Munoz-San Miguel reunion held in Cameron
The 31st annual Munoz-San Miguel family reunion commemorating long time Sharp residents, Ignacio and A nita Munoz, was held at the Lester & Beatrice Williams Civic Center in Cameron on July 3-5, with 115 family members and friends in attendance.
Ignacio and Anita Munoz were married in Sharp, Texas on April 21, 1917 and had 12 children. They raised their family on several small farms located in Milam County, however, the Sharp community was considered home to the family when they purchased a farm in 1944. Ignacio and Anita lived on the family farm until 1967 when they moved to Houston. The descendents of Ignacio and Anita are Isidora, Ernest, Lee, Arthur, Domingo, Rose, Mary Ann, Raymond, Harriet, Sarah, Annie and Delores.
As family members gathered to decorate the hall, they browsed through the memory table which displayed numerous keepsakes and cherished items. Of special interest were Ignacio and Anita's wedding picture and Anita's wedding dress. Also included were photos of Jacobo San Miguel, father of Anita Munoz, Francisco and Emeterio Munoz, brothers of Ignacio Munoz and other family members.
On Saturday, family and friends enjoyed a barbecue dinner with all the fixings, and Judie (Munoz) and Billy Adams cooked the brisket and sausage. Rev. Philip Nieto, son of Mary Ann Nieto, led the family in prayer.
Rafaela San Miguel and Janie Voigt of San Antonio, nieces of Anita San Miguel Munoz, joined in the celebration. Their father, Ismael San Miguel lived in the Sharp community in the 1940's before moving to California.
Philip Nieto and family from New Bern, NC traveled the furthest distance to attend the reunion. Philip had recently returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq as a Navy chaplain. Mary Ann Nieto's' family was presented with a best of show plaque as all family members were present. Trini Munoz and Abr ielle Munoz, great granddaughter of Raymond Munoz, represented the eldest and youngest family members attending.
Helen and Vanessa Munoz greeted family, friends and guests at the registration table. They decorated the registration table area with a white picket fence and potted plants. The set up looked similar to the fence at the family farm. In addition, Raymond Munoz's replica of the family farm was also a part of the registration table for all to enjoy. Everyone attending was given a name tag featuring a picture of the Munoz sibling to whom they were directly related. The name tags were designed by Laura Ramirez, daughter of Annie Rojas.
The reunion would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the kitchen crew. We thank Judie and Billy Adams, Jo Ann Long, Doris Peart, Ruby and Ray Munoz, Jennifer and Nicole Cassidy, Laura Ramirez and Roland Rojas for their hard work and dedication.
Jesus Herrera served as master of ceremonies and provided family history tidbits and humorous anecdotes throughout the day.
Children enjoyed a moonwalk and piñata while the grownups played bingo, dominos and other games.
The family was pleasantly surprised and witness to the wedding ceremony of Linda Munoz and Jesse Ramon performed by Rudy Guzman, associate pastor of a San Antonio church, Adios es Amor. Linda dressed in a denim western outfit complete with a hat, veil and boots was escorted by her father, Raymond Munoz.
Gifts baskets donated by family members are used as a silent auction fund raiser. Silent auction committee was Lydia Garcia, Laura Ramirez and David Rojas.
The annual competition of crafts and baked goods for the men, women and children is composed of several age divisions. Family and friends vote on their favorite entry in each division.
Winners were: The Ignacio award, Bill Peart, 1st place, Paw Paw's tree house for granddaughter Gia and Jesse Varela; 2nd, homegrown tomatoes.
Anita award winners were: Delores Varela, 1st, fig strawberry jam; Judie Adams, 2nd, coconut cream cake; and Harriet Or tega, 3rd, patriotic wreath.
Isidora Award winners were: Shari Nieto, 1st, nautical watercolor drawing; Nicole Cassidy, 2nd, handmade beaded bracelets; and Heather Nieto, 3rd, Space Ship Model.
Michael Von Rosenberg placed 1st in the boys' division ages 10- 13 with a painted cross. Winners of the girls division, ages 10-13, were: Victoria Munoz, 1st, clay "V" initial plaque; and Elizabeth Baylor, 2nd, hand sewn backpack. Ray Munoz III placed 1st in the boys division ages 6-9 with a hand drawn Wii characters painting. Winners of the girls division, ages 6 -9, were Nadia Cabiness, 1st place-clay sandia (watermelon) and ants, and Heaven Von Rosenberg, 2nd, embellished cross. Adrianna Cabiness was 1st in the tiny tots' girls' division ages 1-5 with a clay rendition of her favorite breakfast, pop tarts and pancakes.
Family members gathered on Sunday for breakfast and the annual meeting.
Newly elected officers are: Roland Rojas, president; Ruby Munoz, vice president; Judie Adams, treasurer; and Delores Varela, secretry.
Next year's reunion is slated for April 9-11, 2010 at the Lester and Beatrice Williams Civic Center in Cameron.
Sunday afternoon the family enjoyed a more relaxed day connecting with family members.