Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the St.Marys Downtown Merchants are again staging a Bring Your Own Picnic (B.Y.O.P.), a community building meal time and a popular feature of the Stonetown Heritage Festival.
Picnickers are invited to gather in downtown St. Marys on Saturday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m. to enjoy this social event which will include games, music and, new this year, a live auction hosted by Mayor Al Strathdee. Inspired by old-fashioned ‘box socials’, those who wish to can bid on a selection of ten picnic baskets donated by local restaurants. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Salvation Army Food Bank. The picnic will be Victorian-themed and some fantastic, 1920’s eras game prizes will be up for grabs.
“We had a great turn out at last year’s event and this year we decided to add a new, fun feature- the picnic basket auction,” said Sue Hyatt Griffiths, BIA board member. “After all the high energy activities finish up in the core and at Milt Dunnell Field, community members will be able to gather in our beautiful downtown to dine among old and new friends, to listen to music, enjoy a meal and relax before the street dance starts up. We think it’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of a meal surrounded by the stunning downtown architecture and outdoor scenery”
Picnickers can bring their own meal to the main street, or pre-order a basket from a number of local participating eateries- Four Happy Restaurant, Jennies, Kitchen Smidgen, Little Red’s Pub and Eatery, Towne and Country Cheese Shoppe, Sukie Lee’s and Stacey’s Pizza and Stonetown Coffee Co. The picnic runs from 5-7pm and will feature live music by local musician Dan Armstrong. Mayor Al Strathdee will lead the live auction at 5pm and then the meal will commence. Following the picnic, the street dance helmed by country singer Darcy John will begin. A fireworks display sponsored by the Rotary Club will conclude the weekend’s events.