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Annual dinner centerpiece of weekend of fun at Community House

By Staff | Jun 28, 2017

Maggie Goldsmith and DJ enjoying the camaraderie of the community event. PHOTO PROVIDED

Do you want to taste slow roasted pig, prepared by Resident Chef Jarred Harris, and play a round of indoor golf this weekend? If so, stop by the Community House for an affordable night out with the family.

The Holiday Hog Roast will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 1. The menu includes slow roasted pig, Chef Harris’ Sanibel mango sauce, tomato and fresh mozzarella salad, black beans and rice, lemonade and iced tea for $10 per person. Point Ybel Brewing beer will be used in the recipes. For the youngsters, 12 years old and younger, hot dogs and a drink is on the menu for $5 per person.

“He (Chef Harris) is very excited to be able to show people what can be done with locally sourced ingredients,” Sanibel Community Association Executive Director Teresa Riska-Hall said. “He is a one-of-a-kind chef.”

She said individuals will have the opportunity to learn how Harris prepared the meal at the event. Harris will be dressing the pig in the Community House’s new state-of-the-art kitchen, as well as making mozzarella from scratch.

Coffee and dessert is also available for a small additional fee.

Riska-Hall said they had such a great success with the fish fry earlier this year, attracting approximately 250 people, they decided to extend the hours of the Holiday Hog Roast.

“For $10 a person you can bring all of your friends and neighbors,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for residents and guests to come and be together and socialize.”

Individuals can purchase their $10 tickets in advance at the Community House, Bailey’s General Store, and online at sanibelcommunityhouse.net.

Individuals can also play Billy’s of Sanibel’s 9-hole indoor golf course from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2 and Monday, July 3. It is $3 for a round of golf.

The intergenerational program, Riska-Hall said is a great alternative to the beach, an escape from rain in an air-conditioned facility.

Although the nine-holes are the same as the event held in April, the layout of the course will be different.

The original miniature golf event began when Tony Lapi, now the CEO of Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts, wanted to offer a little fun for families, as well as generate income for the Sanibel Community Association. The Sanibel event was held for 23 years. Due to the completion of the Community House renovation earlier this year, the event returned with an improved, portable golf course.

Employees of Billy’s, Ryan Markosky and Kyle Galloway designed the holes in their spare time. All of the pieces are predrilled and ready to be assembled. The holes also include props that are placed on the green – such as a bridge, a boat filled with golf balls and a lighthouse.

The holes, some of which stemmed from ideas from their children, include Over the Bridge, Which Way?, Zig & Zag, Spoke Me, Electrified, Shell Stopper, Twisty Turny, Dog Leg Rack em and Free at Last. The pars are two or three for each hole.

Although the hole sponsors are taken – Bank of the Islands, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill, The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, Bailey’s Grocery, Maughan Law Group, Dacosta & Daughters Diving, Blue Giraffe Island Dining, Chuck Bergstrom Award Winning Realtor and Pinocchio’s Homemade Italian Ice Cream, another sponsorship is still available.

For $150 sponsorships, a business membership to the Community House is provided, as well as free miniature golf plays for clients and friends.

The event was created to address a reoccurring comment from the community – “there is nothing to do in the summer.”

“The event will meet our mission because we are enriching the community spirit through a social gathering,” Riska-Hall said.

All of the money raised will go back into the Community House. Riska-Hall said the house is not city-funded, so it is important for the community to continue to support the events because the operating expenses have increased since they reopened the doors earlier this year.

The Community House is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way. For more information, call (239) 472-2155, or visit www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net.