“What a great day, what a beautiful setting…enjoying Creation and each other’s company!” This exclamation by Reid Farrell, of Holy Trinity, Swanton, captured the expressions of many who participated in the first Family Fun Day & Golf Tournament.
Over 250 people from throughout the Episcopal Church in Vermont and beyond attended the Fun Day at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, on September 15. Several teams of golfers played the course while others strolled the grounds, tried their hands at games, hiked or biked, and enjoyed the waterfront. Children clustered around the face painting and games areas, and the “bouncy house” provided hours of excitement. Relationships were made and renewed throughout and across many congregations. The afternoon also included an outdoor lunch.
The day culminated in the much-anticipated silent auction. Theme baskets, other goods, and services were donated by individuals and congregations. Auction items included a new speed boat; greens fees at Killington; get-away stays at Vermont inns and resorts; a week-long stay in a luxury condo on Amelia Island, FL; whimsical canine artwork by Stephen Huneck; a bag of GROW Compost and garden seeds; and Vermont-made cheeses, chocolates, and maple syrup.
“There was something for everyone during the Day, and we had ages 4 through 84 in our group” from St. Thomas and Grace, Brandon, reported Margo Fletcher. “I loved the Day,” said Nancy Bowers, of St. Peter’s, Bennington, who brought three generations of family with her. “We can hardly wait until next year!”
Rick Swanson, Diocesan Council member and chair of the Fun Day Planning Team, said the Day was “a great success.” “It all could not have taken place without the help of many, many people, most importantly those who attended. Keep your eyes peeled for next year’s date!”
[Images are courtesy of Al Stefanik, Mary Carlson, Madeline Calise, and Susan Ohlidal.]