Menlo Oaks neighborhood picnic continues 50-plus year tradition

by Judy Horst on June 4, 2012

Put on by the Menlo Oaks District Association, the annual neighborhood picnic held at Peninsula School  goes back many years — to at least 1956, which is as far back as any of the attendees could remember.

Mary Lou Collyer remembers bringing her family to the MODA picnic in 1957, and her son Rich Collyer was there Sunday (6/3) cooking hamburgers, hotdogs and chicken for the picnic. His wife, Remona Murray, is treasurer of MODA, and helps organize many association activities, which keep members informed about neighborhood issues and in touch with each other through a newsletter, mailings, and events like the picnic. Their son Alex was at the picnic, too. (Family pictured above.)

State Assembly member Rich Gordon, who lives in Menlo Oaks, was one of the many people enjoying the picnic, estimated to be about 140 people this year.

Mr. Horsefeathers returned this year as the main entertainment for youngsters, a complement to the Jump House and Slide brought in for the kids.  There were the traditional salad and desert contests this year, too.

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