Letters to the Editor

Community invited to celebrate veterans, enjoy the blues

By November 5, 2010

At 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13,  a very special event will take place at the CSD Gym, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills.

First, it is a night to honor the El Dorado Hills Community Fallen Warriors, the five graduates of the Folsom, El Dorado Hills, and Cameron Park area high schools who have been killed in action since 9/11. This is a night to honor Brad, Kyle, Mathew, Michael & Robert for their ultimate sacrifice. The El Dorado Hills Rotary Club “Blues and Brews” this Saturday night is a fundraiser for the Fallen Warriors Memorial Park — a 1.2 acre area within Promontory park which has been approved and dedicated by our CSD board.

Second, it is a night to honor all veterans and those in active service for our Country. Our Rotary Club is very honored to offer vets and active service a chance to sign the “Freedom Quilt” at Blues and Brews. The quilt is a beautifully crafted 5-foot by 8-foot patchwork created by the Elks Lodge No. 6 in Sacramento. In May 2007 it was displayed and signed at California’s State Capitol during a program honoring veterans. At the conclusion of the ceremony the quilt joined the Rebels With A Cause Motorcycle Club traveling across our great Nation to Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day services. They were joined by more than 500,000 bikers, many of whom were members of the Marine Corps Veterans Motorcycle Club. En route, stops were made at Harley-Davidson and GM, Pontiac/Buick dealerships where all employees who were veterans were able to sign the quilt. Six other signings were held at six Elks Lodges during overnight stops. During the trip the Freedom Quilt was in the custody of a former Marine and Nam veteran, Ken ‘Gunny’ Nelson. There are now more than 1,000 signatures on the quilt and on a special occasion such as this Saturday nights event those with proof of service can add their name.

Lastly, it is going to be a very entertaining evening. Thanks to the generosity of some highly talented musicians for just a $20 donation guests will enjoy a great lineup of world class blues musicians including Darrell Mansfield, who is considered one of the best harmonica players in the world and is in both the Harmonica and Blues Halls of Fame. Alvon Johnson is also performing.He has won many awards for his guitar playing and is a former member of the Rock and Roll hall of Fame group “The Coasters.” Bring your dancing shoes! We also have an amazing performance painter Neal Barbosa on hand to create art as the music plays, bringing a new dimension to a live auction. There will be beer and pizza for sale by Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, and wine and desserts for sale too.

There is still time to get tickets from the California Welcome Center, t 2085 Vine Street in EDH Town Center, or at EDH fire station 85, Wilson Way and El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The success of this event depends upon the support of our community so please join us on this very special night.

Bill Tobin
Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills president 2010-11

Special to Village Life


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