Dream Of Dunking A Selectman? Come To The TCC Community Picnic And Field Day On Sunday
Sep 04, 2014 05:29AM
By Bill Gilman
You can dunk your favorite (or least favorite) town official at the Community Picnic on Sunday, Sept. 7.
Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Tewksbury Congregational Church.
Free, family fun is the name of the game for the 4th Annual Family Picnic and Field Day on tap for Sunday, September 7 from 12-4 pm on the lacrosse fields down at Livingston Fields. Tewksbury Congregational Church (TCC) organizes the event, complete with games, crafts, hot dogs, popcorn, and a Tent with tables, for the entire community to enjoy together – all at no cost.
Last year’s big addition, the Dunk Tank, is back again. Attendees donated almost $1,000 to the Tewksbury Food Pantry while taking their chances to dunk Selectman Bruce Panilaitis, Selectman Scott Wilson, Selectman Jim Wentworth, School Committee Member Krissy Polimeno, and Pastor Jonathan Goodell. Panilaitis and Goodell are already committed for a repeat appearance and several others of your favorite local officials have been invited to attend. This year’s proceeds will be split evenly between the Tewksbury Food Pantry and the Tewksbury Habitat for Humanity Build for which TCC will be taking a leading role.
Organizers estimate more than 200 people, at least 100 of them children, came together for an afternoon of old-fashioned, free, family fun last year and they plan to do it again this year. Events include the running races, 3-legged race, and burlap sack race.
First, second, and third place ribbons are given out after each race, as well as participant ribbons, so that children that don’t place don’t go home empty handed.
The Family Picnic and Field Day is one of several free outreach events that TCC organizes for the community. Zero Waste Day, in partnership with the Recycling Committee is scheduled for September 27th. In November, the church hosts a free Community dinner and early December marks the annual Pie Social and Christmas Fair. Leading up to Easter, TCC will host a brunch with the Easter Bunny where children can get their picture taken with the guest of honor.
“This is an old-fashioned Field Day for all ages,” said Patty Cipriano, one of the organizers of the event this year. “Some of the best moments are when the adults jump up to join in the 3-legged or sack race.”
The goal of the event is to create an easy-going, open event where people meet people; and where kids could invite their friends.
The event closes with a family kickball game, which participants of all ages enjoyed last year. Cipriano pointed out that “We had two year-olds and sixty year-olds playing together. It was a great time.”
As with all TCC events and worship services – All are always welcome!