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Winter Festival 2007
Twentynine Palms Marine Base

Twentynine Palms California

Volunteers in attendance:

Linda Burke
Joseph Miles
Bill Wight
Benny & Shari Adauto
Glen & Kyle Stanley
Dave, Cyndi Daneshmand
Michael Fischbeck
Cecilia Fabulich
Brent Walton

Mike and Tracey Madden
Hailey Madden
Ashley Stibbons
John & Sharen Scott
Thom Emery
Dan Cannon
Dale & Tammy Ginos
Tony McDowell
Shelley Winters & David Chappelle

Jim McNeil
Walt Norwood
Mary Ann Tyre, aka Momma Norwood
Young Marines
Joe Sackett
Russell Meats
Devine Chapple
Deondre Johnson
Johnny Touch

The Scott family in the background and Linda Burke up front
David Chappelle Cecilia Fabulich and Tammy Ginos, & Thom Emery Tammy & Dale Ginos and Walt Norwood
Dale & Tammy, Brent, & Kyle
Thom & Mamma Norwood Tammy & Dale Brent, John Scott, Shelley Winters, Sharon Scott & daughter
The base Food Health Inspector keeping Tony McDowell on his toes
Mamma & Walt Norwood watching Dave Daneshmand light a fire for doing a pot of Dirty Rice
The three Dirty Rice Cookers standing in front of their assigned burner and pot
Looks like Brent has a pot ready to be put in the Cambro
Who is the culprit that splashed all the seasonings out of the pan!!!!! Tracy & Shelley doing up the Beans
Papa John and Tracy doing the hot dogs iYoung Marines learning how to prepare 85lbs of meat for 12 braziers of Rice
Myself loading a pan with rice and pork and giving to a Marine Military Police Woman for their office
Glen and Kyle Stanley taking a break from doing the dishes
  Glen, Bill Wight, and Kyle in "Prep Trailer" working on Rice prepping and measured portion distribution
The gang taking a break in the "Prep Trailer" after a had days work.  Nice and warm and out of the cold
Jimmy, David, Joe, and ?
Sharon helping a Marine MP with getting some more food
Families getting served, getting trees, and having a good time      

Posted by: Tony McDowell,
To all
I want to take this opportunity to THANK each and every one of you for your generous support to make Winterfest 07 a huge success. You all made an effort to show up and support our service personnel and their families during this Christmas time of year. We were asked to serve 2000 service members and their families and if we just take the plate count of those plates used we served over 4500 plates of food. For some of you it was your first time and for others it was your return trip. Everyone pulled together and made this a success. All I heard all day long and again on Sunday from service members and families was how well all went and the great FOOD and time everyone had.
Special thanks to Dan Cannon and Bill Wight who donated the rice. This was no small task when you see all the prep that was done not only on-site but before Dan & Bill ever got to the base. I know Gen Spiese and his wife as well as Kathy Catlin (MCCS Director) and her husband Brian enjoyed it they were back a few time asking for more.

John & Sharen and crew preparing all the beans and helping out on the serving line, words can’t express the gratitude of those we served. Benny & Shari seemed to be everywhere helping. I didn’t get a chance to say but a few words to Glen & Kyle they stayed busy all weekend. Shelly, David and Jim I don’t think they new what they were getting into however when called upon they were right there. Dave Danesmand seemed to be everywhere I saw him cooking rice then I turned around and he was on the serving line helping out.
Brent, Walt and his Mother Mary, Thom, Mike, Joe, Linda, Dale, Tammy and Cecilia were in the background making all run smoothly. How about that dinner Friday night thanks Joe for doing the prep and cooking and Linda what a great desert.
Joe Sackett and our young Marines, Russell Meats, Devine Chapple, Deondre Johnson and Johnny Touch what a great group of young gentleman they were everywhere and asked to help out all they said was OK no matter what the task.
Kelly Coe, John Murdock and Bob Crossier and all there crews from the base were also very supportive everything we asked for we were given.
Again Thanks, may God Bless all of you and your families and may you have the Merriest of Christmas’s and the Happiest of New Years. I hope all your wishes come true
Tony McDowell
CBBQA 29 Palms Rep

Posted by: Kelley M. Coe,
Good morning all! I also want to send out my personal thanks to all of you for the hard work you did this weekend.
I appreciate each and every one of you and your efforts to continue supporting our base events. These events are no easy task for you guys, and they continue to grow each and every year. Again thanks.
I understand that May 10 is going to be a difficult date for support of the Salute due to a huge competition that is held every year. This date was driven this year by our headliner Montgomery Gentry. I do wish everyone that is going to the competition good luck!
Kelley M. Coe
Special Events Program Manager
MCCS, 29 Palms
760-830-5086 Phone
760-830-7239 Fax
MCCS is your Quality of Life Link to Mission Readiness.

