The Eleventh Annual CozyGirrrls Spaghetti Bash
...is not going to happen this year.
But WAIT, there's more...
(explanation at bottom)
*** INSTEAD ***
For the adventurous & diehards we are proposing
The First (& Last?) CSA/RAFE Jambalaya Jam.
...its simple, if you are a canard person you
should belong to CSA and support RAFE, their
sponsorship for this means nothing more than they
get to stand up in front of you while you eat and
they get to jabber at you, in the bigger picture
they represent all of us out there in the bigger
world so it's worth a listen.
Some of you have been lucky enough to sample
Bob Tilley's fine authentic Louisiana Jambalaya.
Bob and I are considering making a huge cast iron
kettle full, all you will need to bring is an
appetite and a chair (NO TABLES AVAILABLE) (and
maybe a small donation?).
We will provide the place and the food, some
sodas, ice and water. There should also be a
minivan available if a few souls wish to pass a
hat and make a beer run to Walmart. Trying to keep
this one simple and informal, less work, no
For those unfamiliar with the dish, Jambalaya is a
one-pot dish of chicken, pork, sausage & rice,
and some other things. It is somewhat spicy but
not hot. Goes great with beer if you bring some =)
And now, the rest of the story...
We know the Spaghetti Bash is important and has
been a great family event for Canardians, it grew
into something much larger than we had envisioned.
This year due to many issues, past and current we
do not have the valuable manpower or energy to put
on this event as it has been in the past. We were
going to not do it at all, then remembering the
simplicity of Bob's Jambalaya thought we might be
able to do it up at the nice new shelter pavilion
at the top of the homebuilt camping field since it
would be an informal get together of homebuilders
and many of them camping in said area. We just got
the word this morning from the EAA that this would
not be okay with them.
It takes a team to do the dinner, we have an
awesome team! This year two key members are unable
to be there, we would not attempt to do this
It takes a lot of begging to get the tables we
round up each year, when we announce the dinner we
always say we may not be able to get any tables,
last year there was a huge stink by a Chairman
that -we- had stolen their tables when in fact we
had no idea of the source or origin of said tables
but because said EAA chairman does not like Randi
they attempted to put her in a bad light.
It is important to know it is against EAA rules to
sell food or alcohol, period. There are venues
available, a list of caterers and purveyors with
liquor licences to provide such things. We have
hosted this party for the CSA for the last ten
years, originally intended to round up the few
early arrival lost souls looking for other canard
people and have a good evening of camaraderie. We
have asked for a minimal donation to cover costs
and anything extra has gone into the kitty for the
next year to add whatever pots and pans etc to
make this work and accommodate the expanding group,
this has worked well. Someone has been kind enough
to bring and donate beverages and even sangria
(thank you whoever you are).
Let it be known to keep peace on our street we
have always extended an open invitation to any and
all to join us, nobody excluded. But year after
year issues have been instigated, sadly two of
them are chairmen, that have resulted in at least
one major problem each year. They have called the
police (we're having a party), they have called
security (they are selling food and alcohol), they
have extensively lied to their friend who runs
campground security and we have been told by him
"he has heard all about what we are doing and we
are being watched", we get complaints about the
crowds, the bicycles, parking, golf carts etc in
the street and at other people's campsites,
Last year another chairman, friend of camping
neighbors came to me mid dinner, she had glass in
hand and as sweet as could be buttered me up and
asked if there was any way she could buy a glass
of our wonderful sangria. I saw this a mile away,
put my arm around her and said "sorry we do not
sell alcohol but for her she can help herself to
as many refills as she wished". THIS is a tiny
sample of the sort of relentless $#!7 we put up
with year after year. Last year was the topper.
Two years ago it resulted in Randi in the ER right
after Osh she nearly died. She ended up with a
stent and huge bills. Last year after Osh right
back in the hospital. A stress test and more
It's supposed to be camping folks, it's supposed
to be fun folks... it is not.
What makes it all worthwhile is YOU. All of you
people, and your families. Just seeing all of you
getting together, the smiles and laughter, the din
of conversation, people lining up for thirds and
fourths for campsite pasta? Those name tags we nag
you about? Imagine you came all the way here from
Israel, Europe, South America or had been lurking
on the net but never met anyone face to face, or
you're like Randi and I and can't remember to save
our lives, it sure helps with meeting new friends
or not embarrassing yourself with old ones or
finally thanking that person who was so helpful on
line, we count the blank name tags each year
before the dinner so we also have an accurate head
Every year the gathering turns out to be
incredible and so worth it for all of our crew.
I saw the pain Randi was experiencing again last
year and was ready to say it was not worth it, but
the thanks and encouragement everybody gave made us
realize this is an event that must happen one way
We were slow getting this plan together because we
were both sick for an extended period of time
following Sun N Fun but we are good now.
So this year, please bear with us, we are making
an adjustment for just this year and we will
figure out what to do next year.
As for comments; what we need right now since time
is getting short, does this Jambalaya Jam thing
sound okay? ...are you interested? I know it's
different but it is the best we can do right now.
NO RSVP's right now please, just yays or nays and
as always, no vegan, no gluten free, no kosher, no
low carb or Millennial meals will be available but
it should be dolphin free.
If enough people are willing to take a chance on
this we will put out a formal announcement and
start taking RSVP's, if you RSVP me before that I
will ignor it and you will not be counted. Y'all
are terrible at following instructions.
Thanks, Chrissi and Randi
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