Written by Staff Reports Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 am
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Julie Bickings, Katie Grim, Jill Mullen-Adamson and Sarah Lee, all dressed as pirates, organized this event and had just finished setting up when this columnist arrived. Julie carried her one-month-old daughter, Rose, close to her chest in a cuddle wrap although she had lots of volunteers lining up to hold this adorable package. Caroline and Alice Bickings sported Princess outfits and hung out with their father, Christian, dressed as a tall, rugged pirate. Jill’s daughters, Lila, Casey and Madelyn Adamson, were pretty Princesses following in the steps of their mom, a former Little Miss Ocean City. Jill recalled working for Jen Bowman at her bakery and tearoom in the 1990s. Bill Heap arrived early in his pirate attire while wife, Donna, showed up later with their children. Katie Grim and Sarah Lee made sure each child’s place setting had a gift bag filled with pirate and princess goodies. St. Peter’s Trustee, Jody Lovette, enjoyed coffee with his buddies, Chuck Battersby and Jeff Willard, who sported bandanas on their heads, while their grandchildren and children enjoyed the festivities and Joan Lovette and Jamie Willard helped the kids with their crafts. Seven-year-old Riley Richard, whose parents own the Pirate Ship that cruises the back bay, had his face painted at the party. Sarah Oster, whose father, Matt, is a teacher at Ocean City High School, sported a white wig and pretty blue princess gown. St. Peter’s Youth Leaders, Lynn and Rich Barlow, sported great pirate outfits they wear each year at the Halloween display and show they put on outside the home in Somers Point.
I stopped in the kitchen to check up on the crew and found Kathy Thompson and Joanne Budnick removing large trays of hot quiche while Kathy Fogarty sliced fresh fruit. The chocolate covered strawberries, Chester’s Danish and Wards doughnuts had my mouth watering. Jen Bowman returned to the kitchen after stopping home to get daughters, Katie and Kelsea, who wore cute pirate outfits. When Shawna Mulford, owner of Lets Party Painters, arrived with princesses Erica Rolls, Ashton Flora and Miranda Bishop she made sure their costumes were in order and their hair perfect before they interacted with the children, posed for pictures and helped with crafts. Erica is a sophomore at Ocean City High School while Ashton attends the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Youth Leader Nick Pursel looked like a fierce pirate, but the children loved him when he played with them. Jill Kozakowski-Chin had little girls lined up to have their nails painted. I stopped to chat with Jack Lee while he helped his 2-year old daughter, Alison, make a colorful Fruit Loops bracelet. Sandy Engstrom took pictures of Jack and Zack Engstrom, Holly Aiken, Cameron and Tyler Swartz and Julian Simmerman as they searched through the large pirate chest for buried treasures. Barbara Crowell had help from her husband, Rich, and son, Jack, who looked great in their pirate attire, as they helped youngsters dress up in costumes to have their pictures taken in front of the castle. Grace Gleeson also lent a hand with the costumes. Christian Kazakowski served as master of ceremonies and Julie and Christian Bickings had the children sitting quiet when they presented a cute puppet show with Christian as Captain Stinky Pants. Youngsters and their parents and grandparents enjoyed doing the Hokey-Pokey, Limbo, Chicken Dance, Congo and more. Richard Rinck made sure he got lots of pictures of the youngsters having fun.
When everyone sat down at the tables to enjoy the refreshments I returned to the kitchen were Jen Bowman was icing the large cake she had baked for the Macedonia United Methodist Church’s dedication ceremony and luncheon on Sunday. Kathy Thompson suggested the words “By the Grace of God” for Jen to print on the cake to celebrate the renovations made to the church following Hurricane Sandy. St. Peter’s Trustees, Dick Strang and Bill Bateson, and Sexton Phil Young couldn’t resist having their pictures taken with Disney Princesses, Ashton Flora, Miranda Bishop and Erica Rolls. Andrea and Don Paul turned heads when they arrived in their great red and white stripe pirate costumes complete with a hook for a hand, ball and chain and a stuffed bird that Andrea whipped up just before they came to the party. Ashton Flora sang “Let It Go” from Disney’s movie “Frozen.” Jackie Hilling of Ocean City brought her grand niece, Mati Kukorlo, to the party as they had such a good time last year. When the party was over the youth of St. Peter’s did a super job cleaning up and restoring the Stainton Room for the praise worship service Sunday morning. Jesse Ruch sported rabbit ears as he set up tables and chairs and Matt Aromando, Pat McCarron and Aaron and Jean King mopped floors and vacuumed carpet and props were stacked and carted to the third floor for storage all under the watchful eye of the St. Peter’s Trustees, because there were two weddings scheduled Saturday afternoon in the sanctuary.
Stainton Society Committee members enjoyed a social gathering in Shore Medical Center’s board room recently. I waved to Carla Heist at the front desk in the lobby while Patrick Halliday held the elevator until it was full then took us to the Fourth Floor without any stops. Pauline McDaniel and Steve Wallace were busy chatting with guests when Jim and I arrived with new members, Andrea and Don Paul. Pauline was moving into her new condo at Harbour Cove Saturday and plans to walk to work every day. Steve reports he and his fiancée, Toni Iannace, are getting married Nov. 14 at The Mansion in Voorhees. Sara Clark told me she and Jen Boyce, Lori Rice and Becky Jenkins paddle boarded in the rain in the back bay last Saturday in “Freezing for a Reason” to benefit Sandy victims. Dean Adams was getting around just fine after breaking his ankle in Vermont Dec. 29 and having surgery. Wife, Kelly, who gave birth to their son, Liam, short for William Richard Adams, on March 19, reports Dean was not a good patient. Amy Waters promised to give me a table for 12 at the Stainton Brunch. Kelly and Frank Donato introduced me to their friends, Kristi and Gregg Swartz, who wanted me to cut their sons’ picture in my column so I could take one of them. I made peace with Gregg by promising to take his picture at the Stainton Brunch. Courtney Spahr took lots of pictures and told me her baby is due the end of June. When Andrea Paul and I headed back to Ocean City. for a Miss Ocean City Committee meeting our husbands decided to go out to dinner without us.