Crumley House beach party on deck; One Acre Cafe set for Tree Streets Yard Sale brunch

Sue Guinn Legg • Aug 28, 2019 at 11:33 PM

The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Limestone has put out a community-wide invitation to its biggest fundraiser of the year.

Set for Saturday evening, Sept. 7, in the Johnson City Holiday Inn Ballroom, The Crumley House Polynesian Beach Party is an informal, beach-themed affair that annually brings out several hundred people with a heart for the region’s only residential and day programs for therapeutic recovery from life-altering head injuries.

The party includes a Polynesian-style dinner with guests’ choice of several different entrees, a mixed menu of tropical foods and local favorites and beach-themed dessert masterpieces; dancing to live music by Kids Our Age and DJ Robbie Britton; heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, live and silent auctions, a wine pull and more, all for the $125 price of admission. And for those with a taste for other libations, a separate cash bar will also be available.

All proceeds from the party are used to assist brain injury survivors served by the Crumley House, including help with the cost of the center’s technical, vocational and physical education programs and weekly community re-entry outings to special destinations across the region and as far away as Gatlinburg.

Live auction items this year will include:

• A “Minors to Majors” baseball package with tickets to see the Johnson City Cardinals play ball coupled with a private jet ride to St. Louis and tickets for a major league Cardinals game.

• A “Backyard Paradise” package featuring a hand-made bamboo tiki bar, a Big Orange Egg smoker and grill.

• A “Glamping Bristol Style” package that includes the use of a high-end motorhome, a prime camping spot, Skybox suite tickets for the spring NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, catered meals, celebrity visits, pit passes and more.

And just for fun, guests will be able to watch local artist Chasidy Hathorn create a painting inspired by a book of poetry and prose by the Crumley House members over the course of the party and bid on the painting as it is auctioned away at the end of the evening.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for auction item access, photo opportunities and a meet and greet with the Crumley House board, and the party will get underway at 6:30. Tickets and more information about the fundraiser and The Crumley House are available online at crumleyhouse.com or by calling Michelle Ferguson at 423-257-3644, Ext. 7. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available and can be obtained by contracting Ferguson.

One Acre Café, a community restaurant for everyone regardless of their ability to pay, will be open Saturday, Sept. 7, for a special fundraising brunch to be held in conjunction with the annual Tree Streets Yard Sale.

Set for 10 a.m-2 p.m.,f the special brunch menu was created by Chef Tim Swinehart to include a variety of options for options for everyone including vegetarian and vegan selections as well as all the traditional breakfast favorites, biscuits and gravy, grits, sausage, Frittata, sandwiches, roasted potatoes, sautéed vegetables, a superfood salad, potato salad, hummus and veggies and fruit salad, as well as a variety of pastries from local bakers.

The cost of the meal is a suggested donation of $7. Additional donations to help One Acre Café maintain its free feeding and work programs for people in need are always welcomed and brunch guests are invited “to pay it forward as they feel led.”

More information about the nonprofit cafe is available at the One Acre Cafe Facebook page page and at oneacrecafe.org, or may be obtained by calling 423-483-0517 or by visiting the cafe at 603 W. Walnut St., Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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