Author Archives: Calvin Burgamy


PLAIN will be holding its monthly meeting this Thursday, 7pm, at the Beach House. Click here for a link to the exciting agenda.

Mick Kinney and friends took us in a festive march around the lake for Mardi Gras.

Mick Kinney and friends took us in a festive march around the lake for Mardi Gras.


P.L.A.I.N. will  be hosting a Potluck Mardi Gras Brunch on Saturday March 3rd at the Beach House from 10am – noon.  This will be a pot luck brunch – with beverages provided by P.L.A.I.N.

Masks, boas, costumes, tiaras, and other festive attire are
encouraged. We will have a parade with the Mick Kinney Devil Dog Mardi Gras Band around the lake after the brunch at noon, weather permitting.Bring a dish to share and join us for the fun!!!!

Please RSVP by 3/1 to Lynn Callery at (504)208-8344 or (678)732-0625 or and include how many people in your party and what you plan to bring.

This will help to ensure that we have the correct amount of food and diversity of menu items. Walk-ins will be accepted, but it will be a HUGE help to know how many people to expect.

Chili Cook Off Winners!


Chili Cook Off Winner Pam Brogan

Chili Cook Off Winner Peggy Brogan

The Chili Cook Off 2018, co-ordinated by Megan Pulsts and one of the culinary highlights of the year, went off without a gastronomic hitch March 25th at the Beach House. The highly esculent morsels included 7 meat chilis, 1 veggie chili, 3 soups, 3 cornbreads, and 2 dessert breads. Also on the menu for the first time — beer — which won the favorite beverage award.  The 2018 Chili Cook Off Grand Prize was awarded to the talented Peggy Brogan. Second place meat chili award went to the  Beef Birdhouse chili created by the effervescent Jen Colatosh & Adnan Adams.   First place veggie chili, the Smoked Veggie Chili went to “Smokin” Travis Schamerhorn (most votes overall!).   First place soup, Sweet Pea Soup, was whipped up by Heather Winship. Second place soup, Carrot Ginger, went to Alan Gordon.  First place bread, the Cheesy Cajun Cornbread, was corralled by Chris Clark. There was a tie for second in the bread category–Poundcake, by Tracey Johnson and Broccoli Bread by Faye Ridling. Congratulations all!

All the winners with Megan Pulsts, Chili Cook Off coordinaor

All the winners with Megan Pulsts, Chili Cook Off coordinaor

Second Place Chili Cookoff-Jen Colatosh & Adnan Adams

Second Place Chili Cookoff-Jen Colatosh & Adnan Adams

Tracey Johnson, Poundcake

Chris Clark, Cornbread winner, Cheesy Cajun Cornbread

Heather Winship, Winner Soup category, Pea Soup

Alan Gordon, 2nd Place Soup, Carrot Ginger Soup

Travis Schamerhorn, Best in Show, Most Votes Overall, 1st place, veggie chili, Smoked Veg Chili-

Chili Cook Off Today Feb 25, 2018




Join us for PLAIN’s annual chili cook off! Bring your best recipe for entry and a chance at fabulous prizes, and the coveted GOLDEN SPOON AWARD!

Free for those submitting an entry, $5 if you’re just bringing your appetite.
Pro tip: cupcake tins make excellent tasting bowls, allowing for side by side judging/slurping.

Prizes awarded in four categories:
Meat Chili
Vegetarian Chili
New this year: Bring some extra cash, as we’ll have a small selection of beer and perhaps wine to go with the lovely chili/soup contributions.

Questions? Check with Megan Pulsts,

Coming next weekend: The fabulous Mardi Gras Brunch and parade (with Mick Kinney and guests providing the tunes)

Meeting February 15, 2018


If you want to know more or volunteer to help coordinate an event please come! Below is the  agenda and a list of  the next two months scheduled events. Thanks to everyone for your support.  If you would like to join or renew your membership click here.


