Familiar Fragrances Fill Up City’s Community Center
Four cases of cabbage, 100 pounds of carrots, 150 pounds of potatoes, 350 pounds of corned beef … just a few of the ingredients being cooked up by members of the Escalon Lion’s Club on Thursday morning at the Escalon Community Center.
The prep work and cooking was in anticipation of the evening’s annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, hosted by the Lion’s Club to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Organizers said they hoped to attract about 300 diners to the annual event.
The Thursday night dinner was held for the community in lieu of the regularly scheduled Lion’s Club meeting, with the festivities at the Community Center also featuring the chance for winning some prizes and the opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors.
Lion’s Club member Robert Swift said he was pleased that club members from some neighboring cities attended and, in turn, some Escalon Lions ventured out to the Sunday morning pancake breakfast hosted by the Oakdale Lion’s Club. “We support each other,” he said. Swift added that it was nearly a full house for the Thursday night St. Patrick’s Daythemed dinner, with organizers pleased overall with the event.
The local Lion’s Club supports multiple community activities and provides thousands of dollars in scholarships for graduating Escalon High School seniors. The St. Patrick’s Day dinner is just one of several events they host throughout the year.
Only two – not too many – cooks were taking stock of the water boiling in anticipation of adding the corned beef on Thursday, with Bud Keener, back, and Chuck Sawyer, foreground, keeping a close eye on the pots.
Cutting up the cabbage for the Escalon Lion’s Club annual Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday were Reno Giuntoli, left, and Mike Powers.
Lion’s Club members John Largent, left, and John Paladichuk help put the ‘tablecloths’ down on tables in the Escalon Community Center, preparing for the Thursday night Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.
Tony Victorino was overseeing the potato station on Thursday, getting them ready for boiling on the stove during preparation for the St. Patrick’s Day meal.
A variety of baskets and prizes were available as part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Thursday’s Escalon Lion’s Club annual Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.