2022
113th Annual Bitler Family
Picnic & Reunion Weekend

2 Events - 1 Great Family Weekend !
Counting down to the next time we all get together ...

2021/2022 Reunion Officers

President - Judy Hassall
Vice-President - Melissa Smith
Secretary - Twila Lobitz
Treasurer - Nancy Petros
Historian - Glenn Piper


2022 Bitler Picnic
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Montour Preserve
Heron Cove A

Time: 10:00am - Dusk
Grill @ Noon & 4:00pm

Please Note the change at the Montour Preserve this year. It is the pavilion by the boat launch and is handicap accessible.

Due to the health safety concerns of the past two years, we will continue this year as last year. We will only be providing charcoal for the grill and coffee with fixings, iced tea, lemonade, water, and cups for both Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st.

There will be no community food table, each family will provide their own food and the grill will be there both days for your own use.

Directions:
I-80, Exit 33 (Danville).  Take Route 54 West, 4 miles to light in Washingtonville.  Turn right onto Route 254 East and travel about 1/2 mile, take the first left onto PP&L Road and continue 3-1/2 miles.  Turn right onto Preserve Road and travel 1/2 mile.  Montour Preserve office (Bitler Homestead) will be on your left. Stay on Preserve Road for about 1-1/2 miles, then bear left onto Sportsmans Road, following signs for Heron Cove.  We will be in Pavilion A. (If you have been to previous picnics, Pavilion A is the one closer to the boat launch).

Click HERE to get a Google map and directions to the Preserve.

Montour Area Recreation Commission Phone Number: (570) 336-2060.
For information about the Montour Preserve, click HERE.

The Victorian brick home in front of the Visitor's Center was the old Bitler homestead of Joel and Elizabeth (Dieffenbacher) Bitler and later generations until it was sold to PP&L. The Laura Smith Trail of History on property is named after Laura Billmeyer-Smith, granddaughter of Joel Bitler. The maple tree in front of the home was a gift of the Bitlers to commemorate the 100th Bitler Reunion in 2009.
 

The 113th Bitler Reunion
Sunday, August 21, 2022
Pavilion "C" - Knoebel's Grove


Coffee @ 10:00 am
Lunch Grill @ Noon

Family Meeting to begin as soon as everyone has had lunch!

Due to the health safety concerns of the past two years, we will continue this year as last year. We will only be providing charcoal for the grill and coffee with fixings, iced tea, lemonade, water, and cups for both Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st.

There will be no community food table, each family will provide their own food and the grill will be there both days for your own use.

Please keep an eye on the park website for any Covid-19 regulation updates.

Information about the Park, including location can be found on the Park Web Site: www.knoebels.com, or contact them at: (570) 672-2572.
 

Coming from a distance and/or staying for
both days and need a place to stay ?

OVERNIGHT HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
BOOK BEFORE MID-JULY

A block of rooms has been reserved at the HAMPTON INN DANVILLE, turn right at 1st light  on Rt 54 just south of Exit 224  (old Exit 33) of I-80 near Danville, PA.  Kick back and relax in casual conversation games, and snacks with some of your other 'cousins'.

Hotel features include: free breakfast, gym, free high-speed internet and indoor pool.

NOTE: A block of rooms has been reserved for our use. Please mention Bitler Family Reunion when making your reservations. Cost is about $189/night. The Reunion block of rooms will be released to the public after mid-July, so please book before then. Please CALL to make your reservation, as the hotel website will show they are sold out for these dates due to our room block.

Hampton Inn Danville
137 Old Valley School Road
(Exit 224 I-80 & SR54)
Danville, PA 17821 USA
Phone: 570-271-2500

Hotel Web Site



The 1st Annual Bitler Reunion was held on August 25, 1909.

The reunion was organized by the Pennsylvania
Bitlers (James) and the Kansas Bitlers (Adam).

Some reunions were held at the Island Park in Northumberland, PA,
before it moved to it's present location at Knoebel's Grove Park in Elysburg, PA.

Bitler Family - 100 years later.

And here they are ... 100 years later !