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The 2012 Clare Family Reunion

Kids,      Bigger Kids,      White Elephant,     Tie Dye
Talent Show       Home Sweet Home,      Adventures
including  The Great Water Balloon Fight

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 (and Diane's and Anna's) photos from the 2012 Clare Family Reunion in and around Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, home of Dollywood ,with great views of The Smoky Mountains and lots of fun things to do and see.

Special thanks to the combined efforts of Kelley Reinfelds, Diane Everitt, my mother Mary, her sister Margie, who also brought this sign, Bev Rutten and Cathy Conway, who organized this reunion, almost everyone in the 136 photographs on this page — selected from my 1,947 reunion shots — are now identified and inter-related.

Please email me with any questions, comments or corrections. Diane Everitt, who realized he was missing from this page, tracked down her photo of Ian Greiner, which may be the last photo added to this page.

Thank you, all who helpd make this page happen.

A Short History of Clare Reunions - info  by Marge Sweeney

July 16-23 1983 - Estes Park YMCA Camp.
July 12-14 1991 - Howard's motel in Albia, Iowa — 60 of us were there.
1993 - Howard's motel in Branson, Missouri
2008 - Estes Park in Colorado, again — 70 Clares there — my photo page of the 2008 reunion
2012 near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - 64 of us

Mom, Margie and Anna are working on official group photos from past reunions, which will be on another page.
  

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. (Many call him "Jack.") and Collette
 

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.
 

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'

Peg Haluska with Howard Greiner, widower of Lois Clare Greiner ,who was Harold J. and Emily Clare's  third child. Howard is father of Cathy Conway, Beverly Rutten, Tom, Doug, Clare and Peter Greiner,
 

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 met and 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 Mathis
 

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.

John T Compton and his only daughter, MaryAnn Mathis

 

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.
 

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

Mary Compton and whom she called "my nurse"

Nurse Barb Conway is married to Sean, son of John and Cathy, daughter of Lois and Howard Greiner.
 

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 Smoky Mountains Urgent Care, where we took Mom the next day, told her that whoever did those bandages could have a job there, immediately, whenever she wanted — they were so professionally done.

 

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

After she and several other unidentified hands had thoroughly explored Mary's head where it had bled worse than her leg probably still was, her granddaughter Jennifer showed concern.
 

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 Grace Conway's head. Those adults are Bev Rutten and Grace's mom, Barb Conway's.
 

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

Jack — also known as John T — and Mary Compton

Longest-lasting couple at the reunion. They've been married 69 years (I can usually remember that number. It's my age plus one.) And they will celebrate 70 years of marriage in September 2013 — probably quietly. Their 50th Anniversary was gala and packed the church hall with long-time friends and family, but that was pre-Internet, or I'd link you to more pictures.
 

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, father of Isadora and Gunner
 

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 and two reunions.
 

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. John is Mary and John T Compton's third son.
 

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 Conway McClellan

 

 

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 and Jared Connor's daughter Maizy and Karen Sweeney and Steve 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.
 

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

Gunner, Lisa, Nigel/Noah and Sofia

These Clares are Gunner Goode, Lisa Greiner, married to Peter, and their children, Nigel or Noah and Sofia.
 

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
 

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 Jack down from the table. To Jared's left are Erin Sweeney, daughter of  Mark and Rhonda, Kelsey Everitt, and that's Jack Clark on the table — briefly.
 

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 in pink, so the striped one is Will Clark, then Steve Clark, and finally, Karen's big sister, Diane Everitt.
 

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
 

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 his 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 Pauls Reinfelds, husband of Kelley, who is daughter of John and Cathy Conway, who is daughter of Lois Clare Greiner and Howard Greiner.
 

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
 

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

Ian Greiner and Mary Compton

I don't know how I managed to miss photographing Ian, but thanks to Diane Everitt for this shot of him talking to my mother. Ian's parents are Peter and Lisa Greiner. Peter is Howard and Lois Clare Greiner's son,
 

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. Love the mysterious  attitude she's adopted.
 

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,
 

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

Mariah and Andrea Roller, non-Clare sisters who came as Kit's friends, perform with two of the usual Clare suspects, Isadora Goode and Grace Conway.
  

