Harvest dinner raises restoration funds, renews community tradition
For Dundee, necessary fundraising toward the restoration of the Dundee Community Center is an opportunity to revive what was once a longstanding tradition.
The Dundee community used to host a harvest dinner to celebrate the end of harvest, but it kind of stopped in mid 1960s when there was a fire in the building, said Joyce Colling, president of the Dundee Womans Club, which owns the community center. We hope to revive it and hope it will be an annual event.
Colling said the community center is registered as a historic building, but has only undergone minor repairs. Now the center needs foundation work, new wiring, restored plumbing, replaced siding and new windows, among other fixes.
Basically the whole building (needs restored), she said, adding that estimates are that it will cost between $800,000 and $900,000. We have raised about 12 percent of the total we need, $120,000. We have gotten several grants and are writing more, but also know we need to continue fundraising ourselves.
So, the club will host what it hopes is the first of many harvest dinners.
Although the building is restricted to no more than 120 people, Colling said she hopes for a full house.
We will also have a silent auction going on with baskets of local products auctioned off from different organizations in the community and individual people who have put baskets together, she said.
The dinner starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at the community center. The menu includes pork loin or salmon, home-baked pie or chocolate cake and beverages, including a glass of wine. There will also be live entertainment.
Advance tickets are $20 ($25 at the door) and $10 for children. Call 503-538-3094 or email jcol503@comcast. net to reserve tickets or for more information.