Ardmore neighbors had more than a few reasons to celebrate Independence Day but the return of the annual 4th of July picnic was a big one.
A family-friendly event sponsored by the Ardmore Neighborhood Association, the potluck lunch was a relaxed and fun gathering of multiple generations.
Traditional picnic foods turned up in force. Gallons of sweet tea and fresh, real lemonade washed down deviled eggs, hot dogs, hummus, fruit, fried chicken and patriotic-themed cupcakes.
Fantastic prizes were handed out to the balloon pop activity.
Well-behaved dogs – on leash, of course – got to sniff and wag at will. Children had a choice of activities.
They jostled to be on hand when the red star piñata yielded up its contents.
Kids queued up for some very creative face painting courtesy of Lyndia Cone.
The participants of the decorated tricycles parade were so caught up in the passion of the moment that they took to the tarmac – stars ‘n stripes flapping in the wind – and rode off on a longer, entirely different route than the one that had been planned for them.
Happily, all of them made it back.
A terrific job was done by the picnic’s organizer-in-chief Marlo Newman who sits on the board of the Ardmore Neighborhood Association and serves as the organization’s treasurer.