Church celebrates start of school with picnic

September 04, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • Jordan McNairn, left, and Katie Sprecher eat and chat Sunday at a a back-to-school picnic at Smithsburg Lions Community Park.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — One table had a variety of barbecue on it and another held a variety of side dishes — pasta salads, baked beans and succotash — plus desserts such as cupcakes and peach cobbler with baked pie-dough cookies.

The spread at Smithsburg Lions Community Park, off Bikle Road north of Smithsburg, was for a back-to-school picnic for the community, said Joyce Belella, church secretary at Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville.

Held at the church for years, church officials decided to have this year’s picnic at the park and invite the community. However, at the start of the picnic, Belella said she didn’t see anyone there who wasn’t a parishioner.

Those who did come — about 80 people signed up for the picnic at a park pavilion — appeared to be enjoying the food and fellowship.

Smithsburg resident Kim Rishell’s family was happy for a chance to try Phil Petry’s Barbeque because they had talked about hiring Petry to cater the rehearsal dinner for her son, Daniel.

Petry, who was a partner in Piquant Pigs and now has his own catering business, donated pulled pork, pulled beef, ribs, coleslaw and macaroni salads, including a spicy version, to the event.

The verdict?

Two thumbs up from Daniel’s fiancee, Erica Douglas of Smithsburg.

Smithsburg High football player Corey Dunkin also was looking forward to the barbecue.

Almost two weeks into the new school year, Corey, 17, said school was “going pretty good.” He was more excited about the Leopards’ Friday night win over Northern Garrett.

Fifth-grader Emma Bentz, 10, of Smithsburg, said she likes math. She is studying fractions at Sabillasville Elementary in Frederick County, Md.

Will Kershner, 7, was excited “that we get to spell” in second grade at Smithsburg Elementary. Will, who had his arms full of Nerf guns for a battle after the picnic, said he wants to be in a spelling bee.

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