What is the outlook for the crab season on the northern California coast 2016-17?
The commercial crab season typically starts November 15 south of the Sonoma-Mendocino line; and December 1 north of the county line. The California Department of Public Health has been testing at different locations along the coast since late summer 2016 and is cautiously optimistic that continued testing will support an on-schedule season opening. In the event of any unforeseen delays, Knights of Columbus has maintained contact with our sources of crab from Oregon and Washington, and we donít anticipate any problem in supplying the freshest and safest crab in any amount required for our event.
What will the entertainment be this year?
Knights of Columbus is very pleased to announce that Steve Jordan will be returning this year to bring his ever popular song and dance routines to the Crown Hall stage.
How do I get to Crown Hall?
Crown Hall is located at 45285 Ukiah St. in the Village of Mendocino. Approaching Mendocino from the south on Hwy 1, turn left (west) at the Main St. exit and continue on Main St. until it turns right (north) and forms a “T” with Ukiah St. Turn right on Ukiah St. and Crown Hall is immediately on the right. Approaching Mendocino from the north on Hwy 1, turn right (west) at Lansing St. exit and continue to the first stop sign (Ukiah St.) in Mendocino. Turn right (west) and Crown Hall will be on the left about four long blocks from the stop sign. All parking is along the residential streets adjacent to Crown Hall. Helpful hint: Since there are no street lights or sidewalks along Ukiah St., it’s advisable to carry small flashlight when returning to your car.
Is there a discount for children?
All ticketed seats for the crab feed are the adult price regardless of age. Although Knights of Columbus supports many family-friendly events during the year, our annual Crab Feed is definitely oriented toward adults and may not be suitable for children under 12. Things to be considered before purchasing tickets for children include: the length of time from dinner through raffle can be over 3 hours; there is very limited space for children to move around once they are seated (i.e. the aisles between tables are narrow and occupied by servers); and there is virtually no space available for storage of strollers and other supplies.
Is Crown Hall wheelchair accessible?
Although Crown Hall is a historic building built at the beginning of the last century, it is accessible for wheelchairs at one location through the side door. However, inside the hall the numbers of tables and aisles that can accommodate wheel chairs are limited. As a result, when purchasing your tickets, please let us know immediately your special access requirements and we will make every effort to satisfy them.
Are the Crab Feed tickets refundable?
All Crab Feed tickets are fully refundable through the date which is printed on the back of the ticket (January 14, 2017 this year). After that date, any refunds will be contingent on Knights of Columbus being able to re-sell your tickets before or including the night of the event. It should be noted that our track record for re-selling is quite good. Obviously, the longer we have to re-sell the ticket (i.e. more advance notice), the greater the likelihood of success.
Can I buy my own tickets but still sit with my friends who purchased their tickets separately?
This can usually be accomplished if the following steps are followed:
Can I bring my own butter warmer and condiments to the Crab Feed?
Due to the fire restrictions at Crown Hall, there is no open flame allowed in the main dining area or bar. This restriction is strictly enforced for the safety of everyone. This prohibits not only smoking in and around the building but also the use of any warmer, portable stove or other open-flame device. An exception to this might be if the warmer is battery operated, however we reserve the right to inspect any warmer before allowing its use. You are free to bring your own condiments. Drawn butter will be served with the crab.
Can I bring any distilled spirits to the crab feed?
No. Under the terms of our liquor permit, drinks with distilled spirits can only be dispensed from the bar. This will be strictly enforced. At the bar, drinks will be available for sale along with wine and a variety of beverages
Is wine served with the dinner?
Yes. Two bottles of complementary wine (one red, one white) are included with the ticket price and will be served to each table at the start of dinner. Additional wine is available for purchase at the bar.
How can I pay for tickets with a credit card?
You may pay with Master Card or Visa by ordering on our website (kcmendo.org) or by calling 707-937-2406. If calling, please make sure you have your credit card available.
Is all or a portion of the ticket price to the Crab Feed tax deductible?
Although the Knights of Columbus is a tax exempt, non-profit that donates a large percentage of our annual proceeds raised from events such as the Crab Feed to local charities and community service organizations, the IRS does not consider ticket sales for these events to be tax deductible.
My credit card statement shows St. Anthonyís Catholic Church as the vendor for the Crab Feed ticket purchase. Why is this?
Knights of Columbus Council 8187 does not own a credit card machine, and we routinely use the machine from St. Anthonyís as a convenience and a cost saving strategy for special events. Be assured that all funds from Crab Feed credit card ticket sales go directly and promptly to Knights of Columbus.
What lodging is available in the area?
There are many Hotels, Motels and Bed & Breakfasts available within a short distance of the event. Check on the web at Visit Mendocino for listings.
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