The Johns Hopkins Gazette: August 6, 2001
August 6, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 41


Another Great Hopkins Family Picnic

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

The meadow of Evergreen House, former home of the Garrett family, welcomed a much bigger family on Friday, July 20, when more than 500 university employees and friends gathered for the annual Hopkins picnic.

Along with hot dogs, burgers and chicken--cooked and served by celebrity grillers--the Picnic Planning Committee and their volunteers served up activities so appealing that many parents said their children were having too much fun to stop to eat. The young guests especially enjoyed painting the cows in the Hopkins barnyard, creating works of art in the Play Dough Center and having their faces painted--an activity so popular that the line was never-ending. Jewelry making, a new activity at this year's picnic, drew its devotees, too, as did a spinning ride called Rock & Roll Tumbler. Bill the Balloon Dude, aka Bill Spink of Homewood Plant Operations, and Poe, a Baltimore Ravens mascot, visited with the crowd, bringing smiles wherever they went.

Taking their turns with aprons and spatulas were chefs-for-a-night Ray Gillian, Alan Friend, Dick McCarty, Marc Donohue, Audrey Smith, Steven David, Steve Knapp, Bob Lindgren, Ted Poehler, Steve Thompson, Gary Ostrander, Sharon Krag, Ilene Busch-Vishniac, Jim Zeller, Jerry Schnydman and Bob Lawrence.

Audrey Smith, vice president for human resources, proves her prowess as a griller.

Val Johnson and daughter D'Nasia check out the artistry of Bill the Balloon Dude, aka Bill Spink of Homewood Plant Operations.

Assistant provost Ray Gillian (rear) takes a break with associate provost Jim Zeller and his wife, Maryann.

Ilene Busch-Vishniac, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, experiments with cooking hot dogs.

HR program coordinator Eden Blum and Michelle McLean, a temporary HR employee.

Judy Peregoff, director of the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, meets Poe, a visitor from the Baltimore Ravens.

Picnic-goers take their turn on a carnival ride.

Burger kings Ted Poehler, vice provost for research, and Steven David, KSAS associate dean for academic affairs

Public Health graduate student Atsushi Kawashima and his wife, Shomi

Would-be Picassos Aamira Saunderlin and Jasmine Venable (back to camera) have a cow.