Seniors picnic at Boyce Park to celebrate summer 2022
WINGDALE — Dutchess County’s Office for the Aging along with County Executive Marc Molinaro’s Office are again hosting the annual Senior Picnic program. This year, for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, those enjoying the free afternoon meals are able to do so in person.
Seniors from the towns of Amenia, Dover, Pawling and Union Vale; the village of Pawling; and the hamlets of Wassaic and Wingdale showed up in strong numbers on Wednesday, June 1, to Thomas Boyce Park on Route 55 in Wingdale to partake in the first of this summer’s festive events.
For the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, the picnics have been to-go only to ensure seniors’ safety.
Chair of the Dutchess County Legislature Gregg Pulver (R-19) was among those present. He thanked the county for sponsoring the annual program, saying he had an “awesome time at the first picnic of the year.”
Pulver, a Pine Plains resident, attended the June 1 meal in Wingdale, noting he was “happy to spend some time with friends.”
The head of the County Legislature predicted that it will “be a great summer.”
There will be another senior picnic in the Harlem Valley coming up on Wednesday, July 13; the reservation deadline for that event is Thursday, June 30.
Reservations are required for all of the senior picnics and may be made by calling the OFA between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 845-486-2555. The OFA warns that many of the picnics’ reservations tend to fill up well before the deadline.
The July 13 picnic will be at Stissing Mountain High School, 2829 West Church St. (Route 199), Pine Plains, for residents of the Towns of North East, Pine Plains, Stanford and Washington and the Villages of Millbrook and Millerton.
For more information and to see the full picnic schedule, go to www.dutchessny.gov.