Thursday Live – Holiday Show

thursdaylive20161201The December 1, 2016 Davis Odd Fellows Thursday Live! show will kick off the holiday season with festive songs, treats and a visitor from the North Pole. This is our annual benefit show with all donations going to send less fortunate kids to local summer programs.

Four musical acts will entertain the crowd with seasonal themed songs each styled in the group’s own unique way. Everyone is encouraged to sing along!

This year’s line-up includes: Me & Him, According to Bazooka, Claudia Russell with Bruce Kaplan, and The Cups.

Me & Him are the Martin guitar maestros Martin Lewis and Kurt Roggli.

According to Bazooka is Rene Martucci on accordian and Richard Urbino on guitar.

Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan are a Bay Area duo. Claudia is an outstanding singer and songwriter who has shared stages with Loudon Wainwright III, Steve Forbert, Tish Hinojosa, Kris Kristoffersen, Willie Nelson, Darryl Purpose, Peter Rowan.

The Cups are Tracy Walton, Chris Webster, and the lovely Kathy Elzey accompanied by Mr. Tom Phillips on guitar. Tracy says, “We sing songs from the 40’s in 3 parts, ala the Boswell Sisters and the Mills Brothers. We just love it!! So will you.”

Wine Club Gathering – November 18, 2016

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

The Odd Fellows Wine Club gathers again in just two weeks on Friday, November 18, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m..  Mark your calendars!   The Wine Club is open to all members and pledges and their guests.

Virtually every month we meet to taste and sample wines!   The November Wine Club gathering will be hosted by Sherry and Tony Pruitt, and for everyone’s convenience, it will be held in the Lounge, 423 2nd Street, Downtown Davis (two doors down from the Lodge).  

Here is what Sherry and Tony request:

1.   We will feature Spanish wines.   Please bring a bottle of Spanish wine to share for tasting.

2.   Sherry will prepare pulled pork sliders for everyone.   She asks that you bring an appetizer that compliments the sliders.

3.  Since we are holding the event in the Lounge, please bring your own wine glass for wine tasting.

The Odd Fellows Wine Club is open to all members, pledges, and guests of members and pledges.  It’s just an opportunity to sample nice wines and socialize.   No need to RSVP – just come on over on Friday, November 18 and have a good time!   Adults only for this event.

The Wine Club is organized by Elysa Hillis.  If you are interested in hosting a wine club gathering in your home later this year, please contact Elysa at   We already have hosts and locations for the December and the January wine gatherings.  But if you are interested in February, March, April or June, please coordinate with Elysa.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
For the Odd Fellows Wine Club

p.s. Mark your calendars for the December Wine Club gathering.   The date is Saturday, December 10, and it will be at the lovely home of Diane and John Steele.    More information will follow in future e-mails.

First Davis Chocolate Festival – Fun and Delicious

On November 6, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge #169 hosted its first ever “Davis Chocolate Festival” at the Lodge Hall.  A committee of 21 members had planned and organized the event for almost one year.  As it was the first ever such event in Davis, there was no way to determine how it would be received or how many members of the public would attend.

Over 450 members of the public attended the first-ever “Davis Chocolate Festival” sponsored by the Davis Odd Fellows on November 6.

“The attendance was amazing and far exceeded our expectations,” said event Chair Dave Rosenberg.  “It was a three-ring circus of chocolate.”  The Fest featured 10 chocolate vendors, live chocolate-themed music, chocolate poetry, chocolate lectures, demonstrations of candy making and cupcake decorating, chocolate tasting, a meal of chicken (and vegetarian) mole over rice, chocolate-themed drinks, free hot chocolate and coffee provided by Mishka’s Cafe, a bake sale, a raffle, a chocolate-chip cookie bake off (judged by Mayor Robb Davis, food columnist Shelly Dunning, and noted author John Lescroart).   The chocolate vendors included Davis Creamery, See’s Candy, Newsbeat, the Candy House of Davis, Vevey Confections, Davis Food Co Op, Claudia Marie, Dandelion Chocolate Company, Julie Cross Private Chef, and The Lodge Catering.

