Get ready for some old fashioned fun on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, with local food prepared the traditional way at the Coral Bay Community Council’s second annual Ol’ Tyme Fish Fry at Miss Lucy’s Restaurant from 4 to 8 p.m.
The menu will include traditionally prepared chicken, fish, rice, corn and johnny cakes. Koko and the Sunshine Band will keep that ol’ tyme vibe going and keep the crowd dancing with their island music.
The sense of community which last year’s fish fry fostered inspired the CBCC to host the event again.
“Last year was so successful and it was so successful because Koko and I were really striving to do an authentic fish fry,” said CBCC board member Bonny Corbeil, who is helping to organize the event. “From using the coal pots to preparing the food in the traditional way, we really had an authentic fish fry and everyone just has a great time.”
“All About Community Spirit”
“To me it’s all about community spirit and we have to do everything we can to build that up,” Corbeil added.
Last year’s fish fry attracted more than 200 people who enjoyed the food, music and tranquil Friis Bay setting. Organizers are hoping to top that this year.
Proceeds from the day will fund CBCC projects, Corbeil explained.
“We’re getting a ‘welcome to Coral Bay’ sign with the funds we raised last year,” she said. “And the proceeds from this year will fund new projects. Whatever we do it will go towards the good of Coral Bay.”
CBCC members decided Father’s Day was an appropriate day to bring the community together because fathers should be celebrated, according to Corbeil.
“We were trying to figure out different dates and we just felt that we needed to create a festivity to honor all the good fathers,” she said. “What better way to celebrate than with an old fashioned fish fry.”
While most Coral Bay restaurants and businesses are supporting the event, more donations and volunteers are needed.
“If anyone makes great Johnny cake dough, we’ll pay for the ingredients and fry up the Johnny cakes right on the spot,” said Corbeil.
To donate for the fish fry or to volunteer as a cook or bartender, contact Corbeil at 693-5874 or Jean Cottrell at 776-6090.