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History in the VIneyard take-out dinner was a huge success
Amy Klassen greets people picking up their dinners. (Supplied/Tony Chisholm)

Tony Chisholm
Special to The Lake Report

Our second History in the Vineyard (at home) take-out event on Feb. 11 was very successful.

The committee that worked on it was chaired by Mona Babin, treasurer of the Niagara Historical Society. We all worked closely with Paul Harber of Ravine and both of them deserve huge credit for the take-out's success.

In all, 220 meals were prepared and distributed, and 15 cases of Ravine wine were sold. 

Amy Klassen of the NOTL Museum said, "So many people were excited to pick up their orders and were smiling and grateful for the opportunity. We were obviously filling a need with this fundraiser."

"And I saw a lot of new faces, which is also a great sign that we are reaching past just our membership and hopefully introducing new people to the work of the museum and the Friends of Fort George."

Everyone was pleased with how smoothly the dinner moved despite the high volume of meals. The organization of the meal choices, pick up times and delivery and wine distribution went without a hitch. This time we added a delivery option that allowed many more people to participate without having to drive to St. Davids.

It was not only highly successful but a lot of fun for the key people who planned it and helped distribute the food.

Special thanks to Paul Harber of Ravine Vineyard for his eager participation and the chefs of the Garrison House and Ruffino's Pasta Bar and Grill for providing such delicious, gourmet meals. 

Here are just a few comments received from people that evening:

"Just arrived back with our dinner and had to let you know we are sooooo impressed with all the organization, from instructions and food containers to historical information for Black history. You and your team have done an amazing job irrespective of how good the ingestible part is!!! AND we are looking forward to our dinner as well. Many thanks and congrats on your successful fundraiser."

"Loved our wonderful dinner. Everything was SO-O-O- O delicious. Thanks to you and to the NOTL Museum/Friends of Fort George staff and to Paul Harber for having put on a sensational event/taste bud treat!!!"

"I wanted to thank you and compliment the historical society on History in the Vineyard. I know from experience how difficult it is to find COVID-friendly fundraising initiatives these days and how much organizing is involved.  Well done!"

Tony Chisholm is president of the Friends of Fort George.

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