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Posted on Feb 12, 2015

George throwing a birthday party for its namesake

While the Georgettes typically put on a party every President’s Day, this year the group is trying something different.

On Feb. 21, the group is inviting the public to help it celebrate George Washington’s birthday.

“This year is going to be a refreshing change,” said Georgette Debby Kooy. “It’s a fun time getting to visit with neighbors and focus on the community hall and its activities.”

The celebration is 5 to 9 p.m. at the George Community Hall, 403 W. Montmorency Blvd. Dinner is 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a CoffeeHouse performance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dinner is free and will include a soup bar featuring the Georgettes’ famous 15-bean soup.

Still, it wouldn’t be a presidential celebration in George without a cake. For the first time in 57 years, the Georgettes will not be baking the cake; it will be baked this year by Akins Harvest Foods.

Following dinner, there will be a CoffeeHouse performance by musician Hank Cramer.

“Hank is digging up some archival music that George Washington would have been familiar with. He will come up with something authentic,” Kooy said.

The usual fee of $3 will be waived for the CoffeeHouse entertainment; however, donations are encouraged to continue funding for the hall and its future events. A pass-the-hat will be held at intermission to support the musicians.

Thirteenth District Reps. Matt Manweller and Judy Warnick will be making an appearance at the celebration. Also, don’t forget to mingle with George Washington, who will be played by Fred Adams.

“It should be a good community event,” Kooy said. “We are happy changes have been made and excited to see what comes out of it. Hopefully we will have a good turnout.”


— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributor

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