WOODS ‘N’ WATER: March comes in, and goes out, with the Lions

WOODS ‘N’ WATER: March comes in, and goes out, with the Lions


OK, gang, it’s time for some good eats, both wild and domestic.

First on my list is the world-famous Meriden Lions Club Palm Sunday Brunch.

Over the years, I have seen what the Meriden Lions Club has done for the City of Meriden and its citizens. This is not to take away from the other fine civic organizations we have here in Meriden, but the Meriden Lions captured my heart with the enthusiasm they exhibit in undertaking even the most difficult tasks.

Their efforts are not free and many of them are in the donated range of thousands of dollars. The money has to come from somewhere and, like so many civic organizations, they depend on fundraisers.

One of them will be taking place on Sunday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to noon at Platt High School.

Over the years, the Meriden Lions Club Palm Sunday Brunch has become a favorite of many folks and rightfully so.

How about a menu that offers omelets made to order, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, home fries, corned beef hash, ham, sausage, bacon, kielbasa, muffins, juice, coffee, tea — and ALL YOU CAN EAT!

Need I say more?

It will be at the Platt High School cafeteria, on the East side of the building. Tickets for this brunch bonanza are $15 for adults. Children 11 and younger are free.

Attending this event is an excellent way to show your appreciation for all of the wonderful contributions, both in labor and money, the Meriden Lions Club has made to the citizens of the City of Meriden.

Hunter’s dinner

The Hunter’s Game Dinner, staged by Hunter’s Ambulance, has been put on hold for a couple of years because of the pandemic. It is now back for its 14th annual edition on Saturday, April 8.

If you have ever attended one of the Hunter Game Dinners, you know that you are talking about a top of the line game dinner. Over the years, it has been served as a sit-down dinner, usually with a five-course menu.

This event is also a fundraiser. It is known as the Meriden Emergency Services Spirit of Giving, a charitable organization supported by events like this. The mission is to engage meaningfully in opportunities that help families and other charitable initiatives and directly improve the quality of life in the community.

Over the years, I have had the privilege of attending these game dinners and each and every one has been fantastic!

Tickets are $60 and payment at the door will be accepted. Tickets include beer flight sampler from Connecticut Breweries in celebration of National Beer Day. Wine will also be available.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Cocktail hour starts at 5 p.m. Dinner is at 6.

The Hunter Game Dinner also features a huge raffle that appeals to just about everyone.

If you are interested, you can contact LMcLeish@huntersamb.com or 203-514-5107, or mkesilewski@huntersamb.com or 202-514-5115.

Kielbasa shoot

Yes, you read it right. The Meriden Rod & Gun Club is going to hold its 2nd Annual Kielbasa Shoot this Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the club grounds on the end of Raven’s Lane in South Meriden.

What better way to get your Easter kielbasa than winning one by hitting a lucky target with a shotgun?

The Meriden Rod & Gun Club initiated the Kielbasa Shoot last year and it was a big hit. Winners will have their pick of either Filipeck’s or Czapiga’s kielbasa.

No shotguns with turkey chokes or 20 gauge and 12 gauge shotguns may be used. The Meriden Rod & Gun Club will supply the shotgun shells at $5 per shot.

Closest B.B. to the lucky target crosshair wins the round. Meriden Rod & Gun Club shooting range rules will apply at all times.

Just imagine telling your dinner guests you shot the kielbasa they are eating.

There will also be a couple of special “novelty shoots” that day. The club will have breakfast sandwiches available for those who want a snack during the event.

For more info, you may call the club at 203-686-1339.

Trout stocking

Here’s one that will gladden the hearts of local trout anglers, especially the younger generation.

Thanks to the generous donation facilitated by Bill Barry from a local charity foundation, The Klein Family Trust, Peter Picone from the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association says there will be a trout stocking of the Quinnipiac River on Tuesday, April 11, rain or shine.

Those wishing to have their children participate should meet at Red Bridge at 5 p.m. The stocking will take place from the Q-Gorge Trail to ensure the safety of those stocking the trout.

Oh, and Pete Picone made me promise to be on hand to point out some of the hot spots for fishing the Quinnipiac River. See you there during the stocking.

FYI: Mirror Lake in Hubbard Park received a stocking of trout last week. Remember that all trout have to be returned back to the water unharmed until Opening Day, April 8, when trout may then be kept.

See ya’ and God Bless America and watch over our troops, police, firefighters and first responders wherever they may be serving this great country of ours.