While a number of things will be different at this year’s rendition of the Our Lady of Lourdes School’s Annual Crab Feed, organizers are hoping that the event – the biggest yearly fundraiser put on for the Catholic School – continues to receive the support of the community.
For the first time in a decade, John Ascencion and Chad Woodring are not leading the charge to organize the dinner. Ascencion, whose youngest daughter graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes last year and moved on to Colusa High School, has stepped aside. While Woodring said he would still be helping with the dinner this year, he has passed the event into the capable hands of Greg Maciel and Ramon Silva, who are serving as the Crab Feed’s co-chairs this time around. They’re also receiving a lot of help from fellow Our Lady of Lourdes parents Radene Cross and Stephanie Fermin, and taking more of a committee approach to organizing the Crab Feed.
“Ramon and I have done this in the past. We’ve been here for many years, so the transition has been pretty easy,” said Maciel. “My main goal was to make it more like the Pheasant Festival – several chairs working on several different areas, so they are able to put a greater focus onto that particular area.”
For the first time in the past six years, John and Gloria Ascencion won’t be whipping up their famous enchiladas as an alternative for those who aren’t keen on crustaceans – but patrons will have the option to partake in a hearty lasagna instead, prepared by Gino Genera.
“We brought in the lasagna, and Gino is kind enough to make that for us. From what he was telling me, it sounds like it’s going to be pretty good. Other than that, everything is going to be pretty much the same,” Maciel said.
Beans, bread, and dessert will be served alongside the crab or lasagna, and beer and wine bar will also be available for attendees over the age of 21.
Another change to this year’s event is the day on which it’s being held. Historically, the event has been held on one of the Fridays of Lent, which prevented meat from being served for religious reasons. This year, organizers decided to move it to Saturday, and they’re hoping the change will help bring even more patrons to the dinner, which has consistently drawn between 250 and 300 people since its inception in 2006.
“It’s a great opportunity to come out and support the school, and to have a good time. The crab is always good, and it’s one of the last crab feeds of the year. We’re looking forward to it,” Maciel said.
Proceeds from the event support the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, a private educational ministry for children in grades kindergarten thought eighth. Tickets are $45, and $20 for kids ages 10 and under, and can be reserved by calling the Our Lady of Lourdes School at (530) 458-8208, or by contacting a school parent. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on Saturday night.
“I think it’s going to be good. The crab is always super delicious, and that’s what people come for,” said Our Lady of Lourdes Principal Barbara Genera. “It’s pretty much going to be the same event, just with different people behind it this year.”■