St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Heathsville had another successful “Barbecue and Bluegrass” party Saturday afternoon. About 300 people attended the annual fund-raising event.
Proceeds from the party go to the church’s outreach programs, Bill Kirby, one of the event’s organizers, pointed out Monday.
Saturday was a perfect day for the outdoor party at Mason Brent’s Roanoke Farm. The weather bordered on hot, but low humidity kept it pleasant. Folks could sit on hay bales in front of the bandstand listening to Code Blue perform or use folding chairs they brought from home. The more energetic partiers could play a cornhole game.
Three kinds of pork were available. Brent grilled a whole hog, minced barbecue prepared earlier was on the menu and so were hot dogs. Baked beans and cole slaw went along with the pork meat whatever style diners wanted. Soft drinks, beer and wines were offered to go along with the eats.
About two hours into the event there were the groans of close losers and the whoops of winners as tickets were drawn for door prizes such as T-shirts and Code Blue CDs.
Toward the end of the day, Carol Yerby was helping serve at the cooking pit where the newly barbecued pig was. Asked if she had enough pig, Yerby replied, “I’m a Heathsville hillbilly. There’s no such thing as enough pig.”