Every year, the GP family unites to celebrate and work together towards a common goal of raising money for The Sylvia Center. On Saturday, July 23rd, over 300 supporters got a taste of The Sylvia Center’s mission -- to inspire young people and their families to eat well through hands on learning experiences on the farm and in the kitchen.
The farm was at its peak harvest, with cucumbers and onions nestled between rows of bold and beautiful zinnias and bee balm. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with fresh herbs before heading over to The Learning Garden to watch students from Perfect Ten After School Program perform songs and cheers about healthy eating. During cocktail hour, Questar students and GP volunteers passed out hors d’oeuvres, as the sky morphed through shades of gray to white.
The dinner bell rang as the rain clouds danced around the farm, and guests scurried to the dinner tent where tables were topped with wildflower centerpieces, hand painted fruits and vegetables, and an array of appetizers, including Char Grilled Scallions with Katchkie Farm Romesco Sauce and Radishes with Roof Top Salt. Liz Neumark welcomed the guests and invited Perfect Ten students to take the stage and share their most memorable Sylvia Center experiences and their favorite (and not so favorite) vegetables. Shortly after, guests experienced a moment of unexpected beauty as they feasted on a delicious farm to table feast -- a double rainbow.
As the evening wound down, guests moved from table to table to greet their friends, and indulged in some of our favorite warm weather desserts, like Buttermilk Biscuit Blueberry Pandowdy and Rhubarb Cornmeal Betty. It was a memorable night -- and thanks to the generosity of so many, The Sylvia Center will be able to expand their programs and reach even more young people and their families in Columbia County.
Thank you to Rural Intelligence for this wonderful write-up about the evening!