Ambler Food Co-op Attends Lower Gwynedd’s Countrie Picnic

On September 22 some Ambler Food Co-op volunteers and I spent the day at the Lower Gwynedd Countrie Picnic at Penllyn Woods. Attending this particular event was a first for all of us, so we we did not know what to expect. The weather was perfect (ok . . .if you want me to be honest, it was a little windy) and a great time was had by all. Check out our slideshow below to see some pictures from the day.

We’ve been at a number of events in Ambler, but this was one of our first events outside of Ambler. We were able to meet a lot of new people, and educate those who had never heard about the Co-op. We handed out flyers with information about our upcoming community meeting on October 18, along with bookmarks and business cards with our web address on it.

And, for a brief period during the day, we had a limited supply of Aloe plants to give out, free to good homes! Anyone who stopped by at the right time, got their pick!

One of the main attractions at the Countrie Picnic was a $5 “Taste of Lower Gwynedd” where picnic goers could sample food from all Countrie Picnic restaurant participants. The restaurants included Arpeggio, Andy’s Diner, Il Giardino Pizza Café, Mina Cucina Rustica, La Villa Mexican Grille, Scoogi’s Classic Italian Restaurant, The Spring House Tavern and Toni Roni’s. Alternatively, if you were not feeling so adventurous, for $5 you could get a hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink.

A bake-off was held where some lucky individuals sampled and judged some delicious desserts!

There were 4 or 5 moonbounces set up where kids could bounce as much as they wanted, for free! As a parent, I know that’s pretty awesome! There were also train rides (not on a track), a helicopter on display, a scavenger hunt, hula-hooping, a demo by Canine Country, and the Abington K-9 unit.

There was also a “ball drop” raffle. Balls were purchased and labeled, and then hoisted above by a fireman who had climbed way up high on a ladder extending from a fire engine. And then . . .you guessed it . . . he dropped them. Check out our pics for an action shot of the balls dropping (I was proud of that one!). The person whose ball landed closest to the center of a bulls-eye painted in the grass, won.

All in all, a great day, and we were so glad we were able to spread the word about the Co-op to some folks in Lower Gwynedd!