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Sunshine and fun times at the 2017 SIPS Summer Picnic

-Magdalen Lindeberg
There are many ways to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Some honored the season with cut-throat rounds of bingo. Toni DiTommaso welcomed summer winning a gift certificate from Pesco’s Barber Shop! For everyone at Wednesday’s 2017 SIPS Picnic, the event was an opportunity for good food, games, fun prizes, and conversation.

Many thanks to the SIPS Social Committee for all their hard work setting up games and tables – in particular, Tara Reed, who worked tirelessly to coordinate the venue, food and music, and bingo prizes, and who with Michele Blackmore, contacted dozens of local businesses, soliciting excellent raffle prize donations.  Tara and Michele also spend part of Tuesday squeegeeing water (and frogs) out of the pavilion!  Thanks also to Cindy Twardokus, who created the picnic flyer and provided other behind the scenes assistance. Catering was provided by The Heights Café (owner: James Larounis) and music by DJ Dale from Sound on Sound Productions.

Many thanks to local businesses who generously provided the following raffle prizes and congratulations to the winners:

  • A Science and Nature Family Membership to the Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center valued at $95 (James Tanaka)
  • Gift certificate for lunch for two at Purity Ice Cream (Eldon Rowland)
  • Gift certificate for The Cornell Store valued at $25 (2) (Bridget Cristelli and Jacki Armstrong)
  • Gift certificate for a ½ hour massage at A Balanced Body Therapy (Myles Collinson)
  • Gift certificate for Rogues’ Harbor Inn valued at $50 (Tyr Wiesner-Hanks)
  • Gift certificate for one hair cut at Pesco’s Barber Shop (Toni Ditommaso)
  • Gift certificate for Kilpatrick’s Publick House valued at $25 (2) (Michele Blackmore and Sarah Ruark)
  • Gift bag from Moosewood (Xiaohong Wang)
  • Brunch for two at Taverna Banfi valued at $45 (Kevin Ahern)
  • Gift certificate for Agava Restaurant valued at $20 plus two movie passes to Cinemapolis (Alejandra Gandolfo)
  • Original artwork donated by Marcia Eames-Sheavly (Juana Munoz-Ueros)
  • SIPS gift basket (Cheryl Richardson)
  • Gift certificate for Rasa Spa valued at $25 (Mary Ann Karp)
  • A Family Membership to the Sciencenter valued at $85 (Jennifer Svitko)
  • Gift certificate to Gola Osteria valued at $50 (Zoe Dubrow)
  • A one night stay in a Deluxe King Room and breakfast for two at La Tourelle with a $100 credit for August Moon Spa (Jane Doyle)
  • A Clivia miniata plant from the LHB Conservatory
  • A one night stay in a King Room with fireplace and breakfast for two at the Best Western (Jen Thomas-Murphy)
  • All winners also received a plant from Hortus Forum

Serious business
High roller wins big: wine, candy, barbecue tools
She wins AGAIN! (and no, Mary Ann is NOT Dean Boor)
Toni welcomes summer with a hair cut, beach blanket, AND a plant!
caption contest?
who wore it better?




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