Each year, the Frewsburg Rest Home's residents are encouraged to invite their immediate family members to attend the annual family picnic. This year's picnic will take place Saturday. Dinner will be served continuously from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
"We want to provide all of our residents with an opportunity to treat their loved ones to a good old-fashioned family picnic," says Steve Sischo, owner of the rest home. "This is the 18th year for the event."
Last year, more than 250 chicken dinners were served. The picnic is held outdoors at the home. The picnic pavilion is located at the back of the facility property, near the gardens, and holds nearly 100 people.
Frewsburg Rest Home resident Margaret Bentley and her daughter Kathy enjoy a sunny day under the pavilion and a full chicken barbecue and picnic during a previous Frewsburg Rest Home family picnic. This year’s picnic will be held Saturday.
"We place tables and chairs under the shade trees near our flower gardens, and since we lost a major shade tree two years ago, we rent a large tent from Jamestown Awning," said Jackie Shannon, activities director. "Our residents look forward to visiting with their families, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren."
A full chicken barbecue will be served, including fresh-picked corn on the cob, and all the side dishes and desserts prepared at the home.
"The food preparation is a labor of love. We really look forward to the picnic and hope more people come each year," said Mickey Rounds, food service manager.
This year, games will be available, including bean-bag toss, ladder ball and beach-ball volley. But for the residents of the Frewsburg Rest Home, it's all about enjoying the day with family.