Elmhurt’s Shrimp Boil Promises a Good Time

The spacious grounds of Elmhurst, The House of Friendship assisted living residence in Wheeling will rock with a down-home, southern vibe at the second annual Louisiana-style Shrimp Boil on the Lawn fundraiser, Saturday, July 28.

The mouth-watering aroma of a traditional southern shrimp boil simmering in a large kettle will greet attendees who will dine under tents on the front lawn of the former Samuel S. Bloch estate on National Road.

“Our initial Shrimp Boil fundraiser last year generated a great support from folks who kicked back and enjoyed summer’s best party,” said Elmhurst Executive Director Jamie Crow. “People are already buzzing about enjoying another fantastic evening with great food and super music from this year’s band, Brother Randall and Friends.”

The Shrimp Boil is presented by the Friends of Elmhurst and hosted once again by Mike and Sarah Barickman. Mike Barickman is president of the Elmhurst board of directors.

Committee members for the Shrimp Boil on the Lawn include: seated, Sarah Barickman, left, and Anita Carenbauer; standing, from left, are Mike Barickman, Elmhurst board president; Elmhurst chef Mike Travis; and Jamie Crow, executive director. Not pictured is Dr. Frank Carenbauer.

Elmhurst is a non-profit that has been serving seniors’ housing needs for the past 128 years, Crow pointed out. “The Shrimp Boil is our major fundraiser for Elmhurst, a place where seniors enjoy the very best in assisted living at a price that is exceptionally affordable. Maintaining our mission in the community for our older residents and preserving the historic Bloch home has been our goal since 1890,” she said.

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Sponsors of the event to date include Dr. Virginia Dulany; State Farm, Noah Mull, agent; Visiting Angels; Felton CPA; Hazlett, Burt & Watson; Glessner, Wharton and Andrews Insurance, LLC; Dr. Frank and Anita Carenbauer; Altmeyer Funeral Homes Inc.; McKinley Carter Wealth Management Services; WesBanco; Jay Frey and Michael Hires; Blue Sky Therapy; Monteverde Group; Kalkreuth Roofing; and Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream.

Elmhurst Chef Mike Travis will dish up a traditional Louisiana shrimp-boil menu featuring shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, cole slaw and cornbread, served family-style on each tabletop. Diners may select from two surprise ice cream flavors created by Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream to top off dinner.

An open bar will be available with a variety of beer and craft beers. A specialty drink concocted for the event known as the Mason-Dixon will be a combination of sweet tea, lemonade and vodka, Crow said.


Entertainment will be provided by Brother Randall and Friends, a local six-piece band specializing in bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music. They perform frequently at the Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview and other venues throughout the Ohio Valley.

Reservations ($50) are required in advance by July 25, and can be made by calling 304-242-0240, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Elmhurst is located at 1228 National Road,  Wheeling.