Sun shines brightly on annual Countrie Picnic
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The fall festival offered music, food and entertainment as a number of activities took place throughout the day.
Among the activities was the Taste of Lower Gwynedd, where local restaurants offered samples of their food. Participants paid A5 for a ticket for each restaurant and were treated to a variety of food. Participating restaurants in this year’s Taste of Lower Gwynedd were Spring House Tavern, Tony Roni’s, Il Giordino Pizza, Arpeggios, Nina’s Italian Cuisine, Scoogi’s, La Villa Mexico and Mr. Ron’s rice pudding and coleslaw. The food sampling tent has been going strong for more than nine years and Chairwoman Louise Hayeck said it’s a nice feature that allows residents to see what restaurants are out there. The idea of the food tasting came from her late husband and former township Supervisor George Hayeck, she said.
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Sandy Feight, parks and recreation director, said the day was great for the community. She said not only was the Countrie PicnLF finDnFLDOOy DIIRUGDbOH, buW LW wDV DOVR WKH perfect way to kick off the fall season.
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Township Manager Larry Comunale said it was a beautiful day and was happy to see the large turnout. He said it’s a great community event that allows the residents to talk to each other and have fun.
“We need to do more of these things so people meet their neighbors,” he said.
Lower Gwynedd Supervisor Stephen Paccione said the event made up for the inclement weather from the previous year that canceled the Countrie Picnic. He said the event allowed the township to display a number of its programs, including I Like the Pike and GwyneddGreen, and said the facility shows what Lower Gwynedd is all about.
Kathleen Hunsicker, Lower Gwynedd board of supervisors vice chairwoman, gave thanks to the committee involved in putting the picnic together and especially thanked Feight for her efforts. She thanked the volunteers from Wissahickon Interact and Key Club for their work, which included mannLng WKH bRRWKV DnG KDnGOLng WKH UDIflH money.
Jake Tan, 5, of Lower Gwynedd, bounces on one of the amusements.