Re: Help!!! Blue and Gold
Bruce Harper (bharper@VT.EDU)
Wed, 12 Oct 1994 11:58:07 +0900
> Hi!! Need help in putting together a book for a Blue and Gold
> session for Pow Wow. I am interested in hearing from anyone
> who has had real successful Blue and Golds. I would like to
> hear about special ceremonies, themes, food ideas(what kind of
> food, how was it served etc.). Also, can you tell me how you
> went about getting the food.
I have been to various types of banquets and pizza seems to be the best bet.
Most everyone likes it, clean-up is minimal, and no one really has to
worry about preparation. Our local Pizza Hut has given us price breaks
and delivered the pizzas to the church meeting hall (only about a three-block
drive). We charged a flat-rate per family ($6 seems to ring a bell, but
if you want specifics, I'll dig up the actual price). In addition to pizza,
the Pack provided soft drinks. Desert was in the form of cakes, baked and
decorated in a "Dad and Wolf" friendly competition (the results were judged
and everyone got an award for some aspect of their efforts).
A variation is to have each family bring a salad to share, but that sometimes
adds to the confusion of making sure the salads are distributed among the
tables (or having people move through a salad buffet).
I have also been to covered-dish dinners, but those can be of varying
success if your banquet is on a week night, since not everyone will have
time between the end of work and the start of dinner to whip up something
fantastic to eat (lots of fast food chicken boxes laid out on the table).
One year, the Pack provided fried chicken as the main course (along with
the drinks) and each family was to bring a side dish to share. The chicken
came from a local grocery store chain that is known for its deli dinners.
I believe we got a price break from them on the large order of chicken.
Although the chicken is delicious, not everyone eats fried chicken, plus it
can be a tad messy to eat and clean up. Same story with the dishes to
share--some folks bring a big pot of beans or veggies to serve 10-12 and
others fill a small take-out box with fruit from the Kroger take-out salad
Bottom line: if you are having the banquet on a week night, make it as
simple as possible on the parents. That is why pizza won out over the
other options. Even if it is not a week night, providing a nice meal without
Mom having to fix something is always a treat.
As to programs, our Pack has been pretty lucky. We have had Civil War
re-enactors, Indian dancers (authentic, as opposed to people doing Indian
dances), two very good storytellers, and the juggling club from Virginia Tech
(the kids loved this one).
Bruce in Blacksburg Webelos Den Leader, Pack 56
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