I also surprised everyone by giving them a free pair of gardening gloves! At the ACGA conference in August I bid for and won a gift certificate for a free pair of gardening gloves for everyone in my community garden. They're from Wells-Lamont, via the America the Beautiful Fund and they are supposedly worth $5 each. But when I opened the box my eyes nearly bugged out of my head! They are gorgeous gloves, some made out of goat skin and worth up to $30!
Everyone loved their gloves and by the end of the night we were all re-energized about our gardens. I got several follow-up e-mails and even a letter thanking me for having the potluck - I guess everyone really needed it. January and February, though a much needed break from the garden, are still very difficult months for us gardeners (especially for me, having lived in the ever-blooming state of California for the past couple of years).
I wish you good luck in your own garden planning this year!
P.S. Check out The Woodlands Community Garden website, I've been adding to it and tweaking it a bit. Let me know what you think!