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General News · 1st June 2010
Kristen Scholfield-Sweet
It takes a village to raise a child, and a community to put on a festival. Thanks to all the friends, neighbors, guests and visitors who came to enjoy our gifts from the sea. We served about 370 plates in four hours! Check in the days ahead for our final numbers about funds raised and given back to the community.
So many people joined in to help. O’Byrne Taylor and the staff of Squirrel Cove Store were amazing in every direction; Wendy Brown of Island Sea Farms donated the mussels, cooked by Ron Francis and Ben Berube. The Old School House Art Gallery is receiving some of the funds raised because members Elizabeth Anderson, Leonard Woywitka, John Preston, Ayami Stryck, Catherine Tableau and Pamela Boles cooked, while Carol Trueman and Tess Wixted sold tickets and Lorna Brown designed and printed the posters. Other oyster cooks were Carol London, Christine Robinson and Penny and Claude Rossman; Jim Kerney tossed salad; Sue and Phil Allan dished up clams, and Barry and Amanda Glickman served That Prawn recipe. Dave and Janet Nikleva and Bruce Ellingson manned the barbeques, helped by Ian Winter and Ian Ross, and shuckers Dianne Hanson, Sheryl Thompson, and Julia Marcus. The food court cooks would not have been so happy without Noba Anderson making sure they also got fed, and Bob Tracy filling in their supplies from the store. Cec Robinson, Victor McLaggan and Michael Gibbons shucked raw oysters and Katz kept the grounds looking good. Larry Hanson provided the sound equipment and good music, plus others joined in. Julia Rendell printed the tickets; Doug Weyler, Gary Block and Mark Ochsenhein helped raise and lower the tents, Eli McKenty took on the shuttle service at the last moment in a big blue van, and at the end of the day a whole bunch of people helped clean up everything. Perhaps the most remarkable helper was a young man named Andy, kayaking from Olympia WA to Alaska, who stopped at 10:15 to ask what was going on and if he could help and found himself washing 72 heads of Romaine lettuce before spending several hours barbequing oysters on the half shell. See him working away in a turquoise jacket and shades on Richard Trueman's Festival photos posting. At 5 PM we watched him become a little dot paddling up Desolation Sound, and thought “what a truly magnificent day this has been…connecting island style.”
Best regards, Kristen and John