BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE
SIGMA — When there is a tricorn on the hat rack, its a safe bet the gathering will be a lively one.
Hundreds of people gathered at Tabernacle United Methodist Church last month for the annual Colonial Dinner. It is one of the church’s main fundraising events, along with the Lotus Festival lunch.
Sandbridge’s Donna Russell, who coordinated the dinner, said the event has been a tradition for 38 years. Congregation members take their food seriously, too.
“We had a cornbread cookoff two years ago,” Russell said. The reason? They needed a cornbread that stayed moist throughout the duration of the gathering. In addition, a select “small group” does the collards.
“This was started as a fundraiser when we needed to renovate the church,” said Sue Foy of Back Bay. “We’ve continued it since.”
The Rev. Jack Davis said proceeds are still used to maintain the historic church and associated buildings, as well as other projects.
The event also brings people from around the community together, in addition to members of the church themselves.