Lyster/Sommerville clan gather for a reunion


Families from the Lyster/Sommerville clan gathered for a reunion on July 25-27th weekend at the Sommerville heritage farm.
Some 160 family members, all descendent of the Catherine Corbet Sommerville family that came to the Ghost Pine in 1908 from Glasgow, Scotland, came from as far away as Toronto, Seattle, Penticton, Vancouver, Vernon, Armstrong, Red Deer, Slave Lake, Wainwright, Lethbridge, Calgary, Saskatoon and a number of other places in Saskatchewan. It was a special time of renewing acquaintance (after 62 years for some) and meeting cousins for the first time for others.
The celebration was kicked-off with a barbecue on Friday night, relocated to the quonset because of severe wind and rain, but the close quarters fostered intimacy! Saturday blossomed bright and sunny, as did the rest of the week- end. Children were kept occupied with face painting and many games which gave adults time to reminisce and celebrate an heritage of Faith.
A surprise auction event of 10 bundt cakes, donated by Ben Mudd of Red Deer, raised over $300 for charity. A credit to World Champion Auctioneer Peter Raffan of Armstrong, B.C.
Donna Milan and Tane Skotheim, of Friends Catering, provided three back-to-back fantastic meals, which still receive rave reviews.
Pastor Harold Hunter celebrated the Sunday Church service. Music was provided by Dan Sommerville, with special numbers by Lorna and Martin Sholz.
The guests left after lunch on Sunday, some a bit weary, many with lasting memories, and some with resolve to make these family reunions a tradition.