Let’s Go! April was a blast

By on April 27, 2016
The "Lost Boys of Lititz" gave the Bonfield PTO Color Run a Peter Pan feel. They are (left to right) Blake Minnich, Austin Fleurant, Beau Shriner, Logan Mull, Nick Tocci, Gage Meckler, Ben Nolt, and Adam Nolt.

The “Lost Boys of Lititz” gave the Bonfield PTO Color Run a Peter Pan feel. They are (left to right) Blake Minnich, Austin Fleurant, Beau Shriner, Logan Mull, Nick Tocci, Gage Meckler, Ben Nolt, and Adam Nolt.

MiniTHON is coming up this weekend, and it seems there’s been a lot of fun fundraising so far this spring. We ran a race, we played, and we ate like only Lititz boys could.

Color Run 5Kwas Bangarang!

Sarah Hummer, post race and color-blasted!

Sarah Hummer, post race and color-blasted!

I raced my way through a yellow color powder blast after the water pit stop at Clay Road as part of the Color-A-Thon PTO fundraiser at John R. Bonfield Elementary School April 16.

The 5K race trekked north up Oak Street and proceeded to the Warwick Rail Trail which is the majority of the course. “We’d like to make it annual,” PTO President Barb Paynter tells me after explaining how she’d been planning all year.

It was fun, it was also up my nose, but I signed up for it. Over 320 registered runners participated and got ambushed with an array of colors along the rail trail. Participants dressed up in wigs, tights and tutus, white or colorful clothing, and raced through various color blasting stations where volunteers beanbag-tossed color powder at each runner. I sported the trendy neon sunglasses from the novelty stand and crazy purple hair. It just felt like a party in the woods where we run around like kids throwing blobs of color at each other and yelling “bangarang,” or am I the only one who ever acted out the movie Hook, or Peter Pan?

I ran past the “Lititz Lost Boys,” a group of friends I met who posed like winners before the race for the Record. Most, if not all of them, outran me in the end, but they are mostly 12-year-olds. I rejoined my family and we all clapped for the other racers. Some stayed for the color blast after-party and the generous assortment of fun and healthy snacks for the runners.

Kid-Perfect Pancakes

Promptly at 7:30 a.m., the children (Derek Jr., 5, and Corina, 1) and I attended the quarterly Boy Scouts of America Troop 142 pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 17, at St. James Catholic Church.

The skillet was warmed up just in time for our to-go order since we were on our way to church. It was the perfect way to avoid making breakfast on a rest day and support the Boy Scouts all at once. Pancakes served in sets of two or three with a handful of sausages is the perfect kid-friendly meal. The church hosted the by-donation breakfast with all the trimmings, coffee and juice drinks, and a lovely rose centerpiece, all set up by the young scouts.

Heather Duda cordially accepted my donation as they packed up my order. Heather explained how the older Boy Scouts who volunteered for the fundraiser worked hard teaching the youngest members how to work at the breakfast and serve the guests. One of the older scouts named all of his badges for my son, who likes collections. He also likes pancakes, which were ready in a snap … and then off we went.

Troop 142 meets at St. James Church. Call 626-5580 for more information on the BSA fundraiser.

BBQ Boys

It was a smooth chicken BBQ drive-thru serviced by Lititz Boy Scout Troop 100 at Keller Brothers Dodge on April 23.

A smoky, tasty meal all wrapped up by the volunteers who were raising money for small troop. Half a chicken, baked potato, apple sauce, and warm roll with butter all in less than a minute’s wait.

Being a smaller-size troop of 14 members, fundraisers have become quite an undertaking. At this event, the older boys put the meals together in to-go containers while the younger ones bagged the prepared meals.

Fifty meals were sold at $10 each, all going toward the cost of the chicken prepared by Peter’s BBQ, and the rest directly to Lititz Boy Scout Troop 100.

Brandon Marshall, organizer of the first-ever Troop 100 BBQ, mentioned folks from New Holland and a campground in Strasburg came for the chicken. And Brandon’s wife, Shannon Henry, did some thrifty advertising on Craigslist.

Geeking Out and Fundraisingas we head into May

Free MiniTHON community event this Friday, April 29, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Warwick High School. Bouncy houses, games, entertainment, food and more. Contact whsminithon@warwicksd.org.

Aaron’s Books, 35 E. Main St., is celebrating Indie Book Store Day and International Table Top Day Saturday, April 30, with prizes, crafts for kids, exclusive sales, and an adult coloring party. Bookstore will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sarah Hummer is a local freelance writer who journals about her family outings. Her monthly report is an extension of the Record Express Community Calendar, and she’s always looking for new events and ideas, and can be reached at sarjade83@outlook.com.

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