Social mixers for the birds, just the way we like it
A vibrant crowd of turkey hunters and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages got together at Hub City Brewing in Jackson, Tenn., Saturday afternoon for a social occasion that did worlds of good for the birds we all love. The Two Rivers Chapter of Turkeys For Tomorrow hosted a casual event that featured raffles of a Retay shotgun, a Yeti cooler, calls by Ron Jolly and Preston Pittman packaged with an autographed copy of Jolly’s memoir, a handmade, custom-built wooden presentation box and, the night’s centerpiece, a Tisas 1911 in 9mm Luger that carried beautiful custom engraving of the Tennessee state flag and the TFT chapter name and logo. The event was both a financial success and enthusiastic triumph.
“We’re going to be doing a lot more events like these,” said Pete Daugherty, TFT’s Director of Outreach. “Casual events are more open than a formal banquet. They’re come-and-go opportunities with lots of the best features of banquets mixed in. When you can have them in a great venue like this, it’s just perfect. Banquets have their place, but casual mixers have a great appeal of their own.”
Hub City Brewing is a family-friendly craft beer location that features venues for corn hole and bowling indoors, then pickleball, volleyball and more outdoors. The location was a gracious and accommodating host. The local chapter is already planning more events there.
Kids and adults enjoyed the games, and the open venue created the opportunity to move and visit. The chapter’s homemade barbecue was a hit, and the location’s cocktails and craft beer hit the spot.
“The chapter’s organizers absolutely nailed it,” said Jason Lupardus, TFT’s Director of Business Operations and Partnerships. “They reached exactly the crowd they needed. They planned and promoted the event beautifully, and they ran an event that everyone enjoyed. We’re going to duplicate this everywhere we can.”