Posted by: Thom Emery,
Great crowd there yesterday
Just a few notes here:
- We thank Tony for his leadership on this project
- The Dan Cannon Crew made the Worlds Best Dirty Rice
- John and Sharon's Papas Smoke House Team was unstoppable in doing what needs to be done
- Palm Springs BBQ Walt brought out the No Cal transplanted FEC 500
- New Members The Q Man " Did it the Ol Fashioned Southern Way"
- Glen and Kyle are Dish Washing Machines
- When Pigs Fly Sure did
- Joe Miles made BBQ Rub out of thin air
- Benny and Shari and Linda were once again there to be counted on
- Cecilia one of our new CBJs dove right in
- Some Guy named Brent Walton was nothing but trouble
- Dan Cannon will be doing his usual excellent complete write up

Thom Emery

Posted by: John and Sharen Scott,

Once again, CBBQA played a big part in supporting our troops. We did it bigger and better than last year's Winterfest! Hat's off to all of you and all the combined effort of everyone!
John and I so thoroughly enjoy being with all of you at these events!!
Kudos to the dirty rice team....The Friday night Dinner team, the Prepping team, the Breakfast team, the Smokin' team, the Pork-pulling team, the Tray-running team, the Serving team, the Doing-the-dishes team and the "where to you need us?" team......that would be Dan and Bill, Brent, Dale & Tammy, Glen & Kyle, Thom, Joe, Linda and Tony......Dave, Walt and mom Mary, Mike, Benny and Shari, David & Shelley, Jimmy, Tracey and Mike.... This event is nothing short of a GREAT TEAM effort by everyone and we are so proud to have been a part of it.
.... We want to give a big thank you to our daughter Tracey and her husband amaze us never hesitate to dig in and help..your contribution to this was awesome.
Thank you, Tony, for inviting us to again...... giving us a chance to support our troops and their families.
We had a great time cookin', pullin' and servin' our troops. We had a special time with great friends of BBQ, and look forward to doing this again.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
John and Sharen


Posted by: Glen Stanley,
We sure got lucky with the weather, as it was looking to be a very wet couple of days.

As always, Kyle & I enjoyed coming out to lend a hand with this event. It doesn't really matter what we end up doing, we always have fun and enjoy hanging out with the other volunteers.

I asked Kyle what his favorite part was. He said Dan's dirty rice, and sitting in the trailer talking with Brent.

The first part I would have to agree with. The second part scares me just a bit

It always seems to be the same handful of members that show up for these events though. I know this is a busy time of year, and people have other commitments, but it would be nice to see more support for such a great cause.

My CBBQA Christmas Wish this year is going to be that more members come out to lend a hand at these types of events in 2008.

Dan - those 3:00 am chats are sure fun, thanks for all your insight.

Dan sure is an amazing guy. When I'm able to stay awake for them, I do enjoy those late night conversations. I never walk away from an event he is at without learning something.
Glen Stanley

Posted by: Walt Norwood,
My mother Mary Ann and I had a great time helping out. It was sure nice to get a chance to put some faces to names from the forum. It was also nice to see some of the long time supporters still hard at it. They added a level of knowledge and GetRDone attitude to the event that it takes to pull off these things.
I always learn so much coming to these events. Its easy to see a better way to do so many of the little things we all take for granted. Some guy has wheels under his trailer or extended legs on his cutting table or the most comfortable folding chair I've ever seen. No matter who comes or what their background I constantly learn a little more at everyone of these events.
Thank you to all who turned out in support and thank you for the opportunity to help.
Semper Fi.
Walt Norwood

Posted by: Dale Ginos,

Sure was a great time. Tammy and I really enjoyed helping out and getting to know more people. Friday night just hanging out, eating. visiting. preparing meat and such, and visiting some more was really fun.
Dan - those 3:00 am chats are sure fun, thanks for all your insight.
Dale & Tammy Ginos

Posted by: Shelley Winters,

Hello Everyone,
On behalf of my husband and myself, I would like to thank all of you for making us feel so welcome. It really didn't feel like spending time with folks we had never met before. We so very much enjoyed ourselves. And yes, I had no idea 4500 people came through the lines. We are looking forward to more involvement and lots of good times...And I know David is looking forward to a time he can compete with the "big guys" of the group and learn from everyone.
Thanks all !!!!! You made us feel like "ole timers" and it certainly was appreciated.
David and I wish you all the happiest and safest of holidays.

