Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

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November 14, 2014


The First Division Pot Luck Picnic

The First Division Pot Luck Picnic was held in July in the tranquil setting of Squaw Valley Park in O’Hara Township. Despite grey skies overhead and the threat of storms, approximately 150 Division personnel and family members came out to enjoy the day. There were activities for participants of all ages.

Face painting was very popular as both stations were continuously occupied by eager children. They got to select their design and sat patiently while the artists got to work. Kids proudly displayed everything from tiger-painted faces to dolphin-covered arms.

The jump house was nestled between the shelter and the playground and was another fun activity for kids. Arms and legs thrashed around as the children tried to jump higher and farther than the child next to them. The playground equipment got lots of use by young and old alike as moms and dads pushed their toddlers on swings while chatting with other parents. Others chose to play corn hole in the nearby grass or enjoy having relaxing conversations while keeping an eye on the more active members of the group.

Of course, eating is always the most popular event. Everyone contributed to the buffet table of chicken, hot and cold side dishes, and homemade cookies, cakes and brownies, all of which were washed down by a variety of cold drinks.

After lunch, some people took advantage of the walking trails throughout the park and enjoyed the peace of the wooded area and the sounds of the stream. Others participated in an all-ages sack race and a refreshing water balloon battle—always fun on a hot, humid day. Hula-hooping was really enjoyable for the kids and adults, and it was great entertainment for spectators nearby.

The rain held off until the end of the picnic, but some folks still stayed and enjoyed time together under the pavilion. Thank you to all the hard-working picnic organizers who provided such a fun afternoon for their fellow co-workers. Plans are already in the works for next year, and we hope to see everyone in 2015.