CHARLOTTE, NC – The first weekend in August was the birth of the Newburgh/Poughkeepsie Reunion in Charlotte, NC. The Newburgh/Poughkeepsie Reunion was started by a group of Gentlemen who relocated from Mid-Hudson Valley, NY to Southern states. The friends united to form what will become one of the greatest summer getaways reuniting friends and family from all over to meet up in a great location.
Many African Americans from the Mid-Hudson Valley have family and friends who are living in the south. They don’t mind traveling to meet up with their loved ones. In the future the reunion will include Beacon and other towns from the Mid-Hudson Valley, NY area. The group is looking to have the reunions in other locations in the future.
There was a meet and greet on Friday. Saturday is a phenomenal banquet with an awards presentation, great food, followed by a great time on the dance floor. Sunday was time for praising the lord. The Minister is connected to the hometown area. Post Pandemic, the group has united to bring people together. Alfonso Bristow of Raleigh, North Carolina, Thomas Whitted of Virginia and Tony Byrd of Charlotte, NC are the newly formed founders. With the help of their committee Dr. Wanda Lewis-Campbell of Philadelphia, Ms. Krista Brown of Poughkeepsie, NY and Mrs. Joy Rene’ Young of Hopewell Junction, NY. all contributed in making the weekend a success.
The Meet and Greet was held at The Stadium Sports Bar and Lounge. The Venue is owned by James Hall formerly of Newburgh, NY. The food and the vibe were great. The two people who were honored this year was the late Christopher Mclaurin who is now deceased, but did an outstanding job with our youth in Poughkeepsie, NY and George Frazier for his outstanding contributions with the youth and adults in the city of Newburgh. Both families of the two gentlemen honored were on hand to applaud them. Rev. Craig S. Campbell, M.Div.
Associate Minister Bethlehem Baptist Church, Penllynn, PA was on hand to deliver an extraordinary sermon that moved the attendees at a wonderful Sunday morning service.
This reunion was to lay the groundwork to build the number of participants who join us in years to come. Over 200 participants gathered in Charlotte for this auspicious occasion. Many more stopped by to greet friends and loved ones.