For many people, the quintessential American summer is not complete without sunny weather and barbecues.
In honor of those traditions, the Rotary Club of Ogdensburg is sponsoring the North Country Charity Bar-B-Que from 2 to 4 p.m. June 16 outside the Freight House Restaurant, 20 Market St.
We wanted to do an event that was somewhat unique to Ogdensburg, Rotary Club member Ned Hirt said Thursday. So far the responses have been great when we mention Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will be catering.
For $30 each, ticket-holders will have an opportunity to eat world-famous barbecue and side dishes from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Syracuse. Grillers will slow-cook beef brisket, chicken and ribs smothered in barbecue sauce throughout the afternoon in large barrel-grills outside the Freight House.
With a childrens menu provided by The Freight House, a cash bar and live band performing bluegrass music, Mr. Hirt said the club hopes to attract a number of community members and families.
Its not just a charitable event, Mr. Hirt said. Its a way to thank the community and draw people together. There will be a place for motorcyclists to park and view bikes and there will also be an opportunity for those to watch the boats at the river.
He said Rotary hopes to make it an annual event.
If this event does well, we can make a bigger and better event next year,he said.
All the proceeds will go to a number of Rotarys charitable causes.
Each year, the Rotary Club sponsors several college scholarships for area high school students and sends youth to Dodge Pond, a week-long summer camp for people with developmental disabilities.
The club also provides an annual lunch for and donations to the Boys and Girls Club Choir.
For three years, the Rotary Club has sponsored a pancake breakfast benefiting Fort La Presentation Association. Last year, the group donated approximately $1,000 to the non-profit organization.
In 2006, in conjunction with a state grant given to the city, the Rotary Club donated funds for the Rotary gazebo adjacent to the city marina.
The club recently purchased a garden tool shed for the Ogdensburg Community Garden and a garden plot. All vegetables grown from the plot are donated to local food pantries.
Our main focus is helping local people and organizations and 100 percent of all the proceeds we raise go back into the community, said President Jennifer Stevenson. Were proud to partner with the Freight House and we hope the public will come out and support us.
For more information, contact Mr. Hirt at 393-3475 or Ms. Stevenson at 394-3223.