Sun shines brightly on an­nual Coun­trie Pic­nic

The Ambler Gazette - - SPORTSROUNDUP - By Eric Devlin

)RU WKH fiUVW GDy RI IDOO, LW FHUWDLnOy VWLOO IHOW like sum­mer as Lower Gwynedd Town­ship hosted its an­nual Coun­trie Pic­nic Sept. 22 at Pen­l­lyn Woods Park.

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.

The event also in­cluded a demon­stra­tion by the K-V unit from the Abing­ton Po­lice DepartPHnW. 2IfiFHU DDnLHO )LVLFDUR DnG 0DWKHwV, the P-year-old Ger­man Shep­herd named af­ter TKRPDV 0DWKHwV, WKH RnOy RI­fiFHU NLOOHG Ln the line of duty in Abing­ton, pre­sented var­i­ous train­ing tech­niques used to teach po­lice dogs proper obe­di­ence and demon­strated how Mathews takes down a sus­pect, us­ing an as­sis­tant wear­ing a pro­tec­tive sleeve.

An­other high­light of the event was a 50/50 UDIflH wKHUH 100 WHn­nLV bDOOV wHUH GURSSHG IURP DWRS D fiUHWUuFN ODGGHU WR D VSUDy SDLnWHG tar­get on the ground. Par­tic­i­pants each paid for a chance and guessed to see which ball would hit the clos­est. This year’s grand prize was A450 for the ball clos­est to the bull’s-eye.

$GGLWLRnDOOy, WKH fiIWK Dn­nuDO bDNH-RII WRRN place dur­ing the Coun­trie Pic­nic. Larry Alt­man, a com­mit­tee mem­ber, said this year al­lowed any­one to judge the sam­ples of cakes, pies, brown­ies, cup­cakes and cook­ies that were all baked from scratch. Win­ning par­tic­i­pants each re­ceived a medal for their en­try.

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.

“vou couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter day,” she said.

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.

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