Summer evening offers backdrop for Stones Prairie picnic

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Vera Coker, at right, carefully chose a lemon pie from the wide range of desserts available for those dining at the St. Johnís Lutheran Church picnic at Stones Prairie on Friday. David Dyer served as the pie master for diners. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat

Vera Coker, at right, carefully chose a lemon pie from the wide range of desserts available for those dining at the St. Johnís Lutheran Church picnic at Stones Prairie on Friday.

Colin Archer from Arkansas tried his putting skills on the uphill golf game at the Stones Prairie picnic, encouraged by Cheryl Enos, Brooke Enos and Bella Alden at rear. Cheryl Enos, whose grandfather was longtime church member Adolph Meister, comes back to the church picnic to renew acquaintances. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
Audrey Buchholz, 2, looked forward with anticipation to her prize from the fishing pond at the St. Johnís Lutheran Church picnic on Friday, handed to her by mom Emily Buchholz, a former Purdy resident now from Aurora. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
Eddie Valen and his band played classic rock Ďn roll from the 1950s and early 1960s to entertain the crowd gathered for the Stones Prairie picnic on Friday. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
A new $15,000 pavilion constructed on the picnic grounds at St. Johnís Lutheran Church at Stones Prairie provided welcome shelter and a welcoming gathering place for picnickers during the annual gathering on Friday. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
Porter Kruse of Fairview stood on the vintage handmade bowling alley at the Stones Prairie picnic, hoping to improve his chances, thanks to encouragement from game operator Justin Moore, right. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
Audrey Buchholz, 2, repeatedly sampled the homemade ice cream provided by her grandma, Debbie Moore, at the Stones Prairie picnic. Audreyís mom, Emily Terry, now Buchholz, had her photo in The Monett Times when she was 2, eating ice cream at the church picnic. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
A big draw at the Stones Prairie picnic was bingo, keeping a crowd packed around even after dark. Shirley Doss, center, secured more games for herself and Evelyn Hutchens from Diana West, at left. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
Joe Grissom provided wagon rides around the field west of the picnic area across the street from St. Johnís Lutheran Church at Stones Prairie. Grissomís team provided a leisurely saunter in the country for riders, many who extended birthday greetings to Grissom, thanks to a sign placed nearby alerting picnickers of his special day. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
A country store provided by the Lutheran Womenís Missionary League at St. Johnís Lutheran Church offered a variety of products, including apple butter, purchased by Ron Shepard of Springfield, right, whose daughter is marrying church member Drew Meier later this year. Jim Moore, at left, made the sale. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
Quilts made by members of the St. Johnís Lutheran Church Quilters made sought after prizes at the churchís annual picnic on Friday. In the drawing, Tracy Schallert of Purdy won the queen-sized quilt. Cindy Kadlec of Columbia won the baby quilt. Tami Cassity of Purdy who the afghan. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat
Jerri Coy, holding her dog, Yodi, and Sierra Coy were among the audience listening to Eddie Valen and his band providing live music on Friday at the St. Johnís Lutheran Church picnic in Stones Prairie. Murray Bishoff Cassville Democrat