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Preparations for 19th annual Old-fashioned BBQ Social to benefit museum under way

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Preparations for 19th annual Old-fashioned BBQ Social to benefit museum under way

From left: Mark Abram, Leon Sucht (partly hidden), Ron Howe, Victor Gully, and Ken Hafer talk with Mick Founds (back to camera) about the layout of the upcoming Old-Fashioned Barbecue Social in the...

ROSE ALBANO RISSO/The Bulletin


POSTED September 11, 2012 8:39 p.m.

Preparations are under way for the 19th annual Old-fashioned Barbecue Social to benefit the Manteca Historical Society and Museum.

Members of the fund-raising committee headed by board president Ron Howe visited the venue for the event Monday to lay out the plan for the al fresco gathering to take place in the Founts’ Victorian Home on North Union Road in Manteca. With Howe were Mark Abram, Ken Hafer, Victor Gully, and Leon Sucht. Richard Benavides, whose Park Avenue Jam Band will be providing the music again this year, was present as well to pick the spot where they will be perform.

The band, which has provided the musical backdrop for this popular fall event in a Victorian home and garden setting, offers a repertoire of blues, rock, jazz as well as golden oldies that previous guests have enjoyed.

“We hit on everything. We play all over the (San Joaquin) county. We’ve been around since 1984,” Benavides said of his band.

This annual barbecue social has become a “reunion-like get together” for many of the regular attendees who don’t just buy individual tickets but reserve tables for their group of friends, former classmates, family members, and even neighbors.

The gastronomical bill of fare will include old-fashioned barbecued tri-tip and turkey with all the trimmings, plus drinks. The social hour will begin at 2 p.m. with the “bountiful dinner” to start at 4 p.m. Donation for adults is $15 each; $7 for children.

Tickets are only sold in advance, and may be obtained by calling Phyllis Abram at 239-0744, or the historical museum at 825-3021.

The Founts Victorian Home is located on North Union Road next to the Three Rivers Indian Lodge, or about a mile north of Lathrop Road.

Earlier social venues ranged from a private ranchette on Quintal Road to Spreckels

The Founts Victorian home and garden just to the north of Woodbridge at Del Webb on North Union Road has been host to this benefit for the historical society and museum for the last three years.

Museum volunteer Victor Gully recalled the first venue that was used for this event, the rustic Campbell family ranch on Quintal Road which is no longer there. Gully laughed as he remembered the old trees under which guests sat and ate their food, while taking care to protect their plates from things that were falling down from the thick foliage.

The barbecue social enjoyed the rustic setting of the Campbell ranch for about eight years. Later, AKF Development played host to the fund-raising event at the former location of the Spreckels Sugar plant on East Yosemite Avenue. The outdoor event took place in a vacant area next to the AKF Development office off Spreckels Avenue.

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