Friday, March 14, 2014

Local Events

We like to support local events when we can and have been to a couple in recent weeks.

The local Chamber of Commerce had a dinner recently to recognize outstanding achievements in the area. An award was given for Student of the Year and another for Citizen of the Year. We didn't know either of them, but it was nice to be involved.

On another occasion, we went to a local play in town called Midnight and Magnolias. The theatre was more in the style of a black box with close to the stage seating. It was a small cast of four. The play was about how the screenplay was written for Gone With The Wind. It was good, in the small town kind of way. We saw a few people in the audience we knew.

The third event was a fundraising dinner and auction for the local school children involved in 4H, FFA (Future Farmers of America), and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). The proceeds will go toward their entries in the county Youth Expo at the end of the month. Since Daughter has a FCCLA entry this year, I donated a couple of my hand knitted pieces for the auction.

The dinner was very good but the auction was the big surprise. The previous fundraising auctions we have attended mostly had items from businesses and restaurants and themed baskets of goods. This auction had a few of those but the big bidding items were the homemade cakes from the local ladies. There were about 10 and each was sold in the region of $200. That was amazing to me. The highest bid of the evening was $1000 for homemade taffy.

We're still amazed that events like these are so well attended and supported by the local community. We're beginning to see the same people and learn a few names.

The Chamber of Commerce meal was not my favorite.

I snapped this photo just before the play began and they announced 'no photos.'

The fundraiser meal was a simple and tasty comfort food meal.

The live auction had about 50 items - from home decor to bags of feed.

The most popular auction items were the homemade cakes. Spot the scarf and gloves I donated.

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