Several of our class reunion committee members recently met with Mike Kirsch, with the Deep Creek Ruritan Club, to discuss our 45th class reunion. Before the meeting, we discovered that three previous classes (66, 67, & 72) had come up with the idea last year to have their reunion in conjunction with the Deep Creek Ruritan Club's annual Beef Fest fundraiser. Since this idea sounded interesting, we invited Mike (Class of 67) to explain what they did and how it all worked out.
For those of you not familiar with the Beef Fest, it is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Ruritan Club. It is normally held on the third Saturday of September at the lzaak Walton League Park on Shipyard Road. This year that will be September 15. The menu consists of slow-cooked barbecued beef gently basted with a special sauce. Side dishes, including baked beans and coleslaw, are also served along with rolls and desserts. There is plenty of iced tea and lemonade to drink, and if anyone wants anything stronger, there is a beer truck and a "hospitality tent" with well-brand mixed drinks. There is also a live band. This year’s band is Soul Intent (soulintent.com). All of this is offered for only $30 per person. Also, attire at the Beef Fest is strictly informal (jeans, shorts, t-shirts and sandals).
All of the money that the Ruritans raise from the event goes right back into the Deep Creek community in the form of scholarships for Deep Creek High School graduates along with many other activities including support for the fire and police departments and veterans' groups. They give $10,000 each year to the EDMARC Hospice for Children, sponsor "Clean the Bay Day" in Deep Creek each year, and support all Deep Creek youth sports leagues. The Ruritans do all the work. They prepare the food, setup the site, hire the band, and clean up afterwards. Most important, they make some money to help the Deep Creek community. Additionally, they will provide an alumni party tent at the site where we can gather to eat and share in the fellowship of the day.
After hearing Mike explain how easy it would be for us to participate AND help the community, the more it made sense. We hope you will agree and join us on September 15, 2018. See below for specific details:
Saturday, September 15th:
2:30 — 6:00 p.m. — Deep Creek Ruritan Club Beef Fest at the lzaak Walton League park off Shipyard Road. For those of you not familiar with the area, just follow the purple and white directional signs from "downtown Deep Creek" to the Beef Fest location.
Send a #10 (4.13 X 9.5) self-addressed stamped envelope along with a check or money order ($30 per person) payable to: Deep Creek Ruritan Club, 428 Willow Bend Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23323. (Please add “Class of 1973” in the memo line of the check).
If you aren’t sure whether you can make the date, you can purchase tickets at the gate on September 15th for $35 per person.
We hope you can join with us. Please also share this information via social media in hopes of reaching those that we do not have contact information for. If you have any questions, please contact Bobby Gettier by email: email@example.com or by phone/text: 757-681-5820
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