Nashville author Tom Wood recently visited the State Road/ Elkin area for a family get-together.
Renewing old family ties and planning for future events were the themes of the 52nd annual Wood Reunion, held Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Friendship Church Fellowship Hall.
W.L. Wood of Greensboro, president of the group, welcomed about 40 relatives scattered across the Carolinas and Tennessee, then told the younger attendees it was up to them to keep the tradition alive.
“Our generation won’t be here forever. It is up to you younger folks to keep this going,” he said.
Although a light but steady rain poured outside, it couldn’t dampen spirits at the festive indoor family picnic. A huge spread of food stretched over four tables, ranging from fried chicken and sausages to meatloaf and lasagna, with an array of casseroles, side dishes and desserts.
The food was accompanied by a sharing of family histories, some old tall tales and generally catching up on what everyone had been up to in the past 12 months.
The event lasted two hours and included several notable highlights.
W.L. Wood was re-elected as president. Other officers for the coming year are vice-president Chip Wood of Chapel Hill and secretary/treasurer Lou Hampton of Elkin. One of Chip’s first initiatives was to announce plans for a digital family tree.
The annual gathering is traditionally held on the fourth Sunday in September, but this year’s event was held on a Saturday. It was voted to return to the final Sunday in 2014.
Chuck Wood of Locust won the family crest, annually presented to the oldest relative who had not previously received one.
Dr. Bill Wood of Chapel Hill introduced the book, Vendetta Stone, written by Tom Wood of Nashville, Tenn.
The debut novel, billed as a fictional true-crime thriller set in Nashville, is available in Elkin at Diana’s Bookstore and Coffee Shoppe, 127 Main Street.