We are honored to be recognized by Roswell Mayor Jere Wood as the beneficiary organization for the Mayor’s BBQ Ball. This annual event will be held on October 25th from 6:30-10 pm.

Please enjoy the following letter:

By Mayor Jere Wood

Roswell’s character has been formed by its history, handed down not just through books and letters, but through families, churches, schools, civic organizations, buildings, and traditions. One of these traditions is barbeques. Roswell residents have come together for barbeques every fall since the city was settled in 1839.

By tradition, slow cooked pork is on the menu, and friends, neighbors, musicians and politicians are on the guest list. Jay Barnet and I have been doing our part to keep history alive by hosting a traditional Roswell barbeque every October for over thirty years.

Our barbeque begins Friday evening with starting a hickory wood fire. Once the fire has burned down to coals, we put the pig in the smoker to cook overnight, then sit around a camp fire with good friends and keep the smoker stoked with wood.

By Saturday afternoon, the pork is so moist and tender that it can be eaten without a knife, and so tasty that sauce is optional. Saturday evening, friends, neighbors, musicians and politicians arrive and the barbeque is served fresh from the smoker, together with corn on the cob and my mother’s recipe for coleslaw. After feasting on the best BBQ the South has to offer, the young and young at heart will dance to songs performed by Big Biscuit Band. A good time is had by all.

After Jay was elected Mayor of Mountain Park, and I was elected Mayor of Roswell, we made our annual barbeque a benefit for local charities. We expanded our guest list, and we added to the menu by inviting local restaurants to bring food for all to taste and enjoy.

On October 25th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., Jay and I will hold our barbeque again at my home on Stroup Road. Senior Services North Fulton will be the benefited charity. We hope you will join us.