Tons of homemade food, crispy chicken, live music, lots of sunshine, and time spent with some of the bravest men and women…veterans and spouses of the military… made for a perfect day.
Tanglewood ‘s active Veteran’s group held their annual picnic Thursday, April 4 in the Bash area from 11-2. This annual picnic is open to any veteran and/or their spouse.
The official picnic got underway when Jack Nelson led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mel Ridley offered a prayer. Taps was then played and served as a reminder of all those veterans who paid the ultimate price.
Since it was a picnic, food then took center stage. Just in case you are unaware, there are some great cooks here in Tanglewood. I am quite sure not one single person went home hungry.
Every possible looking picnic food awaited a very long line of hungry folks. Fried chicken was being served up by members of the group. Assorted beverages were available. Plates were heaped with all sorts of homemade goodies.
As if enjoying tons of food was not enough, Joyce and her Guitar kept spirits high playing tunes that just about everyone recalled from back in the day. The songs, the ones with words you knew, were fun to sing and tap your foot to the beat. Folks were singing and humming along with their favorites.
The 50/50 draw brought a bit of a hush over the crowd. Tickets were pulled out of pockets in anticipation of hearing their number called. Connie White and Margaret Comrie went home smiling Thursday. They each won $100 in the draw.
The afternoon time together came to a close. Folks began gathering up their empty carry-in dishes, cleared their areas, and headed towards home, all with smiles on their faces from time well spent with friends and new acquaintances.
The Tanglewood Veterans group meets the first Monday of the month, right after Coffee, on the veranda. It is open to any Tanglewood resident who served in military.