In August, we do not have either a board meeting nor a regular meeting because we have our annual picnic. Once again, it was held at the Late Dr. Jack Vander Wal’s back yard which blends into Crystal Lake. Members, their friends, and family members arrived just past 2 PM on Sunday, August 18, which happened to be a beautiful sunny day after a morning of rain. Members brought salads and desserts. The club furnished the dinnerware, soft drinks, burgers, and hot dogs. Those who attended chatted among each other about their summer activities, the latest on the magic scene including recaps of the recent I.B.M. Convention Scottsdale, Magic Live, and Abbott’s Magic Get Together. We heard interesting stories from Bill Rasmussen, Dennis Favreau, P. J. Weber, and Jeff Brodrick. A few magi performed a close-up trick or two such as Phil Gleason and Hank Slagter. Jennifer Elkowitz and her son, Robert, (Steven is in basic training in the Army.) cast their fishing poles upon the lake and caught many. In fact, Robert beat his own record of 17.2 inches with a slightly larger Bass this year . . . or did Jennifer beat him? Christian Rasmussen kicked a soccer ball around with his mom, Julie. Randy Vander Wal grilled the burgers and hot dogs. The rotisserie chicken which P. J. brought was an added delight. The food was delightful and enjoyed by all.
Once again, it was a great fun time at this picnic. Thanks to all who came and also for bringing their edibles. Hocus Pocus Party is Saturday, November 2. It is the 33rd edition with headliner Michael Finney! Details are on the Ring 211 web site and on Facebook — just search “Hocus Pocus Party!”