Lions Feed The Herd at First Annual Beast Feast

April 22, 2013


“The Club That Has No Fun”- the Rockland Lions Club, held their First Annual Big Game Dinner Beast Feast this past Saturday at beautiful Camp Kiwanee in Hanson, MA.  The rustic charm of the turn-of-the-century lakeside mess hall was the perfect venue for this kind of event.  The Lions handled a stampede of hunters and guests as they packed the antique dining hall fittingly decked out with camouflage table covers, plates and napkins.

On the menu was wild Russian boar, Great Elk, Vermont Moose, Red Stag, Buffalo, Venison and more. This was a beast feast like no other.  Hundreds of pounds of game meat, all cooked to perfection by the Lions chefs, was devoured by the mixed crowd of young and old, men and women, who were lucky enough to get tickets to this sold-out event.

A highlight of the event was the Best Mount or Rate Your Rack contest.  Hunters brought in their prize trophies to be judged by the participants via secret ballot. This 1200 lb Buffalo trophy won the contest by just a few votes.  Among the mounts was a former state record buck taken in Brockton, MA.  Also featured were a spectacular fully-mounted native turkey, a wild boar, a full set of moose antlers as well as other deer mounts.

Camp Kiwanee provided a cash bar tended by a delightful, fast and friendly bartender who helped to make the event a great success.  Rockland native, and camp volunteer, Carl McPhee, provided the musical entertainment. Carl led us to believe that he  would put together a small- time open mic type of band. What he did provide was a fantastic professional, full-blown, Bluegrass Band featuring Rockland resident and renowned mando player, Steve “salt of the earth”Falino, along with a dozen great musicians who thrilled the crowd with a full menu of music. The musicians packed the stage with dozens of instruments and played them all magnificently to the thrill of the 150 guests.

There were raffles prizes, contests, great music, and fantastic food -  all in a rustic, deep-woods setting.

Special thanks go out to Reid Cunningham for donating all the game meat. Reid donated around $2,000.00 worth of fresh game meat, all of which he hunted himself.  Also, thanks to Jim at Camp Kiwanee, who gave us the camp at a great discount and was on hand all day to make sure everything turned out perfect.  Thanks, too, to Carl McPhee for putting together the music and to all the Lions Club members who worked so hard to make this event a huge success.  It looks as though the Club was able to raise about $3,600.00 for Lions Charities.

Reid Cunningham, Great White Hunter

A great Big Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and attended this event; and for all their kind words about how great everything was. We must have heard a dozen times from different hunters that this was the best game dinner they had ever attended.