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Annual Wheeling Moose Steak Fry!

The solstice is approaching, and in Wheeling, WV that can only mean one thing:  the annual Moose Club Steak Fry!  The Loyal Order of the Moose is an international fraternal organization, much like the Elks and Kiwanis Clubs.  Every year we take a break at the Wheeling Island Marina, with great food, drink, & entertainment.  Tons of people showed this year, and the weather was superb (minus a rain hiccup during set-up) — all in all, it was a great success!!  The shelter is spectacular, with abundant seating, cooking space, and lots of room to roam.  Thank you to Tom Dorsch & his family for maintaining this wonderful space and allowing us to use it!  Congratulations to Dennis and Katie for winning the 50/50 Raffles.

And a HUGE Thank You to Ed, Katie, Gus, Karen, Box, Rabbit, Bill P, Arden, and all the other Moose members who volunteered their time towards making this year’s steak fry such a success!

This year a special appearance was made by Stone and Alberto, 2 alpacas from local Rancho Chico Ranch.  They were a big hit, and loved hanging out with the crowd and being true party animals.  Thanks to Ramon for bringing down his boys — we hope they return next year!

As the unofficial photographer of the day, I’m posting a full gallery of the day’s activities.  Please feel free to comment and share your memories of the Moose Steak Fry!

Calling Alpaca Ranchers! (and all pet owners)

Hair Mat for Oil SpillBy now we’ve all heard about the Gulf oil spills.  Groups are springing up around the Gulf Coast region to aid in the clean-up process, but they need our help!  You may not realize, a pre-eminent method of oil spill clean-up involves the use of mats and booms made from the naturally discarded fur and hair of both animals and people.  The national organization Matter of Trust is facilitating the donation process; linking willing donors with area groups so that aid can be sent as efficiently and expediently as possible.

Alpacas Want to Help!Coincidentally, it is also shearing season for many alpaca ranchers throughout the country.  Although all hair and fur is being accepted for the clean-up process, alpaca fiber, with its density and texture, is exceptional for the task at hand.  As a ranch owner, if you have any amount of spare fiber which you are willing to part with, please follow the instructions below, and thank you for your contribution.

If you would like to donate debris-free fiber (or nylons for making booms), please send via USPS, FedEx or UPS to:

Hair For Oil Spill Booms
508 Mountain Dr
Destin  FL 24541

Please Mark the box “DEBRIS-FREE FUR” ( or “HAIR”).  Nylons can ship in the same box if packed in a separate bag.

PLEASE NOTE This is a temporary donation spot!  Any donations should be sent out no later than Tuesday, May 18th.  There may be other locations in the near future which needs donations depending which way the spill moves.

Assorted Vintage Items FOR SALE on eBay!

After some slight delays with photography, I am currently offering an array of items available for auction on eBay.  Proceeds are being put towards the founding of Naturally Happy Alpacas and other co-operative art projects in the Ohio Valley region.

The items available for auction include:

If you or someone you know would be interested in any of these items, by all means, begin your bidding!  And of course, any questions regarding these items can be sent to

Check out what's for sale at Amigami's Etsy Shop!

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