Many friends and relatives helped
us celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary on July 20th,
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
First stop was Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
Julia finds the star of a fellow Austrian - and another
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
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
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
Friday was a work day, preparing for Saturday.
We celebrated our 50th Anniversary on Saturday, July
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"
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
Watch YouTube videos of this event:
Marina Day 2013
Golden Anniversary celebration