For the third year, a community picnic celebrating Memorial Day will be held at the McCoy Farm & Gardens. Just as Martha McCoy wanted, the house and grounds will be open to everyone for a day of fun, food, frolicking and fellowship. The picnic committee is chaired this year by Jean Trohanis and Clare Hetzler.
The Memorial Day Picnic begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. At 11 a.m., there will be a Presentation of the Colors by the SMMHS Sea Cadets, as well as a welcome by Walden Mayor Bill Trohanis. After a prayer, Alix Parks will release a raptor into the wild that she rehabbed.
Activities are planned for the day, and include children’s games and face-painting in the apple orchard, a silent auction and lots of door prizes; both auctions include items for adults and children. Several area musicians will entertain the crowd as folks enjoy a variety of food, including pizza, hamburgers and hot dogs.
Kim Fookes is publicity chair for the event. Kim has been a dedicated volunteer from the beginning of the McCoy restoration, participating in a number of ways, from serving on the original board of directors and assisting with the building of the suspension bridge across the wetlands on the grounds to organizing the establishment of nonprofit status, which was completed last year. She’s also actively involved with Thrasher Elementary and currently serves on its board. When asked how she manages the number and variety of projects, Kim said, “If you love something and see a need, you find a way.”
The Memorial Day Picnic is a special opportunity for mountain residents to gather and celebrate the holiday together. It’s also an easy way to support McCoy Farm & Gardens, a community park and venue events. All proceeds from sales at the picnic go to the McCoy Fund.
However, there is no entrance fee for the picnic and people are welcome to bring their own food and beverages. “The most important thing,” said Kim, “is that all the mountain communities can come together and enjoy the day, without having to spend a thing.”