Chocolate Festival Committee members who planned and executed this event include:  Chair Dave Rosenberg and Co-Chair Kurt Roggli, and members:   Sheila Allen, Blayney Breckenridge, Rich Halen, Allison Vickrey, Joyce Puntillo, Daniela Guttierrez, Tony Pruitt, Irene Fecht, Janis Rosenberg, Alex Saldivar, Greg Tanner, Dawn Coder, Amanda Maples, Chuck White, Deb Stromberg, Sherry Pruitt, Diane Steele, Elizabeth Lasensky, and Juelie Roggli.

“I heard only positive comments from the hundreds of attendees,” said Rosenberg.  “Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves immensely, and I heard many complimentary remarks from the guests.   The guests were diverse and covered all ages.   And as icing on the cake, I received three applications for membership from three young ladies, all under 25 years of age, and I have four more individuals who expressed interest in joining our Lodge.   This was a win-win-win for our community, our Lodge and the Order.   We exposed Odd Fellowship to hundreds of attendees and thousands more who read about it through our press releases and advertising.”

The Committee plans to do it again and 2017 will see the Second Annual Davis Chocolate Festival.   Funds raised from these events will benefit children in need.

Photography courtesy of Stewart Savage – Abaton Consulting – Website Design Studio.

Davis Chocolate Festival Update

Mark your calendars for the first annual “Davis Chocolate Festival”, presented and hosted by our Lodge on Sunday, November 6, 2016. The Fest will run from 3 to 6 p.m. on both floors of the Lodge Hall. It’s going to be all things chocolate, all the time. Plan to bring your family, friends, neighbors to this family-friendly event. The price of admission is a mere $5. Tickets are available for advance purchase at Avid Reader Active in Downtown Davis and at Common Grounds in South Davis. I will also have tickets available for you to purchase at the Lodge meeting this Wednesday evening.

The Chocolate Festival will be a three-ring circus of chocolate. There will be things to do, see, experience and try on both floors of the Lodge. A program will be available so you don’t miss anything. The Upper Hall will feature live chocolate music, chocolate poetry, lectures about the history and the making of chocolate. The Lower Hall will feature cupcake decorating and candy-making demonstrations, plus chocolate tasting. In addition, there will be a light chocolate themed dinner available in the Lower Hall for those who wish to purchase it – chicken mole over rice for $12. Both Upper Hall and Lower Hall bars will be open with chocolate themed drinks available for purchase for the adults, including chocolate martinis and a chocolate-themed beer provided by our Zymurgy Committee. There will be a silent auction table with wonderful gifts, and also a bake sale table.

The Upper Hall will also feature tables for chocolate vendors who will display their wares, also available for purchase. The following TEN vendors will have their chocolate specialties on display, and many will provide free samples:

Davis Creamery
See’s Candy
Dandelion Chocolate Company
The Candy House of Davis
Vevey Confections
Davis Food Coop
Claudia Marie
The Lodge Catering
Julie Cross, Private Chef

Mishka’s Cafe will provide free coffee and hot chocolate for the guests of the Fest.

A chocolate chip cookie bake-off will be featured in the Upper Hall, judged by Mayor Robb Davis, local best-selling author John Lescroart, and local columnist Shelly Dunning.

I wish to thank the following sponsors who have all contributed so that we can keep the cost of the event very low: Tim Ainsworth, Dawn Coder, Sherry and Ton Pruitt, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, Sue Treadwell, Joyce Trujillo.

We have an active committee of 20 who have been working on this event: Blayney Breckenridge, Shiela Allen, Rich Halen, Joyce Puntillo, Tony Pruitt, Sherry Pruitt, Irene Fecht, Janis Rosenberg, Alejandro Saldivar, Greg Tanner, Dawn Coder, Amanda Maples, Chuck White, Deb Stromberg, Diane Steele, Elizabeth Laskensky, Allison Vickrey, Daniela Gutierrez, and Co-chairs Dave Rosenberg and Kurt Roggli . We intend to direct all proceeds of the Fest to local projects helping Yolo County children in need.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
For the Chocolate Festival Committee

Thursday Live! Music October 6, 2016

After a 3 month hiatus, Thursday Live! will be back on Oct. 6th with an evening of Bluegrass and dancing.

