Bob and I spent Saturday, June 16, in Erie at Waldameer where we attended his company’s annual picnic.
We rode the motorcycle, my first long ride since knee surgery. Actually, it has been a lot longer than that since I have ridden the motorcycle. I didn’t ride much last season. I rode OK, however, the cool night air on our way back home made my knee ache.
We ate both lunch and dinner at Waldameer. Lunch was served from 12:00-4:00 PM. Our lunch choices included carrots and celery sticks, macaroni and potato salads, baked beans, hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream. After lunch we wandered about the park. The only ride we rode this year was the park train. We rode the train twice. The first time the train broke down and we had to walk a little ways back to the station.
The last time we attended Bob’s company picnic was in 2010. I noticed some new rides since our last visit.
This was the first time I saw North End.
There are a few new rides, as well as new statues and a fountain.
In past years I take lots of pictures of those who attend the picnic. I took only a few pictures this year.
This is Dave.
He attempted to take a picture of Bob and me, while we were on the park train.
Dawn and Rod
Jerry and Bob
Karen, Jesse and their granddaughter
Dinner was served from 4:00-5:00PM. Our dinner choices included carrots and celery sticks, macaroni and potato salads, garden salad, BBQ chicken, sausage, beef on wick and ham sandwiches and ice cream.
At 5:30 PM names were drawn for several prizes (only employee and retirees names were included in these drawings). Bob didn’t win any prizes. He would have liked to had won the 8 wellness hours to get a day off work.
We played bingo soon after the drawings. We didn’t win anything playing bingo either, but we did have a good time.
Throughout the day we enjoyed the company of various people, Bob’s coworkers and their spouses (and families). I was most surprised when I saw Brett Fallon there. Brett is the owner and Founding/Artistic Director of the Dance Elite* Performance Company. We recognized each other right away. I met Brett two years ago at Warren’s Ribfest. We walked up to each other and expressed surprise at seeing each other at Waldameer.
Brett lives in Erie and stopped by to see Melanie, who had asked Brett to come see her at the picnic because she didn’t think she would know anyone. Well, Melanie being at the picnic was my second surprise of the day. I didn’t know that Melanie’s husband worked for the same company as my husband. I guess he has been there a year, working the second shift, in Bob’s department! Melanie and I met at Ribfest 2010, as well, the same day I met Brett. In addition to photographing Brett, while he danced at Ribfest 2010, I photographed Melanie’s two daughters as well. Melanie is the owner of Starlite Events by Design and Brett’s official manager. Melanie and I have been Facebook friends since July 2010 and never realized that our husbands worked at the same company!