Nepalese Association of Connecticut (NAConn) successfully organized its first Summer BBQ Picnic on August 18, 2013 in a beautiful place at Rocky Neck State Park.About 250 people from different towns of Connecticut attended this program. The event provided an excellent opportunity for all NAConn members, friends and well-wishers to meet, greet, socialize and relax with music, games, and delicious foods.
The event started at 11am as planned. All the NAConn executive members engaged in preparing for the event. All the volunteers and participants gave their helping hands to make the event run smoothly as well. After light snacks, the volleyball tournament commenced, which was the main attraction of the program. Four teams namely Kane Street Team, Hillcrest Team, Connecticut Youth Team, and CT Youth Guard competed in the tournament with the Kane Street Team caming out victorious.
The event also featured many fun activities. Participants of all ages took part in the fun games including “Pot Breaking” (Haandi Phutaaune), Marble-in-the-Spoon race, Sack Race, Kabaddi, Hot Potato and Tug-of-War. Two young volunteers Misses Akriti Bhattarai and Zenith Rai provided face painting, which attracted many young children. Many thanks to Akriti and Zenith for their contributions and we hope to use your talents in upcoming events.
Without the heartfelt efforts from many individuals, this program would not have been successful. NAConn would like to appreciate the following individuals for their invaluable support and contributions:– Rinku Shrestha (Sports) – Utsav Thapa (Sound Systems & Music)
– Anup Ojha (Sound Systems & Music) – Shankar Mahat Chhetri (BBQ Grill)
– Nirmal Pokhrel (BBQ Grill) – Anurag Ojha (BBQ Grill)
– Nabin and Sandhya Khadka (Help & Support) – Kedar Khatiwada (Sports)
– Santosh Lamsal (Help & Support) – Tara Niraula (Help & Support)
– Saraswoti Shrestha (Sports) – Prava Pokhrel (Sports)
– Kamala Khadka (Help and support) – Ramesh KC (Help and support)
– Gopal Gautam (Sports) – Krishna Pandey and Haweli India family (Food)
Mr. Romi Yonjan, the program coordinator’s logistic skills and hard work of Mr. Arjun Dahal, Mrs. Rekha Gautam and Mrs. Pramila Mallik played an instrumental role in the grand success of the picnic program. Similarly, NAConn appreciates the untiring efforts of Mr. Ghanashyam Khadka, Mr. Santosh Lamsal, Mr. Tejesh Bikram Malla and Mr. Jaya Kumar Rai in every aspect of management.
Meeting and greeting people continued all day under the gorgeous beach climate. During the event, NAConn Chief Advisor and editor-in-chief of “The Connecticut Chautari” Dr. Gandhiraj Bhattarai spoke about the upcoming publication of the second issue of the newsletter and invited everyone to submit their literary works for publication. President of the Society of Nepalese in America and the guest to the program, Mr. Gauri Shankar Sharma, gave away certificates to the winners of the games.
NAConn President Mr. Ghanashyam Khadka thanked everyone for participating and concluded the program.