St. Clair organizations are hard at work preparing for an inaugural community dinner and craft vendors event set for early next month.
The board of aldermen voted 4-0 in favor of Share the Harvest last week. The Missourian spoke with an event organizer Lori Gratzer for more details.
A portion of Main Street will be blocked off from the train tracks down to The Get Together Nov. 4 from noon to 7 p.m.
Participants will be able to shop at craft booths throughout the afternoon. A dinner provided by Blondie’s, Lewis Cafe and Jerron’s Cakes & Catering will start at 5 p.m.
“We’re real excited because this isn’t just about eating dinner, it’s about bringing the community together,” said Gratzer, president of Impact, a local nonprofit that is also sponsoring the event.
Several tables will be pushed together to form one giant table along Main Street, she said. The table settings will be equipped with dishes, silverware and linens.
“We’re going to decorate Main Street and try to make it as inviting as possible,” she added.
There is 150-seat limit for the dinner. Two seats at each end of the table will be left open to the guests of honor, still to be announced.
Tickets for the dinner are $20 per person or $140 for a table of six, which comes with two bottles of wine and a bottle opener.
Gratzer said she hopes first responders will be able to attend the dinner, who will eat for free.
“This is a way of saying thank you for protecting our town,” she said.
Portions of the proceeds will go toward the Farmers Market. In addition, there will be silent auction items for people to bid on up until dinner time. Those proceeds also will go toward the Farmers Market, according to Gratzer.
Provided by donations, a live dessert auction will take place after dinner. Gratzer said those proceeds will go toward Impact.
Her goals for the event are to have as many first responders at the dinner as possible and raise money for the Farmers Market and the Impact organization.
“My personal hope is that the restaurants come out ahead and not breaking even because they’re going to be doing a lot of hard work,” Gratzer said.
She added that she would like to see this event grow each year.
If rain prevails, the event will be relocated to a hall, she said.
For more information about the event, to donate desserts, and auction items, to buy meal tickets, or to sign up as a vendor, contact Gratzer at 636-629-1198 or Julie Dickinson at 636-388-2567.
Formerly known as the Merchants Committee, the Impact group is a local nonprofit with a mission to make positive impacts on businesses and the St. Clair community, according to Gratzer.
The Merchants Committee was responsible for putting on the annual St. Clair Festival, which did not take place this year. After three years, the committee merged with St. Clair Chamber of Commerce.
When the committee recently broke away from the Chamber, the organization changed its name to Impact.
Gratzer said one of the organization’s goals for next year is to have enough funds to host the St. Clair Festival again. Vice president of Impact is Mark Bay, with Julie Dickinson as the secretary and Megan Girardier as the treasurer.