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One Week To Grow Closer
One Week To Grow Closer

With 49% of the votes, the winner of last week’s “Favorite Cragun’s Memory” poll was “One Week To Grow Closer” from Kathryn.

When I was five years old, my dad and his four sisters began having our week-long family reunion in the last two cabins on the beach at Cragun’s. Words truly cannot describe the memories that were created in the thirteen years this tradition continued. Hunting for sea shells, water-volleyball, endless hours water-skiing and tubing, watching baby ducks swim by with their parents, listening to the sound of the loons as the sun sets over the lodge, and probably most importantly – campfires on the beach in the evenings. I learned so much about my family at those campfires, and every year it was our one week to grow closer together. My Dad and his four sister lost both their parents to tragic illnesses when they were just teenagers. This was their chance to bring their family together to remember what was most important in life – family. That is Cragun’s real legacy. After the cousins grew old enough to begin college, the family couldn’t afford to take our week together anymore. Now most of us are married and starting families. I would love more than anything to restart this tradition for our next generation!
                                 
KATHRYN – PINE ISLAND, MN