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Mandaville Camp & Retreat Center holding annual Men’s Game Dinner Friday

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HOPKINTON - For the sixth consecutive year, the Mandaville Camp & Retreat Center is holding a men’s game dinner, with door prizes, singing and a hefty meal on the agenda.

The event will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the 165 Sheldon St., Hopkinton.

The dinner is held every December, typically later in the month, and Camp Director Bob Emmett is expecting another solid showing.

“We generally fill up our dining room. We averaged I’d say about 40 people the past four or five years. Our dining room can fit up to 50 people,” Mr. Emmett said.

In conjunction with Friday’s dinner, a new addition to this year’s schedule will be a seminar from a ministry team from Pennsylvania called The Call Outdoors. The group is a ministry from Camp Sankanac in Chester County, Pa.

The purpose of the ministry is to “use hunting and the outdoors as an avenue to reach the lost and edify believers in Christ,” according to the group’s facebook page.

“(Usually) we put (the donations) toward the year round operations of the camp. They help us cover the needs toward the end of the year. Generally the amount has been around the $200 range,” Mr. Emmett said. “The money this year will be going toward (The Call Outdoors.) They are professional hunters who like to share their expertise with other members in the area. They will do a game call seminar on Saturday. and they will be with us on Friday for the game dinner as well.”

Saturday’s seminar will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and has a $20 registration fee for adults, while children ages 15 and under pay $10.

Men and boys of all ages are welcome to attend, and they are encouraged to bring a wild game dish to share with the attendees.

“We generally judge the game dishes that the people bring. We have a little contest with first place and second place and so on. We also have some singing and storytelling and a devotional message for those who attend,” Mr. Emmett explained. “We’ve had some prizes donated from some local hunting stores. There will probably be seasonings that you use for different dishes and also various types of bird calls. There is also a monetary door prize of $20.”

Mr. Emmett said that those with a large appetite and ready to try new food will particularly enjoy the dinner on Friday evening.

“It varies from venison to fish. We’ve had trout, salmon, bear meat and most of these guys not only love to hunt, but they are pretty good cooks as well. We’ve also had duck and geese come in. Those are some of the types of game that people bring in. Last year the trout went over real well. Also, everyone is big on venison and venison jerky,” he said. “There’s not a lot of food left over when we’re through.”

A $10 donation per adult for the dinner is suggested but not required.

Following Saturday’s seminar, the ministry team will be selling DVDs of their calls, and those items are available as door prizes as well.

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