FORT WAYNE—The weather was a bit threatening early in the day but Sunday proved to be the proverbial perfect day for a picnic as Frost Illustrated Publisher Edward N. Smith Sr., and Executive Editor Edna M. Smith and their staff and dedicated volunteers were on hand to serve the community during the newspaper’s Third Annual Community Picnic.
Once again, hundreds of folks from the community came through to enjoy good food, games, prizes and good fellowship in Memorial Park.
Publisher Smith organizes the event each year to thank the community for the support they have given Frost Illustrated over the years.
In addition to the folks from Frost, representatives from the Fort Wayne Urban League’s Thurgood Marshall Academy, Comcast, Miller’s Merry Manner, Unity Barber Shop, Karma Bobby Shop and Subway were on hand to share information and prizes with those who came out to the park.
DJ Knight Train kept the party—and the dance floor—going with a hot mix of R&B, jazz, blues and straight up dance grooves.
Special guests Rain Song—Terry Wildman and wife Darlene Wildman—offered to the people of Fort Wayne of all ethnic groups permission to share in the land of his ancestors as a message of healing and unity. Wildman, and member of the Ojibwe people, shared that message not only with word but, along with his wife, in song with voice and Native American drum—in the name of Christ.
In addition to plenty of free food and challenges at horse shoes, chess and spades, a lot of people walked away with nice prizes courtesy of Frost supporters including Applebee’s, Dicky’s Wild Hare restaurant, Kroger, Meijer, First Redemption Tattoo Gallery, C&J Care Detailing, Strange Weird & Wonderful Publications, LaRay Williams, Lee’s Famous Recipe, Cinema Center, Karma Barbershop and Comcast.
Dan Nolan kept the grill going while Len Dandridge of Big Daddy’s Catering of Indianapolis kept the kitchen and food line moving along smoothly.
In addition, Frost Illustrated wants to thank other contributors including El Mexicano, MLK Montessori School, Strange Weird & Wonderful Publishing, Credits Solutions, Connolly’s Do It Best hardware, Boys & Girls Club, Turn N Headz, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Walgreen’s, Albright’s, Catholic Charities and the Fort Wayne Urban League—as well as our readers!
We’re looking forward to doing sitting down with you again next year.
This article originally appeared in the July 3 print edition.