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Houses For Africa

July 22, 2007

corey says…Today our friend Eddie was hosting a party to help pay for his trip to build houses in Africa. It was quite a community event, and it was great to catch up with a lot of familiar faces.

About an hour before we had to leave, Tony and I lined up all the ingredients for sandwiches, In synchronized fashion, we assembled four towers of ham and cheese sandwiches on a try. We were quite pleased with our achievement…we just had to get them to Eddie’s without them tumbling.

We arrived at Eddie’s at 3:30 and there were already cars lining the drive and filling the field-turned-parking lot. Eddie has a great two story Georgian home with several acres of farmland. That combined with nearby Lough Derg, his dog and his horse, and you’ve got quite a setting.

His girlfriend Julie greeted us at the door and made sure our sandwiches joined the other trays of food that lined the giant table in the sitting room. In the kitchen there were giant kettles for tea on the stove, and outside in the kiosk (tent) two kegs were tapped and soda was ready to be poured.

Theresa and Kathleen were there setting up their instruments, and the entire crew from our “Dinner Out” were on hand. Clearly, this was going to be a fun evening.

Theresa, Kathleen and Tony started off the music session while everyone else plucked at the sandwich piles and emptied the kegs. The Lord Mayor of Nenagh was on hand…wearing her mayoral chains and everything…to present Eddie with a building starter kit. Eddie proudly accepted the bright yellow bucket and sandbox toys.

Several voices joined the music side of the party, and I was even convinced to play my rendition of Sally Gardens on the tin whistle. The quality was poor but the effort was outstanding. I can only improve from there.

Liam told his guests from Baton Rouge, LA, about the event they were eager to join in. So shortly after their arrival, they were quickly pulled into the session as well.

I have to say, it was great fun, and I have a feeling there was a decent amount of money raised to help send Eddie to Africa.

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