The Rotary Club of the Abingtons will present the 12th Annual Taste of the Abingtons from 3 to 5 p.m. the first Sunday in October. This exciting fundraising event has a new home this year, the Ramada on Routes 6 and 11 in South Abington Township. This new spot provides us with better parking and easy access to our event.
The main feature of the Taste of the Abingtons, is well, tasting, of course.
Area restaurants will prepare a specialty food and bring it to the Ramada. They will set up areas for guests to stop by and have a taste of the best dish that restaurant offers. The bite might be one of the Second Best Hot Wings in the World from Windsor Inn, chicken on rice from the Sunrise Café, or ice cream from Manning’s Dairy Farm. Our newest restaurant, Abbiocco, will be there with a specialty food.
You can visit each vendor to sip some soup or sample a candy. You can chew on a cookie or munch some pasta. The surprise of the Taste of the Abingtons is the variety of lovely foods offered by so many area restaurants.
Although the restaurant presenters appear to easily serve their food bites with the pleasant smile and an easy tone, they have worked hard to come to the event. They have purchased the food, assembled it in their restaurants, packed their vehicles, unpacked at our site and after all that work, they will cheerfully give their food away. It is community generosity at its best.
Wine sampling and cigar smoking will also be available in a separate area and all venues will be enhanced by local musicians, playing in different areas at the Ramada.
You can dress up – many do – or come as you are in comfort clothes. While you walk around and see your friends, you will have a chance to be part of our silent auction and our wine pull. Many local businesses promote their non-restaurant business at the Taste of the Abingtons, by giving away gift certificates or prizes and contributing to our varied basket auction.
After all our bills are paid, after we have cleaned up from the event, after the musicians have left and the food has gone away, we will take stock of our premier fundraiser for the year and count the money you have given to the Rotary Club of the Abingtons. Then we will give all the money away.
Our first and foremost monetary need is to continue to work with Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign.
On the local level, we will give away a dictionary to every third grade student in the Abington area, whether the student is in public or private school. Our Boy Scout Troop will also be a beneficiary. We will continue to develop local projects for literacy through the development of the second Little Free Library in the Memorial Park in Clarks Summit. Enhancement of the community will go on with the repair and replenishment of flower boxes and garbage receptacles on State Street, a Rotary project for the past thirty years.
Mark your calendar for a fun and worthwhile afternoon, Oct. 2 at the Ramada. Get your tickets on line at tasteoftheabingtons.com or call me at 570-563-1171. I have tickets to sell.