110th Annual Bitler Family
Picnic & Reunion Weekend

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

2018/2019 Reunion Officers

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

2019 Bitler Picnic
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Montour Preserve
Heron Cove A


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

Hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments lemonade, ice tea and coffee provided. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Free-will donation to cover costs.

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 110th Bitler Reunion
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Pavilion "C" - Knoebel's Grove

Coffee @ 10:00 am
Lunch @ Noon

Family Meeting to begin as soon as everyone has been served lunch!

This is a covered dish affair.  Ice tea, lemonade and coffee provided.  Bring main course, side dish and/or dessert for covered dish meal. Meal served at 12 noon and we'll enjoy a Bitler feast together!  Free-will donation to offset costs.

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 ?


A block of rooms has been reserved at the QUALITY INN AND SUITES, just off of Exit 224  (old Exit 33) on 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 continental breakfast, gym, free high-speed internet, lounge/bar, and this hotel DOES have an outdoor pool.

NOTE: A block of rooms has been reserved for our use. Please mention Bitler Reunion when making your reservations. Cost is about $85/night. The Reunion block of rooms will be released to the public after July 17, so please book before then.

Quality Inn and Suites
15 Valley West Road
(Exit 224 I-80 & SR54)
Danville, PA 17821 USA
Phone: 570-275-5100

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 !