Friday, Nov. 2 was the beginning of some big dinners. First was the Adel Faith Lutheran Church harvest dinner. This is always an elegant dinner. They serve turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes, new potatoes, cranberry salad and pumpkin pie.
One of the people taking the money remembered that Dan and I attend each year and thanked us. In conjunction, they held a quit show in the sanctuary. I believe that 95 quilts were on display.
Monies raised are for missions and church needs.
When I got back, I attended the high school play, “Robin Hood.”
Saturday brought the monthly Bouton breakfast. I held back and only had one helping of biscuits and gravy. This time Dan brought five of his grandkids. I think there are two more, so maybe someday he can bring the lucky seven.
At about 11 a.m. I picked Dan up, and we headed to Boone to the Trinity Lutheran Church beef and noodle dinner. It was a drizzly day. They served beef and noodles, green beans, relish tray, and a choice of pies.
They also hold a bazaar with this event. They had a multitude of Christmas-related items. One of their specialties is mincemeat.
Someday I need to try some homemade mincemeat. My Grandmother Wood used to buy frozen mincemeat pies, and they smelled and tasted like bad meat. I hear that the homemade is good.
Monies raised by the women are for missions.
I had to take my cherry pie home because I was still stuffed from breakfast. There was also a dinner at the Greenfield United Methodist Church in Greenfield.
Dan and I had to go over to the Perry First United Methodist Church and help get a CD to play for a clinic with the William Bell Tuba Day. We got it going, and one of the participants helped to run the CD during the clinic. I went back at 3:30 p.m. to record the concert.
I did not go to the cemetery because it was raining, and I did not want to stand out in the rain, trying to protect a camera. As I get older, it seems to me to be less exciting to stand out in the middle of rain and lightning storms while protecting a camera than it was in the past.
Each year after the concert, they go out to Violet Hill Cemetery to play at the graveside of William Bell, who died in Perry at the Perry Lutheran Home in the 1970s. He was the greatest tuba player of all time.
After the concert, Dan picked me up to go to the First Presbyterian Church in Earlham. They had a pork loin dinner with cheesy potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, dinner roll and dessert. By this time I was stuffed.
For a period of time, they had three women singing a variety of songs. Unfortunately, they stopped soon after we arrived.
We somehow ended up sitting with former Perry resident Roy Lee Bandy and his wife. He told us to wish Sharon Theulen well. People also seem to ask about Bob Nevitt each time we visit Earlham.
Also that night was St. John’s Catholic Church dinner in Adel.
Sunday brought the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren soup dinner. On Saturday they had a craft and bake sale. They continued it on Sunday with a dinner, serving chilli and potato soup. We ate our fill and then checked out the sale and buying a few items.
There was also a ham ball dinner at the Paton United Methodist Church. This was too far away to make both events. I had to head out to Van Meter for the Charge Conference for area United Methodist Churches.
Tuesday brought the annual Chamber of Commerce chili feed. This year the Perry Kiwanis helped and may be taking the event over in the future. They had very good potato soup. The chilli was a bit spicy for my taste.
Now we are heading into the final stretch of the beloved dinner season. A lot of dinners are planned on Veterans Day, so keep watch for another story.