Picnic in the Point

The day was sunny and so were the smiles at the Picnic in the Point, a brand new event in Dunkirk.

Sponsored by National Grid, the celebration on Sunday at Point Gratiot was geared toward children and families with plenty of family-friendly activities.

Amanda Westling, whose task was to set up and supervise many of the activities, said, “It has been a good event. We’ve been busy. There were so many things to do. The nature scavenger hunt went well. We had sports stations, a three-legged race, and parachute games.”

Westling credited the Junior ROTC students from Dunkirk High School for their help with the children. About 14 students volunteered. They supervised the games and sports stations.

Another popular place was the face painting table where members of the Boys & Girls Club in Dunkirk patiently created a special look for each child.

Lila Drab, 4 (almost 5), said she liked butterflies so that was what was painted. Nikki Brown, a club member, gave Nick Cornell, 3, white whiskers and a pink nose. Nick sat very still while Brown worked her magic.His mom, County Legislator Lori Cornell, laughed and said Nick was enjoying himself. She thought the event was a good time.

The music DJ Bear played appealed to both children and adults. Several parents took pictures of their children bouncing to the beat. Some of the children and adults hula-hooped to the music.

Robin Campbell, 22, was looking for something to do on Sunday. She took a big blue hula hoop and was able to keep it going. She said she has been using hula hoops for quite sometime.

“It’s wonderful that they put it (the picnic) together for the community,” she said.

In another part of the park, Engine 3 from the Fire Department was parked. Jim Muscato II was on hand to supervise and answer questions about the truck. Isaiah Navarro spent some time in the driver’s seat, pretending he was operating the large vehicle.

The Dunkirk Lighthouse gave free tours to those who picked up a ticket at the picnic.

It seemed to be a good day for vendors. Megan Ahlstrom who was cooking at the hot dog wagon from Big Rick’s One Stop said, “Everyone wants hot dogs.”

Meanwhile Anna and Monica Pokoj, 9 and 11 respectively, had smiles on their faces while staffing the waffle concession.

Ice cream was another popular item. Twins Kameron and Karter Desmond-Keppel, 2, had Sponge Bob Square Pants on a stick while their big brother Brady, 5, had a blue-colored treat.

Their mom Kim said, “Ice cream, playground; it’s a good day.”

The event accomplished its purpose of highlighting what Point Gratiot has to offer for families.

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