Trinity Episcopal Church continues tradition with Pancake Supper

Trinity Episcopal Church, 703 W. Third Ave., will host its 97th Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The men of Trinity and Grace Episcopal Churches will serve all-you-care-to-eat pancakes, sausages and all the trimmings in the parish hall of the historic church.

Parish records show that Trinity’s first Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper was held in 1918, following the tradition brought from England by a parishioner, William Malley. The original pancake recipe was developed by his wife, Gillie “Mama” Malley, according to a church spokesman.

The English custom of Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is a time to make ready one’s house and family for the solemn observance of the season of Lent. In the ancient tradition, it was a time to clear the pantry of items such as butter, cream, sweets and meats, which were abstained from during Lent.