NASELLE — The order for fresh oysters has been placed with Jim Stackhouse and the ladies from the American Legion Auxiliary in Deep River are underway with preparations for their upcoming smorgasbord on Sunday, Feb 12. The annual event, which has been going on since 1958, is one of the local highlights and a true benefit of living in rural SW Washington. Barbara Rose will be directing the kitchen activities as the Auxiliary women take over the school’s kitchen and turn it into a beehive of activity.
“It takes a lot of hard work but, it is also a lot of fun and is the main fund-raising event of the year for our auxiliary,” says longtime Auxiliary member, Rose. “Legionnaires from the Deep River Post even volunteer to assist us with the set-up of tables and chairs, taking tickets and, final clean-up.”
As always, the smorgasbord will take place in the commons area of the Naselle-Grays River School. While the menu varies from year to year, two items remain a constant: the ladies’ famous breaded oysters and chicken wings. Other items, this year, will include: ham, meatloaf, meatballs, pickled pigs feet, mashed potatoes and gravy, deviled eggs as well as a variety of vegetables, salads and rolls. Another thing these ladies know how to do well is dessert items and there will be a table full of a variety of desserts.
Customers usually come in early to secure their seating and get in line for the 11:30 am start of the event. The cost of the meal is $12 for teens and adults, $6 for children age seven through twelve and $2 for children age six and younger. The smorgasbord is scheduled to last from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm. Proceeds from the event go to support the needs of military veterans, local food banks, student scholarships and community members in need.