Thank you to all those who attended the 2014 Annual Colorado Yoopers Picnic.
Here are some memories of a wonderful afternoon!
And a Great Time Was Had by All: The 2014 Colorado Yooper Picnic
The 16th Annual Yooper Picnic was a great success, with approximately 170 people
gathering at Sterne Park in Littleton on a pleasantly warm day in September 2014.
Lil Federspeil added to the festivities of the day by bringing colorful table coverings,
and helping to publicize the Colorado Yoopers’ first-ever silent auction. The first
(surprise) donation for the silent auction was from Ryan Leinones, the owner and
chef of the renowned downtown-Denver restaurant, Trillium. This restaurant has been
repeatedly honored by Open Table, 5280 Magazine and others, so we were delighted
to receive a $100 gift certificate. Definitely pay Trillium a visit! www.TrilliumDenver.com
That was followed by donation of a hand-made quilt featuring U.P. animals. Thanks
to the anonymous donor who supplied this lovely and unique auction item.
Finally, Kimberly Hanna donated a soft, warm woolen blanket made from sheep raised
organically in the U.P. We appreciate it and know the highest bidder who won the
blanket will enjoy it for years to come!
Additional Yoopers brought donations of wine bottles and other items for door prizes,
adding to the fun. Carmille Bisque Ford brought members of her family and copies
of her father’s book, “Iron,” to disseminate. Her recently deceased father, Dr. Ray
Bisque, was a noted professor at the Colorado School of Mines, who wanted this book
-- the story of his family as they settled in the U.P -- and several other books
he wrote, donated to the Yoopers.
The pasties from Albies, in Gaylod, Michigan, were declared excellent by all in attendance,
and (as usual) Ron Kaminen’s trivia questions stumped many in the audience and caused
laughter and good-natured ribbing and responses.
A proclamation from Mayor Robert Niemi of Marquette, naming Sept. 28 as Ex-Patriots
Day in Marquette, was read to all assembled and was also displayed during the picnic.
Those attending signed a card of thanks that was sent to the mayor and city manager
of that city.
Volunteers once again baked pasties on Sunday morning at Romano’s Italian Restaurant.
Romano’s has been helping out the Yoopers by storing frozen pasties and allowing
us to use their ovens on Sunday morning for many years! Please thank them by enjoying
a meal with them frequently! www.RomanosPizzaria.com
We are happy to let you know that between donations, the silent auction and door
prizes, the pasties and the sale of Yooper tee-shirts, the Colorado Yoopers made
$1,500, which will be donated to three Upper Peninsula charities. We never before
have been able to donate to more than two charities, so thanks to all who donated
so generously this year!
We received nine requests for support from U.P. charities again this year, and deciding
among them was not easy. Please see theProjects link to learn which charities were
Your steering committee wants to thank everyone who helped bake pasties, set up and
take down tables, designed and mailed postcards, worked on the website, and assisted
with the many other tasks that made the picnic a success once again. Please be thinking
about items you can donate for the 2015 picnic, and let us know if you have suggestions
for improvements or would like to volunteer to work on the steering committee for
next year’s picnic.