36th Day in the Country

Published 11:25 am Saturday, May 8, 2010

ZUNI— The Zuni Presbyterian Homes and Family Services’ 36th annual Day in the Country included the dedication of the new swimming pool.

Four years in the making, the pool replaces the original one, which had deteriorated beyond repair.

Robert Bishop, former director at Zuni for more than 35 years, participated in the dedication.

An estimated 1,500 people attended the festival, said Kuwayes President Jim Dubinsky.

The event allows staff and residents of the school to give families, friends and former residents a chance to visit and tour the campus. The school trains mildly retarded young adults to live on their own with little supervision.

The Kuwayes steering committee, under the direction of Dubinsky, is part of Presbyterian Home, and promotes goodwill and educates the community about the opportunities at Zuni.

For the event, the campus featured booths with everything from jewelry and make-up to paintings, baked goods, hair tinting, bubble blowing and guessing games.

Pork chop sandwiches, barbeques, hot dogs and hamburgers, along with popcorn and the center’s own brand of peanuts, were among the items for sale.

For entertainment, Buddy Jones of Windsor featured his miniature horse show, while the Peanut City Cloggers presented routines. Other musical entertainment featured former resident Scotty Blue, vocalist Patsy Butler and the Souls of Joy Band.

Bishop conducted the auction, which featured two quilts, a custom-made fishing rod, framed print by Jim Wilson and an Amish oak hamper and bookcase. All items were donated.

Proceeds went toward the school’s operating budget, said Dubinsky.

“We’re very fortunate to have such good friends,” he said. “ Their kindness has always been a tremendous help.”