It is said that Sarah Orne Jewett used the Kalloch Family Reunion as a model for her chapter in “The Country of the Pointed Firs” where the family gathers for a giant picnic. As a child, Edna St. Vincent Millay was stood upon a picnic table at the Kalloch reunion, so she could recite poetry for all her relatives. The reunion was founded in 1867 by the Rev. Joseph Kalloch of Rockland and his twin sister, Nancy Kalloch Wall, and is one of the oldest family reunions in the country.

The 144th Kalloch Family Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 20 at the First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, Rockland. All Kalloch relatives are welcome. Four separate segments are scheduled: 9 a.m. Registration and genealogy; 11 a.m. business meeting; 12 noon to 1 p.m. lunch; 1:30 p.m. afternoon program. A tour of Kalloch sites in Seaview Cemetery will follow.

Reservation and registration deadline is Aug. 13. Admission per adult is $5 (free for children), plus $7 for optional lunch (or bring your own picnic). Please make checks payable to Kalloch Family Reunion and mail to: Ms. Sandy Zimmerman, P.O. Box 321, South Thomaston, ME 04858. For questions, please call Eleanor Richardson, 596-5502.