Good article by Jack Hartwig – click on the link below to see the photo and article!
Mississippi Valley Chapter Picnic – 2017
When we plan our annual picnic, which is normally in August, we hope that we may get a break from normal Missouri summer weather which is almost always very hot. Well, this year we got our wish. Although the sun was shining brightly, the temperature stayed in the high 70s and a wonderful cool breeze blew throughout the afternoon. The weather could not have been better and the same thing could be said for our venue which was “The Village of the Blue Rose” restaurant and bed and breakfast. The Village is located on a bluff above the Mississippi River between Clarksville and Louisiana Missouri and the view from the terrace is beautiful. You look out over the river and see a secondary channel separated from the main channel by an island. At this time of year the muddy waters of spring are pretty much gone and the river actually has somewhat of a blue green tint. With a little imagination we could almost see Mark Twain riding on the front of an old paddle wheeler headed north to Hannibal.
We chose this venue for multiple reasons but the primary one is that the Village is home for a wonderful cause. The Village provides living quarters and employment for a group of young people with Downs Syndrome. The residents are able to help the restaurant and B&B operate in a very efficient manner and gives them meaningful tasks to accomplish. In addition to its primary functions, the Village also has a couple of resale shops to provide additional support. Our members were able to support these shops by contributing items for resale.
Our day began with drinks and conversation overlooking the river. Anyone who had not been there before was taken in by the view. We were then served a very tasty picnic lunch of fried chicken, potato salad, slaw, beans, and peach pie. The food was as good as the view. After lunch, some of our attendees browsed throughout the resale shops and found some items to take home. We then spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the weather and each other’s company.
Originally we had hoped that a couple of our cruisers could make the trip to the Village by river. Twin Rivers marina is on the Illinois side across from Louisiana and would have been a place for them to spend the night. Unfortunately, because of a marina closing further down river, the need to refuel meant that a couple of boats could not make the trip. Even though they could not come by river everyone did make the trip by car.
We all enjoyed our day which worked very well for us and helped support a very worthy cause.