Many friends and relatives helped us celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary on July 20th, 2013

The actual date of our wedding was March 9, 1963, but we were busy then and our grandchildren were in school. It was nine years since our family had been together, so this was a special occasion for us! Have we changed much in 50 years?

The celebrations began in California when the Austrian Harveys, Richard and Martina with family arrived on American soil. They spent a week of sight-seeing and visiting with the Pallmann family before flying East to see us. Our daughter, Becky Pallmann, did a lot of planning and our seven grandchildren got to know each other better. Julia, Benjamin, Michael and Doris polished their English while Susan, Debra and Jonathan learned some German.

First stop was Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

Julia finds the star of a fellow Austrian - and another for herself!

Everyone wants to see Beverly Hills, but many homes are hidden behind walls!

Knott's Berry Farm, the San Diego Museums & zoo, an Aquarium, a visit aboard the Steamship Queen Mary and other sights were also on the agenda.

After a day of strenuous sight-seeing, a dip in the Pallmann pool is refreshing.

The Austrian Harveys flew to New Jersey on Thursday, July 11 and we continued celebrating. It rained Friday, so we visited an elaborate model railroad layout near us.

Our grandkids loved our dog, Nina, especially Doris.

Saturday included a visit to the Cowtown market and rodeo.

After Sunday church and another of Grandma's meals, we drove to Parvin State Park for hiking and swimming.
Monday was an "off-day" with canoeing and fishing on Malaga Lake; shopping; farmer friends gave us 50 ears of fresh sweet corn, melons and tomatoes.
Tuesday was a beach day at Cape May complete with sunburn!
Wednesday, the Austrian Harveys visited NYC and the Pallmanns flew in from California in the evening.
Thursday was the Harvey Marina Day at Somers Point across from Ocean City.

We took a sailboat ride and enjoyed watching the kids being pulled behind motorboats on tubes. Speaking of tubes, There is a YouTube video of the Harvey Marina Day 2013 and another one of our anniversary and the Harvey Family Reunion 2013 which our niece Debbie created and uploaded.

Friday was a work day, preparing for Saturday.
We celebrated our 50th Anniversary on Saturday, July 20th.

Except for one bridesmaid (deceased), the entire wedding party was on hand.

Ten of the eleven Harvey siblings were present

Verna's brother and wife also came

Best of all, our children with spouses and seven grandchildren helped us celebrate. The Austrian Harveys can be easily identified by their national garb. Verna sewed her own wedding gown on that Shryock treadle sewing machine seen below left.

Monday morning we packed our cars and drove to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for a three- day holiday in a nice Bed & Breakfast right in the center of Amish country. Our host family had turkeys, geese, chickens, goats, cows and donkeys. Amish buggies are nearly as common as automobiles and there are impeccable Amish farms as far as the eye can see.

Highlight of our time in Lancaster was seeing the Sight & Sound show, NOAH, in the 2000-seat Millennium Theatre. We also took a "behind the scenes" tour.

Saying "Goodbye" was not easy, knowing that there may never be another opportunity to be together as a complete family this side of heaven. We do have that prospect, however!

Watch YouTube videos of this event:
Harvey Marina Day 2013
Our Golden Anniversary celebration