What a wonderful day for a picnic!
Indeed, Sunday September 16th was a fabulous day for our FOS Annual Fall picnic, although it was warm enough to feel like summer. Luckily, a light breeze floated through the Hickory Hollow Shelter at the Hickory Creek Nature Preserve, making everyone cooler despite the unusually warm day. Rides took place prior to the picnic, and the rides ended at the picnic itself; Al Sturges started a group from Forest Park; Bill Lang started a group from Hickory Creek. Also, Bernie O’Reilly led a short walk on the picnic grounds. All arrived prior to the arrival of the catered food. But, it was worth the wait; Hienie McCarthy’s crispy fried chicken did not fail to disappoint! Other items included cheese ravioli, sloppy Joe’s, fresh cucumber & tomato salad, bell pepper blend salad, a hash brown potato bake, and much, much more. Afterwards, everyone started in on all the treats brought in by our members, both homemade and bakery-bought. While everyone was enjoying dessert, 3 raffles were held; one for those who rode to the picnic, one for those who brought a dessert, and one for those who simply attended the picnic. Two prizes for each category were drawn, and the winners were:
Bob Breitweiser $25 Goodspeed
Tony Loukota $25 Richards Bicycle
Brent Radomski $25 Performance
David Hensle $25 Orland Park Cyclery
Scott Oldaine $30 Gattos
Susan Johnson $30 Glenwood Oaks
After the raffle, members lingered to talk, nibble on leftovers, stroll along the grounds and reconnect with each other. Another lovely picnic is in the history books, and we were fortunate toto have good luck with the weather too. Thanks to all who came, over 40 people registered for this event; it was GREAT!