Last week's annual Northland Community Council picnic was less about meeting and more about greeting.
Although attendance was taken so that the gathering, held a week late to accommodate National Night Out events in member neighborhoods, counted as an official meeting in accordance with the bylaws, the formalities were few and far between.
The setting for the second straight year was the Northland Swim Club, although unseasonably cool temperatures meant only children braved going into the water.
"The business aspects of the meeting will be very brief, and everyone is encouraged to mingle, converse and enjoy free food and swimming," NCC President Emmanuel V. Remy wrote in an email sent out to many throughout the area inviting them to the event.
The NCC provided hamburgers and hot dogs, while attendees brought side dishes and desserts to share.
"This is what makes a community like Northland ... great, is getting together," Remy said during brief remarks.
Dave Cooper, the Northland Alliance representative on the council, provided an invocation, after which Remy thanked the roughly three dozen people who turned out.
"We hope that most of you know that everybody's welcome at this event," Remy said. "It's great to get together and celebrate fellowship."
He has said he hopes the summer picnic sessions evolve into a communitywide event.
Sandy LaFollette, chairwoman of the council's Independence Day Parade Committee, took the opportunity to thank members of the panel for helping to put on "the only such event in the state sponsored by a civic organization."
"I think the parade was a great success," LaFollette said. "We had a good time."