Plasse’s Resort, located on Hwy 88 at Silver Lake, is hosting its 157th annual BBQ and live charity auction on Saturday, Aug. 21. Plasse’s Resort was founded in 1853 by Ramon Pierre Plasse. He was a young French immigrant and his resort on the Kit Carson Immigrant Trail has been making campers, hikers, and vacationing families happy since then.
The BBQ and live charity auction kicks off at 10:30am with a craft faire. The vendors for the craft faire will offer hand made items for sale. You’ll be able to find homemade corn nuts, chocolates, tie dyed T-shirts, jewelry, soap, candles and more, and will meet the artisans who made it all.
At 11am the live auction begins. If you’ve never been to a live auction, this one is a good first one to see and participate in. All of the proceeds from this auction benefit the Hospice of Amador and Calaveras and Sutter Amador Hospital. These two organizations have had the support of Plasse’s charity auction for the last 20 years. Over $100,000 has been raised by this auction at Plasse’s.
Hospice of Amador and Calaveras will be there, represented by their executive director Dan Riordan and his wife. Brochures and information about the hospice program will be available for anyone interested in what hospice care is. Hospice care is offered regardless of ability to pay, and the Plasse’s auction is important in the functioning of this caring organization.
At noon it’s lunch time at Plasse’s. The BBQ begins. The cost is $12 for chicken or tri-tip steak, or $8 for a hamburger. The BBQ is described by Mary, store manager at Plasse’s, as “a full lunch”. Along with the chicken, steak or hamburger, you get garlic bread, salad, vegetables, desert, and probably watermellon. “Full lunch” may be an understatement.
At 1pm there is a horseshoe tournament. Participants pay to enter. The winners of the tournament take home a cash prize and bragging rights till next year. Following the horseshoe toss, at 3pm, is a bocce ball tournament, equally as intense as the tossing of horseshoes, and with the accompanying bragging rights to the winner.
Live music will be provided by Pat Keene and Company, well known in the area for their great live shows. Pat plays the guitar and offers a rich mixture of contemporary, blues, and country music, all in his unique style. This is a wonderful family oriented show, and Jenna, of Plasse’s, says Pat Keene always puts on a great performance.
Plan to arrive early. There will be quite a crowd as the day moves along, with perhaps as many as 1,000 visitors. There is plenty of room for everyone. If you bring Luxor the Super Dog, he is welcome, but must be on a leash at all times. The store will be open, the lake is, as always, beautiful, and the folks at Plasse’s, who organize and run this wonderful day, are there to make your day in the mountains enjoyable. Bring your family, support a very worthwhile cause, and be prepared to have a fantastic time.