The Matteson Family Reunion 2010 Home Page
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, July 2, 2010
- Added our pictures under "Galleries"
- Added the slide shows in "Downloads". They are in .pps form, will try to convert to .pdf.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
- We are tax exempt in Rhode Island! Here is the certificate.
- The DEADLINE for sign-up is July 17. Here is the second mailing with the sign-up form.
- Added a copy of the recent mailing, which has a sign up form. It will also be included in the Mattesonian mailing.
- Dorothy and Gordon Matteson will sponser the coffee on Saturday night and Gail will make the cake.
- On Saturday we got the check from Herman to reserve the Sunday bus. All arrangements are now made. Yes!
will also be mailing in the form for tax exemptin in Vermont.
If we get that, Gail will bring it to the RI Statehouse for a
cert here. He already had a more recent IRS ruling letter, which
Vermont wanted. Fingers crossed.
have heard back from the current owners of the Clement Weaver house
(built 1679) and he will allow us to visit on Sunday. Clement had
been a near neighbor of Hugh and Elizabeth in Portsmouth, so he and
Henry must have gone way back.
- Oh no! All this tax exempt stuff may be for naught:
Sunday, March 13, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
- We drove the Saturday route to check the drive times. It will be tight but doable.
- The bus has been switched to one with a wheelchair lift. No extra charge!
special sailing of the Prudence Island Ferry planned turned out to be
too expensive. We will use the normal schedule, which means we
won't be able to have lunch there.
- The Saturday costs are set, and Sunday other than lunch.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
- Marilisa can bring a digital projector (yeah!), so all we need now are photos from past reunions. Please email them here. If you prefer to mail prints, email us to get our mailing address, we'll scan them and return them at the reunion.
- Vermont wants an updated IRS letter saying that the congress is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
have heard from Mr. Thurston, owner of the Parsons' former place.
He has agreed to let us visit and we will invite him to Prudence
Island for lunch with us.
- Updated the Schedule page with the current trip costs. Sunday is still a little unsure, so we have it as a maximum.
found a reference to a Vermont tax account in some papers we had. I have emailed them with the number, but
haven't heard back.
- The bus for Saturday and our Newport Mansion tours are reserved.
Monday, February 15, 2010
- The bus, restaurant and park (for lunch) are now reserved.
- The quest for tax exempt status continues. Waiting for a return email from Vermont.
- No word yet from the current owner of Hugh and Elizabeth's place as to whether we can stop there on the Sunday trek.
- We expect to finalize the menu this week. We will then have final costs for Sat.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
quotes on the bus have started to come in. So far the best
is $699 for the day and it's a very local company (West Warwick), so
the cost estimate is down to more like $73 for adults and $32.50 for
- "Call for Photos"
us your photos from past reunions, especially from 2006. We
are making a musical slide show for the bus ride.
Saturday, February 13,
letter to George Thurston Jr., current owner of the Parsons property in
Portsmouth, to see if he would let us visit during the Sunday trip.
- Cost estimate for
Saturday is now $79 for adults and $38.50 for kids, which includes:
- Bus for the day
- Box lunch and drinks
- Tours of two mansions
- Three-entré buffet dinner
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
- Coffee and cake at the
Hotel (Sponsored by Gordon Matteson)
- Updated web site
- Visited the Parsons'
house site. The address is 664 Union
St., Portsmouth, RI. We didn't stop in, but
here are some screen
shots from Bing.com bird's eye (did Hugh build those stone walls and
did Henry help?):
Friday, February 12, 2010
- Mailed the deposit check
for the Saturday night restaurant.
- Visited Fort Wetherill
State Park, where we will have lunch on Saturday. Not as nice
as Beavertail, but it will do nicely.
Thursday, February 11,
- Emailed the reservation
form for Fort Wetherill State Park, it's just a formality.
Wednesday, February 10,
scanned documents to the State of Vermont in an attempt to get a copy
of the Congress's tax exempt certificate as required by Rhode Island.
with Felicia at RI DEM Division of Parks and Recreation re: using Fort
Wetherill for lunch. It's OK to move the picnic tables as
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
- Final confirmation that
we have the Coast Guard House locked in for our date.
November 21, 2009
- Visited the Rhode Island State House and
attempted to reason with bureaucrats to get tax exempt status.
Portsmouth town hall and got copies of Hugh Parson's will and William
Allen's will, which was witnessed by Henry. Also got copies
the map of the "Original Land Grants" of Portsmouth, showing where the
the Coast Guard House restaurant. We are leaning toward
their covered deck. Here are some pictures of and from the deck (the
cover was off for the season):