Picnic Time on Elm Street

The population at Elm Street Gardens picked up by about 500 on Labor Day this year.  In other words, there was a grand turnout for the 4th Annual Hancock Community Picnic on that holiday Monday. 

For the grand event, the vegetable gardens were in that end of summer state of transition when things either look overgrown and on the ragged side or are new tender seedlings, but Tom Davis, who keeps the grounds of the house always looking pretty spiffy, outdid himself in having everything looking beyond neat and tidy. 

The crowd was fed with BBQ and a multitude of wonderful potluck offerings from many fine cooks.  We had great entertainment and performances by local talent as well as terrific DJ, “Big Ernie,” who had a great sound system, music that suited everyone’s tastes and the ability to play the drums and draw children and other audience members into playing the drums with him as well as providing lively line-dancing music. 

Children flocked to get their faces painted by members of the Oasis Family Farm group as well as play games organized by Martha Harris.  Randie Grey and her fine 4-H crowd helped in many ways, including a game of “Hancock Trivia” which entertained both adults and children.  I can’t name all the names who orchestrated this picnic because there are so many, but I must include Jeanette Waddell who helped with all aspects of organizing the picnic as well as stepping into her profession of storyteller with a rendition of how a Hancock Community picnic happens (based loosely on the traditional “Stone Soup” story). 

The wonderful part is that the community came together and had fun together, played games together, danced together, enjoyed each other’s company, worried together when an elderly lady collapsed in the heat and had to be attended to by the local EMT workers (she is okay), and best of all, worked together to make the picnic happen.  And we all had a reprieve from the summer’s constant rains.  

 "Men On A Mission" bring in the first of the two barbecued whole  pigs.

 "Men On A Mission" bring in the first of the two barbecued whole  pigs.

Folks begin to gather around and visit before the lunch is served.

Folks begin to gather around and visit before the lunch is served.

Lining up and filling up!

Lining up and filling up!

Fun and games for many children.

Fun and games for many children.

The Oasis Family Farm folks worked long and hard to accommodate all children who wanted to have their faces painted.  

The Oasis Family Farm folks worked long and hard to accommodate all children who wanted to have their faces painted.  

And here is the after picture of the picnic grounds.  On the day after it looks as if nothing had happened in the yard.  Everyone pitchds in and helped with the clean-up!

And here is the after picture of the picnic grounds.  On the day after it looks as if nothing had happened in the yard.  Everyone pitchds in and helped with the clean-up!

15 Elm Street, Sparta, GA