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The Friends of Hemlock Gorge

Celebration of Our Summer Picnics


A special annual treat for the Friends is our Summer Picnic, a time at which we all get together on the property to enjoy the fruits of our labors.

We're just setting up this archive and hope to have more pictures soon.

Click on the links in the table below to see the archives from some of our cleanups. We have photos from 2001 to the present, but haven't had the opportunity to post them. Sorry.

2000 2001 2002
2003  2004 2005
2006 2007 2008
2017 2010 2011
2012 2013 2014
2015 2016 2017
2018 2019 2020
2021 2022 2023



2001 The 2002 summer picnic

A photo from the 2001 picnic taken at the Stone Building. Note that the windows were bricked up.


The 2002 picnic at Hamilton Place



On Tuesday, August 5, 2003 more than 30 Friends of Hemlock Gorge and members of the family of the late Ken Newcomb gathered for our Annual Summer Picnic and to dedicate his memorial bench at Artist's Point.

To see more pictures of the memorial site, click here and to see a photos of the picnic and the dedication celebration, click here.


On Tuesday, August 3, 2004 more than 30 Friends of Hemlock Gorge, members of the press, representatives of the MWRA (subsequently the DCR), and State and Local Government officials gathered for our Annual Summer Picnic and to dedicate the newly restored Echo Platform under Echo Bridge

To learn more and to see the pictures of the platform under construction, the  picnic and the dedication, click here.


2020   Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was no Picnic in 2020

Our 2021 summer picnic was held on a beautiful Auguet evening at the newly re-roofed Stone Building. It was the Friends' first opportunity to get together in person in more than a year. All our members were vaccinated against Covid and the evening was a perfect pleasure. The grill fired up after a hiatus of two years and we all enjoyed our meals. Unfortunately the building had lost power, so there was no music, but no one seemed to notice. Here are some photos of the event.

At the picnic

Bob Burke, Rena Getz, Sheila Purdy, Jim Purdy, Rep. Ruth Balser, Paul Newton

At the picnic

Picnic by the Circular Dam

At the picnic

Jean Fisher, Lee Fisher, Paul Newton, Sheila Purdy, Rep. Ruth Balser, Rena Getz, Bob Burke, Friends' Prez Dr. John

Karen Osborn and the Schnells 

Dick Schnell, Karen Osborn, Friends' Co-Founder Vaunita Schnell

2022   Picnic 2022
Attendees at the picnic inculded Rep.RuthBalser who is holding a boquet of sunflowers given to her by Vaunita Schnell

Photographs by John P. Mordes, M.D.

Page last updated October 4, 2022

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