The Grateful Bluegrass Boys is a string band from Sonoma that plays traditional Bluegrass versions of Classic Rock favorites from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Rolling Stones and more.

These songs, combined with classic Bluegrass and Country tunes, consistently have audiences singing along and dancing to their songs.

The band consists of Aaron Redner, violin, mandolin, and vocals. Aaron is known for his work with Hot Buttered Rum with whom he toured for 13 years.

David Thom, who fronts the David Thom Band and Vintage Grass, plays mandolin and guitar, and sings like an angel. He also spent two years working for David ‘Dawg’ Grisman.

Isaac Cantor, banjo, also plays in Dusty Green Bones Band. He is one of the finest young jam-jo pickers on the scene today.

Ben Jacobs, accordion, can be seen with Poor Man’s Whiskey and Achilles Wheel. Ben is a highly sought-after keyboard player and we are honored to have him play with us!

Davis Odd Fellows Chocolate Festival

“If you dislike chocolate, please stay away from the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge on November 6,” said Lodge Noble Grand Jean-Paul Montreuil today, with tongue firmly in cheek. “That’s the day of the Davis Chocolate Festival and it will be all things chocolate, all the time.”

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge announced that the first annual Davis Chocolate Festival will be held at the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, 415 Second Street, Downtown Davis, on Sunday, November 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. Advance ticket sales will be available for the general public at $5 per person starting October 6 at Avid Reader Active in Downtown Davis and Common Grounds in South Davis. Tickets may also be purchased at the door of the event on November 6. “We invite the entire community,” said Festival Co-Chair Kurt Roggli. “It’s a family-friendly festival.”

A myriad of events is planned for the Chocolate Festival, utilizing both the Upper Hall and the Lower Hall of the Lodge. Among other things, ticket holders will enjoy the following: chocolate-themed music by local artists and entertainers, chocolate poetry, chocolate lectures by esteemed UCD professor Louis Grivetti, a chocolate making demonstration, a cupcake decorating demonstration, a candy making demonstration, and a classic video by the Hershey Chocolate Company. Mishka’s Cafe is providing complimentary coffee for guests of the event. All this is included in the price of admission.

A chocolate chip cookie bake off will result in the declaration of a the Chocolate Chip Cookie Monarch of Davis. Three celebrity judges will determine the winners who will be announced during the Festival. The Judges are Shelley Dunning, John Lescroart, and Mayor Robb Davis.

Guests can stop by the Festival silent auction to bid on baskets of goodies.

In addition, a number of local and regional chocolate vendors will have their products on display and for sale to the public, including some free samples. The vendors include Dandelion Chocolate Co., The Candy House of Davis, Claudia Marie, Vevey’s Confections, Newsbeat, Julie Cross Private Chef, The Lodge Catering, and the Davis Food Coop. A chocolate bake sale table will display products from local bakers for sale to the public.

Plus, for $12 visitors can purchase a light dinner of Chicken Mole over Rice. Two bars will be open with sales of wine, beer, soft drinks, and mixed drinks, including chocolate-themed adult beverages such as Chocolate Martinis. A specially-brewed chocolate beer will also be available for purchase at the bars.

The Chocolate Festival is an event for the community, organized by the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge. Sponsors of the event include the Davis Odd Fellows, the Davis Enterprise, Tim Ainsworth, Dawn Coder – Realtor with Coldwell Baker, Sherry and Tony Pruitt, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, Sue Treadwell – Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, and Joyce Trujillo. All proceeds from the Chocolate Festival will be used by the Davis Odd Fellows to benefit Yolo County children in need.

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge is a non-sectarian, non-political fraternal organization of men and women. It was chartered in Davis in 1870 and is the oldest continuously operating organization within the city limits. Currently, the Lodge has 260 members. “We are focused on doing good works in the community and around the world,” said Montreuil, “and we also provide a fun social network for our members.”

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