  • Approval of January 2018 Minutes
  • Treasurer report
  • Member update
  • caring/sharing update
  • Mardi Gras  Brunch
  • Chili Cookoff
  • New ideas!?!?
  • Review upcoming PLAIN Events for 2018
  • PLAINtalk
  • Trash Can Art
  • Suggestion Box
  • Trash picker uppers
  • Review upcoming PLAIN Events for 2018            

“PLAIN” Scheduled Events for 2018
February –
Feb 25 (Sunday), Chili Cook-Off, Beach House, 4PM to 7PM
Coordinator:  Megan Pulsts

March –
Mar 3 Mardi Gras Brunch!  10AM to 12:00Noon (In Lieu of Monthly Breakfast)
Coordinator:  Lynn Callery
Mar 15  (Thursday) PLAIN Monthly Meeting, Beach House, 7PM,
President:  Calvin Burgamy



P.L.A.I.N. Monthly Breakfast

Tofu Scramble! (just a representation. ours may or may not look, taste, or feel like this one.)

​Greetings! This Saturday, February 3, at the Beach House, 8:30am-10:30am, PLAIN invites you to the monthly breakfast. Our esteemed breakfast co-ordinator and Chef Supremo, Michael Seymour, will be  preparing a special dish (in addition to pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage): Tofu scramble (vegetarian, non-dairy, and probably gluten free). Supplies may be limited so come early. Again bring your own plate for $1.00 off the already low price of $6.00 members, $7.00 non members, and $4.00 for children. This is also a great time to join or renew your membership in PLAIN. You can also join or renew on our website, click here to join or renew

Thanks and hope to see you there.
Calvin, President PLAIN, 2017-2018

PLAIN meeting January 18, 2018

There will be a PLAIN meeting Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 7pm at the Beach House. Click here for the agenda.

The focus of the meeting will be PLAIN sponsored events for 2018. If you want to know more or volunteer to help or want to be an Event Guide (coordinator for an event) please come! The link above to agenda has a list of all our scheduled events. And thanks to everyone for their support.  If you would like to join or renew your membership click here.

Calvin Burgamy, President, 2017-2018


The new PLAINTalk is available. Click here.

PLAIN December meeting

PLAIN will hold its December meeting, Thursday, December 21 @ 7:30pm in the Beach House.

We can use your input.  Also don’t forget to renew your membership or join by clicking on this link:
Here is a link to the agenda:

Prior to the meeting, at the Beach House starting at 6:45pm is “Cosmic Gospel Hour’s Lazy Caroling”. 30 minutes of holiday tidings. Don’t miss it.

Hope to see you there.
Calvin Burgamy, President, PLAIN​

Breakfast, Artist Market, Cookie Exchange, and Lighting of the Lake

You are cordially invited to the monthly PLAIN breakfast and Artist Market tomorrow, December 2, from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Beach House.
 Expect to see fiber arts, candles, gift boxes, jewelry, wood (burned and carved), oils, folk art and photography, all made by your neighbors. Artists will be set up on the front porch as you come in to the beach house and on the back porch overlooking the water. Come ready to peruse and shop! There is a possibility, not confirmed, that someone from the North Pole may visit.
Then later that day at 6-7:30 pm at the Beach House come to the Cookie Exchange and the city sponsored Lighting of the Lake!!

As per Lalah Manly: For the cookie exchange piece, bring 2-3 dozen homemade cookies to the beach house kitchen, and give them directly to a volunteer there (if you just set them down and walk away, we don’t know who to give a plate of cookies to at the end!). We’ll put some of them out for general consumption, and the rest will be distributed among all of those who also brought cookies. At the end of the evening, retrieve your cookie platter and a bag of assorted homemade cookies!

If baking is not your thing, no worries. Come be with your neighbors and eat some cookies set out for all to enjoy. Hot drinks will be available as well.
​Hope to see you around tomorrow!
​Calvin Burgamy, PLAIN President, 2017-2081​