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Lutherfest—November 10, 2007

Members of the Fellowship Committee set tables for dinnerThe preparations began early in the afternoon as members of the organizing committee arrived to prepare the display of “treasures” to be offered in the silent auction.

At the same time, members of LCH’s wonderful Fellowship Committee prepared for the bountiful potluck to come. In the picture at right, Billie Jean Ries, Ilse Layau, and Rudy Riingen set tables in the courtyard.

Robert Raasch preparing the bar 
We all know that no German celebration would be complete without plenty of beer, so Robert Raasch was also there early preparing the bar. In addition to imported beer. we had some of Brent Buckley’s fine homebrewed beer and LCH-labeled red and white wine. In the picture to the left, Robert holds up a bottle of the Chenin Blanc (2007). In front of the mystery auction items, you can also see a bottle of the Chilean Merlot (2004) and a bottle of Brent’s dark ale (2007).

Pupus and conversation 
As the sun set, revellers arrived and filled the courtyard with spirited conversation as they enjoyed pupus along with their favorite beverages.

Examining items offered in the silent auction 
While others enjoyed pupus and conversation, the true treasure-hunters examined the items available for silent auction. In the picture to the left, we see Peggy Anderson and Steph Miller examining a metal sculpture of a wasp.

Birthday cake for Martin Luther 
The organizers provided bratwurst and roast chicken, and others brought a variety of dishes for the potluck. One of the most interesting was Biz Person’s cake in honor of Martin Luther’s 524th birthday on November 11.

A visit from “Martin Luther” 
After-dinner entertainment began with a visit from “Martin Luther” (Fritz Fritschel, left, who also authored the play). Since “Kate” was “moonlighting” and could not be present this year, the play featured a “therapy” session with “Dr. Stovepipe” (Jim Niermann, center) and his “assistant” (Angie Niermann, right).

Life auction of an art-glass fish 
Other entertainment was provided by Carl Crosier and his ad-hoc madrigal singers and Fred Benco on the accordion.

In between the acts, some art items were offered as live auction. In the picture at right, Francisco Barajas calls for bids on the art-glass fish held by Jeanne Castello.

By the end of the evening, over $1,800 had been raised to begin the paving of the back parking lot.

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