A BBQ dinner was the perfect way to kick off Fall. Shepherd by the Sea Episcopal-Lutheran Church hosted the very successful fundraising dinner benefiting Coastal Seniors’ Meals on Wheels program on Friday, September 27th. Joanne Corey and Linda Kennedy led the church's organizing group, with twenty-four church members volunteering in person at the dinner. More than 100 diners enjoyed pulled pork with BBQ sauce, coleslaw, baked beans, and chips, with ice cream and brownies for dessert. Talk about innovation - everyone was intrigued by the vegetarian entree, Jackfruit in BBQ sauce, which tasted delicious. BBQ Jackfruit could become a staple at more BBQs next summer! The tables were beautifully set with checkered table cloths and topped by seasonal flowers. Who knew that empty beer bottles would make such pretty vases?
As always, generous support from Surf Market and Gualala Supermarket made the event possible. In addition, the church received a $250 grant from Thrivent which helped to underwrite the costs. The dinner raised a record amount, through food and beverage sales, cash donations, and a gift basket raffle. A variety of amazing donations for the basket came from Shepherd by the Sea members, and the Surf donated the colorful basket. There was a lot of discussion about the basket and its contents and many were trying to figure out how to improve their odds of winning. At the end of the evening, Jaime Orsini pulled Marjie van Gunten's winning ticket from the ticket jar.
Thanks to all the volunteers and community members who attended and made this a very special evening.
August Spaghetti Dinner
Maybe it was the holiday weekend or the fact that The Sea Ranch organizers sent reminder emails, but 123 people came to chow down at the spaghetti dinner on August 30th. The place was packed! Jim and Marcia Nybakken recruited their many friends and fellow board members or ex-board members to volunteer for the event, which they did happily and well.
There were lots of compliments on the food. Linda Weinstein said of the meat sauce, It is spicy, but good spicy. Shawn Doebling liked the red wine. Several people said they tried both sauces, just for the heck of it. Deliziosa! Lu and Maynard Lyndon turned out as well as Donlyn Lyndon and wife, Alice Wingwall. It was unclear what lead to their high spirits but they applauded the food and anything else they could think of. That Alice is a rabble-rouser. Speaking of high spirits, Nigel Blair-Jones, the bartender, told Tim Fulkerson, resplendent in red pants, that he was thinking about becoming a professional bartender based on his experience at the dinner. But don’t tell anybody. I’m not sure he wanted that known. Young trendsetter, Eddie Bower, was there with his kid brother and parents. His previously pink and purple hair, which looked surprisingly cool, is now a slightly more normal blond with tinges of pink.
Picking up on CLSD’s red and white checked disposable tablecloths last month, Marcia Nybakken selected a more ethereal blue and white. So the place looked and felt dressed up. However, the crowd wasn’t. Due to the heat, smart people, like Jackie Gardner, wore shorts.
One table discussed missing Barry Richman because of his mostly terrible jokes. I understand that Chris Jaap of The Sea Ranch was offered a job several times by people who observed his bussing speed and joviality. But he was just one of many volunteers who did a really great job. Thank you.
July Spaghetti Dinner
Over one hundred people polished off at least one plate of spaghetti Friday night at the spaghetti dinner hosted by the Coast Life Support District (CLSD). Evan Dilks, Director of Operations at CLSD, managed to talk his wife, Chris, into helping with sauce. It would be interesting to know what he had to promise. Chris and David Caley, District Administrator, made great meat and vegetarian sauces. People must have known about their spaghetti skills because the place was hopping.
Evan also helped with sausage grilling and slicing for the meat sauce. There were a lot of other mostly CLSD staff and Board members helping in the kitchen (see below). They looked like a well-oiled machine. Other CLSD spouses and community volunteers helped as well. Goldie wore a pin that read, “I am not Bonnie.” And Bonnie was sporting her “I am not Goldie” pin. The women look nothing alike except that they’re tall and blond, but are often mistaken for one another.
EMTs and Paramedics from CLSD later joined them in the kitchen and were out in force in and around the tables enjoying the all you can eat spaghetti, salad bar, and ice cream along with the rest of the community.
There was a lot of discussion at the tables about vacations: some people had just returned while others were about to set off. But all came together for one night to help the fundraiser benefitting Meals on Wheels. Poor Geoff Beatty, CLSD Board Chair, missed his first day of vacation to be at the dinner.
The tables were decorated with traditional red and white tablecloths, although no chianti bottle candles graced the tables.
Eddie Bower was the lead busser and helper. Flowers from the tables were passed out to diners to take home. Three year old Lute Bower, wanting to be a volunteer just like his big brother, Mom, Julie, and Dad, David, spent his time taking them back from everyone and putting them all together on one of the tables. A charming example of community pitching in!
As always, special thanks to Gualala Supermarket, Surf Market, and Gualala Community Center for providing beverages, food, and venue.
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