Main Street hosts The Long Table on
evening, September 8, over150 patrons showed their support for
Prevent Child Abuse Pickens at the 6 annual fundraiser, ‘The Long
Table on Main’, which, once again returned to Main Street in Jasper. This year’s theme – Remember When – focused on memories of the good times of the ‘50s
A 120 foot
long table was set up right down the middle of Main Street. Above the sparkling white table cloths, the
décor included white roses and the period staple pink carnations with tiny
lights providing a soft ambience. Music
evokes many memories so old 45 rpm records stood up to mark table numbers and
vinyl 33 LPs were used as chargers under the dinner plates. Intermixed with the flowers were various
items from the period including small toys and pictures from old photo albums. “I would have never known that was you”,
amusingly commented Linda Kadechuk and many others, looking at the 50 to 60
year old pictures. A beautiful painting
of a drive-in movie theater, featuring the cars of the time was created on the
window of an unoccupied store by Alicia McIntyre.
registration, patrons entered the photo area posing before a mint condition,
bright red, 1957 Chevy and then proceeded on to photos with the stars with life
size cut outs of Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. A 1957 Porsche Speedster (red, of course)
capped the other end of the table.
Professional photographer Bailey Paschal was there to capture the moments.
lounge was set up at the far end of the stage with inviting appetizers prepared
and served by 61 Main. In addition to
the usual libations, a special drink was created for the evening. Named ‘the Twist’, honoring the dance craze
of the ‘60s, “It starts with a cosmo martini, but with a twist” quipped Val
Jacobson, the drink’s inventor.
feelings from when they were teens, the very first song brought dancers to the
floor as The Sock Hops of Marietta, Georgia started their show. Their smooth harmonies featured Doo Wop,
Rockabilly, ballads and other music from that era. “This evening is wonderful and the music is
just perfect” per Linda Petrigliano when she couldn’t help but sing along to
“In the Still of the Night”. The night
was full of music as our own WXJR radio (102.1 FM) filled in songs and
promotional pieces for Long Table, broadcast on-site and throughout the
On queue the
table servers appeared with a delightfully, tasty kale ambrosia salad as the
patrons moved to theirs seats at the Long Table. ‘That may have been the tenderest beef I have
ever had,” stated Bob Anderson of the braised beef pot roast. “The trout in parchment was excellent -tender,
juicy and tasty – 61 Main knocked it out of the park. It is not possible for PCAP to express our
gratitude enough to Jenna, Tadd, Rob and all the staff at 61 Main for the
excellent food and service and their extreme generosity”, stated Dennis
Santucci, President of the Board of Directors for PCAP.
is on the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse Pickens (PCAP) and wanted
to share her story of how PCAP changed her life. Maria, Married, 23 and
expecting her first child, came to realize that she wanted to break the cycle
of abuse which she had experienced as a child. She responded to an ad for PCAP
and began her journey to a loving and healthy style of parenting. She embraced
the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program and was amazed at the dedication and
kindness of the PCAP staff. She credits PCAP with giving her the tools to
become a better parent and a successful person.
Maria continued her growth earning a Master of Science Degree in
Accounting while raising three children.
PCAP is very proud to have had Maria in the PAT program and of her
courage, determination and efforts to create a better life for her children.
the story of Maria’s journey, an appeal was made for anyone wishing to make an
additional donation to PCAP. The imagery
of a large interlocking puzzle was used to illustrate how it requires so many
people working together to break the cycle of child abuse. As they always have, PCAP supporters came
through with a resoundingly positive response.
show began with The Sock Hops inviting the men up on the stage as backup
singers for a rowdy version of ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’. This was followed by the ladies going on
stage to sing ‘Chapel of Love’ sweeter than the Dixie Cups did it in 1964. The evening was scheduled to end at 10 PM but
with the balmy weather, many stayed on, not wanting to give up the good
feelings and warm memories of younger days and happy times.