Once again the idea came up about trying to have another reunion,
but this time in the Twin Cities for more of the family to be able to attend. 
So we have been working on some details and wanted to spread the word for the:
Updates are in Red. Also see info on a new event at the bottom of this page!

Karon - Kaner Reunion 2009

August 7, 8 & 9

St. Louis Park and Plymouth, Minnesota

Friday, August 7:  The weekend begins with a "Meet and Greet" at Beth El Synagogue, 5224 W 26 St., St Louis Park. The family dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m.   The Spirit of Asia, kosher caterers for the synagogue, will be catering a delicious buffet-style Asian dinner for our group.  Cost of the dinner is $28 per person.  At 8 p.m. until about 9 p.m., a special Shabbat musical service will be held.

Saturday, August 8:  Our reunion continues at the Creekside Cafe' in the Radisson Plymouth, 3131 Campus Drive, at about 5:30 p.m. for a Saturday dinner event.  The restaurant features an extensive buffet, with soup, salad fixings, cold salad dishes, several hot entrees-including chicken, fish and vegetarian- as well as side dishes and a variety of desserts.  The price for this meal will be $25 - $30, including tax and gratuity.  The price differential is dependent upon whether one decides to have the buffet including the prime rib option ($3 extra) and including the beverage option ($2 extra).  Meals for children, ages 4 through 12, are $10 to $15, also depending upon the buffet options that are chosen.  There is no charge for children under 4 years of age.  The restaurant charges will be collected that evening from each table, rather than ahead of time.  If anyone would like to bring old photos, scrapbooks or other memorabilia, please do so.  A table will be available for displaying your items.

Sunday, August 9:  Our reunion continue on Sunday at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Road S., St Louis Park, for a kosher picnic lunch, held outdoors, beyond the far end of the building (east of the last parking lot), at the Sam London Field.  We are hoping for a sunny day, but there will be a large tent on these grounds, regardless of the weather predictions.  (We are also just a few feet away from the refuge afforded by the JCC building, of course!)  Ken Nelson, the kosher chef at the JCC, will be catering a picnic lunch of kosher hamburgers and hot dogs, grilled on his kosher grill, from about 11:30 until about 1:30 p.m.  Other traditional picnic foods - coleslaw, chips, vegetarian baked beans, watermelon, etc., will also be included.  Price for the picnic is $12 for adults and $9 for children.  Picnic tables and chairs are available, but if any Twin Cities attendees wish to bring extra lawn chairs along with them, feel free!  A soccer field, softball field, jungle gym, basketball hoop, and a large space for Frisbee are all available if anyone finds themselves in the mood for outdoor sports activities.  Of course, schmoozing is also a good activity!  Inside the JCC, the Jewish Historical Society office will be open for us part of the day (hours to yet be determined) for you to use their computers to research family history.


Hotel Accommodations

Please indicate that you are part of the Karon Reunion to get our special group rates when you call to make your reservations at any of the listed hotels.

Rooms for the reunion have been blocked for Friday Aug 7, and/or Saturday, Aug. 8, at three hotels in the area-the SpringHill Suites Minneapolis West, the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis Park Place, and the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Plymouth.  Both the SpringHill and Doubletree, near Highway 100 and I-394, are just a couple of blocks "down the road" from one another, as well as approximately two to three miles away from both Beth El Synagogue and the Sabes Jewish Community Center.  The Radisson, approximately seven miles to the west of the other hotels.  The Radisson is the site of the Saturday dinner event.

Our special rates are guaranteed on reservations made by July 17 at any of these hotels.  However, at the discretion of each hotel and dependent upon room availability for that August 7 weekend, these rates could possibly extend beyond the July 17 cutoff.

The Karon Reunion special rates for these rooms are:

Springhill Suites Minneapolis West:  $82 per night - 5901 Wayzata Blvd, St. Louis Park, 55416; phone: 952-738-7300.  This rate includes a complimentary hot breakfast buffet.  Their web site is  

Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis Park Place: $85 per night - 1500 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, 55416; phone: 952-542-8600.  Their web site is http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/MSPPHDT-Doubletree-Hotel-Minneapolis-Park-Place-Minnesota/index.do;jsessionid=D3CD66384A6AF8FCAE9EDD9ACB17F867.etc55?brand_id=DT&brand_directory=/en/dt/&xch=408474468,R2VKXTGKRLVKOCSGBJF222Q

Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Plymouth: $85 per night - 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, 55441; phone 763-559-6600.  Their web site is http://www.radisson.com/hotels/mnplymou

In addition to the listed hotels, you may instead wish to choose any of several other hotels in the area.  You do need to make your own reservations for whatever hotel accommodations you choose - whether you reserve them by phone or online - and whether you choose the reunion rates that each hotel has quoted for our group or find other options yourself.

Please be sure to inquire about your hotel's checkout policies if you plan to depart from the Twin Cities on Sunday.


Registration for Reunion 2009:  Please return by July 10!

Name (s) of Adults attending the Reunion:__________________________________________________________

Household Address______________________________________________________________________________




Circle:  (Yes or No) Do you give permission for your mailing address to appear in the booklet?

Circle (Yes or No) Do you give permission for your email address to be included?

Names and Ages of Children attending any of the events______________________________________________

Please reply for EACH of the three reunion events:

Name (s) of persons attending the family dinner at Beth El Synagogue, Friday Aug. 7:


Number of persons _______________at $28 per dinner_____________________________ 


Name (s) of persons attending the dinner at the Radisson Plymouth, Saturday, Aug 8:


Number of Adults attending__________Number of Children ages 4-12__________Children under 4____

Payment will be made directly to the restaurant on Aug. 8.  Although buffet choices do not need to be decided until that evening, it is important to know in advance how many will attend the dinner.

Name (s) of persons attending the picnic event at the Sabes JCC on Sunday, Aug. 9:


Number of Adults attending:__________at $12 per adult = __________
Number of Children attending:__________at $9 per child = _________

Booklet:  you may pick up Jack's 2009 updated Family Tree Booklet at $25 per copy at the reunion:
Number of copies requested__________at $25 per copy = __________

Family Tree Booklets are available at the following locations during the reunion:
Doubletree Hotel:       3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 7
Radisson Plymouth:     3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 8

If you are not attending, but would like the booklet mailed to you after the reunion, please enclose a payment of $30 for each booklet that you request.

Please enclose a check, payable to Karon Family Reunion by July 10, for the total cost, as listed above.
Please make your own copy of the information on this sheet as a reminder of your selections.
Please check the web page
http://www.garon.us/bulboard.html for any updates or contact Jack Abramson at 515-339-5698 or email him at JackAbramson@aol.com
Mail this form to Jack Abramson, 2643 Beaver Ave., #171, Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Extra! Extra! Mississippi River Boat Cruise!

For anyone wishing to participate in a “non-food event” during the reunion weekend,
we will be boarding the cruise boat Mississippi Queen at Boom Island Park, 700 Sibley Street NE, Minneapolis,
for a cruise that is scheduled between 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 8.
The price per adult is $17; for seniors, 60 or older, $15; and for children under 12 years, $8.50.
The narrated tour will cruise along the Minneapolis skyline, go through the locks,
cruise near the Guthrie Theatre and the Stone Arch Bridge, and travel several miles on the Mississippi River.
Concessions and beverages are available for purchase on the boat.
Please e-mail Jack at jackabramson@aol.com to let him know that you will be attending
or you may, if you wish, decide to join us “last minute” that day!
Our event will be part of the cruise that is open to the public.
But be early for boarding; we don’t want you to be left at the dock!
For further information and directions to Boom Island, visit the website http://www.twincitiescruises.com.