Sleeping Giants picnic held at Donnelly Beach

MINERVA - The weather was fine, the music was easy on the ears, the food was good, and the company was excellent. The event was a success. All of the above applies to the Minerva Sleeping Giants picnic held at the Donnelly Beach pavilion at Minerva Lake on Friday, Aug. 28.

Co-sponsored by the senior group the Sleeping Giants, the Essex County Office of the Aging, and the Essex County Nutrition Program, the picnic turned out to be a great way for Minerva seniors and guests to get together and thoroughly enjoy everything the day had to offer.

About 140 hungry people were served at the pavilion. The Sleeping Giants are in the midst of celebrating their 40th year, and the picnic was a great way to help recognize this landmark year for them.

With music initially provided by the ARC band and then by the Vinnie and Mike Leddick band, the large crowd settled down for a meal from which no one walked away hungry.

Adding to the day were representatives from AARP, Essex County Health Department, Essex County Cooperative Extension, RSVP, Community Power Network, and Essex County Office for the aging; these organizations each provided important information for picnic-goers to use.

Also, present at the picnic were Assemblywoman Theresa Sayward, Essex County Clerk Joe Provoncha, and Kathy Moses Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair.

A thanks goes to First Impressions of Olmstedville for producing the Minerva Sleeping Giants 40-year Anniversary tee-shirts. Thanks, too, to the town of Minerva and all its support of the seniors.

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