This is a busy weekend here in Santee. First of all the 10th annual Santee Pancake Breakfast kicks off a two-day run on Friday 11/14 at Santee Fire Station #4 located at 8950 Cottonwood (the corner of Cottonwood and Mission Gorge). Breakfast starts at 7:00am and lasts until 10:30am both Friday and Saturday, and includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, and juice. The Breakfast is sponsored by the Santee Firefighters and Santee sheriff’s Department and all proceeds go to help needy families in the community. If you need more information call the Santee Fire Department (619-258-4151) or the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Unit (619-956-4022). Stop by and help out this great cause.
Also this weekend, for Chamber of Commerce members, Costco is having an exclusive shopping event on Saturday 11/15 from 7:45pm to 9:00pm. They will have refreshments and lots of gift ideas for you to check out. You must be a Chamber member or guest and a Costco member to take advantage of this event, but there are so many benefits of both that it would be well worth joining them. For more information you can call Patty at 619-562-3227 (ext 240) or the Santee Costco at 619-562-2908.
And don’t forget, Trout Season is going strong at Santee Lakes. There were 740 anglers for opening day, with a 10lb 5oz trout coming out of Lake #4 Saturday, and an 11lb 12oz fish coming out of the same lake on Sunday. To see who was catching what, check out the Fishing Report. There were 40 specially tagged trout included in the stocking (good for prizes), and only 3 had been caught as of the most recent posting.
In some ways, today’s grand opening for Henry’s Farmers Market was like a wedding – you know, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” The “something old” is Henry’s itself, which has been in Santee since 1996. The “something new” is the fantastic new store – all 27,000 square feet of it. I suppose the “something borrowed” could include the Chamber of Commerce green ribbon and giant scissors that have seen many grand openings around town. And the “something blue”? That would be the die hard Henry’s fans, some of whom lined up beginning at 5:00 AM to be among the first in the new store (and pick up one of the 100 goody bags being handed out) – and this in spite of the below 50 degree temperatures. So congratulations to Henry’s and Santee – may the love never end.
A big winner today was Father Joe’s Villages and St. Vincent de Paul. Henry’s matched pre-tax sales for all items purchased for its Grab & Give Food Drive. Father Joe Carroll himself was there for the festivities, along with several local dignitaries, including Mayor Randy Voepel, Councilman Brian Jones, and Miss Santee, Heather DePriest.
Here are a few pictures of the fun.
Father Joe Carroll, Miss Santee Heather DePriest, Councilman Brian Jones, Mayor Randy Voepel
Early Birds lined up beginning at 5:00 AM
Before the Crush – Last-minute activity inside Henry’s
Mayor Randy Voepel and Father Joe Carroll spoke before the grand opening
Henry’s Nutritionist and Spokesperson Janet Little was MC for the event
Even with half the people waiting already inside, the line still stretched down the length of the center
Cutting the Ribbon
Saluting the Flag – The Star Spangled Banner
The first customer at the new Henry’s
I have to tell you, one of the things I’m most excited about is the new Gluten-Free section with an even larger selection of products. For those of you who don’t know, there is a condition called Celiac Disease which is an inability of the body to process gluten, which is found in wheat and some other grains. My daughter has this problem, and finding common foods like breads and cereals can be difficult. In the past, with my older daughter, it was nearly impossible. Now Henry’s has taken another step forward in providing choices to people with this problem, and I thank them
One last “shout out” needs to go to the man who took me up in the “cherry picker” so I could get some good photos for this blog. Thanks to Bryan Metzger, who was the superintendent of the Henry’s project for Centre Builders. Good job, Bryan and Centre Builders – the place looks great!