It's fun for the whole family! This year's theme is "Meet Your Neighbor!"
This year we will have yummy BBQ'd chicken, salads, beans, watermelon, and homemade desserts!
Ricardo's Bar & Grill will also have Beer & Wine available for purchase.
We'll also have the 6th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Contest (12:30 to 2:30), farm animals, face painting, and a silent auction.
Back by popular request, Live music will be provided by the famed Jami Jamison Band! Their music covers the range of Jazz, Blues, and Swing. From Billy Holiday, Etta James, Peggy Lee, Louie Jordon to Ruth Brown, the band seems to satisfy anyone from young to old. See the band's website for more on their unique music styling: http://www.jamijamisonband.com/
All included with your donation of $15 for adults and $10 for children 11 to 16. Children 10 and under are free with a paying adult. Tickets are available at the door.
We also have some great donations for our Silent Auction including a week in a Las Vegas Condo (with hot tub, kitchen, and laundry) and some wonderful wines.
Through all it's years the Grange was, and continues to be, community-oriented. This annual event is also a fundraiser for the restoration of the building and grounds. Come to the picnic and see the works that's already been done like our new windows! We are making progress!
Come enjoy a good old fashioned picnic with friends and neighbors at the beautiful location of the oldest active Grange in the US.
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.