GILFORD — A local tradition returns to Gilford once again on Saturday, October 19 with the annual Harvest Supper put on by the folks at the Methodist Church on Rt. 11.
Th supper features an old fashioned boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage, baked beans and homemade apple and pumpkin pies.
For over 40 years now the members of the congregation have been putting this dinner on every year in the early fall. They work hard to make the fellowship hall come alive with autumn colors and the smells of slow cooked corn beef fill the air. Over 100 pounds of potatoes and carrots are peeled and chopped and 60 pounds of dry beans are sorted, washed, soaked, and cooked overnight in the bean pits behind the church.
This meal is a huge production for the church and has become a favorite of the church supper crowd in the Lakes Region. It takes about 50 hardworking people to put on this meal. The members of the church do everything from baking pies to tending the fires that will cook the beans in the large cast iron kettles. It is a three day undertaking and the meal is well worth the effort.
Tickets are available by calling the church office at 524-3289 or 528-2369 but they sell out quickly so call early. There are two serving to choose from, one at 5 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m.
Those interested in knowing more about how they make the bean hole beans are more than welcome to come and watch as they are put into the kettles and lowered into the ground on Friday night before the dinner. They go into the holes promptly at 4:30 p.m. so don't be late and be sure to bring your camera to get pictures of this age old New England tradition.