Friday, August 31, 2007

ICDP Annual Family Potluck Dinner Has New Theme Next Week – Blue Tiger Democrats Coming to Town

Frank Houston, the Michigan Coordinator of the new program known as Blue Tiger Democrats, will be the guest speaker next Thursday at the ICDP Annual Family Potluck Picnic at Chipp-a-Waters Park.

Festivities begin on Thursday night, Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. or so. The location is the same as last year, Chipp-a-Waters Park, at 1403 W. High Street in Mt. Pleasant located on the west side of town on West High Street. For detailed directions, click here.

Old-timers know our annual picnic that includes free hot dogs and cold pop and some of your best dishes is one of the biggest social events of the year for folks of all ages. Newcomers are welcome to come to a traditional Michigan potluck, but out of doors. If you are not sure what that means, ask a Dem, a CMU Dem or check this out. One local custom, we supply the plates and utensils and some interesting guests. It’s a rain or shine event.

Experienced Dems will meet both old and new Dems and new Dems can make some great new friends. Families are welcome to the only pavilion in Chipp-a-Waters Park where one of the nicest playgrounds in the area resides. City Park restrooms are handicapped accessible a short distance away.

Big news this year is about the Blue Tiger Democrats and we’ve got the best spokesman for a new a program we’ve seen in quite a while. Some of you may have seen him on our TV program, Democracy Matters on public access TV earlier this summer on our local public access channel.

Frank Houston is a dynamic young man who is working to help bring the Democratic Party back to its roots. You can check out some details here. Tim Caldwell is spearheading the initial effort and needs plenty of help. Michigan is only one of a few states where the program is being started and Isabella County is ready to take the next step, engaging more Democrats in making a difference all-year long, not just on election day.

There are some other new things going on at this year’s picnic including a 50/50 Raffle and some other surprises. As always, we have some new buttons and new this year, magnets will be available to delight you and your friends for an incredibly small donation. There are still a few cookbooks left at the discounted $6 price we charged at the fair. They make great gifts.

As always, if you haven’t had time to renew your membership or want to become a formal member, please stop at the table marked membership and go from there. Information about membership is also available on our website this year and you can now handle that transaction on line by going to our website and clicking near the top of the page on Contribute.

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