Despite being the hottest night of the summer, nearly 300 guests gathered at McFarland Living History Ranch for the Sip and Snack at the Mac fundraiser last Saturday.

According to event coordinator Janis Barsetti Gray, this was the first year that the heat affected the event.

“It has been hot in the past, but we could always rely on the Delta breeze cooling things off. This did not happen this year,” Barsetti Gray said. “I want to thank all those who came to our event and supported the Galt historical society and ‘weathered’ through the heat.”

Overall, Barsetti Gray was pleased with the turnout.

“I am always pleased when we can get this many people together to show off the McFarland Living History Ranch,” Barsetti Gray said. “Having people come and enjoy themselves with family and friends is a community getting together for a common interest.”

The large lawn area in the “orchard” just south of the McFarland home provided plenty of room for booths to be spread out, a dance floor and numerous areas for chairs and tables to be set about, some under the shade of trees that dot the property.

As the sun started to set, live music was provided by Phil & da Pinots, and soon a few guests made their way to the dance floor. As a slight drop in temperature surfaced, more guests were found headed to the dance floor to join them.

Along with drinks, food and music, society members gave tours of the beautifully restored McFarland house.

The annual Galt Area Historical Society (GAHS) fundraiser boasted over 30 vendors showcasing their wines, beers, coffee and specialty bites for the hundreds of guests.

Participating vendors included: Barsetti Vineyards, Bellindora Vinegars, Bray Vineyards, Bueno Italiano Café, Cosumnes River Farm, Delta Sierra Beverage, E2 Family Winery, Sheldon Wine Co., Grace Vineyards, Hunan House, Lange Twins Family Winery, Lark’s Deli & Donuts, Las Islitas, Lockeford Meat & Sausage, McConnell Estates Winery, Old Town Diner, Papa Murphy’s, Pastora by Lucia, Raley’s, River Rock Brewery, Roberts Ferry Nut Co., Savemart, Spaans Cookies, Starbucks Galt, Watt’s Winery, The Coffee Shop Bakery, Velvet Grill & Creamery, and Weibel Family Winery.

Dozens of attendees left with gift baskets, as there were nearly 50 items raffled off from various vendor donations.

This is the GAHS’s largest fundraiser, which benefits the living history ranch operations, restoration and maintenance.

As expected, it takes a team of volunteers to pull off such an event. Calling the volunteers “exceptional”, Barsetti Gray said the event was a year in the making and couldn’t be done without the help of many within the community.

“Our volunteers were exceptional through three days of setting up, and enduring the heat Saturday, and Monday tearing down,” Barsetti Gray said.

Barsetti Gray wished to thank all the volunteers at the gates, those who worked in the food booth giving out tastes for restaurants who could not send employees but sent food, and all the docents.

Special thanks are extended to Lyle Lagge, who headed the setup of all canopies and stations for all the participants; Heather Farmer, Steve Matz and Jack Jenkins, who helped set up; Ron and Judy Jacobson, who headed the docents in the house; Maria Spannuth and her crew in the raffles, who put together terrific items for raffle; all those who donated items for the raffle; Mulrooney’s for providing us with three large generator lights, the Real Men’s club, The Galt Herald for preview articles; “and, of course, Ralph Cortez for always helping in so many different areas.”

The historical ranch is available for weddings, reunions and other events. If you are interested in renting the venue, call 209-730-3127.