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Lumberville residents gather for annual Founder’s Day Picnic


Members of the Lumberville community gathered for the annual Founder’s Day Picnic on June 11.

Started by Roland Barker and Bruce Dupuis Jr. in 1982, the “Picnic” has evolved into more of an early evening cocktail party behind the Lumberville General Store since reemerging from COVID two years ago – a BYOB gathering with catered light bites served out back on “the green.”

Bill Tinsman, born and raised in Lumberville and considered by many the village historian, heads up the Picnic Committee – Celia and Dave Anderson, Pam Blake, Terri Epstein, Melody Hunt, and Megan and Ken Peterson – that sets the menu, directs traffic, provides the invitation specifics to Lumberville’s “town crier,” Claire Donohue, and takes care of the various other details involved in preserving this beloved tradition of village camaraderie.

This year’s event, attended by over 70 current and former Lumbervillians, was blessed with blue skies and sunshine, with only a quick threat of clouds and sprinkles that rolled through with no ill effects. Music was provided by Jericho Grass and The Black Bass and General Store staff took great care of the crowd.

In a note sent after the event, resident Linda Kuehl Wilson thanked the committee for “another wonderful evening,” commenting, “Lumberville is a very special place. No wonder I have remained here for 46 years.”

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