Wow! We had 135 people come to FLRC’s Annual Picnic at Treman State Park last night, and it was a fabulous time—thanks for joining us. Last year’s picnic was the largest that we have recorded with 83 people, so 135 is not only a massive new record for the picnic, it’s larger than any of our previous winter Annual Meetings as well. It was a good thing we moved from Upper Buttermilk to Lower Treman since there wouldn’t have been anywhere near enough parking or space at Buttermilk. My main regret was that I didn’t get a chance to talk to more people.
Luckily, Jacob Marnell of Fittnell Farms brought extra food beyond the 120 people we’d estimated so I hope no one went hungry. Jacob’s food was scrumptious, and I’ve heard from quite a few people who really enjoyed it. We cruised through all the beer and nearly all the soda too—get those RSVPs in next year so we have a better idea of how much to buy.
We arranged for Jamie Love to take photos at the picnic, so if you were there—and particularly if you won an FLRC Challenge sign—be sure to check out her lovely photos. Lots of great shots and you’re welcome to download them for use on your holiday cards or whatever else.
The running gear swap table suggested by Scott and Amy Dawson looked like it was a huge success, and we’ll definitely be doing that again in future years.
Finally, huge thanks to everyone who helped out. Gary McCheyne picked up the drinks (harder than it sounds once you realize how much drinks for that many people weigh!) and brought and set up the PA system. Steve Shaum and Steve Desmond and Jim Miner helped me move picnic tables closer to the pavilion. Tonya Engst handed out medals and shirts. Kris Haines-Sharp (Diversity Committee chair) and Pete Kresock (VP of Trails) helped with the presentation. And Steve Shaum and Dave Kania and Gary and Tonya and a few others pitched in to clean up at the end—with special appreciation for Jamie Loehr for disappearing the trash bags to his dumpster.