Martha McCracken was impressed on how a community came together for an event in Colorado, and it motivated the retired flower shop owner to bring her idea back to Eufaula with her.
McCracken saw a community-wide potluck dinner in the small town Westcliffe, a town approximately 77 miles from Colorado Springs. She thought the idea would work in the McIntosh County city.
"They have 1,000 to 1,200 people who live in the town, while Eufaula has 2,500. It started as one block long of tables and has grown to three blocks," she said. "It's one big party and looked like so much fun."
McCracken, the former owner of Eufaula Flower Shop, told Chamber of Commerce President Jay Hunn and Executive Director Pam Rossi about it. It's scheduled for Sept. 21 at the north pavilion on Lakeshore Drive.
Hunn is optimistic about the success of the potluck.
"This is a very community-oriented town. It might work for us," he said. "We won't know until we try. Martha took pictures with her phone and with the (Sangre de Cristo) mountains, it looked great. We're going to do ours by the lake, and that's just as pretty."
Rain forced the postponement of an earlier attempt to have the potluck in Eufaula in the spring. The rescheduled date was originally Sept. 14 but a conflict moved the event to the following week.
"I think it's going to be great event," Rossi said. "It's a good chance for people to come out and meet their neighbors. We'd like to make it an annual event. Ideally, we would like to have it as a kickoff to the summer season. It's still a chance for people to enjoy a meal together."
Residents interested in attending the potluck need to reserve a table with eight chairs. Residents also need to bring their own silverware, side dishes and drinks. The chamber will provide the meat, Rossi said, and that will be pulled pork.
Rossi said games and music will be at the event and possibly a bonfire.
If you go
WHAT: Community-wide potluck in Eufaula.
WHERE: North pavilion on Lakeshore Drive.
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. until dark, Sept. 21.
INFORMATION: (918) 689-2791.