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Green Lake Snowmobile Club hosting hog roat fundraiser

Ken Alexander’s column to the Free Press
Ron Tonts, front, is the convener of the Green Lake Snowmobile Club’s Pig Roast fundraiser. John Sullivan, back, is the past president of the Green Lake Snowmobile Club (GRSC). They brought the 2023 roasted hog into the GRSC Clubhouse to let it set before volunteers carved it up. (Ken Alexander photo)

The Green Lake Snowmobile Club’s (GLSC) Pig Roast fundraiser at the Club House will be held on Feb. 17 at 176 Green Lake South Rd.

Pig Roast convener Ron Tonts said the pig was sourced from Barriere, B.C. “[It’s the best].”

Preparing the pig for the dinner takes a lot of work.

Tonts noted the hog arrives frozen and is thawed for a day and a half prior to roasting.

“The evening before the roast, we prepare the thawed hog and put it on the spit. We lightly score the skin and put our blend of spices in the cavity and on the skin.”

Tonts said they use all-natural hardwood briquettes for the cooking and green alder wood for the smoke.

“We start the pit fire and cook at 6 a.m. and it cooks until 5 p.m.”

The volunteers have to watch while the hog is cooking and make sure the fire and smoke are perfect.

Once the hog is cooked, it will be moved into the Clubhouse to sit for an hour or so before volunteers carve the meat for dinner.

Meanwhile, volunteers will be busy cooking the scalloped potatoes, baked beans, making the Caesar salad and baking desserts.

The popular event starts at 5 p.m. with a happy hour and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. There will be a great dance band – the Repeat Offenders – playing for everyone’s dancing and listening enjoyment.

The Pig Roast is open to club members and their guests only. It is not a public event.

Tickets were $30 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old. The tickets have just been sold out.

Snowmobile ride

Eight GLSC members went on the first club ride of the season on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m.

While there were concerns about the lack of snow earlier this year and the warming temperatures most recently, the club decided it would be OK to go on the ride.

Ride leader Ron Tonts said the snow in the sheltered trails was good. However, the snow in open exposed areas had been blown off by strong winds.

He noted the lakes were slushy.

The riders got back to the Clubhouse around 2 p.m.

On Jan. 26, Tonts said “with the recent above-freezing temperatures and the forecasted rain over the next few days, the trails are going to be in rough shape.

“Therefore no regular rides will be scheduled until we get more snow.

“Please stay safe.”

Pie making started

The famous and popular pie-making sessions started on Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. in the upstairs training room at the South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Hall at 546 Green Lake South Road.

The second session was held at the same place at the same time.

There were 13 volunteers at the first session and 14 showed up at the second pie-making session.

Until all of the pies needed are made, convener Marie Kuyek said there will be pie-making sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at the same place and time.

She added they always need helpers and everything volunteers will need will be supplied.

Please support the Fire Department Auxiliary’s important fundraiser.