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Lions Club provides awesome Thanksgiving Feast

From noon to 3 p.m. at the Lions Hall on Main Street in Burney, the Lions Club served an awesome Thanksgiving feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie.

A community affair

A community affair

Outside, cars were lined up and down Main Street in front of the building.

Cars lined up for the Lions Club Thanksgiving Day Feast

Cars lined up for the Lions Club Thanksgiving Day Feast

At the door, four friendly “door greeters,” welcomed us.

Door Greeters Morgan, Bear, Jason, and Clair

Door Greeters Morgan, Bear, Jason, and Clair

Inside it was truly a community celebration. Conversation flowed easily throughout the room as people greeted old friends and make new.

Roy Carver and friends enjoying a fine meal

Roy Carver and friends enjoying a fine meal

Larry Hawthorne, Past President and current board member of the Lions Club, organized this year’s event. The club has been serving a Thanksgiving dinner for the community for about 42 years.

Hawthorne said, “This dinner is to thank the community for their continued support for Lions Club service projects. We are very grateful to the people of Burney. Happy Thanksgiving.”

Young members of the Burney Lions Club Leos, Boy Scout Troop 38, Cub Scout Pack 38, and the Burney 4H cheerfully and efficiently seated guests, served the meals, and cleared the tables.

Leos, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and 4H all helped serve

Leos, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and 4H all helped serve

Lion Walt Libal said that the local Leos have between 40 and 50 enthusiastic young members who engage in a variety of service activities throughout the year. He shared from his experience how when young people work with and serve people of all ages, the experience opens their heart and develops their social skills.

Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to organize the young people who were serving.

Leo Megan Arenau ready to serve a plate

Leo Megan Arenau ready to serve a plate

In addition to serving about 250 dinners at the hall, Larry Hawthorne said that the club also delivered 52 Thanksgiving Day dinners to people at home who couldn’t come out.

Thank you Lions club and all of those who helped make this a great Thanksgiving for Burney!

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Burney Homemade Craft Fair and Soup Café a Delight

On From 9 a.m.to 2.p.m. on November 21,  there was a steady flow of happy shoppers streaming through the Annual Homemade Craft Fair and Soup Café held by the Burney Elementary PTA.

Cone critters

Cone critters

It was a community affair with everyone enjoying the opportunity to stock up on delicious goodies for Thanksgiving as well as high quality crafts and decorations for the holiday season.

Christmas treess and ornaments

Christmas treess and ornaments

This years fair was organized by Kathy Urlie. She did a great job. All of the tables were filled and everything ran as smoothly as Santa’s sleigh gliding down a snow covered mountaintop. During the event itself she was busy cheerfully greeting guests and vendors and making sure that every one was happy. In the meantime, her husband Andrew was busy selling his wonderful art pottery.

Kathy and Andrew Urlie with their pottery

Kathy and Andrew Urlie talking with a shopper

Special thanks to the Boy Scouts Troop 38. When my wife Linda and arrived on Friday evening to set up, several of the Scouts helped us to unload our vehicle and carry things in. It was a great help and made setting up much easier and quicker. On Saturday, Scoutmaster George Chapman, Scouts James Chapman and Matt Golczynski, and Melissa Sweet served delicious homemade soup. I had a bowl of clam chowder made by Matt that was really super! Nice and thick with lots of clams and bacon, just the way I like it. For people who like spicy soup, Melissa brought a pot of soup seasoned with red pepper that was great for clearing the sinuses.

James Chapman, Scoutmaster George Chapman, Melissa Sweet, and Matt Goldman selling soup for Troop 38

James Chapman, Scoutmaster George Chapman, Melissa Sweet, and Matt Golczynski selling soup for Troop 38

The Burney 4H was there selling Christmas Wreaths and the Soroptomists had some wonderful baked goods.

Ciera McClung and helpers selling wreaths for the Burney 4H

Ciera McClung and helpers selling wreaths for the Burney 4H

The Burney Fire Department also had baked goods available for a donation to their Christmas Toy Drive. I donated for two little loaves of bread – one pumpkin and one cranberry nut. The cranberry nut bread was out of this world! What a treat! I think I’ll go have another piece for breakfast!

The Maupins brought breads, and others had pies, cakes, etc.

Bread pies and much more

Bread pies and much more

I would have bought more, but just the day before I had bought a carrot cake and brownies from the Lionesses outside of the Dollar General Store. One can only eat so much. Lead me not into temptation. Deliver me from gluttony.

Susan Hougan came down from Mt. Shasta to sell her delicious herbs. She said she likes to come to the Burney area for events. People were lining up for pretzel sticks to sample her fare.

Susan Hougan with Diplicious Artisan Spice Blends from MT Shasta

Susan Hougan with Diplicious Artisan Spice Blends from MT Shasta

Well, as you can see, I like food. But the highlight of the fair was the wonderful high quality crafts. There were many Christmas crafts and decorations and also really wonderful art crafts.

I already mentioned Andrew Urlie’s art pottery, which is becoming quite well known in the area. Something new this year was a collection of bird houses by Eileen.

Bird houses

Bird houses

And it is always a treat to see what new items the McKay brothers have created out of natural substances. I’m fascinated by their horse manure pens.

McKay Brothers Wood and Natural products

McKay Brothers Wood and Natural products

Michelle was there with her country chic creations.

An elegant space

An elegant display

Susan Hanson had a beautiful exhibit of photography on canvas and matted prints. Susan and I noticed that our two wall displays created a color axis across the cafeteria because,

Susan Hanson

Susan Hanson making a sale

on the other side of the hall, my wife Linda was busy selling her hand-crafted Christmas cards, framed photos, and some of my paintings.

My wife Linda with Lace Photography

My wife Linda with Lace Photography

Linda also handed out flyers letting folks know that this year there is a Christmas Shop in the Hearthstone Health Food Store where people can get more gifts, stocking stuffers, hand-made crafts, as well as Christmas decorations and cards.

Well, that’s a glimpse. There was more. Hand-made goat soaps, candles, wooden toys, Christmas crafts, jewelry, etc. Plus it was a chance for friends and neighbors to see each other and share fellowship.

Kathy Urlie said, “BES PTA enjoys the participation of the many quality craftsmen of the Intermountain area and enthusiastic participation of the shoppers. This event is truly a community social and we thank the continued support of all. Happy Thanksgiving!”

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