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  Friday, March 27, 2015
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Health Center Holds Hoedown
By Rick Winterson

     For twelve months or so, the South Boston Community Health Center’s $10,000 drawing  has been snake-bit when it comes to weather.  Last year, the temperature dipped into the 40’s.  The wind lowered the chill factor to the freezing point.  Ah-h-h, summer in New England!

     This year, the intensely rainy weather set a new record, including the first ever deferral of the Health Center’s $10,000 annual drawing.  It was rescheduled to last Thursday, July 20, at its usual venue in the outdoor McCormick Pavilion on Carson Beach.  There were a few breathless moments as Tropical Storm Beryl approached, but she held off until after the festivities were over.

     The theme was Western, the food was barbecue (what else?), and the featured activity was country line dancing.  Now, most of us like to dance, but the line dancing was especially enjoyable.  Charleene’s Country Line Dance Instructors got a surprising number of partygoers up and functioning in the lines.  D.J. Kevin spun C&W (“Thank God I’m a Country Boy”) ‘til the cows came home.

     The barbecue was extra-special.  The sauce didn’t overwhelm the basic smoky flavor of the ribs, which were unbelievable tender.  Cole slaw, corn-on-the-cob (roasted with a dab hand), beans, chicken, watermelon, and all kinds of drinks completed the taste onslaught.

     After the dancing and eating, Congressman Stephen Lynch mounted a chair and auctioned off two items:  a children’s party for ten little cowboys at the new Equestrian Center in Canton, and four VIP passes to a concert at the Bank of America Pavilion.  They were knocked down to Susan LaPaglia and Neil Fitzpatrick, respectively.  Liam McDermott took home a most welcome $10,000 drawing – he and his wife are recently married.  That amount of money used to be enough to cover college expenses – now it barely stretches from birth to furnishing a nursery.

     D.J. Kevin continued to play for a while afterwards.  And a good time was had by all.

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