We had another wonderful club party and benefit raffle on Saturday night. Thirty one NSPN members signed up with 6 unable to attend so it was a full house with added partners. And it was a beautiful full house at Mike and Betsy's home. A big thank you to both of them for opening up their home to all of us after the traditional Gould Barn location was no longer feasible due to a hefty rental increase. Having it at Mike and Betsy's home rather than the barn was really nice as there were many naturally shifting conversation groupings and interactions without the usual round tables where people sat for the whole event.
This group does know how to cook and eat! There were large spreads of tasty delights beginning with mulled cider, homemade appetizers of spring rolls and lobster sushi to name a few and then table laden with main dishes and salad. The dessert area was impressive. People outdid themselves, though I'm always amazed at the gourmet meals prepared on the island camping trips!
Many people helped out by showing up early and staying late to set up and clean up. I was much relieved there were no colorful spills in Betsy's gorgeous art room where we had the raffle. Thanks to Kelsey for all her work with the raffle! The donations are always impressive. We'd like to thank everyone who donated items or their expertise and time. I think it's always good to note who donated in recognition and thanks. So here's the list!
Thanks to Newbury Kayak and Canoe for donating a Kokatat Paddling Jacket and an OR command deck bag. They have also stepped up to the plate with allowing us to use their space for some of our events.
Thanks to Greg Paquin of Wavology for donating a Peak UK PFD. Yes Pru, it's a snazzy color and great as I was happy to win that!
Thanks to awesome coaches for donating trainings and private lessons -John Carmody, Carl and Sam Ladd ,Bob Levine and Kevin Beckwith. People are very excited!
Thanks to some of our club artists (Nancy Priest, Shari Gallant, Betsy Habich and myself) for donating artwork. We have a lot more artists out there to contribute next year!
Thanks to Turner Wilson and Cheri Perry for donating 2 DVD's
Plus a number of fun items donated by NSPN to make for a fun raffle. 100% of the proceeds from the raffle will go to MITA, Maine Coastal Heritage Trust and Salem Sound Watch.
To everyone who came, thanks for making it a great party. To all who couldn't make it, come next year!
See you all on the water!
Janice and Prudence