For those of us of a certain age, turning 60 means the prime of life; enough experience to know how to live well, and still enough life in us to do it. The same can be said for the AACA South Florida Chapter, which marked its 60th anniversary with a picnic on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park.
It was great to see so many club members come out for the fun, the food, and the commemorative tote bag. They brought a fine array of antique cars, and the weather was nice that even the little May showers that we expected waited until the end and didn’t dampen the spirits.
This year’s picnic was a catered affair under the chairmanship of Manny Garcia. Our hired hands did a fine job grilling hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken breasts, and spread out on the table was a wide assortment of side dishes and desserts, all up for prizes and judged by an impartial panel of tasters. Taking top honors for the side dishes were: 1st Place Jose Varela’s paella rice; 2nd Place Arlene Raabe’s baked beans; and 3rd Place Whitney Huttig’s cauliflower with cheese. Top honors for desserts went to: 1st Place Nancy Bahn’s apple crumble; 2nd Place Cindy Endres’s oatmeal cookies with icing; and 3rd Place Carolyn Thiele’s chocolate cherry cake.
Thanks again to all who helped with the picnic, and thank you for being there to honor the legacy of the founders of the club who set us on the path to being one of the largest and most highly-regarded chapters of AACA. They would be very proud.
Story – Philip Williams
Photos – Bob Squier and Philip Williams