Thomas-Bridges reunion set for next weekend
by Hawkins Teague
Jul 25, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Anywhere from 150 to 200 people from around the country will be coming to Lake Barkley State Resort Park next weekend for the 36th annual Thomas-Bridges family reunion.

The three-day event will be held Aug. 3, 4 and 5 and is sponsored by the Thomas Bridges Association. The association was founded in 1971 and has a current membership of more than 350 who are all descendants of the families of James Thomas, Sr. and Drury Bridges, two of Trigg County’s most prominent pioneers.

TBA president Clara Beth Hyde said that in previous years, the weenie roast was usually held at West Cadiz Park and that they also met at Lakeland Jamboree. This year will be the first year that all activities will be at the state park. She said it would be a more convenient arrangement for most involved because a large number of the members come from out-of-town and stay at the lodge.

Hyde said that when she was growing up, she and many other Thomas-Bridges descendents were very close and lived fairly close to one another as well. There was also a degree of intermarriage between the two families over several generations, strengthening their ties. The families began scattering over the years and the Thomas Bridges Association was founded partly to keep the family bond alive.

On the morning of Aug. 3, the association’s “Thomas Hughes Gentry Golf Tournament” will begin at the Boots Randolph Golf Course. The tournament is named for Hyde’s late uncle, who started it to help pay for scholarships that the association sponsors. She said the association pays for three $500 scholarships, one of which usually goes to a Thomas-Bridges descendent. Registration will start at 8 a.m. and teams will draw at 8:40. The shotgun start is set for nine o’clock for the four-person scramble. The entry fee is $15. At six o’clock that night, the “Welcome Home Wiener Roast” will start at the park’s pavilion.
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