Old Fashioned Picnic will honor vets, active military

By on June 26, 2019

Ida Young served soup with a smile at the 2018 Old Fashioned Picnic.


The community is invited to attend Brickerville United Lutheran’s Old Fashioned Picnic on Saturday, July 6, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. The picnic will take place at the church’s shaded grove, located at 340 E. 28th Division Highway, Lititz, on the corner of Hershey Road and Route 322 in Brickerville. This year’s theme honors all veterans and active military.

The Ringgold Band of Reading, now in its 167th year, is proud to once again be part of the Fourth of July weekend at Brickerville Evangelical Lutheran Church. Starting at 5 p.m., the band will perform three sets, with the outer two being modeled after the traditional format of a concert in the park. Gustav Holst’s great Second Suite in F and music from his famous orchestral Suite “The Planets” will be featured. They will also perform tunes from the Broadway shows “Oliver” and “The Music Man,” and vocal solos, marches, and music by the great Duke Ellington. Crowd favorite, “Hampden Firemen’s March,” will be on the program as well.

The middle concert, which will begin shortly after 6 p.m., will be dedicated to patriotic music, featuring pieces written for and performed by the United States Marine Band. Crowd-please Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” is part of the set. As always, the band will be taking requests for marches, and will try to perform each one. They have a repertoire of 200-plus marches.

Deb Ober packaged and served pies at last year’s Old Fashioned Picnic in Brickerville.

The food at the Brickerville picnic is yet another tradition many look forward to every year. From their signature chicken corn soup, hamburgers, hot-dogs, barbecue, fresh fruit salad, garden salads with chicken, homemade desserts, and more, no one leaves hungry. Food will be available for sale throughout the event.

Activities will be provided for children. The picnic will be held rain or shine. Free parking is available, and donations are accepted at the gate to help offset entertainment costs. It is suggested to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the performances at the outdoor pavilion.

Call the church office at 717-627-2202 if you would like chairs provided.

Marcus Mendola (left) and Angie Thomas posed for a quick photo while serving burgers to 2018 picnic-goers. (Photos by Missi Mortimer)

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