While no one planning to attend the fried chicken picnic Saturday in the Peabody State Bank Park was looking forward to eating in the rain, most people actually were glad to receive the much-needed moisture, picnic or no.
“We hated to complain about the rain,” Historical Society President Marilyn Jones said. “Luckily the Ann Potter room was available at the library and we moved everything down there.”The crowd that took in the picnic lunch and visited the museum, the Morgan House, and the print museum was a good deal smaller than the group that attended a similar event during Memorial Day weekend a year ago.
Historical Society members who were serving the food thought that people enjoyed getting together and visiting during and after the meal.
“They seemed to linger and visit more this year,” board member Carmen South said.
A few visitors stopped by the museum, the print museum, and the Morgan House. However, the traffic through all three was light.By the time Pat Hunnel welcomed the first guests to the annual porch party reunion at her home on Walnut St., the rain was not a threat.
“We had a nice crowd,” she said. “We always enjoy it.”
While the rain might have dampened the enthusiasm for a couple of events, organizers wound up the weekend with appreciation for the attendance they did have and, of course, for the rain.