VFW's Who Stole The Pot Of Gold Fundraiser Enjoyed By All


April 4, 2019

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Terena and Dwight Flatt

VFW Post 4309 held its mystery dinner fundraiser Saturday, March 30. There were about 60 people in attendance from not only the local area but from the eastern part of the state as far away as New Bern. Guests came dressed for the occasion in fairy garb, green derbys, kilts, shamrock ties and red beards.

The performance of Who Stole the Pot of Gold was successfully completed with elves, leprechauns, gnomes and fairies. The actors were Dwight Flatt as Logan, the Leprechaun, a cereal company spokesperson; Amanda Connor as Bink, the Fairy, a detective; Ray McCall as Fitz, the Leprechaun, although a shoemaker by trade he was also a kleptomaniac; Sheila Tinsley was Twinkletoes, the Fairy, a primadonna ballerina; Steve Powell was Gabby, the Gnome, a banker who did not give loans; Betty Hawthorne was Sugarwing, the Fairy, a baker who pays her debts in sugarplums; Roger Hamilton was Keebles, the Elf, the CEO of a cookie factory; Cheryl Mouton was Sparkles, the Fairy, a makeup artist who believed she developed a potion to make fairies fly;, Scott Connor was O'Shea, the Leprechaun, a computer geek; Morgan Connor was Goldenmist, the Fairy, who owned the Pixie Dust Factory; Coy Mouton was Flan, the Leprechaun, a rock star who along with his helper, Charles Holden, performed Irish music; and Frances McMahan was Shimmer, the Fairy, who operated a wing repair business but was more known as the town gossip.

The incredible transformation of the Post's dining room into an enchanted Emerald City was done freehand by Terena Flatt. She worked many hours on many days to perfect it and the skilled workmanship was not overlooked by anyone in attendance. It was beautiful.

The price to attend included dinner of an Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, homemade desserts and salads. A great big "thank you" goes to Coy Mouton for cooking the dinner, Janie McCall for the pasta salad and Frances McMahan for the sandwiches and desserts.

This event would not have been such a huge success without the tremendously organized, talented and creative skills of Sharon Powell. It was her vision that inspired Terena in her painting of the hall into the Emerald City, her eye for talent that matched the perfect personality to that of the characters in the production, and her interpretation of the plot that turned a game into a mini-theatre production. To her, all of us at the VFW and its Auxiliary are truly grateful she took on the project and executed it so successfully. It was fast moving, fun-filled, and the guests got to help sort out the culprit that stole the pot of gold. Not to reveal the thief here, but several of the guests got it right and prizes of a gift basket and a restaurant gift card were awarded to the first and second draw of the run off. The pot of gold was found by Kat Marsh of Asheville. She won a restaurant gift card as well.

The VFW hopes to hold one of these fun-type events each year. The first was a Mardi Gras Murder Mystery and this one a St. Patrick's Mystery. Watch for future events coming soon to the VFW.

Easter Egg Hunt

Meanwhile, mark your calendar for the Easter Egg Hunt to be held on Saturday, April 13. The members are already filling the plastic eggs with candy and will soon decorate and section off the big field for the egg hunt for children ages 1 through 10 years of age.

Thankin' Our Vets Concert

In addition, mark your calendar for our concert "Thankin' Our Vets" to be held on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 1 p.m. Several bands will perform for this fundraiser that supports all the programs the VFW conducts each year, including assisting veterans in need, youth scholarship programs and active military support.

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Ray McCall


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