Annual men’s dinner at St. Andrew’s Church


A number of men seated pre-dinner.

SUBMITTED A number of men seated pre-dinner.

More than 200 men enjoyed a stew dinner followed by pie at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Nov. 23. They were there to celebrate the 90th anniversary of this tradition, which began when some local hunters decided to have a get-together at the end of hunting season.

As is usual, the meal was prepared and served by the ladies of the church, with help from the Congregational Fellowship Ministry. Another longstanding tradition was maintained when the main party was piped into the room by Paul Connell, with St. Andrew’s flags and maple leaf flags decorating the tables.

The evening was led by Roger Lippert. Others contributing to the proceedings were Orillia Coun. Mason Ainsworth, Severn Tonwship Mayor Mike Burkett, Rev. Peter Rombeek and Rev. Don Corbett from the church.

Following the meal in the Sunday school room, the attendees reconvened in the church sanctuary, where they were entertained by the Champlain Seniors Music Makers, then heard an interesting talk from Frank Cappadocia of Lakehead University.

The evening closed with votes of thanks and the singing of Auld Lang Syne. 

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