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Eating Crab and Preserving San Ramon's History

San Ramon Historic Foundation Holds its annual Crab Feed Fundraiser at the Dougherty Valley Community Center on Saturday.

It’s crab feed time again! Time to break out the cocktail sauce, clarified butter and shell crackers. And what’s a crab feed without those uber-fashionable plastic crabby bibs?

With so many worthy causes putting on these popular events, the challenge is how do you choose which one to attend?

Here’s a little incentive for families who want to be sure that 100 percent of the proceeds stay here in San Ramon. How about a crab feed that uses its funds for projects that your family can actually see and experience the results of your donation right in your own backyard?

The San Ramon Historic Foundation is holding their annual Crab Feed on
Saturday at 6 pm, at the . Tickets are $42 each. No-host cocktails will be available throughout the evening, and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Enjoy fresh cracked crab, pasta, salad and French bread.

I can attest, from personal experience, to the abundance of delicious food and drink, service with a smile, and most important, a fun evening surrounded by family and friends…all eating with their fingers...and wearing bibs. 

The organization’s website says they are:

“A non-profit, volunteer organization committed to the preservation and protection of our historical buildings, structures, and landscapes. Our goal is to obtain donations and grant monies to strengthen city programs designed to preserve the
history and life of pioneers in the San Ramon Valley. Current projects include and the Glass House Museum.

Through stewardship, education, community collaboration and support, we bring new life to these and future historic sites, maintaining their character and ensuring their continued viability. By keeping our past in the present, we share our rich heritage with coming generations, and foster an appreciation for their irreplaceable value.”

Worthy, if lofty — not to mention costly — goals, if you ask me.

I spoke with Carol Lopez, who holds the office of Secretary on the Executive Board. She said that proceeds from past crab feeds have been used to purchase and refurbish vintage items to enhance the enjoyment of visitors to Forest Home Farms Historic Park.

More specifically, funds have been used to furnish the , one of the crown jewels of our beautiful city. The tiniest details, from every dish on the dining table, to the collection of toys in the children’s bedroom, has been carefully selected and reviewed by professionals in the field of antiquities before they are purchased and placed in the historic home. Landscaping around the house was meticulously copied using photos and drawings from the time the house was built.

If you haven’t had a chance to take the tour, guided by docents dressed in
early 20th century attire, don’t wait any longer to make your reservation. This is a wonderful family activity. There’s something in it for all ages to see and learn.

Renovation of the windmill, which now stands proudly adjacent to the Glass House was the result of SRHF funds, along with a $25,000 match from the City of San Ramon.

Future Crab Feed proceeds are planned to fund maintenance and upkeep of the historic buildings throughout the entire park and bringing the Boone House, built in 1900, up to code and compliant with ADA standards. When that work is completed, plans for use of the Boone House include conferences, weddings and event receptions.

If there’s a 3rd grader in your family, you can bet they have participated in the Park’s popular education program, which gives kids hands-on experiences about life on a working farm. Lopez says the Foundation is looking to expand the program to include tours of the Glass House. 

They hope to one day add a small vineyard in the back, modeled after the
one that was there when the house was occupied by the pioneer Glass family.

These monumental undertakings are estimated to cost $5 million.

Join the supporters of the San Ramon Historic Foundation and Forest Home Farms Historic Park and get your crab on! I’ll be there! Hope to see you!

For tickets, visit the SRHF website, or contact Carol Lopez at 925-828-0586.

Susie N January 24, 2012 at 06:53 PM
You will see me there. I'm very excited about going to eat as much delicious crab as I can (haha) and support the San Ramon Historic Society! I hope to see YOU there, too!
Stacey Gustafson January 25, 2012 at 03:59 PM
So much crab, so little time! Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on the latest events around town. Your enthusiasm for all things San Ramon shines!
Camille Thompson January 25, 2012 at 05:29 PM
See you Saturday! :)
Camille Thompson January 25, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Thanks!
Jeff Eorio January 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Looking forward to this great annual event, come prepared to bid on dessert as it is an additional fundraiser! Jeff Eorio

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