of the year is fast approaching ---- our 30th anniversary celebration of food, music and dance. This event got bigger since our last meeting --- a 30 minute program of "bharatanatyam", classical dance from South India, has been added and will proceed the authentic Indian music performed by "Rangali." The dancers (nine girls and one brave boy) are from the Napura School of Dance in Farragut, Rathna Rao, instructor.
The evening will begin at 6 PM with our friends from Sri Lanka, Lakmal and Niranji, demonstrating vegetable cutlets, which are delicious fried "veggie balls" of carrot, potato, and onion. Our potluck follows with some Indian food selections and lots of guests, I hope. I hope that we can eat outside on the lawn, weather permitting.
The entertainment will take place in the sanctuary of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, at 7:15 PM. Ajeet Khalsa of Light Tree will be serving yogi tea at some point, too, another special touch that night.
Our financial commitments for this event are about $600, so we need commitments from many friends and members. The cost of admission is $15, or $12 for members. Email me if you know you are coming so I can sleep better --- [address removed].
I'm keeping a list and need it longer. "Great souls" among us are encouraged to round up to $30, commemorating our 30 years of existence.
We also need people to join VSET that night, and joining on August 4 gives you an automatic ticket discount. We don't have any material goodies to give away with membership right now ---- frankly, we need your cash to pay our bills and expand our outreach with brochures, ads, signs, and guest speakers.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. This event needs many hands. I'll need set-up help starting 2 PM. I need someone to decorate the sanctuary stage with cloth, plants, and candles. Someone needs to improve the stage lighting.
We need several people to commit to bringing extra food items, since 20 guests from the dance school may want to eat but may not be bringing food. Please consider ordering food from an Indian restaurant or the India Market in Downtown West, which can also cook in quantity.
I need many people to bring white elephant items for the Bombay Bazaar, and someone to set it up, tidy it up as the evening progresses, and oversee the sales. At several recent veggie thanksgivings, selling rummage put us in the black, so it can be an important part of the evening.
From 8:30 to 10 PM we'll need lots of folks to wash dishes and put the church back together so that we can continue renting in the future (we got a citation for leaving a dirty kitchen back in February).
A CONTROVERSY BREWS. I am sad to report that there is a conflict in our vegetarian family. Our founder, Lige Weill, reportedly is upset because he says he founded the Society (then called the East Tennessee Vegetarian Society) in 1980, and that this August is our 33rd birthday, not our 30th. I joined in 1986 and was not around in those first years. But, the society was apparently incorporated with the state in 1983, and held its first public meeting on August 7, 1983. That's the reason I am calling this our 30th anniversary. I will print and distribute parts of the first newsletter, which I have beside me at this writing, which state on page one, "The East Tennessee Vegetarian Society held its first event --- a potluck dinner --- on August 7th (1983) at the Palisades Clubhouse in West Knoxville.....By the time the evening was finished, over a hundred people had attended."
I certainly meant no harm to anyone in calling for a 30th year celebration. I intend to contact Lige and will give him space in the evening's program to outline the origins of our beloved society. I acknowledge the early organizational beginnings, but my count starts with the first potluck.
NEWS PAST & FUTURE. Kudos to Sylvia Smith for the great smoothie presentation on July 7 which was attended by 27 folks. Eight days later an article and photo about the event came out in the Shopper News. Thanks, Sylvia, for earning us such positive publicity!
We now have a full slate of guest chefs for the fall and are now booking for January, 2014. I have also booked popular hammer dulcimer player Allen McBride to be our guest musician at our Vegetarian Thanksgiving, slated for
This is an exciting season for VSET. Just remember that we need your presence (and entrance fee!) to our 30th (or is it 33rd?) anniversary celebration on Sunday,
August 4, 6 PM.
Call if you want any role, can commit to attending, or just show up that night. See you soon!
For the Animals,
Bob Grimac, tel. [masked]