Sunday, October 26, 2008

Annual Picnic 2008


The weather couldn't have been more perfect for the Annual Club Picnic. No humidity, sunny and in the 70's with gentle breezes. Twenty-four 'Birds total: (3-'55, 7-'56, 10-'57, 2-'02, 1-'03 and 1-'05) in a rainbow of colors parked/perched at Pratt's Forest Preserve in Wayne, IL. Well worth the drive from any direction!

The first order of business was "hoods up" in the parking lot, admiring the marvels of our flock— with that done, we moved on to the pavilion which provided shade and tables. Thanks to Liz Werth who went to the Forest Preserve Offices in Wheaton to secure our spot on January 2nd!

We all brought dishes to share — a variety of salads, fresh tomatoes, baked beans and a variety of fruits and salads — even-sausages. All selections were plentiful and delicious. Provided by the Club, was finger licking good, fried chicken, picked up and delivered by Ken and Gordon. The desserts were great too - with brownies, lemon bars, cupcakes, cookies and two famous coconut cakes made by Paul and Urszula — so delicious.

It was a wonderful afternoon, full of camaraderie and laughs as we took to playing games - bag toss, bocce ball and even baseball (the sitting down kind).

Plenty of sodas and water bottles to go around too. Thanks to Irene and Len for shopping for these items and providing the ice for the afternoon. It takes a huge amount of organizing, phone calls and notices to make this all happen. Thanks to Bert and Jane for doing that.

This was a fun afternoon -- just an informal old-fashioned picnic -- perfect in every respect. Thank you to everyone who made this event so special. View pictures from the event on the CTCC Photos Page.

Those members who attended the Picnic were: Rudy & Janet Budach, Bob & Marcy Burhop, Steve Davajon, Bert & Jane Eisenhour, Pete & Lisa Ekstrom, Ed & Marlene Ficenec & Mickey, Gordon Gluff, Joel Greenberg & Annie Luginbill, Brad & Jan Hanson & Paige, Art & Gail Hascek, Laura Hascek & Mike Cielenski, Bob & Helen Hoge, Larry Johnson & Sue L 'Hommedieu, Len and Mary Keil, Larry & Karen Kelly, Joe and Sandra Kraatz, Pete & Marylu Kramer, Paul & Urszla Mounts, Perry & Cindy O'Kano, Jerry & Pat Peterson, Dave & Marian Pogorski, Ken & Kathy Smizinski, Len & Irene Vinyard, Bill & Liz Werth, Jim Wilson, Tom & Alice Wolfe, Joe & Madeline Zambon.

-- Marylu Kramer

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