The Emil & Katharine Heidkamp branch of the Heidkamp family had our 3rd annual picnic on August 19th at the home of Betty & Dan McALeer. They have been gracious enough (and a little nuts) to have it for 3 years now since the larger family picnic ended. 81 Heidkamps (blood and in-laws) came plus two small ringers. It is always fun to throw in several ringers because people think they should know who they are and it confuses everyone.
We had our usual heaping table of appetizers plus brats and hot dogs, salads and desserts. Many people enjoyed the beautiful pool. Jim Osiol (for the second year) and Marty Gollogly won the bean bag toss game. Jim also won the water balloon throwing contest. All that and the fact he is an in-law might prevent him from being invited next year.
We all get together for Thanksgiving every year too but we still don't see enough of each other and it is wonderful to see how the kids are growing and how the old folks are aging gracefully. (Some better than others.) Thank you, Betty & Dan and also to Bernie for giving us a chance to brag.
Best wishes to all who read this. We will see some of you at Mary Lou's Memorial Mass on Sept. 9th.