Annual Senior Picnic set for Aug. 29

  • Early Thursday morning visitors made use of the picnic area under the Richard C. Phillips Jr. Memorial Pavilion at Silver Lake Park to rest and have a friendly chat. On any given day people visit the popular kettle pond to walk their dogs (there are two dog waste stations on site, courtesy of the Athol Lions Club), jog the perimeter, fish and swim here. STAFF/DEBORRAH PORTER

  • Preference is given to those who reserve use of the Richard C. Phillips Jr. Memorial Pavilion at Silver Lake Park, which includes use of the bathroom facility closeby by calling 989-249-4542. STAFF/DEBORRAH PORTER

  • The Athol Lions Club maintains the Richard C. Phillips Jr. Memorial Pavilion at Silver Lake Park, for the enjoyment of the public. —Staff/Deborrah Porter

Published: 8/18/2019 9:45:14 PM
Modified: 8/18/2019 9:45:10 PM

ATHOL — The North Quabbin Community Senior Picnic will be held on Thursday, Aug. 29, under the pavilion at Silver Lake Park, beginning at 11 a.m.

The picnic is sponsored by the Councils on Aging from the nine North Quabbin towns, the Athol COA Friends, the Golden Agers, Mt. Grace Chapter of the AARP, LifePath, Inc. and the Quabbin Valley HealthCare.

The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, salads, beverages and desserts. 

Musical entertainment will be provided by “The Relics.”

The Athol Lions Club’s board of directors voted Wednesday night to set aside Saturday, Aug. 24 as a work day to paint and refurbish the picnic tables at the pavilion in preparation for the annual senior picnic. Several years ago, the Lions, with the help of public donations, built the Richard C. Phillips, Jr. Memorial Pavilion in memory of one its past presidents. The club members maintain it and replace and repair the tables each year. The cost is absorbed by the club. In June the Athol Lions members built and donated two picnic tables each to the Athol Area YMCA, for Camp Wiyaka, and to the Clara Barton Camp at the Clara Barton Center for Diabetes Education in Oxford

The Lions also use the pavilion for their annual Dick Phillips “Dust Off” car show in June (the proceeds benefit maintenance of the pavilion), and during their Haunted Hayrides in October.  

The pavilion is open to the public, and offers a generous shaded area overlooking the water, with dozens of picnic tables for visitors to enjoy. There are a grill and larger barbecue pit (used for the Lions’ chicken barbecues) on site which are available for use. The pavilion may be reserved through the town by calling 989-249-4542 and upon request, the restrooms next to the ballfield can be opened. 

Tickets for the upcoming picnic are $7 each and will be available until Aug. 26 by calling the Council on Aging at 978-249-8986. In the event of inclement weather, the picnic will be held at the Athol Town Hall.

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