Lions Spring Fling 2014

The Old Village Hall has perhaps never been so full of people.  The event drawing this crowd of certainly more than 300 people on Friday, April 11th, was the 1st Annual Lions Spring Fling.

Lion Paul Schullo, seated, and Lion Steve Ische greeted guests at the door, took tickets, sold tickets, and handed out glasses for the beverage tastings.  They also helped set up the Spring Fling event.

Twenty-six vendors were on hand to hand out samples of their food, their wine, their spirits, and brew.

The Victoria House provided Beef Bites and their famous Pepperoni Soup.  Working at the Spring Fling were John Trog and Anna Bitschenhauer.

At one point in the evening, the smoke alarm went off and continued buzzing for several minutes, but nobody seemed overly concerned.

Barrel Butter was represented by Dave and Marissa Hawley.  Dave is the accomplished chef.  Marissa’s parents are Chuck and Pam Freiberg of Victoria.

Lions President Brian Tjenstrom knew why the smoke alarm went off:  “It was similar to what happens to many of us at home,” he said.  “We had a portable cooking oven directly under a smoke alarm.  There was no fire, only some fine smelling aroma that triggered the alarm.”

Fresh Seasons Market was represented by Lisa Schotz, the corporate chef for FSM, and Noah Atlas, the store manager for FSM.  They served a Lions Club decorated sheet cake, Boars Head Hotdogs, Boneless Buffalo Wings, and Boneless Island BBQ Wings.

The Spring Fling lasted from 5:30 to 9 p.m.  Advance tickets were $20.  Tickets at the door were $25. 

Annette Jeurissen and Jeff Gerfritsen served baby hotdogs and Bloody Mary’s for Vic’s Bar and Grill.

Parley Lake Winery provided several tastings of their wine varieties.  That’s winemaker Steve Zeller meeting guests.  Steve Boyd also worked that evening for the Winery.

Lion Jerry Schmieg, a charter member of the Victoria Lions Club, poses here with (l-r) Joni Jeurissen, Mary Moore, and Sharen Geske.

Floyd’s provided Lance Hamlin and pulled pork sandwiches and coleslaw to guests.  Lance is taking over The Green Olive Catering and Deli in Waconia as of June 1st.

Thank you, Victoria Lions, for sponsoring this 1st Annual Spring Fling.  We look forward to next year.