Pam Dudding-Burch
Contributing writer

Everyone loves to hear the laughter of children, but when an atmosphere is filled with laughter of all ages, something special fills the air.

After all was said and done, there was still food left from the Old Salem Annual Community Potluck.

Even with heavy rain at the Annual Community Picnic at the Old Salem Church on Route 42 last Sunday, those who attended brought smiles, created laughter and seemed to have a joyous afternoon.

For several years now, Jean Bradley and friends have organized an annual potluck where no one seems to meet a stranger.

After the blessing over the food, one gentleman said, “Y’all can stand around, but I’m going to get food! I was taught well around here.”

The people around him laughed, patted him on the back as if to say, “Go ahead, we’re still catching up with each other.”

Food lined both sides of the tables with too many choices to choose from. When children look down the line, and all one hears is “Mmmmmm that looks good!” parents get happy.

“I don’t think they make a plate big enough for all this food,” one man said as he scooped from a variety of bowls. “That’s…

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