Sunday, October 16, 2011

Beef N Bones on the Bayou

This Blog Action Day post ( #BAD11 ) starts with our annual fundraising event which was held yesterday,  October 15. The event was fairly successful, despite the low turnout. Over a hundred people attended throughout the day to help raise funds for the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center and its environmental education programs. This year we added the option of purchasing beer or wine to satisfy guest's thirst while they listened to the Front Porch Pickers and later Jodell's Country Duo, or rested after a walk along one of the trails to check out the recently renovated fishing cabin exhibit along 'Waterfront Way'.
There were food and beverages throughout the day plus games, a fishing class and guided cart rides.

It was interesting to note the difference between last year, where guests paid one price and this year, where folks paid for each option separately. The beer was popular; the lower priced lunch of hot dogs or hamburgers sold well; the ribs and chicken were a hit for dinner. But this year, either we overestimated how much we needed or fewer people were purchasing meals because we had quite a bit of leftovers. Last year we ran out of food, but it was set up as an all you can eat buffet line. Do people eat more when they can have all they want? Sure, that's usually true. Perhaps it's the mind-set that you want to get the most for your money. Perhaps, since you can go back up for more, you may think you're still hungry but just haven't waited long enough for the food to settle in your stomach to register as 'full'. It's only in a country with an abundance of food that this question would even be posed.

Take a moment today to think about the folks who do not know where or when their next meal will be. Be sure to thank God, or if you are not religious, whatever powers that be, or just your good fortune that you have a choice of whether or not to go up for seconds.

I am proud to take part in Blog Action Day Oct 16, 2011

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