Smiles to You All !!!
Shelley Winters
The Winmar Group
661.285.0299 (Fax)

Posted by: Dave Daneshmand,

Good Afternoon to all:
First off I want to thank Tony for inviting me to be a part of this event... I had a great time and boy did I learn a lot!
I also would like to mention that it was an honor to be part of Dan's team cooking the rice and I want to thank him again in trusting me to cook one of his signature dishes, cooking rice next to none other than Brent from BBQN4U was even more of a treat for me.
It is great to see when all you guys work hard to put such a huge event and when it all works good it is a special feeling of accomplishment and for a great cause and event.
You guys are the best.
Dave Daneshmand

Posted by: Dan Cannon,
I don't think that there is much more to say that has not been stated above so I will limit my comments to a few bullet items:
- Thanks to Bill Wight for going in halves with me in contributing the supplies for the Dirty Rice.  For coming out to my place (90 miles the opposite direction of his house and the base) to pick up the "Prep Trailer" and haul it out to the base and then back to my place Sunday.  And, because of his help in pulling the trailer we were able to a have a warm workspace to do all the prep work and  assembly for the meats and eggs Friday night, to make breakfast Saturday morning (Brent & Dave), and to finally assemble and cook the Dirty Rice for noon serving.  And, especially, to provide a warm sheltered space for whoever-could-fit to hang-out and stay warm for those late Friday and Saturday evening social and chat sessions.  Besides for that fact that he shelled all the 360 eggs to portioned bowls Friday night.  Then portioned all all the ingredients (rice, meat, and onions) and provisioned Dave, Brent, and Dale with the Rice fixings and scheduling Saturday.
- To those two "Dish Washing Machines", Glen and Kyle Stanley.  They stayed continuously busy all Friday night and Saturday keeping up with the Kitchen Police duty.  All pans, bowls, tubs, lids, utensils, and whatever were always cleaned and sanitized instantly after they were used.  That sure helps a bunch for continuous cooking and especially in getting home and having it a bit easier to get back to normal versus having a stack tools to clean.  Not to mention the help Glen and Kyle provided with the meats needed for the Rice.  They and the "young Marines" prepped (chopped/pulled) 85 pounds of half frozen meats needed for the 12 pans (each 24 quart braziers that feed 125-150) of Dirty Rice the next day.


- I can't neglect to mention that Cecilia also got right in and handled a lot of the dishes on Friday night as well.


- The Young Marines, who worked with Glen and Kyle prepping the meats Friday night for use the next day.  Also, for prepping the 60 butts and delivering them to me at my pit door to put into the pit for cooking that night.  With their help spelling us on the meats we could get the 360 eggs cooked and meat prepped for the Rice while still getting the Butts on the pit for the evening.


- To Brent Walton, Dave Daneshmand, and Dale Ginos for not only cooking the eggs Friday evening but also for manning the 3  Dirty Rice braziers from start to finish (nine to noon).  That meant they each had to cook four full pots from the beginning of the process to the end.  We needed 12 full pots to meet the projected plate requirements.


- Thanks to Mama Norwood for keeping everybody, me included, stocked with hot coffee.


- Everybody can thank Tony McDowell for getting us our breakfast fixings.  Every year he brings over pounds of bacon, dozens of eggs, and lots of potatoes.  That gets everybody ready for the task ahead.


- Everybody pulled together and made the event very successful.  I felt it was a great success, appreciated by the troops and their families, and everybody together was able to make it something very special.  Many hands make little work.  Without everybody's help I certainly could not have done my part.

- Pretty much everybody pictured and mentioned above cooked butts Friday night.  I just missed the opportunity to capture any pictures of them being loaded, cooking, or being pulled by all the volunteers for the troops.  And, everybody did work hard and stayed up all night cooking their products  Bill and I were pretty busy trying to stay up with having everything either in the cooker Friday night, prepped and prepared for utilization the next day, or on schedule for serving from noon to 16:00.

- As it turns out a few of the cooking volunteer folks needed to help serve and that made for a long tough day on their feet.  Specifically Sharon Scott and Bill Wight were just a few that served the entire 4 hours and were beat afterwards.


- Most everybody hung out Saturday night as the weather was still great


Thanks Tony and Kelley for making these events happen and inviting me out each time.
Sorry to any participating volunteers or folks helping that I might have missed with the camera or made mention of.  I did try and make the rounds and capture as much as possible.



Dan Cannon


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