Bill Hald and wife Camille with his sculpted
Boston Tea Party Benefit Fun
(Saturday November 16, 2013)
We attended the Nevada County Tea Party's first ever
Boston Tea party fundraiser at the Ponderosa Hall next to the Nevada
County Fairgrounds. The tasty dinner menu included Boston clam and
corn “chowdas,” Boston brown bread, Boston baked beans, barbecued Boston
style tri-tip, chicken, and Boston cream pie. Yum. And our wonderful local
high school gals and guys did a great job serving and cleaning the tables.
By the time we arrived the place was already overflowing with happy people
delighted to be attending. Period costumes were encouraged but not
required. Those who wore costumes received a free raffle ticket.
See what I mean!
Cheryl and Bonnie Hurley made sure Mel and I shared
their table. So
many showed up that they almost ran out of seating.
A silent auction and raffle continued throughout the
evening. These are some of the different items we bought raffle tickets
for. The no-host adult beverages and soda were available next to the
Ted Gilbert gets into the act having a little fun.
He's a fine wood-turning artist, and donated a collage of fine wood
pieces, crafted into a beautiful chess/checker board, as well as some
wooden toys. Other silent auction donations include three pieces from
local bronze sculptor Bill Hald. One is entitled “Ronald Reagan as a Boy,”
seated on a horse and significantly detailed. Supervisors Weston and
Scofield have donated lunch for two with them and much, much more like
three pieces from local bronze sculptor Bill Hald who made the eagle
perched inside the entrance above.
Mark Meckler is all smiles.
Tom McClintock shows up too.
President Nancy Garcia was proud to recognize Ed
Scofield of the Nevada County board of supervisors, as well as members of
the Sutter Buttes and Nor-Cal Tea Parties.
Eddy Garcia's lookin' Bostonian.
Looks like Todd (across the room) and I are about to
have a camera shoot out.
A presentation by Samuel Adams, remembering the
first Boston Tea Party, was passionately delivered by Rex Ruth. Grass
Valley resident, and Tea Party co-founder Mark Meckler attended with his
entire family and delivered a riveting call to action for all citizens who
believe in limited government.
The surprise guest of the evening, Rep. Tom McClintock (below), was
introduced by Fran Freedle, former Nevada County supervisor. Rep.
McClintock’s speech outlined the trespasses of Washington D.C.’s “big
government, big spending” attitude and encouraged all of us to be active
in our communities, to write our representatives and to learn about the
issues that will affect us and generations to come.
Sue and Bonnie McGuire, Bonnie Hurley, Stan Meckler and
Rep. Tom McClintock.
George Rebane, Sue (below) and others listening to
Different people gave a special presentation
of quipped unique discoveries about the historic and revolutionary period
called “Did You Know?” during part of the evening’s entertainment.
And the winners are.......
Bill Hald's sculpted bronze of a talon-clawed, bald
eagle on top of books labeled “Judicial, Executive and Legislative” will
make its debut at the Scottish Rite Temple in Sacramento.
We think the dinner, speeches, costumes, auction,
donated items and those who decorated and participated made the fund
raising Boston Tea Party a fun educational experience for a very good
cause. Thanks to all who participated.