Thermal Belt Friendship Council picnic set for June 2

Published 7:02 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Participants enjoy a previous picnic at Harmon Field. (photo submitted by Lynnea Stadelmann)

The Thermal Belt Friendship Council will hold its annual picnic on Saturday, June 2 at the Harmon Field Cabin and Pavilion from 4 – 6 p.m. All are welcome and there is no charge.
Each year as the news has spread through the community, increasing numbers of area residents have attended the picnic, each bringing a salad, entree, vegetable, or dessert for seven people.
The Friendship Council supplies hot dogs, buns, condiments and drinks. There will also be musical entertainment and a piñata for the kids. Friendship Council officials said they anticipate an outstanding raffle because of generous donations from Thermal Belt merchants and other friends.
The Friendship Council is a loosely organized group of friends whose goal is to promote racial and ethnic diversity and harmony in the Thermal Belt. There is no formal membership and there are no dues.
Friends meet on the second Tuesday of each month at Roseland Center, Tryon, at 6 p.m. to plan community outreach and various events.
The Friendship Council sponsors three major events each year. The first is the commemoration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., held in January at the Fine Arts Center in Tryon. Planning for next year’s commemoration is already under way.
Second is the annual picnic, and third is Christmas caroling at a local nursing home, with a potluck Christmas dinner following at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Tryon.
Throughout the year, friends meet at a local restaurant to enjoy lunch with one another.
Friendship Council events are listed in the community calendar in the Bulletin and all are welcome to attend. There is never a charge for any event.
The Friendship Council maintains a telephone committee to call friends for special events. If you wish to be on the telephone list or to get further information, call 864-457-2426, or visit or
– article submitted
by Lynnea Stadelmann

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