Everyone had a marvelous time at our Picnic Sunday, June 7th, 2015.

The food was totally yummy with lovely grilled and smoked Mary's free range air chilled chicken (Thanks to the Chef's Bill Allen & Dave Crockett), cole slaw, Tom Hammond's special recipe homemade beans, and a table full of homemade desserts (Thanks to all who donated them)!

Bartender Joel from Ricardo's Bar & Grill tended the adult beverage tent with two different beers and wine available.

At our 5th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Contest, over 40 participants competed. Please extend a big thank you to Linda & Chris Staudenmayer who conducted the event again this year. Congratulations to the winners!

  • Men: Rob Thompson 27'
  • Women: Lisa Thomas 18'5"
  • Juniors: Lee Finkel 21'
  • Children 5 & Under: Tiana Cox 6'

We also had our Silent Auction (Thanks Mary Mack!), farm animals (Thanks Robyne Thompson), and face painting (Thanks Susan Thompson). Plus a big thank you to all who donated items!

All during the event the "Thistledown Ramblers" kept things lively with their tunes. The band featured Jerry AllenLisa Waltenspiel; plus Mike Stadler on fiddle, mandolin, and banjo; and Eva Maass on bass.


This year we also had newly designed Bennett Valley T-shirts.  Over 45 were sold at the Picnic and we'll have more at upcoming events and meetings. Special Thanks to Patrick Channing II who worked with the vendor to come up with this great design and get them made in time for the Picnic. If you would like to buy a T-Shirt they are available for $15 each. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order yours!

We also had booths by Whole Foods (Thanks Leslie Graves), Mary's Chickens (Thanks Dan Sinkay), Bennett Valley Emergency Preparedness (Thanks Karen Sommers), and Exchange Bank who served as our cashiers (Thanks Andrea, Brian, & Theresa)!

Let's also extend a special thanks to all the volunteers who made this year's picnic possible: Bill Allen, Patty Allen, Mary Mack, Bill Finkelstein, Janet Alfieri, Jim Alfieri, Cindy Liddell, Marie Nottingham, Robyne Thompson, Susan Thompson, Rob Thompson, Dave Crockett, Vera Harvey, J. Claire Green, Kelly Bryan, Craig Harrison, Maria Giordano, Patrick Channing II, Tom Hammond, Martie Dyche, Charlie Dyche, Roger Fortain, Shirley Mattiuzzi, Linda Huismann, & Nick Allen. Apologies if I omitted anyone, send me an email and I'll add you too.

Now would be a great time to mark your calendar for the 144th Picnic, Sunday June 5, 2016, Noon to 4 PM

And Just for fun, go to Youtube for scenes from our 1951 Picnic