The Leintz Family Reunion has a long and glorious history. It began in 1990, had a very strong run through the 1990's with acts including The Supremes, Wayne and Garth from Wayne's World, the nuns from Sister's Act, the Leintzstones (based on the Flintstones), and an excellent rendering of Steve Martin's King Tut.
The full on talent show hit on hard times in the 2000's- facing competition from group shopping trips, food and experiments with giant slingshots...
and potato cannons fueled with hairspray and Bic lighters.
The talent show was revived last year by the third generation of Leintz girls (age 7 and under).
This year, it was full on, 100% participation talent.
A Hip-Hop duo.
A song and dance number to an Hawaiian fishing song.
A sister act featuring a new country singing sensation and a reluctant chicken who went on with the show despite a "hot and itchy" costume.
And me- I'm not afraid of making a fool of myself in good company. My sister-in-laws and I performed a lip sync to Patsy Cline's "She's Got You" in the style of this video.
(By the way, chances are good that you will NEVER see our act, in person or otherwise.)
And the guys? I'm not sure how the talent show's creative director got twelve men to strip down to their speedos, put on bathing caps, nose plugs and swim goggles- but they did, all in pursuit of the high art of synchronized swimming. I laughed so hard my stomach hurt.
I wish I could show you all the Busby Berkley style moves, including swan dives, ballet rotations and a platform pyramid, but I've been sworn not to reveal the identity of any of the participants for fear of scorn, ribbing, or teasing from friends, co-workers or acquaintances.
One participant even said "I don't want anyone else to see this, I'd like to get married some day".
(A blue tarp doubled as the water-line)
As I'm sure you've guessed, the talent level is high at the Leintz family reunion, and I'm guessing some folks are already working on their act for next year.