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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3A Loss of the sauce: Folks mourn barbecu,00 master's retirement Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Isatchwell@plumasnews.corn Lloyd Lewis, caretaker at Oakland Camp for 32 years, is retiring after this Memorial Day weekend. Those are the facts, which say nothing about who he is and what he means to 32 years worth of campers and to this communi- ty as a whole. These facts say absolutely nothing about the barbecue sauce that has made Lewis a legend in his own time and brought adults near to tears at the news that Lewis' barbeque will no longer be synonymous with Oakland Camp. Lewis came to Quincy in 1944, as a child. In the '40s, he worked for Quincy Motor Sales, in "what they call the Cadillac Showroom," he said. Then he worked at the mill, hauling lumber from Quincy to Sloat. Life's meanderings took him to Los Angeles and into the service. Eventually, though, he made his way back to Quincy in 1979, signing on as caretaker of Oakland Camp, and he's been there ever since. The camp is made up of 58 acres of land, a whole lot of tents, cabins, outbuildings, bathrooms, kitchen, plumb- ing ... it is, in short, difficult to fathom all of the work that Lewis has put into the place over the years. Still, what people remem- ber most when asked about Lewis are his kindness, his good humor and that incredi- ble barbecue sauce. Comments left on the San Francisco Chronicle's website after an article on Lewis ap- peared in its May 3 issue, in- clude the following: "The arti- cle does not exaggerate. I've been to the Oakland Family Camp and have met Lloyd and Grace (Lloyd's wife). They re- ally are that kind, and the sauce is that good. Their pres- ence at canpwill be missed" and "That guy does not look anything like 82. I think that I'll eat more BBQ." Lewis' wife, Grace, had a long, successful career as a school principal in South Cen- tral Los Angeles. She retired seven years ago, and has served as camp nurse since then, so both will retire from the camp this year. The couple bought a house on High Street in Quincy seven Save BIG ! d 75% to 90%" ff \\;1 retail 1 every day. t)pcn Nhm. I:ri 11 Sat. 1.! 3-(l, scdSun Sisters Closet "Gently Used Clothing for Women" 367 Main Street, Quincy 283-1779 Lloyd Lewis (right) has been providing barbecue, kindness and camp maintenance at Oakland Camp for 32 years. He stands in front of the caretaker's house, which he'll leave soon to take up permanent residence in the home he and his wife, Grace, purchased seven years ago on High Street in Quincy. With him here are (from left) Gary Autry, camp cook; Lloyd's wife, Grace; and Rocky the dog. Photo by Linda Satchwell years ago and when they retire, they'll move into it and away, fmally, from the caretaker's residence at Oakland Camp. "It's been great," said Lloyd, of working at the camp, "but I feel good about retiring. It's time to be retiring." For those panicked about the loss of the sauce, Lewis said he's been doing barbecue for weddings in Quincy, and he'll "probably continue to do it at home. Maybe somebody want a wedding done or some- thing, I'll do it. I don't want to sit down. I want to keep doing something," he said. Asked the inevitable ques- tions about the secret of his sauce, Lewis leaned forward conspiratorially and said, "It's a secret." Then, he told the quintes- sential secret sauce story: "One time, the Fourth of July, I started barbecuing on the third. And, I barbecued all night long, until four in the morning, I come take a break. Then, you go back later. So, this lady, about 2:30 one morning, came down and said, 'I can't sleep.' "I said, 'What's the matter, you sick?' "She said, 'No, this barbe- cue is driving me crazy.' "I cut a piece, she started eating it. She started telling me how she fixed things, what she put in it. Well, I had a long line of ribs to turn over. I was turning them, she said, 'By the way, what do you put in your barbecue sauce make it taste so good?' "I said for a joke, 'You know the little small pine trees like this?' I just put my hand back for one. She said, 'Yeah.' "I said, 'Get the tender part of the needle, put some smoke, and catch it, bring it to a boil, and you got it.' "So, she didn't laugh. I didn't know she was writing it down, you know? "She went back home, she made it, said, 'Lewis, I made some barbecue sauce:' "'You did?' "She said, 'Mine didn't taste like yours.' "I said, 'Oh, you used too many pine needles.' "She came back to the camp and said, 'Huh. Pine needles!'" G;ace is clearly proud of herusband. "Barbecuing for people is the love of his life," she said. "I enjoy doing it, you know? I have fun," Lloyd concurred. The two are looking forward to visiting family in their re- tirement. They have three chil- dren -- Antoinette Parks, Rose Greer and Lloyd Lewis Jr. -- and seven grandchildren. Asked if he had anything fur- ther to add, Lloyd said, "I want to thank all of my friends in Quincy for standing by me and being my friends. I know Grace says the same thing ... It's just been wonderful being here." [!iiiii!iii00! iii iiiii i i!iii0000 "Physical therapy has helped to reduce my pain and increase the motion and use of my foot. I have more confidence in the use of my foot now." Inez Robbins PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY #5.5\\;. Kory Felker, MPT ",J,/} 78 Central Ave., Quincy J 283-2202 KEDDIE RIDGE HAZARDOUS FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING June 16, 2010 4-7pm Town Hall 120 Bidwell St., Greenville Please join us to learn more about scoping comments, issues raised and alternatives. For more information, contact Kathrine Carpenter at (530) 283-7619 or ppy 60th Alan DeWolf June 1st aka - Wolfie YOU'RE JUST :00ii{ GETTING BETTER!.T W. W. ! ! I. :iiG Concert on the Green set for June 2 at QHS The annual Concert on the Green will begin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, on the Quincy High School south lawn. The Quincy Elementary School band, Quincy Ju- nior High band, concert band, jazz band, the High Sierra Community Youth Orchestra and a combined choir will perform. The suggested donation for the event is $3. The gathering will also fea- ture a barbeque with dessert available - sales support the music pro- gram and the QES fifth grade class. Please call for a vision and eye examination at 283-2020. FRIDEN OPTOMETRY FAMILY EYE CARE CONTACT LENSES Jonathan Friden, O.D. Joshua Baer, O.D. Formerly Drs. Gihnan & Gihnan 68 Central Ave. Quincy 283-2020 Complete vision and eye care, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists on staff, Vision and Eye examinations, treatment of eye disease, cataract surgery, foreign body removal, threshold visual field analysis, contact lenses, glasses (large selection of inexpensive to designer eyewear), low vision aids for the visually impaired, and vision therapy for learning related vision problems. Ken Risley of Joy Engineering Joy Engineering- Sloat Quarry now hos aggregate deliveries in the Portola, Quincy and Greenville oreos! Aggregate for every job, every need, large or small. Call Ken for delivery days and times. Sloat Quarry is now open Monday-Friday 7am-4pm (530) 836-7232 Need a smaller amount of aggregate? Stop by and load up on what you need. KEN RISLEY Mobile (530) 386-2878 JOY ENGINEERING ENGIN EERING CONTRACTORS Mailing: 1584 Wolf Meadows Lane Portola, CA 96122 CA Lic. 395555 NY Lic. 0050700 Physical: 90 Industrial Way Beckworth, CA 96129 Office (530) 832-5760 Fax (530) 832-5472