Cahuilla Market Halloween party raises money for High Country Boys and Girls Club

The children are in the Halloween spirit at the Cahuilla Mountain Market Halloween party, Saturday, Oct. 28. Diane Sieker photo

The Cahuilla Mountain Market in Anza was transformed into a creepy, spooktacular gathering of ghouls, princesses, hillbillies, zombies and even a grim reaper, Saturday, Oct. 28.

Owner Jorge Rodriguez hosted a Halloween party as Mark Huston and the Workin’ Men entertained the crowd and party goers dined on pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, jalapeno ginger corn and Jack Daniels apple cobbler provided by Hog Gone Ranch. The whole hog cooked for hours preceding the event, and the end result was juicy and delicious. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the dinner plates was donated to the High Country Boys and Girls Club.

“A big thank you to all that came out for a great night of Halloween fun,” Rodriguez said. “What a wonderful show of support for the High Country Boys & Girls Club. For such a short notice, we accomplished exactly what we wanted – a fun, safe night with great friends and neighbors!”

People arrived in inventive and creative costumes to celebrate the occasion. Children enjoyed bobbing for apples and gathered lots of candy treats as their parents chatted it up with one another.

Mark Huston and the Workin’ men performed their extensive collection of country and rock-‘n’-roll hits from 6-10 p. m. Special guest John Knori of the Barnyard Boyz filled in for bassist Jerry Dell. The musicians got into the spirit, wearing scary costumes of their own.

“We had loads of fun and had a blast! We can’t wait for the opportunity to rock the night again,” guitarist Rocky Carrasco said.

The cooks and servers from the Hog Gone Ranch made sure that the pork was tender and the side dishes were fresh as they handed out meal after meal for hours on end. The slow-cooked pulled pork was home grown and perfectly seasoned. Beer was available for purchase, provided by the Cahuilla Mountain Market.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy the music and food,” Linda Tinics Micu of the Hog Gone Ranch said. “And we were glad to have an event for the community and hope they enjoyed as much as we did. Thanks to Mike and Michelle Aarivg and Mandy Tinics for their time and energy. We could not have pulled this off without them.”

Michelle Arvig said, “It was wonderful! Getting together with the Anza community for great music and food to celebrate Halloween and support a great cause. Looking forward to next year!”

Proceeds from the sale of the $12.99 per heaped dinner plate were donated to the High Country Boys and Girls Club. One patron commented that he would have gladly paid $100 a plate for such a worthy charity.

“Many thanks to all that help put this Halloween bash together,” Rodriguez said.

For more information on upcoming events at the Cahuilla Mountain Market, visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Cahuilla-Market-and-Cafe-150756968286797.

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