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Boston Tea Party benefit a ‘rip-roaring’ success

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CJ Bryant

Bill Hald shows off his sculpted eagle with wife Camille.

The Boston Tea Party "Fun Raiser" benefit for the Nevada County Tea Party was a rip-roaring success Saturday night. Every seat in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds was filled with an excited and exuberant audience.

We wish to thank our local businesses for participating as a ticketing location: A to Z Supply, Gold-N-Green Equipment Rentals, BriarPatch Co-op, Moule Paint and Glass, as well as the Penn Valley Pony Express.

We had an amazing number of volunteers and creative decorating wizards who made the ambiance and food not only unique, but also delightful.

The evening began with folks wandering over to the auction table where donations had been gathered from local artists, crafters and businesses. Bill Hald displayed his incredible sculpted bronze of a talon-clawed, bald eagle on top of books labeled "Judicial, Executive and Legislative" before the piece makes its debut at the Scottish Rite Temple in Sacramento.

The excitement increased as each group entered, some in colonial costume depicting the era of The Boston Tea Party and our Founding Fathers.

A presentation by Samuel Adams, remembering the first Boston Tea Party, was passionately delivered by Rex Ruth. Grass Valley resident, and Tea Party co-founder Mark Meckler attended with his entire family and later delivered a riveting call to action for all citizens who believe in limited government.

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The surprise guest of the evening, Rep. Tom McClintock, was introduced by Fran Freedle, former Nevada County supervisor.

Rep. McClintock's speech outlined the trespasses of Washington D.C.'s "big government, big spending" attitude and encouraged all of us to be active in our communities, to write our representatives and to learn about the issues that will affect us and generations to come.

President Nancy Garcia was proud to recognize Ed Scofield of the Nevada County board of supervisors, as well as members of the Sutter Buttes and Nor-Cal Tea Parties.

Kudos to our local high school gals and guys who could not have been more professional as they served and cleaned the tables. We were so proud of these young people.

The Boston regional cuisine was extraordinary, as was the chicken and tri-tip barbecued by Dave, the chef from a local Italian restaurant.

The auction and donated items were a major hit and we appreciate all of the citizens who helped, donated, decorated, participated and cleaned for this very "FUN Raising" Boston Tea Party.

CJ Bryant is a member of the Nevada County Tea Party.

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