Special thanks to our sponsors: Pitman Farms/Mary's Chickens and Whole Foods Markets for supplying the bulk of the chickens for the event. They were delicious and juicy prepared with our secret brine and grilled to perfection. Exchange Bank for providing volunteer cashiers and a sponsorship donation, and Ricardo's Bar & Grill for selling the beer and wine for us.
The 6th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Contest was extremely popular. This year's Champions are:
- Men...Ron Crane 29'9"
- Woman...Lisa Subert 21'11"
- Junior...Rider 14'3"
- 5 & under...they were all winners!
A special Thank you to all the volunteers who made this year's picnic a great success:
Volunteers (alphabetically by first name): Bill Allen, Bill Finkelstein, Bridgette Hodenfield, Charlie Dyche, Chris Staudenmayer, Cindy Liddell, Craig Harrison, Dave Crockett, Janet Alfieri, Jim Alfieri, Jolene Cortright, Linda Huisman, Linda Staudenmayer, Marcy Hofeditz, Maria Giordano, Marie Nottingham, Martie Dyche, Mary Mack, Nancy Hyde, Nick Allen, Nikki Duncan, Patrick Channing III, Patty Allen, Rob Thompson, Robyne Thompson, Roger Fortain, Shirley Mattiuzzi, Steve Kiddo, Suzanne Thompson, Tom Mulford, and Walter Hyde. Thanks also to Exchange Bank Volunteers: Andrea Lifto, Christianne Brambila, Shelby Funez, and Therese McNealy-Peifer.
And to our Donors: Mary's Chickens/Pitman Farms, Whole Foods, Ricardo's Bar & Grill, Exchange Bank, Sonoma Sterling Limousines, Stark's Restaurant, Seghesio Winery, Sonoma County Grange Credit Union, Bennett Valley Fire Department, Korbel Winery, Limerick Lane Winery, Blue Rock Winery, Rochioli Winery, Carol Shelton Winery, D'Argenzio Winery, Joe Video, Baskin Robbins, Bennett Valley Pet Center, Bennett Valley Gardens, Total Revue Salon, Bennett Valley Ace Hardware, Los Tres Chiles Restaurant, Starbucks Bennett Valley, Molly's Bakery, Denise Thompson, Craig and Marina Chang Harrison, Dan and Moira Bessette, Mary Mack and Bill Finkelstein.
Through all its years the Grange was, and continues to be, community-oriented. This annual event is a fundraiser for the restoration of the building and grounds.
A big "Thank You" to our 2016 Picnic Corporate Sponsors:
And Just for fun, here are scenes from our 1951 Picnic! It was originally shot on 8MM film. Times have sure changed!
A special thanks to all our donors, supporters, and members who have helped us reach our goal. We now have new windows in our Main Hall!
Come visit and see them!
Exciting news! Ricardo's Bar & Grill, 2700 Yulupa, Santa Rosa, CA, is Donating 10% of all day sales, the 4th Tuesday of every month in 2016 to the Bennett Valley Grange Restoration Fund!
The next Dine and Donates will be held on April 26th. Come, enjoy their great food and drinks and help support our efforts to restore the oldest Grange Hall in continuous operation in the US!
Everyone had a marvelous time at our Picnic Sunday, June 7th, 2015.
The food was totally yummy with lovely grilled and smoked Mary's free range air chilled chicken (Thanks to the Chef's Bill Allen & Dave Crockett), cole slaw, Tom Hammond's special recipe homemade beans, and a table full of homemade desserts (Thanks to all who donated them)!
Bartender Joel from Ricardo's Bar & Grill tended the adult beverage tent with two different beers and wine available.
At our 5th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Contest, over 40 participants competed. Please extend a big thank you to Linda & Chris Staudenmayer who conducted the event again this year. Congratulations to the winners!
Men: Rob Thompson 27'
Women: Lisa Thomas 18'5"
Juniors: Lee Finkel 21'
Children 5 & Under: Tiana Cox 6'
We also had our Silent Auction (Thanks Mary Mack!), farm animals (Thanks Robyne Thompson), and face painting (Thanks Susan Thompson). Plus a big thank you to all who donated items!
All during the event the "Thistledown Ramblers" kept things lively with their tunes. The band featured Jerry Allen; Lisa Waltenspiel; plus Mike Stadler on fiddle, mandolin, and banjo; and Eva Maass on bass.
We also had booths by Whole Foods (Thanks Leslie Graves), Mary's Chickens (Thanks Dan Sinkay), Bennett Valley Emergency Preparedness (Thanks Karen Sommers), and Exchange Bank who served as our cashiers (Thanks Andrea, Brian, & Theresa)!
Let's also extend a special thanks to all the volunteers who made this year's picnic possible: Bill Allen, Patty Allen, Mary Mack, Bill Finkelstein, Janet Alfieri, Jim Alfieri, Cindy Liddell, Marie Nottingham, Robyne Thompson, Susan Thompson, Rob Thompson, Dave Crockett, Vera Harvey, J. Claire Green, Kelly Bryan, Craig Harrison, Maria Giordano, Patrick Channing II, Tom Hammond, Martie Dyche, Charlie Dyche, Roger Fortain, Shirley Mattiuzzi, Linda Huismann, & Nick Allen. Apologies if I omitted anyone, send me an email and I'll add you too.
Now would be a great time to mark your calendar for the 144th Picnic, Sunday June 5, 2016, Noon to 4 PM
Did you know you can now renew your membership in the Bennett Valley Grange Online? Just head on over to our "Pay Your Dues" page to pay with your credit card!
You can also mail a check payable to the Bennett Valley Grange for $35 for Individual Members or $70 for Family Members to: Bill Finkelstein, BV Grange Treasurer, 6584 Birch Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95404.