The Kenwood Press
News: 03/15/2017

Kenwood Community Club has fun at the Oscars

Three dozen people gathered at the Kenwood Depot on Sunday, Feb. 26, to watch the Oscars, enjoy great food and wine, and generally join in the fun and speculation at this must-watch annual event. Partygoers pitted their predictive powers against one another for prizes.

The event was also a fundraiser to help pay off the recent additions to the Kenwood Depot public address system, which makes the venue an even more valuable asset to the community. The historic stone railroad depot on Warm Springs Road is owned and maintained by the Kenwood Community Club.

Thanks to generous donors who provided raffle items, the cost of a full PA system and the recent acquisition of Internet and wireless was pretty much paid in full. Over $1,000 was brought in by the event.

Café Citti donated white wine for the party and a gift certificate for dinner, and Palooza Gastropub and TIPS Tri-Tip also donated gift certificates for dinners. Lagunitas Brewery, always a community supporter, provided a beer donation. Joe Benziger and Imagery Estate Winery provided wine for the raffle, and Kunde Winery provided wine for the guests to enjoy.

Wine Country Film Festival provided two film festival passes and a bottle of Ashton wine for the grand prize, which went to the person who picked the most Oscar winners.

People are still talking about the wonderful food prepared by Helena Duffy, just one day before she left for Ireland to visit her family.

The show was streamed over the Internet on a big screen TV, and also projected onto a large movie screen.

While costumes weren’t required, John and Marjorie MacLeod dressed to the nines, taking best dressed, and Marjorie picked more winners than anyone else, though she attributes her perspicacity to voracious Internet research more than going to the actual movies.

In all, a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all in a very cozy setting.

With the advent of the new PA system, Internet, new floors, improved kitchen, a gas fireplace, and a thorough upgrading of the entire facility, the Depot is becoming a popular venue for dinners, winemaker events, retreats, small business conferences and more. Call 833-5190 if you’re interested in holding an event there.