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You'll see some historic family snapshots. If you have photos to add, they're welcome!

May Party 2002 (page 1)     May Party 2002 (page 2)

The remainder of this page features photos of the infamous May Party 2000, for your entertainment pleasure.

May Family Party 2000:   OK, so it was a little wet...

Thanks to all who attended, a few drops of rain didn't dampen our spirits! . . . .
A word from your hosts:

Dear family,
We want to thank all who braved the elements to attend our May family reunion last Saturday. 115 attended (plus any others who somehow missed signing in) [representing at least 10 states]. FYI, the rainfall that day amounted to 6 - 10 " (depending on whose rain guage was most accurate), and this atop a cloudburst the preceding day, making this perhaps the wettest reunion ever. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm was amazing, and despite the trashing of all our best laid plans for that day, we hope that all enjoyed the "togetherness" of the occasion.
Thank you all for your cooperation, good humor, the wonderful array of goodies, gifts and shared memories you brought. We are still finding "mementos" of the occasion - left behind shoes, umbrellas, hats, ponchos etc. All will be kept for reclaiming later.
Come visit us when you can, and "think 2002".
Ed and Claire Christensen
845 647-6168

"Welcome to the party!"

Cars were parked everywhere...... The weather caused congestion in the "unloading zone."
cars in field cars

The porch was a popular (and dry) haven.

Everybody's posing for pictures, including Dad and my niece Megan.

Say hello to the chefs: Big Jim and Steve. They kept everyone happy!
Steve & Jim garage

The garage was as crowded as a nightclub, but there were smiles everywhere.
garage party

More smiles, more soggy cousins...
cousins garage

The barn was a less crowded alternative to the garage area, but food and drink had to be imported.
barn barn

When the downpour eased to a sprinkle, a tour of the Farm started at the "front" pond...
farm tour

Umbrellas abounded as we visited the "back" pond.
farm tour

Chris and Barbara Zona chat with Steve.... Your humble webmaster poses with his dad and cousin Chris.
Steve, Chris & Barbara Zona Ray & Dad

Just imagine a warm, sunny day...... A campfire was lit when the rain let up. Wouldn't you know that just after many had departed, it stopped raining and we were able to build a fire for marshmallows and Steve even gave some motorcycle rides!
rain campfire


rainmotorcycle ridesfire
fire fire
motorcycle rides party
party party
party party
motorcycle party party
Your hosts, Ed & supplies staged in the basement.
party hosts party supplies
More motorcycle madness:
motorcycle motorcycle
More bonfire:
bonfire bonfire
The choice: shelter in the barn, or warmth near the fire...
barn party
fire fire
Cousins: [front] Ken, Tina, Lorraine, Bernadette, Ronnie
[rear] Steve, Maria, Madeline, Alan, Eric......Ray was wandering around in the rain...
cousins Ray
More of the grand tour...
farm tour farm tour
Pond activities provided some fun for the kids...
pond fun pond fun
party party
party party
The day after, the sun came out...Granny Christensen with her grandkids + Sexy Granny!
Grandma Christensen sexy Granny
That was fun!

Ray's World of Beer Bottles site

Great weather for first anniversary of 2000 May Party

It was cool and partly cloudy on the weekend of 7/14/01 for a mini-reunion of the Christensen family. Lorraine & John were up from NC with their lovely daughters Arianna (3) and Kaylin (9 months). Steve & Gina came up with Nicole (7) and Megan (5) to fill up the house with sweet little girls. Your Webmaster was lucky enough to have his own room -- near the front door, in case things got crazy.

Some highlights:

  • Kaylin is almost walking, and especially enjoyed chewing on her cousin Megan's nose.
  • We found time for hiking, boating, volleyball, beer drinking, and even a quick dip in the pond. (all the stuff we had planned for last year's big party!)
  • Saturday evening's entertainment was toasting marshmallows with a big bonfire.
  • The kids would have been happy to remain on the swings 24/7.
  • Nicole and her Uncle Ray each got stung by a couple bees. Arianna had been stung on the previous day.
  • Mom & Dad found time to go out and buy a new car!
  • After church on Sunday morning, we made the All-American stop at McDonald's in Ellenville, where we wished the Kleins a safe journey back to Charlotte.
We hope you're enjoying a pleasant summer. Should we go for another big reunion next year?

I'd be happy to accept any hard copy or e-mailed photos of your family to put on this page (or the "Archives" page). Feel free to also add a few remarks. I can also provide a link to your email address if you like.
Hard copy photos can be mailed to:
Ray Christensen
2630 Crossgates Drive
Wilmington, DE 19808

They will be returned as soon as I scan them.
To e-mail photos, click on the envelope at the bottom of this page.

From left: the Eric May family, the Chris Zona family (Christensen side)
Eric May family Chris Zona family

From left: the Steven Christensen family, the John Klein [Lorraine Christensen] family
Steve Christensen family Klein family

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Links to Ray's other websites:

Resume Website Center -- I can build you a low cost Resume website!
Queen of Peace -- humorous site in memory of my Grandma
Ray's World of Beer Bottles -- check out my collection, photos, facts & fun!
Crossgates Community Assn. -- Ray's neighborhood in Wilmington, DE
Attraction Dating -- for single folks and those who need a laugh

Family Links

May Family Home
May Family Reunion 2000
May Family Reunion 2002
May Reunion 2004