Lake of the Pines: Crab feed set for Saturday evening |

Lake of the Pines: Crab feed set for Saturday evening

In December, the Department of Fish and Game delayed opening Northern California’s crab season by 30 days, citing soft-shells and poor crab-quality conditions as the reason.

The Pacific Coast’s Dungeness crab population stretches from Alaska to Santa Barbara, with only sufficiently hard-shelled males measuring at least 6.25 inches across the back legally harvested. Fortunately, the season is now well underway. Eight hundred pounds of fresh crab from the Seattle coast is on order from Pacific Fresh Seafood of Sacramento for the Pinesmen Crab Feed that takes place Saturday evening at the Lake of the Pines clubhouse.

Len Ulloa, coordinator of the event, has sold 200 of the 250 tickets available. He and his wife, Toni, started the annual community feast six years ago after moving to LOP from Martinez. The $35-a-plate dinner includes all-you-can-consume fresh Dungeness crab, shrimp cocktail, salad, pasta, wine, garlic bread and a raffle ticket. Proceeds from this popular gala will be used to finance Pinesmen projects around the lake and is one of the club’s biggest fundraisers. Call 268-0494 to reserve a ticket.

The second week of this month is time to celebrate with your true love on Valentine’s Day. In observance, an LOP dinner dance will take place at the clubhouse Feb. 14. Put that diet you started in January on hold because the romantic menu includes choice of entrée, appetizer, salad and decadent dessert for $35 per person. Entertainment features Frank Gaillard’s Little Big Band with local singing talent Terry Henline crooning syrupy love songs for an amorous crowd.

Locals Sherry and Henry Fiser will also assist area residents in wooing their mates this Valentine’s Day by providing beautiful floral arrangements from their mom-and-pop shop, the Country Florist on Combie Road. The Fisers have lived in this area for 21 years, and bought the business 5 years ago, bringing their English garden style to the foothills.

Formerly of Los Angeles, Henry Fiser was once the owner of a Sunset Boulevard French restaurant, La Rouge that boasted a star-studded list of clientele including Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Glenn Ford and Betty Davis. From there, the Fisers branched out to a natural wood furniture business, creating custom designs for Steven Spielberg, Christi McVie of Fleetwood Mac, Sharon Stone and Barbara Walters.

The Fisers are now happily concentrating on their floral venture. Sherry said the most popular valentine’s orders at The Country Florist last year were actually mixed-spring bouquets of tulips and lilies, rather than red roses. Their upscale bouquet products start at $45. Call 268-3401 for more information.

If your valentine is planning to spoil you with flowers plus chocolate, don’t let those extra winter pounds put your XL-undies in a bunch. Burn some pre-emptive calories this month in the LOP pool during the member recreational/lap swim hours of MWF 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 3-6 p.m. Former LOP board president Ralph Kendrick would love the company. For more information or to volunteer as a pool monitor, call Ralph at 268-6366.


Laura Lavelle is a resident of Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at lau or leave a phone message with the readership editor at 477-4238.

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