Oct. 17, 2003 – The Love City Pan Dragons will hold their 8th annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner in Cruz Bay Park on Nov. 21, with a steelpan concert to begin at 6 p.m. and the meal to follow from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
The menu includes turkey, ham, chicken legs, fish, two rice dishes, macaroni and cheese, pumpkin pie, peach cobbler and cake.
"Come for the music; stay for the food," Elaine Penn, an organizer of the event, invites.
There are currently 25 youngsters ages 6 to 18 in the steelband group. In years past, the organization has served anywhere from 200 to 400 dinners.
The Pan Dragons will honor several organizations at the dinner for their continued support. They include Texaco Caribbean for its July 4th Celebration and V.I. Carnival support for the last two years, Penn's Trucking Service for years of donating equipment transportation, Great Dane Inc. for its sponsorship of uniforms, and Marina Market and Starfish Market for major assistance with the dinners.
This event is the group's primary fund-raiser. Penn said last year's effort netted the group $3,000, which was a bit low compared to years past because they got a late start organizing.
The 2002 dinner proceeds went to help fund operating expenses. Those from 2001 funded a trip to Trinidad for the young people to explore steelpan's roots.
Tickets for this year's dinner are $6 for those under 8 years of age and $12 for everyone else. They are available at Connections, St. John Drug Center, the Mail Center, Courtesy Car Rental, Shani's Hair Salon and Mooie's Bar; from any Pan Dragon parent; or by calling 693-8807.
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