We were recently invited to attend a picnic at Forest Park. The guests included members and staff from Friends in Action and three other Missouri clubhouses. We packed up the vans and left out early Friday Morning, so that we could enjoy a full day at the Park. We brought along our washers, Frisbees and other outdoor games. For the two days prior to the picnic we made brownies. We thought that there would be about 175 people there, so that’s how many brownies we made. It took a while, but we got them done. When we arrived, Forest Park was the place to be. There were people everywhere. I guess that it had something to do with the beautiful weather we were having. It could not have been any nicer. We finally found a parking spot and got unloaded. They picnic was in full swing when we arrived. There were people playing washers, some were talking and a small group had the BBQ grill going. We jumped right in, playing games and making new friends. After lunch most of us decided to walk down to the zoo, since it was not very far. We only had about an hour to spend, so everyone grabbed a buddy and off we went. Everyone met back at the appointed time and we walked back to the pavilion, which was uphill the whole way, to meet up with the rest of our group so that we could pack up and head back to the clubhouse. We got packed up and made it back to the clubhouse. The day was a success with no major incidents. Everyone had a good time and is looking forward to next year. Thanks to the Independence Center for organizing the event and doing all of the barbecuing. Maybe next time we will volunteer to do the cooking.