This super-sized family reunion took place at the reatreat "Ungurmalas” on the shores of the Ungura lake. The location was perfectly suited for the occasion, with a large indoor area overlooking the lake, a stage that housed the main presentation, and a lakeside venue for dinner and dancing.
|"Dad, did you bring the fishing pole?"|
|The family tree - can you see my box, it's the one in the middle...|
Dinner was a grand affair, and every traditional Latvian food I could have wished for made an appearance… the aukstais galds was unbelievable! The organizers had pulled out all the stops, booking Māris Grigalis as the MC and Lauku Muzikanti for some hopping tunes.
|"I'm related to that guy, and her, and him..."|
While the adults dined, the kids had fun of their own; a large majority of the children had spent the week together in a camp of sorts and they traveled in roving bands across the grounds. Throughout the evening we also learned more about the family history; in addition to a movie (and the start of a book on the subject), a new family crest was also revealed. The dreary day turned into a gorgeous midsummer twilight, and laughing and dancing brought us all together under the tent even as the night finally settled in.