Before Lent came Pancake Tuesday

Rev. Bruce Kemp of Morewood Presbyterian Church (in back) and young parishioner helpers at the church's Feb. 28 Shrove Tuesday event (front, from left) Matthew Gibeault, Anthony Weegar, Abigail Ansell and Jazmine Weegar. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

MOREWOOD — Morewood Presbyterian Church marked the day before Lent — aka Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras — with a feast worthy of the date’s other popular name, Pancake Tuesday.

And thanks to parishioner Elva Patterson-Rutters’ family connection to well-known Patterson Farms Maple Products in Lanark — her brother owns the place — there was no shortage of genuine syrup to drizzle over the flapjacks served Feb. 28  at the Morewood Community Centre.

It was the first time that Presbyterians in the hamlet have organized a fundraiser event around Shrove Tuesday.

“Elva had it organized in about 15 minutes,” marvelled fellow congregant Colleen Campbell as the hall bustled with eager pancake patrons.

Local Morewood firefighters worked the griddles in the kitchen.

Beyond the syrup, Patterson-Rutters also pointed to that other all-important pancake condiment — butter, which was donated by the Russell Restaurant.

Proceeds of the event went toward sending local children to Gracefield Presbyterian Camp this summer.

Lent is the 40-day period preceding Easter Sunday, which falls on April 16 this year.

Elva Patterson-Rutters, middle, with Shrove Tuesday guests Carl and and Linda Hutchinson. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News



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