EDITOR: Mark Taratoot
club home page: http://www.peak.org/~taratoot/hotv.html
The Heart of the Valley's annual picnic in the park was
held on Saturday, October 19th in Albany at Grand
Prairie park. Six homebrew clubs from around the state
were represented at this affair: Strange Brew, Capital
brewers, Oregon Brew Crew, Cascade Brewing
Society, Mary's Peak Lagers, and the mighty HOTV. A
total of 60 adults and 22 children were present for the
wonderful feast of deep fried turkey, assorted pot luck
dishes (such as Michael V's killer salsa, Becky Maltbie'
s apple crisp, and Helen Smith's jambalaya), and a
variety of delectable hombrewed beer, cider, mead, and
more. My tastebuds hopped (no pun intended) from
Oregon Trail's barley wine, Lee's pixilated pale ale, an
English style ale, fireball mead, a peach lambic, and so
much more that can't remember everything I drank.
everything I drank.
As the afternoon wore on and the food and beer supply
diminished, the athletic festivities were commenced.
These events consisted of the bat spin, frisbee toss,
wheelbarrow marathon, sack race, and arduous brew-ski
competition. Our team put up a good fight and I must
say that Ted Manahan's display of agility and swiftness
in the wheelbarrow race was astounding. However,
HOTV was not triumphant and the trophy went to
Marys Peak Lagers. We received the rank of 4th place,
which really isn't that bad since only four teams competed
in these events.
The picnic was a success. What a wonderful day for a
gathering with warm weather, good food, excellent
beer, and competitive camaraderie. A big thanks goes
to our head turkey chef Lee Smith and everyone else
that organized and participated in this fantastic event!
The mid September days also brought us together for our regular meeting. A group of us arrived at Ron's and were treated to house ales, as well as an assortment of beer from Asia. With a schedule to keep, we got down to business.
We were introduced to the new owners of the Homebrew Shop in Albany. Skip said he will offer hours that we as homebrewers will find more convenient. The shop will be open on Mondays, and be open at 10 in the morning on Saturday. Stop by and say hi! Skip even agreed to host the October meeting at the shop. See you there!
Lee reported on the beer making demonstration at the State Fair. He said that even though they did everything that they could wrong, they turned out a fine ale. A review by Matt Martel describes the event in greater detail.
Lee also brought some bad news to the club. Long time member Don Foster has been ill recently. Don had bypass surgery and then encountered kidney failure and is currently on dialysis. Keep Don in your thoughts!
Club members who are not already members of the American Homebrewers' Association (AHA) were pushed to join. The AHA has a current promotion in which club members can join for only $28. Not only that, but AHA will also credit the club's treasury with $5 per new member, and will waive competition entry fees if the club recruits at least ten new members. The club voted to allow anyone who participates in this program to have the $5 credited from AHA apply to their upcoming HOTV membership renewal. Lee will be in touch if he hasn't yet.
Statistics on the picnic were reported. We had a total of 66 adults or so signed up. Lee reported that he had done a voodoo and assured us that the weather would be nice. See Kelly's article for a report on how the picnic went!
One last business item came up. The dreaded
nominations. In our true form, we nominated at least
one individual for office who was not present. The
current nominations are as follows: Lee Smith was
nominated for treasurer. Bill Baxter, Ron Hall, and
Matt Martel were all nominated for president.
Surprisingly, all were at the meeting! Lys Buck and
Herky Gottfried were nominated for Vice President.
Herky Gottfried and Michael Viliardos were nominated
for secretary/newsletter editor. Please submit additional
nominations to current lame duck Jerry Marshal. We
will select candidates this month and vote in November
for appointment in January.
Our outgoing president has agreed to let us hold the November meeting at his house. This meeting will be on November 19.
There will be no meeting in December. Instead we will
meet at Ted Manahan's for the annual solstice