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 T-shirt Anna is wearing shows Mary, Marge, their late siblings Jim and Lois's parents Harold James and Emily Brian Clare at their Homestead outside of Douglas, Wyoming (fifty miles east of Casper) in 1918. My mother had so dearly wanted to wear a T-shirt with her parents' pictures on it, that I got Jared Connor, who designed the official, green, 2012 Clare Reunion shirts, to help get the minimum one dozen early-Clare photo shirts printed as a gift for my Mom.
 

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-upper 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 64 Clares present. Isadora Goode is 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, daughter of Margie and the late Gene Sweeney, is mother of Jack and Will and married to Steve Clark.
 

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, Peter and Lisa's oldest daughter
 

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

Patsy Compton Smiling

She doesn't just use it for photographs. I have seen Patsy smiling that big, beautiful smile many, many times, and I treasure seeing it, every time.
 

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

 

Sean and Barb Map It OUt - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Sean and Barb Map It Out

Sean is the son of Cathy and John Conway, married to Barb, and together they are parents of Kitty and Grace.
 

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 friend Andrea Roller
 

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

Daughter of Russ and Bev 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

Margie Clare Sweeney and Mary Clare Compton, the surviving daughters of Harold James and Emily Brian 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
 

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
 

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

Tom Greiner, Dale Patrick andClare Compton coloring

 

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. Compton,  his significant other, Julie Clifton, my significant other Anna Palmer, and Clare and Dale Compton
 

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

Late Night Cards

Jared Connor at computer; Joyce and Jay Culbertson, Brenna Goode, Karen  Clark and Jennifer Connor


 

 

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

Another events sheet on the bulletin wall 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 who may just remain unidentified and Jennifer Connor.
 

The Usual Kitchen Melee

The Usual Kitchen Melee

I chose this shot, because it had the most people in one picture of all similar kitchen mob pix. But I know more people than that crammed into that space. I count 19.
 

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. Don't remove the stems first; pull them out together. Someday I'll try that.
 

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, of 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 helps while standing on special kitchen stilts.

 

 

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, because they had free parking if we bought dinner, and we did.
 

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 Haluska and Howard Greiner, Marge Sweeney and Jack Hoffman. Here's Anna, Jack and Marge swooping down toward over the river across the treed area to a horse barn.
 

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

Zip-Lining 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 Ripley's Smoky Mountain Aquarium, saying they'd read it was better than California's Monterey Aquarium. It is big, has a lot of pretty fish, and even glassed-in tunnels that let kids climb into some aquariums, but it lacks the breadth, scope and extended beauty of the Monterey institution. We've seen both, and San Francisco is still better than Gatlinburg.
 

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.
 

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

We Saw Bears

We saw bears out the cable car windows from high over this extra-charge bears-only zoo. But only for a few seconds, and I think those two black bears were asleep, with just three humans in attendance around their technicolor habitat. A chance encounter.
 

Mountain Top View from the Top of the Mountain - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Mountain Top View of Mountain Tops

I think Anna (second or third from left) is the only person in this photo whom I know, although I got used to having mountain tops in our views for about a week. Pretty place, and the Bluegrass music nice. Seemed to go together. It was cooler and breezier on top, and we could see for miles and miles and miles.
 

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 am drawn to dragons, even though putt-putting in the 100+ degree heat did not appeal.

Another clear, sharp memory from this reunion was someone, I think an adult male, announcing a game of "Second-cousin Twister" about to begin.  The several adults around me all laughed, but I didn't go there to photograph it, and I should have.
 

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.
 

 

 

The Great Water Baloon Fight

 

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

Kelsey Everitt and Grace Conway getting ready

While others dyed tied T-shirts, a few brave souls began filling balloons with water for the Great Water Balloon Fight up the hill on the other side of The Lodge. We missed  that event entirely, but Diane Everitt was there with camera blazing.
 

Diane Everitt - The Left Side vs. - copyright 2012 Diane Everitt

Essentially, it was the kids on the left  a.k.a., "The Hatfields"

Joyce Culbertson, Sofia Reinfelds, Maya Connor, Collette McClellen, Andrea Roller [friend], Fiona McClellen, Allison Ockenfels [babysitter], Isadora Goode and Susan McClellen also taking pictures. Watching from a safe distance and behind the wood barrier were: Mike and Marisa Kast, Mary and Jack Compton, Jack Hoffman and Marge Sweeney, Tom Compton, Cathy Conway, Patsy and Jennifer Compton.
 

