A little good food goes a long way

By Kristan Huntley

For those of you who enjoyed the article entitled “Celebrate with a party for a project” and have been eagerly awaiting the first progressive potluck fundraiser for the McLean Mural Project, you don’t have to wait much longer!

[singlepic id=214 w=320 h=240 mode=web20 float=right]On the evening of Saturday, May 22nd, the first progressive potluck will officially kick off. There will be approximately five households in Cooper-Young that will serve as hosts and open their homes, lawns, and decks to around 40 hungry mural supporters. Since this is the first progressive potluck fundraiser we have held, we want to keep it small and intimate; therefore, the potluck tour group will be divided into two groups of around 20 so that they will be manageable for both the hosts and the attendees. The tours will start on Philadelphia at the home of Chad Ahren and Beth Tidball as well as the home of Robert and Sharron Johnson. The tour will then proceed to Evelyn at the home of Brad Gilmer and Sarah Kyle. From Evelyn, the party will move one block over to Nelson at the home of Andy and Sydney Ashby. At each stop, you, the lucky potluck ticket holder, can enjoy tapas (fancy word for finger foods), meet neighbors you may not have met before, make some new friends, and then journey on to the next stop to further partake in the gastronomical experience. It is not too far to walk between stops if you want to work up an appetite, or you are free to drive as well. Kids are welcome to join in, but all adults and kids over 12 must have a potluck ticket.

The progressive potluck will culminate at the home of Patrick Miller and I. We will be opening our backyard to guests and have ice cream and cold beer for an after-dinner sugar rush. You will have one extra-special treat as well: live music! The Stand-Ins will be rocking out, and the wonderfully talented Jeremy Stanfill, formerly of Streetside Symphony, will be performing. Some good ol’ rock music is just what the doctor ordered to fight off that after-dinner nap you know you want to take. And, parents, the live music is also a kid-friendly event, so they are free to boogie ‘til their hearts are content (and then sleep well that night!).

Tickets will be $20 per person. Since the progressive potluck hosts are generously donating their time, homes, and food, all the proceeds will be going to help fund the McLean Art Mural Project. Good food, good friends, good cause. You can’t go wrong! Tickets will go on sale soon, so keep your eye on cooperyoung.org, and make sure that you are signed up on the Cooper-Young mailing list for the announcement. Also, if you would like to host a stop on one of the later progressive potluck parties in the coming months, please let me know at k.huntle@yahoo.com, or you may contact Maggie Cardwell with the CYCA at 901-272-2922 or info@cooperyoung.org.

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