|Edible church service offered in Jordanville
With their winter breakfasts finished as of this past Saturday, members of the Jordanville Federated Church of Christ are gearing up for their upcoming spring fritter supper scheduled for later this month.
Church members held their last breakfast of the winter season on March 28, and it was sumptuous as usual according to diners who gathered. Three breakfasts a month were held on the last Saturdays of January, February and March and the church members kept busy keeping the crowd fed and the coffee flowing.
On April 25 the church will hold their spring fritter supper featuring an eighteenth century recipe of plain fritters with maple syrup, scalloped potatoes with ham, green beans with mushrooms, coleslaw, beverage, and either lemon or strawberry chiffon for dessert. Cost will be $8.50 for adults and $4.50 for children. The fritter suppers are known to serve between 240 and 250 people.
During last Saturday’s Jordanville Federated Church of Christ’s breakfast the kitchen crew took time for a quick photo before returning back to the pancakes, biscuits, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, fruit and several variety of juices. Front, from left, are Beth Kalkowsky, Ella Mickle, Dee Bronner and Kelsey Schuler. Back, from left, are Marlys Pronko, Alice Mosher and Grover Bennett. (Photo by Bruce Watson)
Gary Aney grew up in the community of Jordanville and has lived there his whole life. He is both a trustee and on the church board, which is a merged church of Methodist and Baptist faiths.
“Jordanville is a quiet, pleasant little village,” Aney said. “The church and library are the hub of the village and we have two businesses, Hoke’s Supply and the diner. The monastery and the quarry lie on the outskirts of the hamlet. Not many people come to Jordanville for much of anything and the church breakfasts and dinners encourage people to visit.”
The church is also known for their Election Day roast beef dinners. Aney has seen a trend in the Election Day dinner in that during years when there is a presidential election or New Yorkers are electing a governor attendance is higher. The Election Day dinner can draw as many as 310 in attendance, with weather being a key factor.
For years Aney tapped the maple trees surrounding the church and was the one chiefly responsible for the real maple syrup that is served at the breakfasts and fitter suppers. He gave up that responsibility a few years ago.
Bruce Watson is a freelance writer for The Mercury and currently substitutes for ODY. He is a recent retiree of RSCS.