Verses the Kids on the right - copyring 201 by Diane Everitt

verses the kids on the right — a.k.a., "The McCoys."

Left to right in the foreground: are Grace Conway (in red striped swimsuit), Colin McClellen, Kitty Conway, Mariah (mostly hidden by Kitty], Logan McClellen and Karen Clark with sons Will and Jack. Watching from probably too close behind are Sean Conway, Susan McClellen, Marc Goode and Steve Clark's sister Debbie.
 

And some other kids dropping water - copyright 2012 Diane Everitt

Comuning with the Water Spirits 

Jack Clark, not quite understanding the concept of water balloons.
 

With a few adults - copyright 2012 Diane Everitt

... and a few adults engaging in more serious water exchanges 

I heard (J R speaking here.) the beginning of this adventure days before the event. It seemed then that nostalgic adults were more excited about staging another famous family water fight than the littler kids. But their enthusiasm quickly spread among all ages. Here Kelley Reinfelds and Jay Culbertson get fierce and wet in a ferocious exchange of H-two-O.
 

di ev got wet

... with the more well-deserving of them getting totally soaked.

Checking out the ice box is Logan McClellen, standing well behind, holding a large, white trash can and laughing uproarously is John Conway. Hidden almost invisibly behind the central figure of Jay Culbertson in wet black is, well, we're not sure yet, In the lower right corner of this photo by Diane Everitt is Grace Conway, and above her and on the right edge of the photo still exploring her wetness is babbysitter Allison Ockenfels],
 

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 lots of projects, crafts and other activities around The Lodge every day.

 

 

 

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 McClellan, 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 her sword, which was a very popular elephant. Several adults attempted to explain the situation, but she clearly did not understand.

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 at either end of the hose, which was another surprisingly popular elephant.
 

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

Watching The White Elephant

Cathy Conway, Russ and Bev Rutten, Bev's daughter Marisa, and  her husband Mike Kast getting into the game
 

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
 

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A Wrist Called Hope

Left to right, counting everybody: Joyce Culbertson, Marge Sweeney, Mariah Roller and Kelsey Everitt
 

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

Squeeze-bottle Dying

friend of the family, Mariah Roller

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 and Collette McClellan
 

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

Tiara

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 on that big soft rug.
 

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Playing With Time

One of "the Greiner Triplets," and our best guess is it's either Nigel or Noah. We wonder whether even Peter and Lisa can tell them apart. They must.
 

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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!!" John Compton, son of Mary and Jack, with his son, Jackson.
 

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Scabbard vs. Sword

Allison Ockenfels and Logan McClellen play with the scabbord that was almost as popular as that sword.
 

Saying Goodbye to Mary and Jack - Photograph Copyright 2012 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Saying Goodbye to Mary and Jack

At first Mary and Jack Compton had said they weren't even coming, citing various issues and conditions. Then they decided they couldn't not go, so though they did not spend the whole week of the reunion, they came for a few days, and that was amazing and fun.
 

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

Tunnel Through the Mountains

 

 

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 further procrastinated. It'd be too easy, and whoever would end up doing it, needs all the time they can get.  It's a major energy soak, of course, but time is also a major ingredient. The more, the better.

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. It was comparatively easy for us, once Patsy gave us a block of YMCA rooms she'd got from another group that had planned to stay there, and Mary and Marge helped considerably, because they were used to running it. Etc.

And we loved our rocks. I still have mine in the corner of some room here.

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.
 

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 finally finished their job.
 

 

 

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.) stairways.

I usually went up or down very carefully, often using my hands on the next steps to keep me from tumbling down like Alice in Wonderland.
 

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 of my photos on this page. No charge.

Meanwhile, I will entertain suggestions, corrections or names for the yet-unidentified.

Almost all of these photographs were shot with my trusty little Panasonic Lumix G2. None, I believe, used flash, so the lighting you see here was as it was. How did I get such candid shots? I outlasted them. I stayed at The Lodge long enough for almost every wary Clare to settle in and get used to me poking my camera at them and going "click." I asked early and often for "no pointing, no smiles," but I got both, and plenty decent shots.

If you have questions or quibbles, ask.

Enjoy.

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