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Picnic plans proceed

Farragut’s 30th anniversary committee detailed plans for its fall picnic, set for Oct. 10 on property adjacent to farragutpress offices, at its meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 20.

“This is the big thing we really need to think about,” Sue Stuhl, Parks and Leisure Services director, said.

The committee nailed down a time, from 1 to 5 p.m. that Sunday afternoon, but couldn’t pick a name for the event or define concrete details.

The committee decided to research vendors to provide food, similar to last year’s inaugural Taste of Farragut event.

“That was fabulous,” Marianne McGill, wife of Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill, said.

“It’s the simplest way to do it,” Committee chair Pat Sloan agreed.

Committee members agreed to continue researching three or four bands to play at the event, most likely on the front porch “stage” of the farragutpress building at 11863 Kingston Pike.

“I think what we want is three distinct kinds of bands,” Stuhl said, mentioning a bluegrass band, a symphony group or even a 1980s band.

Sloan urged the committee to search for local musical groups.

The committee also thought games and inflatables for children would be a good idea, but Stuhl reminded the committee it would have to locate volunteers to man the booths.

“If you want to do it, I think it’s great … but it will have to be the committee members who do the bulk of this,” Stuhl said.

Staff would simply be too busy planning Freaky Friday Fright Nite a mere two weeks after the picnic, she added.

“We have to commit to rounding up volunteers,” Sloan agreed, adding students, sports teams and non-profits might be interested in manning booths or bringing games.

However, much of what is done, or how it is done, depends on the committee receiving more funds in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

“We’re rowing upstream until we know what the Board [of Mayor and Aldermen] decides,” Gene McNalley, committee member, said.

The group already has used or allocated its $5,000 budget for this year, and will be requesting additional funding from the Board in the next fiscal year.

“We’ll start with this and see where we go,” Sloan said.

In other business, the committee voted against purchasing an advertisement in the Dogwood Arts Festival event pamphlet, an idea first proposed at a Board meeting in December.

Total cost of the proposed full-page ad would have been the group’s entire budget, $5,000.

“How much money do we have?” committee member Carolyn Coker asked.

“None,” Stuhl said.

“Well, if we have no money, we have no money,” Coker said.

McNalley added that, even if the committee had the money, he would be skeptical about the advertisement.

McGill agreed: “The [Festival tour] buses aren’t even stopping out here. I mean, what’s the deal?” she asked.

The group will next meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the picnic site to create an event site plan.


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