Descendants of Finley Kalloch, who claim to have the oldest family reunion in the country, will gather at the Finnish Jura Hall,
 172 St. George Road (Route 131), Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

The Kalloch Reunion was the prototype for Sarah Orne Jewett’s description of a family reunion in her novel,  "Country of the Pointed Firs." Next year will be a major celebration of their 150th. Genealogy sessions will run from 9 to 11 a.m., business meeting at 11, followed by lunch and a group photo,

The program this year will focus on the restoration of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s birthplace in Rockland. Millay’s mother was a Kalloch descendant, and would bring her daughters to reunions. She would put little Edna up on a picnic table and Edna would recite poetry.

The speaker will be Wayne Gray, chair of the Millay House Committee. His and Gil Merrriam’s “Gem Productions” DVDs catalog people and events from Rockland's history and are shown frequently on the local Channel 7. He writes of his Kalloch connection: “My half-brother married a girl who was formerly married to a Kalloch. This made him a stepfather to her children, whose last name was Kalloch. And that made me an uncle to my half-brother’s children, whose last name is Kalloch (are you still with me?)."

Rockland Historical Society purchased the double Millay house in March with a donation from the Roxanne Quimby Foundation. Quimby has promised to match money raised for the restoration of the house, and after a grant from the Davis Family Foundation, the work has begun. Many more donations are needed.

For reservations, email Paul Wilson at by Aug. 16. Registration is $12 for adults, $10 for teens and free for children 12 and under, and include lunch. Walk-ins are also welcome.