It's a guy thing
August 10, 2011 - Psst . . . fellas . . . come here.
Don't tell the womenfolk, but there's a men's event being planned in Oxford.
A men's event, you say! Shhhh....
The event is called "It's a Guy Thing" and it's going to take place at Devil's Ridge Golf Club on Saturday, Oct. 29.
A committee consisting of Parks/Rec Director Ron Davis, Jeweller Mark Young, township Supervisor Bill Dunn, Oxford Leader Publisher Jim Sherman, Jr. and myself began meeting informally at my house a few weeks ago to toss around some ideas.
Right now, we're looking at a full day's worth of things that guys love including college football, Texas Hold'em poker, golf, hunting, cool cars, adult beverages, cigars, assorted grilled meats and other manly things.
It's going to be a full day of vendors and activities geared toward the Y chromosome.
Sounds good, right?
Not only is this going to be a fun event, it's going to help folks in need.
In order to attend "It's a Guy Thing," each guy will be asked to bring at least two nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Oxford/Orion FISH food pantry.
We're also planning to have a Texas Hold'em tournament, the profits from which will be donated 50/50 to two very worthwhile causes.
The first is Wheelin' Team 457.
Founded in 2003 and based at American Legion Post 457 in North Branch, the nonprofit group helps people, including veterans, confined to wheelchairs participate in indoor and outdoor sports such as target shooting, archery, swimming, deer and turkey hunting, fishing, golf, weight-lifting, table tennis, wheelchair racing, bowling and billiards.
The second is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the mission of which is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
This was a cause very near and dear to the heart of the late Anthony J. Munaco, Jr., who owned Devil's Ridge until his passing in December 2010.
We're still in the planning stages, so right now we need vendors, volunteers, ideas and sponsorship money.
Don't be shy. We want to hear from you. We want to work with you. Tell us what you want to see and how you can pitch in.
You can communicate with us by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting us on Facebook. The Facebook page is called "It's a Guy Thing (Oxford, Michigan)."
I'm really excited about this event because it's about time the men of Oxford had a day of their own.
As I stated in a previous column, Oxford has nine events for women and zero for men. Approximately 50 percent of this community is being ignored.
We want to make "It's a Guy Thing" a huge success, so it becomes an annual happening.
If there are two things men are good at, it's having a good time and helping others.
Let's show the ladies how it's done.
CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.