5th Annual Parish Picnic




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5th Annual Parish Picnic


Council: 114 - BANGOR

Project Description:

On Sunday July 28th the Pine Cone Council 114 helped to sponsor the fifth annual parish wide family picnic. The date of the
picnic was chosen to kick off Natural Family Planning awareness week. The first of July our six churches started
announcing the picnic. The Knights volunteered to grill the hotdogs and cheeseburgers, set up the tables and chairs
and finally gave $300 toward the food and supplies for the event. Word of mouth was still spreading right up to the
event. It was a beautiful day and the weather report was right this time, with no rain or thunder showers. We also incorporated a good bye during this picnic for seminarian Deacon Alex Boucher, and our Faith formation director Tracy Guerette. Keith
Forbes, Jeff Schaller and Phil Bergin started the day earlier after the 8:30 Mass to start setting up tables and chairs
outside. It was a great start to get everything ready for the 300 parishioners that would join us later that day. Keith also had our grill delivered. Around 2pm the next volunteer Knights, including Marvin Garrick arrived and brought the propane
tanks. He offered to fill them so we would not have any grilling issues. Brothers Jamie Berube and his wife Danielle soon
arrived with potato salad and were ready to help in the kitchen. Blake Langley took on the buffet, getting drinks ready while Peter Starr started slicing the watermelon
and Andy Fecteau made the lemonade. Several other brothers soon arrived to set up the games, canopy and
remaining buffet tables. Each brought something to share whether bottled waters, chips, salads or desserts..
Around 3pm Brothers Frank Jordan, David Hart, Jimmy Landers, John Barry and Rey Dubois arrived to get the grill
ready for our main course. Jamie Berube’s wife Danielle, Andy, and Terry moved to the kitchen ready to assemble the
hamburgers, cheese burgers and hot dogs so they could be passed to our guests as smooth as possible. The rest of the
Knights finished setting up some outside games like pop the balloon, cake walk, rubber ducky and horseshoes as well
as got the trash and recycling containers ready.
We were officially started at 4pm but many people arrived around 3:45. We had a good amount of hot dogs and
hamburgers ready for that initial rush. The buffet had volunteer servers from all three groups serving baked beans,
chips, salads, watermelon, cookies, drinks and other treats. Father Murray was there to show support and have a
great meal. The crowd was big and as an observer I could tell they were excited to socialize and watch the families in
the games. After the first hour, things slowed down at the buffet and we could let the parishioners serve themselves.
Brothers Ed Beaulieu and Paul Bouchard volunteered in the fun with a 50/50 raffle.
The food did not run out so the crowd was encouraged to get seconds and get their fill. Many other knights
participated in the event and helped with the clean-up. Ruth Rogers from the church office took lots of pictures and
the kids had fun playing with each other and playing outside games. A few left overs were delivered to the Homeless
Shelter, so none of the food was wasted.
The event went by fast and at 6pm we had a great crowd of Knights and other parishioners helping to pick up tables
chairs and trash as well as clean up. Brothers Phil, Blake, Andy, Keith Forbes, Ed and Ben Reymeyer joined in the
clean up.
We counted about 280 participants and know we had participation from all six churches in our parish. We cooked
around a 180 hot dogs and 150 hamburgers, the crowd ate all the beans, hamburgers and salads that were brought.
We had a great day, with great friends and church family and can’t wait to continue this event annually.
Respectfully submitted by EJ Hikel

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