Big family, big reunion: Tapps

133 Tapps get together in Virden

The 13th Tapp Family Reunion was held on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 in Virden hosted by the Karen (Tapp) Naumiuk family, descendants of James and Mary (Manley) Tapp. The James, Elizabeth and Thomas Tapp families were present.

There were 133 family members registered, Marjorie Tapp of Virden was the oldest member present and her great-grandson Zachary Gillies of East St. Paul, MB was the youngest. 

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On Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, some family members gathered at the Lion’s Campground in Virden for a Meet and Greet Bonfire. 

On Sunday, the day began with a Service of Remembrance at the Wallace United Church, north of Virden. Dianne Tapp of Calgary, AB graced the crowd with beautiful harp music. Carrie Tapp of Virden played hymns on the keyboard. Daryl Chambers of Lacombe, AB and Karen Naumiuk read the names of descendants who have passed away. 

Family members placed a flower on a wreath in remembrance assisted by Judy Storjord of Swan River, MB. The wreath was then placed at the Bennett Cemetery where family members visited the Tapp Family plots. A driving tour followed of the Tapp family farms in the Harmsworth District, north of Virden. Then, on to the Virden Cemetery where more Tapp family plots were visited. 

At noon, a potluck lunch was enjoyed at the Virden Legion Hall. The afternoon’s activities consisted of a ball game, children’s activities, the coveted Manitoba vs Saskatchewan tug-of-war, visiting and reminiscing, family tree updating, and gazing at the rogue’s gallery of family photos. New family photos were taken with the Tapp Family Banner.  

A supper by First Street Catering was enjoyed. MCs for the noon and evening programs were Marvin Chambers of Fillmore, SK and Karen Naumiuk. Viewing a photo collection of past family reunions brought back many memories throughout the evening. 

The Tapp who travelled farthest was Marc Meunier of Downington, PA, USA. The Virden Basket was won by Dianne Tapp of Calgary, AB. 

Families bid farewell until they gather again in 2021 in Fillmore, SK. 

Submitted by Karen Naumiuk.

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