Moultrie Observer


February 9, 2013

Much talent went into Hunt Dinner preparation

MOULTRIE — The Annual Hunt Dinner at the Colquitt County Arts Center took place on Friday, February 1st. I generally like to write about activities that are going to happen, not something from the past. I have been thinking about the Hunt Dinner all week because I was once again completely impressed by all that I witnessed leading up to that successful Friday evening.

I have always been fascinated by how things are put together and crafted. I love a beautiful painting, but it is the process of how that painting was created that really impresses me. It is the years of study and practice, trial and error, inspiration and dedication that culminate to create a beautiful work of art that appeals to me greatly. The process can be as amazing as the finished product.

The Hunt Dinner, and what goes into making it a successful event, is very much like that painting I just described. An amazing amount of talent has been perfected through years to pull off this important night.

The planning starts months prior to the scheduled date of the Hunt Dinner with a kickoff event. This starts the process off to enlist new Arts Alliance Members and to get the process underway. It is kind of a save the date and we need your help reception.

 I would guess that about that same time many of the hunters are in fields and crouched in duck blinds to collect the bulk of the items on the menu. The wild game is all donated by local hunters, such as venison, quail, dove, duck and pheasant. This event would not be possible without their hunting skills and generosity.

The array of side dishes served every year come from a long list of perfected recipes. I can’t imagine how many hours of chopping, dicing and mixing go into making the side dishes. I always tell people that do not eat wild game that the side dishes alone are worth the price of admission.

Planning and setting up the bar requires hours of preparation and hard work. Creating the tickets and the raffle tickets and then selling them is a huge responsibility. Someone is in charge of seeing that the tables are setup and arranged properly and then someone needs to come up with a centerpiece that is appropriate for the occasion. Locating the items to auction and an auctioneer that will motivate the audience to bid on the items is a very important job. And then there are the items for the silent auction that also need to be gathered and displayed to motivate people to buy.

 And then there are all of the people that donate the hunting trips, beach houses, paintings, quilts and gift basket contents. Without these items the grand total for the night’s efforts would be much less.

The people that buy the tickets and purchase that auction items are very important to the success of the evening. The evening would have little to no reason to exist without them.

The credit card machine needs to be setup and ready for action at the end of the night so that everyone can pay for their purchases. I have noticed that the individuals that make this final act run smoothly all have great customer service skills.

This popular event is made possible by hundreds of volunteer hours performed by the Volunteer Arts Alliance and the people that they enlist to make everything happen. This dedicated group of hard working chefs, organizers and fundraisers come together to create the most important financial evening of the year for the Arts Center.

I am grateful that the Volunteer Arts Alliance continues to provide this essential funding needed for the Arts Center to move forward. The money raised by the Volunteer Arts Alliance will allow the ArtsCenter to continue providing art programs throughout the year for the people of Colquitt County.

Thank you seems inadequate for so much hard work and dedication. I hope that everyone knows how much I appreciate their efforts. And I also want all of them to know that I am mesmerized by their process almost as much as the final event. You are all incredible. And we should all be very proud that Colquitt County is a community that can rally the troops and support such a fantastic evening to raise money for the arts.

And yet another great event at the Arts Center is ACT’s annual Valentine’s Day Dessert Theatre that will be next Thursday, February 14th. This year’s production will be “Special Occasion,” a two-act play that takes a poignant look at a couple’s relationship. The play will feature Connie Fritz as Amy and Steve Weber as Michael. The dessert social begins at 7:00 pm and the play will begin at 8pm. Tickets are $15 each and they can be purchased at the Arts Center. Seating is limited and tickets will be pre-sold only through February 13th. This is a perfect event for a Valentine’s date night. Surprise that special someone in your life with a night of sweet treats and entertainment.


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