MINERVA - Donnelly Beach on Minerva Lake was the place to be Sunday, Sept. 13. It was a spot where one could relax, listen to great tunes, converse with plenty of neighbors, and enjoy top notch food, all the while soaking in that Minerva Lake ambiance.
Organized by Planet Minerva, this Harvest Barbecue event succeeded in getting Minerva folks together to talk about the town and how such a good place to live could be made even better.
The event began at 12:30 p.m. with the sounds of the Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip, which was set up near the concession stand on one of the fine Minerva Lake swim floats (on solid ground).
This was the time when a small plane was to do a fly-over complete with camera for an aerial shot of the people gathering at the beach. The plane didn't make it because of unfortunate windy weather conditions, but the undaunted crowd thoroughly enjoyed their time there.
At 1 p.m., "Don't Quit Your Day Job" band began to play at the pavilion, where a display of fine foods was prepared to handle the barbecue crowd. From hot dogs to grilled corn, from barbecue pulled pork to Cajun clam chowder and apple crisp, the dishes were great and the service was excellent.
Planet Minerva would like to thank John Alexander and Woody Widlund for organizing the airplane fly-over - sometimes it's difficult to predict the weather, after all. Also, thanks to the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, who brought a fire truck and its ambulance to the park. Thanks to all the folks who dished out and sold the fine foods and beverages that were offered up. But, a special thanks goes to the folks who came out to support Planet Minerva's efforts and to show how interested they are in Minerva's present and future as a sustainable community.