2008 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas
Vick Family Reunion - June 20-22, Salado, Texas
We held our Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas in June of 2008. We combined our annual reunion with the our cousins in Texas and it was a blast. Their annual auction was a resounding success as we raised close to $4,000. We also had over 120 in attendance thanks to our “cousins” from the Vick Ranch of Texas. We headed out to the Vick Ranch for more food and fun.
Jack and the boys entertained us with some “pickin’ & grinnin”. It sure is hard to beat some good music and a cold Dr. Pepper under the shade of an old oak tree...
Jack Vick and his band Last Call entertained us with some great singing. Apparently Jack’s voice is very soothing...
Also this year, Mackenzie Powell sang “Top of the World” and joined in with the band pickin’ on her banjo.
Our cousins in Texas, who are descents of Robert Lee Vick was celebrating the 100th year of the "Vick Ranch," what a perfect match for the reunion and celebrating ...
With the "Vick Ranch " and Cemetery (Live Oak Cemetery) only 40 miles north of Austin airport and south of the Dallas airport just 2 hours away we had good participation from JVFOA and our local cousins from Texas.
We selected June 20-22 for our JVFOA Reunion. Our activities were, Friday check-in and evening dinner gathering, Saturday workshops on the Vick family tree (with DNA reports) and on Sunday gathering for visiting the local Vick Cemetery and a afternoon of "picking and singing" and then on Sunday we attended the local faiths of our members.
The hotels in Salado, Texas (Best Western, Super 8 Motel, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites and Stagecoach Inn) were more than we needed for the 120 that attended.
We worked with Jack Vick & Beverly Strickton from Salado and (Jeremy & Brooke Vick in Austin), our reunion committee met to make all the final details on December 14 at College Station, Texas.
At prior reunions, we have stood on the land that belonged to our original Joseph Vick in Virginia, and seen the land in “Vicksville” Virginia where the women and children were sheltered during Nat Turner’s rebellion. We have visited the family cemetery in Smithland, Kentucky and visited the site of Vicksburg, Kentucky where family members maintained a ferry crossing on the Cumberland River just a few miles from the Ohio River. And of course we’ve been to Vicksburg Mississippi. Stay tuned for more information on 2008 as the plans develop.