Mild, Medium, Hot and Really Hot!
If you were driving into Silver Lakes on November 10th, you were probably wondering what was happening at Dempey’s on a Sunday afternoon besides football of course.
Did you stop? If you did, you joined the First Annual Charity Chili Cook Off, with all proceeds benefiting the Barstow Veterans Home.
Secret recipes of homestyle chili were entered by 20 people. Crock pots were lined up on a table with only numbers in front of them. The house was packed, but even so everyone could taste all varieties as many times as they liked, then vote on their favorite. As I squeezed my way around the bar inside and outside I overheard people commenting, “ number 15 was really creamy,” “number 4 had the heat,” “ number 10 had the most meat and flavor.” Now you can smell the amazing aroma of all the different chilis. I did not hear one complaint, but maybe a few reqeusts for Tums from those who overindulged.
Barbara Ormsby was in charge of music and calling out donated raffles all day. A silent auction featured donated items like LA Kings and Clippers tickets, a signed Angels jersey, famous prints, bar signs and more. I got side-tracked trying to win the LA Kings tickets. I did not win, but I contributed so the tickets did not go so cheap! All the money went to a good cause. (If there are Kings tickets next year, watch out, as I am starting my Kings fund now).
The event was a huge success, so Annie and Jack at Dempsey’s are making this an annual event. All you cooks out there? Get started on creating your special chili. $4,000 dollars was raised and delivered to the Veterans Home in Barstow.
At ACE High School on November 3rd, people were seen running from… Zombies! The cross country team dressed up to chase about 70 willing participants in a 3.2 mile run to raise money for school athletics.
There was quite an enthusiastic crowd as they ran for the finish line evading zombies trying to grab their flag. Two hydration stations were provided to replenish the scared screaming runners and two vaccination stations to get a second chance for another flag in case you were infected by losing one of yours.
Donated prizes were given to the top three who made the finish line with both flags and all their body parts attached. First place was Israel Aguilar with William Brown coming in second and Abraham Aguilar in third. What a great creative fun fun-draiser!
Annual Silver Lakes Craft Fair
The annual Silver Lakes Craft Fair was not to miss. Crafters set up at the clubhouse to sell handmade, creative, one-of-a-kind crafts. Everything was there, for someone special or for yourself, for the holidays.
Booths were set up outside by the pool and throughout every inch of the clubhouse, with trinkets, candles, jewelry, pillows, and holiday décor. It is amazing how many crafty creative people we have out here who work hard making wonderful pieces of themselves to share with others.
I am happy to say I got a lot of my holiday shopping done. I couldn’t resist keeping one for myself, to hang on my door. It is so adorable, I’m thinking about keeping it up all year long. I wish we had this event twice a year (and next time with home made baked goods).
All Dressed Up at Halloween Dance
The Annual Costume Halloween Dance at The Inn was another huge success that had the bar at capacity. Some of the costume wearer planned their attire up tp a year in advanced to be the most unique, creative and surprising to share with friends, other patrons, and of course to win best costume. The DJ played his music as clowns, vampires, zombies and more danced and conversed in and out on the balcony on a wonderful evening under the stars. This is the one night all year that the grown ups have an excuse to play dress up and NOT act like an adult.
Go Away Big Green Monster
Nothing could be more adorable than toddlers all dressed up, listening to stories and having fun. What a hidden treasure we have in Silver Lakes with Story Time. Carol Agwain entertains local children Tues. thru Thurs. mornings with reading, snacks and activities. It is a great way for children to learn to interact with peers before starting kindergarten, and also to give mommies time to mingle with their peers as well. I for sure will be back.