The SaddleBrooke Nature Club kicked off its new season of speaker presentations with a social gathering at the Catalina State Park on Oct. 15. The event included live music from Dave Henderson, a local country and western singer who sang many favorites that had members singing and tapping their toes. Along with Dave’s singing, we were educated by members of the Catalina Nature Program, headed up by Jerry Schudda. Displays of several indigenous animals and even some prototype fun games that Jim Cloer and David Leary developed for kids were tested out by folks before they become part of the program that the Catalina Nature Program puts on at the park on Saturdays throughout the winter months.
Dinner was catered by Bubb’s Grub, which included pulled pork, brisket, cowboy beans, coleslaw, and apple cobbler. Prior to dinner being served, the executive board members Mike and Diane Buckley, Howard and Diane Cohen, Jim and Kathy Harris, Don and Debbie Grafmiller, and Barbara and David Burgess hosted a happy hour. This allowed folks to catch up with summer travels and make new acquaintances.
One of the other highlights of the evening came in the form of three raffle drawings. Winners received a bag containing an embroidered hand towel created by Irene Somes, which was wrapped around a jar of Bubb’s famous BBQ sauce. Winners included Pam Boedeker, Karen Gray, and Martha Takakoshi. The grand prize went to Phil Hunger, who won a year pass to all of the Arizona state parks, a $ 75 value.
Everyone had fun and is looking forward to next year’s social gathering.