What a day for a picnic! We were down the street at Annie Williams Memorial Park in Bracebridge yesterday for the 3rd Annual Free Family Picnic. The festivities began at 11 as we arrived to join a host of other local businesses and families from the neighbourhood coming together to spend time together with the community, and enjoy a delicious barbeque.
There was something for everyone to see and do, and the gorgeous weather made it seem like we had finally buried the brutal cold of winter, and skipped forward right to summer. We brought as many games as we could, and our booth had pin-the-nose on Rudolph, Elf pictures, plank races, and face painting! Our painters were busy all day, and nearly everywhere you turned there were smiling cheeks adorned with butterflies, flowers, and Spiderman (a rather popular figure yesterday). There were balloons, candy canes, and happy, laughing children all over the park, and something else to check out at every turn.
Beside our booth were our friends from Back Country Paintball, who had set up an awesome laser-tag course that was a definite crowd pleaser. Lakeland Power was also there with a huge crane, giving people a chance to see what it was like to float high over the ground. The Bracebridge fire department brought a huge fire truck of their own, and was busy showing off how high their ladder could go too! The rotary club and Swiss Chalet were also hanging out and joining in on the fun. In addition to all the local businesses, there were quite a few interesting characters to be spotted among the crowd. Bracebridge’s town crier Bruce Kruger could be seen (and heard) ringing his bell all over the park, closely followed by Dizzy the Chicken, much to the delight of the children following in their wake. The two of them joined this elf in posing for a couple pictures with some of the kids. There was even a performance by Jam Sandwich before the afternoon was through.
By the time the afternoon rolled to a close it was quite apparent that a good time was had by all. As we packed up the sleigh to make the journey home to the village it was obvious that the sun intended to stick around for at least a little bit longer, and more than a couple families seemed to make the same decision. It was an outstanding day for a picnic, and the park board did an outstanding job setting up this family event. I’m already excited for next year’s!