PICNIC IN THE PARK '09

Saturday, August 1, 2009 - Our Second Class Picnic    


Once again it was picnic time for the class of 61. Those who live in New York know that it was an extremely rainy summer. It rained the whole week before the picnic, the day after the picnic, but the sun came out for our day. The weather was perfect - in the eighties and low humidity. The spot was shady and we enjoyed a cool breeze while looking out at a beautiful view. Frank (or "The Frank" as Stu Smith calls him) did a good job picking our spot in the park and everyone agreed there was just too much food. We welcomed some new faces this year, folks who had never been to any of our functions, and they all said they would be back for future events. Thank you Frank for all you did, tireless food shopping, the attention to detail and your time at the grill. Frank, for his part, raved about the willingness of everyone to help unload the truck, the grill and set up the tables. He truly thought he would be doing that by himself. I've learned never to underestimate our classmates and their spouses. I feel lucky to be part of this wonderful class. The cleanup crew did an outstanding job of clearing off the tables. The place was spotless when we left. There was much talk about doing it again next year.

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This was our spot in the park. Thanks to Alan Gest for hanging our traveling panther banner that has made its way across country from California and collects signatures at each event we have.

Our view was peaceful and serene. No one took advantage of the paddle boats, tennis courts or golf course. Lou Chanin said he would have played if Jerry Murphy had come. Both were on the golf team in high school.
Did anyone else take pictures? I try hard but I never manage to get everyone in. Any other pics are welcome.

Frank Curtin, Stu Smith
Submitted by Jessica Joseph Gest

Frank Curtin, Lou Chanin, Jessica Joseph Gest
Submitted by Jessica Joseph Gest

Michele Axman, Stu Smith,Jessica Joseph Gest
Submitted by Jessica Joseph Gest

Michele Axman, Stu Smith, Bob Levine
Submitted by Jessica Joseph Gest 

Bob Levine and Jessica Joseph Gest
Submitted by Jessica Joseph Gest

Frank Curtin, Lou Chanin, Jessica Joseph Gest
Submitted by Jessica Joseph Gest 

Jessica Joseph Gest and Valerie Garofalo
Submitted by Stu Smith

Sunny Blick and Joe Garofalo
Submitted by Stu Smith

"The Frank"
Submitted by Stu Smith

Lou Chanin, Richie and Nelsi Smith
Submitted by Stu Smith
 

Steve and Phyllis Ross and Frank Curtin
Submitted by Jessica Joseph Gest


Frank Curtin, Stu Smith,Joe Garofalo,Val Garofalo, Marcy McNally Fall

Submitted by Jessica Joseph Gest

Pat Gibson and Michele Axman Keleher
Submitted by Jessica Joseph Gest


Michele Axman Keleher, Stu Blick and Frank Curtin
Submitted by Jessica Joseph Gest

Michele Axman Keleher, Stu Smith,Bob Levine
Submitted by Jessica Joseph Gest


Lou Chanin - Submitted by Jessica Joseph Gest

Val Garofalo and Lou Chanin

Doug Gibson, Alan Gest and Bill Keleher

Richie Smith, Doug Gibson, Joe Garofalo

In front: Sunny Blick (Stu's wife) and Nelsi Smith (Richie's wife)
Back: Frank Curtin, Stu Blick, Richie Smith

Frank Curtin, class chef, or as Stu Smith calls him "The Frank" gets some barbequing tips from Smilin Joe Garofalo.

Jessica Joseph Gest and Val Garofalo

Pat Gibson (wife of Doug) and Michele Axman Kelleher

Lou Chanin, Richie and Nelsi Smith, Stu Smith

Steve and Phyllis Ross

Husbands Bill Keleher (Michele Axman) and Alan Gest (Jessica Gest)

Stu Blick - Stu lives about four miles away from our picnic site. He and his wife Sunny run a horse farm.