Picnic with the Pops draws a sunny crowd
By Nicole Brooks
June 28, 2009
Esther Stein, left, watches her husband, John David Stein, lift his 6-year-old daughter, Mia, in the air as they enjoy the music Saturday at Picnic with the Pops at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Cowboy Bob made a special appearance Saturday at Picnic with the Pops at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington.
Aaron Stolberg watches the hot air balloons float by with his 11-month-old daughter, Ali Rose Stolberg, as he and his wife Amy Stolberg, not pictured, enjoy Ali's first Fourth of July celebration at Picnic with the Pops at Ivy Tech Community College. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
There wasn’t a rain cloud in sight Saturday as hundreds of people sprawled out at Picnic with the Pops, held for the sixth year on the grounds of the Ivy Tech Community College campus off West Ind. 48.
Lucky year 13 brought sun and dry ground to those enjoying the food, music and friendship at the Pops, which kicked off at 5 p.m. and went well after dark, when fireworks lit up the night sky.
“It’s become a tradition,” said Nancy Goss of Bloomington of decorating a table for the Pops. She’s done up a table for more than five years, she said. Picnic judges hand out awards for most patriotic, best use of theme and judge’s choice categories.
Goss and her mother Mary Jensen hung out with family at their garden-themed table — candy gummy worms crawled through edible “dirt” in plant pots displayed alongside a rock garden, pond, and a gazebo with lights.
Picnic with the Pops celebrates independence and freedom with music performed live by the Bloomington POPS’ 70-member orchestra and 70-member voice chorus, a posting and then recovery of the colors by members of the Indiana Army National Guard, and a musical tribute to active and retired service men and women.
And the picnic wouldn’t be the community event it is without the children’s parade, lead by Bloomington POPS conductor Chris Ludwa. Children toddled, ran or were carried by mom or dad around the perimeter of the picnic, blowing their kazoos.
Special performers Saturday evening were Jerome Collins, an Indiana University grad and former Singing Hoosier, and Cowboy Bob, a children’s TV show host on WTTV for decades. Both made their debut performance with Picnic with the Pops.
Collins, part of the a cappella group Straight No Chaser, paid tribute to Ray Charles with a mix of his songs. Cowboy Bob Glaze sang fun summer songs about hometown pleasures like eating Popsicles in the sun, and got a few “attaboys!” out of the crowd.