SELL-OUT CROWD SAVORED OUR BBQ AND WILD WEST FEST IN DESCANSO

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By Miriam Raftery; photos by Miriam Raftery, Tom and Nadin Abbott

August 29, 2013 (Descanso) – More than 150 people turned out for East County Magazine’s BBQ and Wild West Fest at the Descanso Town Hall earlier this month.   

In addition to delicious barbecue-grilled tri-tip and chicken served up by Descanso Junction, guests enjoyed lively entertainment by the Pine Creek Posse Band, Western reenactors Gaskill Brothers Gunfighters and the Hole in the Wall Gang, as well as music by Wind Wind Spirit Drum, winners of the national Native American Music Awards.

“We’re delighted at the success and hope to hold a similar event at this historic setting in the future,” said ECM editor and founder Miriam Raftery.  The benefit raised funds to support wildfire reporting to supplement the Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts provided by East County Magazine via e-mail, Twitter, and on KNSJ 89.1 FM radio.

Guests also enjoyed tasting wines from Rock Canyon and San Pasqual wineries. 

Volunteers dressed as saloon gals  offered up tickets for drawing prizes.  Guests  also participated in  a silent auction, with prizes including a vacation at the Viejas Resort Hotel, a “cowboy for a day” for two experience at Campo Creek Ranch, gift certificates to local restaurants and stores, gift baskets for horse owners and wine lovers,  and much more.

If you missed this event, or just want to come back and celebrate with us some more, mark your calendars for our next benefit, which follows our pledge to “put the fun in fundraising.”  Our next nonprofit benefit, “Magic in the Mountains,” will be held  on Saturday, October 12 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the beautiful Bridle Ridge facility nestled in the woods at Julian. 

KNSJ Radio news director Mike Hancock was also on hand, recording the festivities and stories of those present--including a Doc Holiday impersonator who made a special guest appearance at our event.

Wind Spirit Drum, led by third-generation medicine woman Windwalker, will perform live award-winning Native American music at our October 12 event. The group has won numerous awards for their amazing music, including several first places in the Native American Music Awards.

Magic in the Mountains will also feature wine-tasting by several Ramona Valley wineries,  catered gourmet foods, local authors on the Cuyamaca Mountains from Sunbelt Publications, a presentation by the Califiornia Wolf Preserve in Julian, and information on important environmental issues in our region. 

This event will support East County Magazine’s award-winning reporting on environmental and cultural issues as well as our wildfire reporting this fire season.