Free Descriptive Essays: The Church Picnic

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The Church Picnic

On Sunday August 22nd, the Delta Church of Religious Science had its first annual picnic. It was a gorgeous day at Contra Loma Reservoir in Antioch. The breeze gently ruffled the leaves as the branches of the shade trees swayed over the picnic tables. Although the mercury soared to 95 degrees, the heat was not oppressive. The Delta Church, having only formed last October, is relatively small with only seventeen members. Considering that, the turnout of thirty people for the picnic was outstanding. The picnic lasted four hours as conversations lingered, food was devoured and games were played. Throughout the day the sound of laughter echoed in the breeze as families and friends spent quality time together.

Contra Loma Park has an excellent set-up for groups. Instead of a traditional tableside small grill, the group picnic area has an extra-large BBQ centrally located among several tables. Everyone prepared his or her meal simultaneously on the grill. Church members were notified at Sunday services to "bring your own meat to BBQ". Thanks to Bill Cecil and his advance preparation, the BBQ coals were ashen and hot when everyone arrived. The food as it cooked on the grill filled the air with a variety of pleasing smells. There were hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, chicken and mouth watering ribs.

In addition to the main course, everyone brought at least one potluck dish. The table was filled with appetizers, side dishes and desserts. Betsy and Reggie brought a homemade cheese ball that was half gone before some Church members could even make it over to that side of the table. Sunday school teacher Lonnie contributed her favorite recipe, a seven-layer Mexican dip served with homemade tortilla chips. And that was just the appetizers! Mary Anne's deviled eggs saw many a second helping, as did Faye's potato salad. There was a terrific tasting green vegetable salad that included tomatoes fresh from Reverend Kay's home garden. Patti's crock-pot full of BBQ beans hit the spot with its thick molasses sauce.

But the desserts really took center stage; Carol and Tim brought their ice cream making machine. The goal was to make ice cream; the fun was the team effort it took to produce the ice cream. Homemade ice cream requires a lot of hand cranking. Several of the attendees took their turn at the crank. A few of them boasted that the sore arm muscles they had entitled them to first servings.

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No one disagreed as the first helpings of melt-in-your-mouth vanilla ice cream were scooped out of the machine. Chocolate frosted cake, brownies and Rev. Kay's homemade fruit torte complemented the ice cream.

As the digestive juices started to flow, and a relaxing feeling was in the air, a call came from one of the teen church members, "Let the games begin!" First on the agenda was an egg toss. Reverend Kay was having so much fun throwing the egg she became over zealous. The egg flew right over Mike's head. SPLAT! The twelve-year-old identical girl twins were in the finals against the senior couple. Age and experience prevailed. Dave and Faye were the winners of the egg toss competition.

As everyone was cleaning gooey, drippy egg off various limbs and body parts, Bill decided to start the next game by himself. The game was supposed to be a water balloon toss fashioned after the egg toss. Bill had another idea. He thought his wife, Lonnie, needed some cooling off. Unfortunately for Bill, just as he heaved the water balloon towards Lonnie, she moved. Bill's balloon hit Mike in the center of his stomach with a big splash. One thing led to another and a water balloon fight ensued. Everyone got into the act, from Reverend Kay's elderly mother to Carol's one-year-old daughter, Cassidy. The roars of laughter coming from the Church group were truly contagious. The pure enjoyment experienced by all during that water balloon fight prompted another group nearby to applaud when it ended.

As the day was drawing to a close, several picnickers were engaged in exhilarating conversation, while others relaxed peacefully under the shade trees. The youngsters, accompanied by their parents, had headed over to the beach area. The older children swam and played water games in the reservoir. The younger ones built sandcastles by the shore. The wind had picked up slightly, providing welcome relief as the afternoon temperature was steadily rising. The time had come for the first annual picnic of the Delta Church of Religious Science to come to an end. It had been an astounding success. The food was delicious and the games had been thoroughly enjoyed. Everyone went home praising the organizers of the event for a job well done. The participants also deserve credit. Together they made the Church's first picnic a huge success.

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