It takes many helping hands, countless hours and plenty of talent to put on a Renaissance Dinner and for many years the Gridley High School Band and Choir has held a very successful event with the Gridley Community Center decorated to the hilt.
Beautiful banners complete with family crests of years past hang from the rafters as students and some adults perform their talents whether it be singing, dancing, serving or playing in the band under the direction of Austin King.
The GHS choir sang many tunes accompanied by "Ye Royal GHS Orchestra" such as Camelot,Tapestry, Masters in This Hall and Be Our Guest to start the evening off right. Eileen Burke-Trent in her second performance for the grand feast prepared a delightful pork Tenderloin with apple, mushroom, cider and brandy sauce, baby carrots, roasted with browned butter, honey and sage, brown Basmati rice, with saffron and parsley, homemade yeast rolls, salads and Bavarian creme and lemon puff pastry tarts with the help of many volunteers as students rushed to serve the hungry crowd both Friday and Saturday nights.
Directors Heather Payne and Yvonne Agins, are to be commended for a wonderful event, along with Cindy Scott as Stage and Program manager, John Neiswanger in charge of lighting and equipment and the many hands in the decorations Bev Neiswnger, Charlotte Lockhart, Lena Sannar, The GHS Key Club and Austin King costumes Ione Cunningham.
The beautiful sets were designed by Shane and Susan Shepherd and Jessie Brown and Ruth Morgan was in charge of the Marketplace, Bakery and Tavern with Maggie Hepworth in charge of floor and serving, stage and set up by Maggie Graham, GHS staff and students.
For anyone who has maybe missed this extraordinary feast and entertainment, plan on supporting the 2019 event for an evening of great entertainment and a feast fit for a king.