Annual picnic brings people together for food, friendship

FOOD AND FRIENDS: The pavilion behind the Mecosta County Senior Center was filled with people enjoying lunch and each other's company during the annual picnic. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

FOOD AND FRIENDS: The pavilion behind the Mecosta County Senior Center was filled with people enjoying lunch and each other’s company during the annual picnic. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

MECOSTA — As lunchtime approached on Tuesday, the tables inside the Mecosta County Commission on Aging and Senior Center were unusually empty. The regular patrons had forsaken the air-conditioned coolness to enjoy some outdoor camaraderie during the annual Senior Center picnic.

Neat rows of tables were lined up under the pavilion, with a small stage in one corner for the entertainment and a special tent nearby to shelter the many desserts brought by attendees.

“I see a lot of faces I’ve never seen before,” said Beth Whyte, activities coordinator at the Senior Center. “That’s always fun, to see new people. The lunch is free and they bring desserts to pass, which everyone likes. Very rarely do they have all these desserts to pick from.”

TASTY SELECTION: Attendees at the annual Mecosta County Senior Center picnic brought desserts to share, and all the sweet treats were located under a tent of their own for people to make their selections. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

TASTY SELECTION: Attendees at the annual Mecosta County Senior Center picnic brought desserts to share, and all the sweet treats were located under a tent of their own for people to make their selections. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

Tuesday’s entertainment was provided by Kevin Roe and Don Mekkes. As the seniors ate and chatted, the pair played a selection of older hits to accompany the meal.

Jan Davidson was at the picnic Tuesday, as she has in the past. The annual event means good food and fun times with friends, she said.

“Anybody who wasn’t here today missed a lot of nice friendly people, good food, music and companionship,” Davidson said.

Another long-time picnic attendee, Nancy McAlary, also was present on Tuesday. She’s come to the picnic each year for the past 10 years, but enjoys the Senior Center in general.

“I come out here to play cards, and I like the people,” she said. “It’s a close-knit group — I’ve met a lot of friends out here. The picnic is always really fun and has good food.”

avatar

Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

Leave a Reply