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Newsletter #113, April 2024

This issue of Bonnes Nouvelles continues several of the articles from the March 2024 issue as we want to remind members of the Delano Kindred/Soule Kindred Joint Annual Meeting/Reunion in September. We hope to see many of you in just over 4 months in Maggie Valley, NC!

We continue to look for interesting newsletter articles from members. Please let us know if you have a topic of interest you wish to write about. Please also let us know if you know of any Delano Kindred members, or immediate family members, who have recently passed away and we will gladly include their names and relevant information in future newsletters.

To view this newsletter in its entirety, click here.

A Walking Tour of Leiden


This is a video of an almost 4-hour walking tour of Leiden to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims sailing to Plymouth Colony. The Delanos and de Lannoys are mentioned in several places in the video. What is very neat is that the DK EU Family History tour visited all of these spots on our tours of Leiden in September, 2023, so those who could not be on the tour will get a very good look at Philippe's and his parents' hometown.

The video is described below (text taken from the linked YouTube posting).

On Saturday May 16, 2020, the digital opening of the Pilgrim Year Leiden400 took place. The organisation took the viewer on a city walk through the historic city centre, interviewed directors, curators of museums and other partners involved while explaining the fascinating story of Leiden in the Golden Age and the role of the Pilgrims during this period.

Here is the link:

Enjoy the video!

2024 Annual Reunion Registration Information

Here is what you need to know about registering for our Annual Reunion in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.

Welcome, Soule Kindred in America members!

This is a joint meeting with the Soule Kindred in America, so this information applies to both Delano Kindred and Soule Kindred attendees.

There is a combined registration form for the Delano Kindred Annual Business Meeting and the Annual Reunions of both the Delano Kindred and the Soule Kindred of America.  Should you have questions or if this form does not accomodate your needs, please contact Rev. Becket Soule, our Reunion Coordinator, via email at Here is what you need to know to plan your trip.

DELANO KINDRED MEETING-ONLY OPTION: Delano Kindred members may attend the Annual Business Meeting via ZOOM if they desire. To select this option, members MUST be logged on to the Delano Kindred website; the ZOOM option will not be selectable otherwise. If you do select this option, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the ZOOM meeting a few days prior to the meeting time, which is 10 AM Eastern time on Saturday, September 14. There is no charge for this service.

LOCATION: Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center, 103 Living Waters Lane, Maggie Valley, NC 28751. This is a "remote location" and, as such, please plan on driving to and from events not held at the Center. The form will ask you if you have your own transportation to/from the off-site events, whether you have room to give others a ride, or if you will need a ride to those events. The Biltmore Estate is about a 30-minute drive and Delano, Tennessee, is about 2 1/2 hours from Maggie Valley.

REUNION DATES: Friday, September 13, 2024 and Saturday, September 14. The Delano Kindred Annual Business Meeting will be held at 10 AM Eastern time on Saturday morning at Living Waters.

OPTIONAL DATE: Thursday morning, September 12 - MISSIONARY RIDGE LOCAL train ride in Chattanooga.

IMPORTANT: If you are interested in the Missionary Ridge Local, please contact our Reunion Coordinator, Rev. Becket Soule, immediately via email at for details and pricing.

This is a 65-minute, 6-mile round trip train ride from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, TN) to the East Chattanooga Depot where Soule Shops is located. The trip includes a tour guide providing local history throughout the experience, crossing four bridges, passing through a pre-Civil War, horseshoe-shaped tunnel, an historic turntable demonstration, and a brief tour of the railroad's excellent restoration facility, the Soule Shops.

The Soule Shops stand as one of the best-equipped facilities of its kind across the nation. Dedicated to the meticulous repair and rebuilding of old train equipment, this shop is North America's sole location housing the three vital machines required for the proper maintenance of steam locomotive driving wheels, all under one roof! These machines are:

  • A Niles wheel lathe measuring 90 inches,
  • A quartering machine, and
  • A journal lathe.

It takes about an hour to drive from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum to Delano.

OPTIONAL DATE: Thursday afternoon, September 12 - DELANO DAY on the Tennessee Valley Railroad in Delano, Tennessee.

It all starts in Delano, Tennessee, at 9406 Hwy 411 where we'll board our train. On this exciting afternoon trip, we'll experience a 50-mile, 4-hour round trip train ride through the beautiful lower Hiwassee River gorge. We'll reach the top of the famous Hiwassee Loop, where the tracks cross over themselves as they corkscrew up the mountain near Farner, Tennessee. There are only 6 of these loops in North America, and this is the only one East of the Mississippi River.

Supper at the Savannah Oaks Winery, 1817 Delano Road in Delano, Tennessee, is included in the cost of this event.


The closest airport to Maggie Valley is Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), located in Fletcher, North Carolina, about 9 miles from downtown Asheville and 35 miles from Maggie Valley (almost all of which is interstate). It is served by most major carriers (American, Delta, United and Allegiant); rental cars are available from Budget, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, National/Alamo, and Thrifty/Dollar. Taxis are available, but are prohibitively expensive ($250 one way to Maggie Valley). The airport is undergoing a major expansion program, and there may be more options in September.

The closest major international airport is Greenville-Spartanburg International AIrport (GSP), about 100 miles away, and an hour and a half drive. The other major airports are Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL, 180 miles away or about 3 hours) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT, 160 miles away, or about 3 hours most times of the day because of Charlotte traffic). These are served by all major carriers and car rental agencies.


