Cajun Clay Night |

Cajun Clay Night

May Eynon
The infamous crocodillyicious cake.

The Carbondale Clay Center hosted its annual Cajun Clay Night event on Saturday, May 14. About 350 guests came out for the festivities, many donning Fat-City inspired attire. A group of local potters including Peg Malloy, Diane Kenney and Nancy Barbour created scores of ceramic bowls that guests used for gumbo at the party and then kept as souvenirs afterward. The Mardi Gras-themed fund-raiser featured live music, a costume contest, DJ Skip and his sound machine, appetizers from local chefs and friends, a Cajun buffet, live and silent auctions and more.

The infamous “crocodillyicious cake” was displayed in the middle of the Clay Center until the official cutting at 8 p.m. Made of 14 pounds of icing, 30 cakes and dozens of bags of candy, it took a village to create the immense confection. The mouth-watering masterpiece even featured blown-glass eyeballs, which were auctioned later in the evening. Revenue generated from the event amounted to more than $25,000 for the Clay Center. The Clay Center’s next fund-raiser is slated for Aug. 25 at the Strang Ranch in Missouri Heights, which will be catered by Carbondale hotspot SIX89. Entitled “In the Shadow of The Tang Dynasty,” the event will honor horses and artistic expression. For more information on events or classes, visit or call 963-CLAY. To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail

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