Dear Bernhardt Cousins,
August is coming soon and I am looking forward to seeing you at the reunion on August 1. We have a full weekend of activities arranged and hope that you plan on joining us for all or part of it. Please drop me an email and let me know if your family might be interested in participating in the different activities. We don't want to overbook it there is no interest.
I hope that you have been enjoying the JC Bernhardt blog. I If you haven't seen it please check it out at www.jcbernhardt.blogspot.com. I know you'll learn a lot about your family. We will keep you updated on our plans for the reunion there.
Saturday, July 31
3:00 – Lazy 5 Ranch; The Lazy 5 Ranch is an exotic animal drive thru park that offers a 3.5 mile safari. You will have the opportunity to view over 750 animals from six different continents. You can see these animals from the safety of your own car or call for reservations on their horse drawn wagons. This is a drive-through experience unique to North Carolina. The site also includes a petting zoo and historic animal barn. A group rate of $5/person over 1 year old, + $2.50 for the wagon ride is available for groups of 15 or more. This is a great activity for the kids and adults alike, a wonderful opportunity to meet some Bernhardts your age. http://www.lazy5ranch.com/index.htm
6:00 – Dinner at Gary's Barbeque in China Grove.
Sunday, August 1
10:30 – Worship Service at St. Paul's Lutheran Church the home church of your ancestors. The Bernhardts will be recognized for their many contributions to the church through the years. Let's have a great showing!
12:00 – Covered Dish Luncheon in the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
12:00 Meet and greet your family. Treasure Hunt. 12:30 Lunch 1:00 Business Meeting and Entertainment
2:30 – Rowan Museum; Exhibits include: Civil War and Confederate Prison which includes letters, weapons, items from the arsenal located in Rowan County, and artifacts from the Salisbury Confederate prison including original lithographs done by prisoners; Commerce and Professional Life including artifacts from advertising, finance, medical, general stores, distilleries, hotels and more; Country Life and Early Trade including a Nissen covered wagon used in traveling the Great Wagon Road to settle Rowan County. Other exhibits include Granite and Quarry displays, Carpenter’s tools, and Blacksmith items, also tools related to wheel-making and Field and Forest tools. Contributions accepted. http://www.rowanmuseum.org/