There are two options for accomodations at Living Waters. Both have double beds, so what's the difference? The Couples option includes the tickets and meals for a second person sharing the room. Here's what's included in the accommodations cost (and it is a lot!):

  • Room with a double bed for 2 nights (Friday and Saturday);
  • Tickets to the Biltmore grounds and the house tour on Friday;
  • Dinner on Friday evening at J. Arthur's Restaurant in Maggie Valley;
  • Breakfast, lunch at the Collins Creek Picnic Area in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and a BBQ supper on Saturday evening;
  • Breakfast on Sunday.

You can extend your stay at Living Waters by 1 or 2 days either before the 13th or after the 15th... rooms only, no meals are included for the extension days.

There is a lot planned for this meeting! You've probably seen the brochure in the newsletter, but in case you missed it, click here to view or download it now. Please register as early as you are able, it makes planning a lot easier for our Reunion Coordinator.

Come join us in Maggie Valley this September!

2023 Annual Meeting Information Update (July 17, 2023)

The 2023 Delano Kindred Annual Meeting and Reunion will be held in Duxbury, MA, August 4, 5 and 6, 2023. There is no official hotel this year, as most of our meetings will be held at the Alden House Historic Site in Duxbury. The Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the Duxbury Senior Center in Duxbury.

You can view the Annual Letter from President Tom Delano by clicking here.

Here are the reference documents for this meeting. Please note that members will be required to log in to view some of these documents.

  • For BIOGRAPHIES of candidates standing for election as OFFICERS of the Kindred for the next 2 years, click here.
  • For the SCHEDULE of EVENTS for the Annual Meeting and Reunion, click here.
  • For the Annual Membership Meeting AGENDA, click here.
  • For the TREASURER and FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT for FY 2022-2023 click here.
  • For the PROPOSED BUDGET for FY 2023-2024, click here.

There is still time to register to attend these festivities in person or remotely via Zoom. Links for those who register to attend via Zoom will be emailed to them prior to the meeting.

2023 Annual Meeting Planning Information



The 2023 DELANO KINDRED Annual Meeting and Reunion will be held in Duxbury, MA, August 4-6 at the Alden House Historic Site (AHHS). Although the Delano Kindred Annual Meeting itself will be separate, all other activities will be held jointly with the Alden Kindred and the Pilgrim Peter Brown Society on the AHHS grounds. As a result, we will not be needing a hotel to be a "home base". We have not blocked any hotel rooms anywhere; all attendees are free to make whatever accommodations they prefer. There are some suggestions at the end of this Post.

Delano Kindred members must register on this site to attend our Annual Meeting. Registration for the Reunion part of the meeting can be done either via the Alden Kindred (if you are an Alden Kindred member) or here on this site along with your Annual Meeting registration.

In addition to the registration itself, your registration fee includes everything except the Chowderfest, the Bradford House Breakfast, and the Bradford House Tour; those are optional events at a nominal addional cost.

The presentation by Rev. Soule on Saturday is titled "Prosecutions for Fornication in Plymouth Colony 1620-1694." But wait... here's the subtitle: "The Fast Life and Hard Times of Tom and Becky Delano" (aka Dr. Thomas Delano and Rebecca Alden). You do not want to miss this one!

Registration for this event ended on 08/04/2023.


Friday, August 4, 2023

11:00AM       - Delano Kindred Board Meeting
12:00-2PM    -  Registration – AHHS
2:00-4:00PM - Tour of the Myles Standish Burying Ground, Duxbury, by Tony Kelso, Duxbury Town Historian
5:00PM          - Annual Chowderfest at AHHS ($20 per person, optional)

Saturday, August 5, 2023

10:00AM – 12:00PM - Alden Kindred Annual Meeting – AHHS
10:00 – 11:30AM       - Delano Kindred Annual Meeting – Duxbury Senior Center, 2nd Flr. Classroom
                                      The DSC is just off of Tremont St. across from the Duxbury Fire Station
12:00-4:00PM            - Ongoing tours of Alden House and living history demonstrations
                                     - Silent Auction and Gift Shop open.  
12:00 - 12:30PM        – Group Photos at the Alden House
12:30 - 1:30PM          – Lunch at the AHHS
2:00 - 3:00PM            - Presentation by the Revd. Dr. W. Becket Soule.
4:00 - 5:00PM            - A walking tour of a short section of the Green Harbor Path

Sunday, August 6, 2023

8:00AM   - Delano Kindred Board Meeting
9:00AM   - Church Service (optional) at St. John's Episcopal Church, Washington St., Duxbury.
                   Guest preacher, the Revd. Dr. W. Becket Soule
10:30AM - Breakfast at the Col. John Bradford House, Kingston, MA. ($15 per person, optional)
Following breakfast: Tour of the Major John Bradford House ($5 per person, optional)



Major John Bradford's beautiful old home at 50 Landing Road in Kingston is now loved and cared for by the members of The Jones River Village Historical Society (JRVHS). The Society works to:

  • Collect, preserve and educate the public about the history of the Town of Kingston;
  • Make its collections accessible through exhibitions, research assistance, educational programs and lectures;
  • Preserve, protect and maintain the Society’s Headquarters (the Major John Bradford Homestead) and other possessions.

Each Sunday in July and August, the Society offers a buffet breakfast at the Homestead from 9AM - 11:30AM.  This is the Optional Breakfast listed on our Schedule of Events.



HAMPTON INN at COLONY PLACE, Plymouth, MA. To access their website, click here.

FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES at COLONY PLACE, Plymouth, MA. To access their website, click here.

HILTON GARDEN INN, Plymouth MA. To access their website, click here.

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