How do you make some 165 picnickers happy?

Start with about 80 pounds of chicken, 150 pieces each of burgers and hot dogs; 200 ears of corn (donated by Froehlich’s Farms in Montgomery), 160 pounds of salads and beans, 10 pounds of onions and eight tomatoes.

Add the volunteer labor from Rick and Julie Dzurilla and a team for this event of about 15, some of whom began their day at 8:30 a.m. hauling food and supplies from the church to the Town of Crawford Park.

Ensure the grill is lit by 10:30 a.m. and the buffet set up because scores of hungry revelers will form a long, serpentine line shortly after 1 p.m. Then a second trip to church to free the ice cream from the freezer.

In between, spirited games of volleyball – adults vs. kids – organized by the Youth Ministry, music, mingling, card games and a 50/50 raffle (won by Liz Locatelli and given back to St. Paul’s) keeps folks engaged, making the hours fly by.

And this sunny afternoon of community, camaraderie and connection was available to all at no cost – thanks to the very generous parishioner who picked up the tab.