancing

Of Jennifer and Jared
 

Tiny Dancer - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Tiny Dancer

Aerin Reinfelds of Kelley and Pauls
 

kung fu - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Kung Fu

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.
 

 

 

The Talent Show
 

Elbow Crawling - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Elbow Crawling

Laila Reinfelds, 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.
 

Talent Trio - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Talent Trio

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 - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mary's Clare Song

Dale Compton, Mary Compton, Marjorie Sweeney and Clare Compton,
 

Too Loud - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission. x

Too Loud

Cooper and Spencer Culbertson, twin sons of Joyce and Jay, react to the Clare Song.

Uncle Howard Tells A Story - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Uncle Howard Tells A Story

 

All Together Now - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

All Together Now

Whom I believe are two babysitters, Mariah and ____ and two of the usual Clare suspects
  

Wiggling Their Ears - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Wiggling Their Ears

John T. Compton and Anna Palmer wiggling their ears.

 

The Tongue Folders - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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 Tongue-Folder - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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 shirts, respectively.

Bending Over Backwards - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Bending Over Backwards

Diane Everitt's daughter Kelsey and son Jared do a little tumbling.
 

A Little Fiddling - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

A Little Fiddling

Goode family babysitter, Allison Ockenfels with a very small violin.

Look Back - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Look Back

a small part of the crowd of 75 Clares present. Isadora Goode in the front row with sisters Joyce and Jennifer and Jennifer's daughter Maya

Porch Rockers - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Porch Rockers

 

 

 

Bigger Kids
 

Those Eyes - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Those Eyes

Karen Clark, of Karen and Steve , daughter of Marjorie and Sweeney, mother of Jack and Will
 

Multi Media - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Multi-Media

Paige Greiner, daughter of Peter and Lisa
 

Language Lesson - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Language Lesson

Brenna Goode, Pauls Reinfelds, Aerin Reinfeldcs, Marc Goode and Isadora Goode practice American Sign Language.
 

Bev and Russ - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Bev & Russ

Russ and Beverly Rutten with Jack Hoffman and Marge Sweeney behind.
 

Patsy Smiling - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Patsy Compton Smiling

 

Sittin' and Smilin' - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Sittin' and Smilin'

Howard Greiner, father of Cathy Conway, Beverly Rutten, Tom and Peter Greiner, and Peg Haluska
 

Dale and Mom - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Dale Patrick and his mom Mary Clare Compton

Photo by Anna Palmer

 

John T and Tommy G - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

John T. and Tommy G.

 

All Smiles - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

All Smiles

Rhonda Sweeney, Diane, Erin Sweeney — daughter of Mark and Rhonda,  Kelsey and Jared Everitt

 

Comptons On The Porch The Last Night - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Comptons on the Porch The Last Night

Left to right: John M., Julie Clifton, Anna Palmer, Clare and Dale Compton
 

 

 

Food
 

Let Them Eat Cake - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Let Them Eat Cake

Each family took a turn at making dinner. Breakfast was usually "on your own" and lunch was "catch as catch can."  At 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 - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Alone in the Kitchen

On another 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.
 

Breakfast Cereals - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Some of the Breakfast Foods

 

What Was Left of the Watermelon - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

What Was Left of the Watermelon That Night

 

The Food Line - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

The Food Line

Joyce Culbertson and Collette McClellan, someone whose face we cannot identify and Jennifer Connor.
 

The Usual Kitchen Melee

The Usual Kitchen Melee

 

The Pitts - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

The Pits

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 next time.
 

Presenting the Clare Again 2012 Cake - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Presenting the Clare Affair 2012 Cake

Steve Clark, Karen  and Steve, presents the reunion cake as Collette McClellan watches.
 

Washing Dishes - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Washing Dishes

Isaac Greiner, son of Peter and Lisa

 

 

Family Adventures
 

King Kongywood - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

King Kongywood

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 - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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 parking.
 

Anna Ziplining - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Anna Zip-lining

Anna just had to fly, so we went with Peg and Howard, Marge and Jack. Here's Anna, Jack and Margie

 

Ziplineing - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Zip-Linging Down

Howard, Anna, Margie and  Jack. Peg and I weren't that interested, and besides then who'd take the pictures?
 

Jelly Fish at the Aquarium - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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.
 

Mary Ann & Todd Dangling - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

MaryAnn and Todd Dangling on the Chair Lift

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 - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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' - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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 - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Pieces of Colors

And there were lots of projects, crafts and activities around The Lodge every day.

 

 

 

Home Sweet Home
 
 

Mapping The Hills - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mapping The HIlls

My dad (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 turns.

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 - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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.

 

Singular Serenity - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Singular Serenity

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 Katy's Kabin - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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 the left — 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.
 

The Dreaded Spiral - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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 in Wonderland.

 

 

The White Elephant Game
 

The Sword - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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.

And 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 - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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.
 

Hose Winner - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Hose Winner

Sofie Reinfelds and Isadora Goode

And It Stands for Pool - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

And It Stands for Pool

Kit Conway, daughter of Sean and Barb, with ______
 

Three Bugs in a Rug - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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
 

Daylight Bugs - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Bugs in Daylight

Jared, Grace Conway, daughter of Sean and Bard; Erin and Jackson

 

Looking Everywhere - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Looking Everywhere

Sean Conway, Reinfelds nanny Katie Loksa and Laila Reinfelds

Loren - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Lauren Rutten

 

Sisters: The Elder Clares - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Sisters — The Elder Clares

Marjorie Clare Sweeney and Mary Clare Compton, the surviving children/daughters of Harold James and Emily Clare.
 

Language Lesson - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Language Lesson

Tom and Patsy Compton help teach sign language to friends, Kit and Bev
 

Tunnel - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Tunnel Through the Mountains

 

Tie Dye Hands - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Tie Dye Hands

Anna Palmer of J R and Anna

A Wrist Called Hope - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

A Wrist Called Hope

Left to right, counting everybody: Joyce, Margie, ____ and Kelsey Everitt

Dying Direct - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Dying Direct

 

Parkway Volleyball - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

In Protective Plastic

Kelsey Everitt

Tickle Floor - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Tickle Floor

Brenna, Isadora and Gunner Goode play tickle and laugh.
 

Playing with Time - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Playing With Time

One of "the Greiner Triplets"
 

Pillow Bed - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Isadora Goode in Pillow Bed

 

King John & Prince Jackson - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

King John & Prince Jackson

The sign upper left on the fridge implores Clares to "Eat Left-Overs!!"
 

Scabbord vs. Sword - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Scabbard vs. Sword

Allison Ockenfels and Logan McClellen
 

Tiara - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Tiara

 

Sisters Pledging to do the Next Reunion - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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 reunion.

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 Sisters - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

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.


Sun Setting - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission. x

Sun Setting

 

The last Clare Family Reunion page.

All images copyright 2012 by J R Compton.
All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Do not use these images on any website, or for any commercial purpose
or to promote any person, product, organization or business
without specific written permission and full commercial payment.

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 else, ask.

Enjoy.

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