Saturday night started off with a Pork Chop the size softball. The colossal chops had been marinated and baked throughout the day. The meat peeled away from the bone without a knife and was a culinary treat. The chops were prepared by the Redmen/Pocahontas for their annual Pork Chop dinner fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research. This fundraiser is important to me as I have watched this insidious disease take 3 of my 4 grandparents and am currently seeing the debilitating effects on my Dad. Since 1991 the Redmen/Pocahontas National Charity program has contributed over two million dollars towards Alzheimer’s research. Don’t miss next year’s event.
After dinner we headed over to the Oakley Civic Plaza for the Oakley Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Tree lighting. Although the weather was damp and cold there were a couple of hundred people on hand waiting on the tree lighting and Santa. Before the tree was lit we enjoyed the singing of the Oakley School District’s district wide choir. Following a boisterous countdown the tree was lit. Santa arrived shortly thereafter via pickup truck instead of the customary fire truck (ECFPD was called away for a structure fire). After the lighting the crowd was entertained by the St Anthony’s Quartet followed by a number of choirs from Freedom High.