After months of planning, discussions and preparations, our church hosted its first summer Spaghetti Supper on the eve of Cape Elizabeth’s Beach to Beacon Road Race.
We didn’t have quite the turnout for which we had hoped, but the 75 members of the church and community who turned out were enthusiastic about this inital venture for a community event in the summer.
Most impressively, we had a strong volunteer crew, pulled together by Supper Organizer Stephen Bither and Volunteer Coordinator Jaymie Chamberlin. Thank you to everyone who assisted in so many ways. And a special thanks to Brenda Simpson for all of her work in the kitchen!
Brenda Simpson and Nancy Johnson prepare the evening's first batch of spaghetti.
First-time events are rarely successes — even the first few Super Bowls weren’t sellouts — but Friday’s Spaghetti Supper was a strong learning process and stepping stone for future summer ventures.
Camille Braun and Elvis (Derry Rundlett) do their best to get passers-by to turn into the church parking lot.
Last-minute planning for Stephen Bither and Jaymie Chamberlin.
The serving line was well staffed -- and very friendly!
The Rev. Ruth Morrison (right) even took some time out to have spaghetti with Natalie Charles.
As with most church suppers, Dick Banks was our money man.
People who attended the supper included church members, families and friends.
Kathie Hackett was one of the early preparers of salads and other foods.
We were prepared to use plenty of spaghetti.
Gail Parker was ready for the sale of Maine souvenirs, which she created.
We had plenty of behind-the-scenes help, including Sarah Gagne in the kitchen.
Before Elvis arrived, Duane Wakefield was drumming up business on busy Ocean House Road.
Toward the end of the evening, Channel 13 documented our event.
Ruth made sure to offer a blessing for Elvis.