Barbecue Fundraiser at the Marys River Grange

July 19, 2012 · 4 comments

I wanted to share a few photos from the recent fundraiser barbecue we had at the Marys River Grange. I’ve talked about the MRG before (here and here), but just to recap, the “Marys River Grange” is both a physical building and a loose collective of local folks of which I am the “master” (kinda like the president).

The historic Grange hall was built in the 1920s and has had multiple remodels and updates since the early days. Currently, the building has some big perks (primarily the large wood dance floor) and a laundry list of things that need upgrading (funky carpeting in the back room, ancient water heater, ugly paint, etc.). We rent out the grange for private events, and for the last three years, we’ve had one big annual fundraiser. All the proceeds from rentals and fundraisers go toward fixing up the Grange and preserving the history of the building.

On Saturday, July 7, we got the Grange Hall all spruced up for guests with flowers from Grange members’ gardens.

The turnout was great. We had over a hundred people attend including folks from as far away as the Silverton Grange (that like the MRG is designated as a “Green Grange“).

Grange member Chris from Mosaic Farms picked up a bunch of burgers and brats made by Mount Angel Meat Co. from Oregon-grown meats, and we had buns donated by Dave’s Killer Bread.

We also offered coleslaw (made primarily from donated Gathering Together Farm produce), Kettle Chips, and root beer floats featuring Oregon Trail Brewery root beer and Lochmead Dairy ice cream.

There was live music provided by The Symbiotic Quintet (who are great, by the way).

The Marys River Grange property doesn’t include a whole lot of land, but we were able to set up most of the party outside in the shade on this very hot day.

Overall, we had a great time and made some money that will likely go toward tearing out the carpet in the back room of the Grange.

If you’re a local and interested in joining the Marys River Grange, we have meetings on the first Wednesday of every month with a (surprisingly delicious and well rounded) potluck at 6:30, and the meeting starts around 7:00. While it’s true that our meetings often entail a lot of boring discussions of finances and broken water heaters, I  honestly enjoy attending. The MRG is not a big group, but I really appreciate spending time with the folks that are involved even if they’re not the kind of people that I’d naturally gravitate toward.

One of the biggest perks of being a member of the Marys River Grange is that we offer a once-annual rental for just $25 to active members, and you could throw one heckuva good part in that building. The group is also open to any and all ideas for how we can use the building for the the good of the community, so we welcome your enthusiasm.

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