On Saturday, June 15, twenty-one hardy OON’s set off in the cloudy, rainy morning for Buffalo. Our destination was the Buffalo waterfront where we were to board a boat to tour the Buffalo River and learn about its history. When we arrived the clouds had disappeared and the sun was helping warm up the morning. We were excited to be the only people on the boat which enabled us to sit, either in the warmth of the lower deck or up on top for a better view.
Several OONs attended the annual Summer Solstice Party to usher in the long awaited Summer on Thursday, June 21st at the Black North Inn’s Sunset Room (most appropriate for our themed celebration!). Guests were encouraged to dress in creative summer attire with awards going to Sue Zeppetella for Best Dressed Female and Frank Lauta for Best Dressed Male. Also, appropriately named entertainer, Judd Sunshine, (yes, that’s his real name!) did a fantastic job entertaining the guests with songs about sunshine and summer, including a sing-along featuring Frank Lauta and Mary Ann Tillman at the mic. The backdrop was perfect as we watched the weekly sailboat race participants cruise out and back into the harbor while we were being serenaded by Mr. Sunshine, himself!
Special thanks to Alana at the Black North Inn for helping me put on this fun & fabulous event, including selecting a perfectly themed buffet, providing excellent service and donating the “best dressed” prizes and other surprises!
Each guest went home with a packet of sunflower seeds to “plant some sunshine today!”
The annual plant exchange was held on Saturday, June 2 at the Orleans County Marine Park. Thank you to Sylvia Goodstine and Mary Ann Tillman for coordinating! The concept is to expand your garden by bringing a plant from your’s and take other’s home to plant. Sylvia always brings a variety of plants from hers to share.
This year, plants from former neighbor, Sandy Hare were provided to the “exchange” in her memory. New owners of Mrs. Hare’s lakehouse were kind enough to donate the plants from a garden she tended for many years before her death in 2017. Landscaper Jeff Osborne, with assistance from Lynne Menz, meticulously dug up over several hundred plants and bulbs to preserve and have a new life in OONA neighbors’ gardens. Irises, daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths will be spread throughout the OONA neighborhood in Sandy’s honor.
Join OONA for their annual Summer Solstice party, Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at the Black North Inn’s Sunset Room. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-682-0090 by Monday, June 18.
View images from the first 5 years of OONA’s activities, 2009-2014. And to those who are no longer with us, thanks for the memories!