Sportsmen and those with an interest in the outdoors filled up the room at Zion Blue Mountain United Church of Christ’s 12th annual Sportsman’s Dinner on Saturday night, March 29.
Upstairs were displays of wildlife art by Kerry Holzman, poster boards with previous dinner programs and photos, and a hunting cabin made by Jonathan Schaeffer that was not only a replica cabin on the outside but on the inside as well. Downstairs where orange and camouflage were easily spotted, were raffle items including hunting needs, baskets, door prizes and of course food. This year’s food included wild turkey casserole, elk chili, venison meatballs, venison sausage, rabbit pie, snapper soup, baked stingray, domestic ham and domestic turkey as well as sides and a wide array of desserts.
Attendees filled up their trays and followed the well-organized line, which included volunteers directing toward seating, and enjoyed their meals while chatting and catching up. As they ate, they were able to look through the program and see all who donated door prizes, upcoming events at the church, look through featured recipes and even spend some time on a hunting themed word search.
Once everyone was seated Corey Brossman, owner of Hunting Extreme Productions and host of Innerloc’s Out-There, took the stage for his program titled “Hunting Extreme.”
To begin his programs, Brossman likes to get people excited and starts with turning up the music and tossing out goodies into the crowd. All ages were standing up and eager reaching out for the items thrown into the air. Some even had the items placed right on their heads in terms of hats. Brossman then introduced himself and explained a little bit about what he does before turning on an episode from his show.
This episode featured a different kind of hunting including hunting stingrays such as the ones on the menu which many attendees commented that they had never tried before. During his program, Brossman played a game with the crowd by asking for young volunteers to play “hit or miss” with the help of the audience. The volunteers were asked to determine if the hunter hit the target or missed before showing the outcome.
Along with a “thank you” to individuals and groups that donated door prizes, the church members all those who made the night possible in the program.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support in helping to make our 12th annual Sportsman Dinner a success,” was written in the program.
Upcoming events for the church include: Easter Worship Services on April 20 at 7 and 10:30 a.m., Martha’s Circle Women’s Group Chicken Bar-B-Q Sale on May 15 from 3-6 p.m., Vacation Bible School which is “Jungle Safari” this year from July 20-24, and the Strausstown Community Fall Festival which will be back again this fall.
Next year’s annual Sportsman’s Dinner is set for March 28, 2015.