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Silver Sage's Valentine present to Bandera

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

The Silver Sage Corral offered its annual Valentine to Bandera on Saturday, Feb. 11, with the elegant Black & Red Ball at The Farm Country Club on FM 2828.

That an organization can literally pack the spacious venue indicates that something is being done right.

Space between tables was tight and the full tables actually stretched forever. On an evening when half the county was celebrating Mardi Gras, the other half was surely at the stylish fundraiser at The Farm.

Catered by Clay Conoly of 7UPKatering, and of course, the iconic Dixie Dude Ranch, the appetizers and dinner proved outstanding - especially the melt-in-your-mouth grilled beef tenderloin, piquant roasted German potato salad and its hot bacon dressing and the particularly flavorsome homemade salad dressings.

As usual the music of The Almost Patsy Cline Band kept the dance floor crowded all evening. However, special mention must be made of fiddle player Laurie Gibson, whose kick ass (can I write that?) version of "Orange Blossom Special" nearly brought the house down. It was that good! When the Devil Comes Down to Bandera, Gibson's gonna win that golden fiddle, fer sure!

You go, girl!

An endless supply of bidders on an endless array of silent and live auction items ensured that the Meals on Wheels program will continue unabated for the next year. Last year, 26,740 hot meals were delivered to residents throughout the county.

So, thank you, Silver Sage Corral, for another wonderful Valentine's Day. From the looks of the photos on page 12B, everyone enjoyed the celebration as much did El Guapo and I and thanks you, too.

Pictured: Top- Jules Jourde and Pat Harrison did a timely two-step to the music of the Almost Patsy Cline Band at the annual Black and Red Ball, sponsored by the Silver Sage Corral Senior Activity Center. The fundraiser was held Saturday, Feb. 11.

According to event chairmen Melissa Benge and Art Crawford, the "infamous red purse," offered during the live auction, brought the biggest money donation ever. And, best of all, said Benge, the winners, Darlene and "Steak Sauce" Ron Schaefer, donated the red purse - and its monetary contents - back to the Silver Sage for the Meals on Wheels program. The former Winter Texans have decided to homestead in the Texas Hill Country.

Glad to have you!