The men of Trinity Episcopal Church and Grace Episcopal Church recently teamed up to continue an age-old tradition with the 97th annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
The event was held in Trinity’s parish hall and has a history of attracting hundreds to the event, where attendees were served all-you-care-to-eat pancakes, sausages and all the trimmings.
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.