Picnic Brings West Side Lake Owners Together

Jeff Houston, left, and Dave Finneseth grilled gourmet hot dogs for guests attending the West Side Picnic August 25 at Sunset Beach.

By Susan Thompson 

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in late August, more than 100 people who live on Lake Panorama’s west side gathered for food, fun, and fundraising at Sunset Beach.

The core group of organizers has worked together for many years to help keep the landscape beds at Sunset Beach tidy. At least one “cleanup” day is held each year, with volunteers who live nearby working on their own as they see the need. This year the group decided to hold a “West Side” picnic as a way to get more people involved at Sunset Beach, while making it possible for more neighbors to meet their neighbors. 

Gourmet hot dogs were served by the committee, along with potluck dishes brought by guests. A silent auction was conducted throughout the afternoon, with 30 donated items that included such things as gift baskets, handmade items and golf packages. A basket for freewill donations also was available. Guests were told funds raised would be used for future improvements at Sunset Beach. 

At the end of the event, just over $600 was raised at the picnic. The organizing committee decided to donate the money to Friends of Lake Panorama. There it will be held in a separate account until a suitable project is chosen for Sunset Beach.