On August 17th, our neighbors on Ericsson Street warmly welcomed our annual Summer picnic. On a picture perfect Summer day, over 60 neighbors (and many of their furry friends) gathered for an afternoon of socializing, playing, and eating. The day started off with a visit from Mayor Tom Richards and neighbor/politician Lois Geiss, who took the opportunity to listen to our neighborhood concerns. In addition to our standard grill fare, Peter Scribner of Park Avenue, added to the feast with his movable grilling station providing scrumptious chicken legs, veggie and kosher options. As usual, the neighbors pitched in with an assortment of appetizers, side dishes and desserts. Two standout desserts were the sunflower/ladybug cupcakes (Sue Hondorf) and the Canadian Flag themed sheet cake (Allison & Libby), in honor of their move back to Canada – we wish them well. Several new activities entertained both the kids and adults – garden tours, a hula hoop contest and learning some new dance moves courtesy of Esther Brill. This was in addition to a traditional favorite – the balloon toss. Later in the afternoon, our Board President, Susan Glenz, publicly recognized the service of our outgoing board members – Tom Hasman, Maureen (Mo) Duggan, George & Lorrie Lorson, and Matt Alexander – by presenting them with plaques designed by Dave Burnet. Lastly, as a new fundraiser to support our neighborhood activities, we held a silent auction with items donated by both the board and our neighborhood businesses. We are happy to report that with your generous support we raised over $300. A big thanks to everyone who helped organize, setup, takedown, cook, greet and entertain. A fun day which we look forward again to next year !!