Schedule of Events

All activities and itineraries are subject to change without notice. 
These items are based on number of participants and our budget

Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21, 2013

Doubletree By Hilton

990 Hilton Heights Road, Charlottesville, VA




7:30pm-10:30pm:  Celebrating The Ancestors/Recognizing The Elders.  Honoring the ancestors and celebrating our living elders.

Giorgio's, First Floor of the hotel.

Cousin and distinguished educator, civil rights activist and pastor Dr. Virgil A. Wood, will lead a session in which we reflect upon what our ancestors gave us, as we also celebrate the elders present.  Our cousin, performing artist Rashida Bumbray, will join other vocally inspired cousins to kick the night off by leading us in a Ring Shout, reputed to be one of the oldest forms of musical expression by Africans in the Americas.

  FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

4PM-Until: Check-in in hotel rooms      

8PM-11PM: WELCOME RECEPTION and check in for all family members between 8pm and 11pm, where you'll receive a reunion packet (including: copy of the plan for the weekend, a copy of the Brown Family Tree, t-shirts, and name tags), meet and greet arriving family members and unwind after your trip with fresh fruit, domestic and imported cheese, and non-alcoholic beverages. AVAILABLE: Card tables (Spades, Bid Whist, Tonk, Poker, etc.)  and Introductions:   Hotel Bar will be open until 1am. LOCATION:  GIORGIO'S

9pm-10pm:  MANDATORY FAMILY REUNION COORDINATING COMMITTEE MEETING:   Room 802. Full meeting of the Reunion Coordinating Committee in Wendell's hotel suite to meet each other, account for last minute details, confirm procurement schedule and ensure smooth sailing for the weekend.  Brief breakout meetings by activity.



8AM-9AM:  BREAKFAST, $10.95 buffet per person in the hotel, or order from the menu.  Nearby alternatives available.  Ala carte.

ALTERNATE  SATURDAY CHECK IN:     Rotunda Ballroom.  Anytime between 8AM and 9AM, where all late comers will receive a copy of the plan for the weekend.  

8:30AM-9:15am:  MANDATORY technical walk through of the Knowledge Bowl --Rotunda Ballroom

               Walk through of the knowledge bowl participants to check sound cues, lighting, equipment and staging. Required for all knowledge bowl participants.

9:15am SHARP:  Official Welcome:  By family members representing all branches of the family.  Rotunda Ballroom

10am-12:pm:  Family Scavenger Hunt, Pen Park

Scavengar Hunt teams of 8-10 people will be assigned beginning at 9:30am in the Ballroom.  All teams will consist of family members who do not know each other.  Teams will travel to the park and move their way through a list of park locations to identify a set of objects or images.The team must work together to complete the scavenger hunt.  A great way to build relationships and get to know some cousins you just met!  

RAIN LOCATION:  Inside the hotel.

On Your Own For Lunch.  The Hotel Restaurant will be open for lunch, and there are plenty of nearby dining and shopping options available.

Afternoon Entertainment Options:

3PM to 6PM:   

Bowling and Billiards

AMF Keglers Lanes

200 Seminole Trail


Leave the hotel at 2:45pm and drive a little down Rt. 29 to AMF KEGLERS LANES for bowling or billiards.  

 Bowling $6.45 per game. Shoe rental $4.60 per person. The lanes offers a special of $17 to bowl all you want for two hours, or $29 for 3 hours (includes shoe rental).  Paid on site.

 Billiards  $16 per hour per table. Up to 4 players per table.  (So four players may play for $4 each for an hour).  Paid on site.



For those who prefer to relax in the hotel and spend time catching up with relatives and meeting new ones, a suite in the hotel will be available to do just that.

In Wendell's hotel suite, precise room # TBD

This central location has multiple seating, and will be stocked with refreshments for the afternoon.

Pool Party




No Fee


We bring Bingo to the hotel for a couple of hours of fun gaming, complete with a professional host, multiple games, and prizes. Gallery B & C . 


Wine and dine with family members  enjoying a buffet dinner featuring Homestyle Southern favorites:


Tossed greens with assorted dressings

Creamy cole slaw

Country potato salad

Sliced watermelon and fresh cantaloupe

Southern fried chicken

Barbeque pork ribs

Corn-breaded catfish fillets

Mashed red potatoes with homestyle gravy

Flame roasted corn succotash

Sweet cornbread and biscuits with butter & marmalade

Peach cobbler and strawberry shortcake

Regular and decaf coffee, assorted hot teas

Iced tea and iced water


     During Dinner, enjoy a family strut across the stage, announcements, other ad hoc activities, and perhaps a surprise performance.

10PM-12AM:  DINNER DANCE, Rotunda Ballroom 

                 The big party of the weekend.  Clear away the dinner dishes and jump onto the parquet.  DJs in the family spin popular classics all night on the platform.  Cash bar.  Fancy dress, please!

7:30PM:  The Red & White Ball 

                 Welcome, Mayoral Address, Dinner, and Dance

7:30PM:  Evening Welcome

7:40PM:  Address by Charlottesville Mayor Satyendra Huja

8PM:  Dinner

Appr. 8:45pm:  Announcements, Family Strut, etc.

Appr. 10pm:  Dance



9AM-10AM: CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST BUFFET-- Rotunda Ballroom. $13 per adult, $6.50 kids 6-11, kids 5 and under free.  Must prepay.  

     *You may also choose to take breakfast in the hotel restaurant or elsewhere.  However, if you can please choose the Continental Breakfast Buffet, as it will be credited toward our total food & beverage minimum!

9am-10am:  Jefferson Continental Breakfast for all

Rotunda Ballroom

9:30AM-10:30AM  Knowledge Bowl --Rotunda Ballroom

10:30AM - 11:30AM:  REUNION WRAP-UP:  Stay in the Rotunda Ballroom  for a wrap-up and sendoff

12 NOON: A     Check-out    



Ride on out to Greenwood to the family's historic religious seat, Piedmont Baptist Church, and enjoy the beginning of Revival.

**All activities and itineraries are subject to change without notice.  Changes in the schedule will only be made due to lack of advance participation or in the case of events being added to the schedule.  I do not anticipate having to cancel any events, except due to lack of interest.  In that case, another event will be substituted!

These items are based on number of participants and our budget**