Fun and friendship closed the Ridgerunners’ year

Susan Willson was honored as Big Canoe’s Woman of the Year. (Photo by Christine Flaherty)
By Christine Flaherty

“I don’t want food, fun and friendship on the same day,” said no Ridgerunners member ever. When offered the chance to come together for festive fair games, old-timey music and socializing with friends, Ridgerunners happily gathered on April 9 at the historic Corner District in Ball Ground.

Susan Willson was honored as Big Canoe’s Woman of the Year. (Photo by Christine Flaherty)

The group was serenaded at the Spring Fair and Luncheon by a barbershop quartet as they greeted friends. Games, including classics like bean bag toss into the clown’s mouth and ring toss, were enjoyed by the group. A buffet lunch provided by Cindy King of “Catering by Cindy” was served as guests conversed and savored the inviting offerings.
Of course, a key element of this final gathering of the Ridgerunners’ season is always the greatly anticipated announcement of the Big Canoe Woman of the Year. This year was no exception. Susan Willson was selected as the woman who best exemplifies the meaning of volunteerism in Big Canoe. Her enthusiastic work in multiple organizations and her dedication to others continues to serve as a model for all.

Perhaps the group no longer fits the traditional description of “ladies who lunch”, as most of us are closer to what one might describe as grannies who graze. And it may not feature the same refined sophistication of dining in a restaurant where a light lunch costs more than we might ordinarily spend on a dinner for four, but the dress code was forgiving, stretch pants anyone? And the company was exceptional. Over 150 Ridgerunners enjoyed a delightful afternoon of food, fun and friendship.

Luncheons were a highlight of the Ridgerunners’ Charleston adventure. (Photo by Mimi Mathison)

Ridgerunners visit Charleston
The beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina was the destination for Ridgerunners’ spring overnight trip. The four-day adventure in March coincided with the city’s 72nd Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens. Ridgerunners were able to take walking tours of historic neighborhoods, enjoy carriage rides and step inside some of Charleston’s most charming, historic properties.
Ridgerunners meet again Tuesday, September 10
While the Ridgerunners year is now over, we look forward to seeing everyone in the fall at our opening meeting at the Sconti Clubhouse on Tuesday, September 10. In the meantime, party and duplicate bridge groups, and book club activities will continue throughout the summer.
We hope you will be able to participate in one of these enjoyable Ridgerunners’ year round activities. The membership year starts in May so you will want to visit the Ridgerunners’ website to sign up now.